with Lamar Institute of Technology to spark adoption of plug-in vehicles
Beaumont, Texas – Entergy Texas, Inc.
and the Lamar Institute of Technology plugged into the future Wednesday, March
21 with the unveiling of a newly-installed electric vehicle charging station in
the institute’s parking lot.
It is the first electric charging
station Entergy has installed in the Golden Triangle. Two other stations are
already installed, one each at Texas A&M University in College Station and Sam
Houston State University in Huntsville. A fourth will be installed at Lamar
In Beaumont, LIT will allow students
and faculty of both the Institute and Lamar University to use the charger at no
cost. Entergy Texas will collect usage data for research about the chargers’
impact on consumers and the electric grid. Eventually, members of the public
will be able to make use of the charging station also, a consideration that
figured into where LIT officials chose to locate it.
“Electric vehicles are gaining
widespread acceptance as an important technology solution for the nation’s
energy future,” said Vernon Pierce, customer service director, Entergy Texas,
Inc. “But infrastructure must be in place to support the evolution of the
technology. We hope our donation of EV chargers to schools in Texas will help
start that process.”
The next generation of affordable,
consumer-friendly EVs—such as the Chevrolet Volt, which was used to demonstrate
the LIT charging station courtesy JK Chevrolet, or Nissan Leaf—are becoming more
common in the U.S. market. A total of 3.2 million plug-in electric vehicles are
expected to be sold worldwide by 2015, according to Pike Research.
In recognition of that, Entergy’s
Environmental Initiatives Fund provided for a total of 17 chargers to be
installed at colleges and universities throughout the Entergy service area.
Donating the chargers will help Entergy learn by doing while helping advance the
technology at institutions such as Lamar Institute of Technology.
The charging stations are currently
capable of providing a full charge to any electric vehicle on the market. They
were donated by Entergy and paid for by Entergy shareholders.
“We are very excited that Entergy
Texas has selected LIT as one of the locations for the installation of this
charging station. We are very pleased that LIT can help Entergy Texas ‘learn by
doing’ and that we can partner with them to provide this new technology and
community service for those attending and visiting our college,” said Dr. Paul
J. Szuch, LIT President.
“We appreciate the support of
Entergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund and shareholders’ approval to fund this
project,” Dr. Szuch said. “Thank you to Robert Turner and JK Chevrolet for their
use of a Chevy Volt for the charging demonstration.”
“We truly appreciate all that Entergy
Texas has done to support Lamar Institute of Technology, our students and our
The chargers are manufactured by
Coulomb Technologies and are part of Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network, the largest
EV driver network in the world. The company has network operations centers in
the U.S., London and Hong Kong.
Entergy, Inc. delivers electricity to
more than 400,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy
Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in
electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and
operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating
capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States.
Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas,
Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Lamar Institute of Technology, a
member of The Texas State University System, is a two-year college offering
two-year associate’s degrees and certificates in more than 50 programs. The
Institute also offers non-credit courses and certificates, contract training,
workforce development training, continuing education and lifelong learning
opportunities for individuals, businesses, government and industries.
LITs online address is lit.edu