Thursday, June 5, 2014

Have you seen the Nissan LEAF?

If you find yourself on the Parham Road Campus before June 10, be sure to take a few minutes to look around campus to see if you can spot the 2011 Nissan LEAF sporting the Reynolds signage.  The LEAF is an all-electric vehicle with lithium-ion batteries with a driving range of 80 miles per charge.

This electric vehicle was purchased as a teaching aid and/or tool for the Advanced Automotive Technology Career Certificate Studies program. It will be used in the automotive labs for student instruction on vehicle safety, electric vehicles and electronic controls.

As a secondary purpose, the car will visit area schools and community functions to promote the Advanced Automotive Technology program.  In fact, you may catch a glimpse of Dr. Rhodes driving the LEAF to meetings on any of the Reynolds campuses in the next week or so.

With the growing number of charging stations being installed in the greater Richmond area, the LEAF can park and charge in lots of places, and always be ready to go. Plans are in the works for Facilities Management to oversee the installation of two public charging stations on the Parham Road Campus in the near future, so be on the lookout for other EV’s charging up on campus.

Thanks to the folks in the automotive program in Goochland Campus for giving us all a chance to get a glimpse of this new and exciting technology.