Electric Vehicle Driving Event to be Help at the South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center

An electric vehicle driving event will be held on the future test bed for new vehicle and infrastructure technologies being developed by CU-ICAR and SCTAC partnership

Greenville, S.C. (February 28, 2012) - On Tuesday, March 6, 2012 from 3:30-6:30 p.m., the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC) will host an interactive, electric vehicle driving event  at the future  test bed location for new vehicle and infrastructure technologies at the SCTAC campus. Participants will be able to observe and experience an exclusive fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles from BMW, Nissan and Chevrolet.

This opportunity will provide information from leading electric vehicle experts on this cutting-edge technology and the chance to ride with a professional driver in some of the best electrical vehicles on the market. The invitation only event is in conjunction with the 2012 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC) co-hosted by the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) March 4-8, 2012.
"The electric vehicle driving event will be an exclusive and exciting opportunity to become familiar with several different electric and hybrid vehicles," says Jody Bryson, president and CEO of SCTAC. "SCTAC is excited to host the event on our Project Green Test Track, soon to be developed into a test bed for new vehicle and infrastructure technologies through our partnership with CU-ICAR."

The event will feature a firsthand ride-along experience in leading innovations in electric vehicle technologies on a closed course. A few vehicles featured at the event include the BMW 5 Series sedan with Auto Start/Stop Technology, BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Series, BMW ActiveE, Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt.

"The electric vehicle driving event will give interested business and technology leaders, community officials and researchers as well as IEEE conference participants the opportunity to test several electric and hybrid vehicles on a closed course," says Dr. Joachim Taiber, CU-ICAR research professor. "We hope these leading innovators in vehicle electrification will appreciate the layout of the event driving course and encourage the organizers to continue their plans to implement an advanced vehicle technology and infrastructure test track at this site."

Each vehicle featured at the event represents leading alternative fuel technologies and seeks to decrease harmful emissions.

"This electric vehicle driving event will also showcase the different vehicle technologies in a variety of driving situations," adds Taiber. "Participants will experience how each of the cars perform on handling, maneuvering and at a high speed."

About the IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference:

The first annual IEEE IEVC is designed to gain insights on cutting-edge, global trends in technology, engineering, standards and deployment aspects from academic and industry thought leaders of the fast growing electric mobility ecosystem. Keynote speakers include BMW Group's  Dr. Julian Weber, and leading experts from Bosch, BYD, Chrysler, Delphi, Duke Energy, EDTA, GE, FedEx, KEMET, MBTech, ProTerra, SAE, Valeo, Volkswagen and many others will be on hand to share their knowledge and experience in this evolving field. To learn more about the event or to register please visit www.electricvehicle.ieee.org.

About South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center:

SC Technology and Aviation Center is designed to meet the unique needs of technologically-advanced businesses in a global economy. The center features an attractive combination of advanced manufacturing, distribution, and aviation facilities.  The park is also recognized as a major aircraft maintenance and modification center capable of completing major structural repairs, inspections, and other service needs. To learn more about SCTAC and available industrial or aviation facilities at the Greenville center, please visit www.sc-tac.com.  
 

About Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research:

The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is an advanced-technology research campus where academia, industry and government organizations engage in synergistic collaboration. With more than $200 million in commitments, CU-ICAR represents the ultimate public/private partnership, directly fueling a knowledge base critical to the automotive industry. Ranked within the Top 10 Automotive Colleges and Universities in the U.S., CU-ICAR sets the standard for exemplary automotive students. To learn more, please visit www.cuicar.com.

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