RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—RTI International demonstrated Research Triangle Park's first electric charging station for consumer vehicles on its campus, earlier today.
RTI recently installed two plug-in electric vehicle charging stations on its main campus for staff member use. The stations are available on the first level of the Building O9 parking deck, a building constructed to LEED Gold certification standards for high-performance green buildings. The charging station plug will fit most mass market plug-in electric vehicles.
Attendees saw a Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf electric vehicle charged at the new stations.
"RTI International is a leader in science and technology, and we are committed to using that knowledge and expertise to also be a leader and role model for implementing sustainability practices and ensuring environmental responsibility," said Allwyne Richards, RTI International vice president of Facility Strategic Services. "We are very proud to have the first electric vehicle charging stations in Research Triangle Park. We hope more organizations follow suit as electric vehicles gain in popularity."
The RTI charging stations were funded by RTI corporate funds, as well as through a grant from North Carolina's Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project. RTI was awarded that grant, in part, because RTI staff members showed great interest in purchasing electric vehicles in the next few years.
To encourage staff members to consider alternative commuting methods, RTI also offers staff members transit and vanpool subsidies, encourages bicycle commuting, and provides preferred parking for low-emitting or hybrid vehicles.