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Crowne Plaza installs Knoxville-area's first commercial charging station

Knoxville's Crowne Plaza hotel is the first commercial site in the city to install a vehicle charging station as part of the state's EV Project.

ECOtality's EV Project is teaming up with Knoxville's Crowne Plaza hotel and Nissan USA today to unveil the first of 12 charging station sites in the Knoxville area, reports Laura Vela in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Representatives from the organizations will introduce the station in the hotel's parking garage and demonstrate how it works.

The charging station will have two chargers and use will be free to customers of the hotel. Other users will pay $8.

More sites with charging stations in the works:
--Knoxville solar firm Sustainable Future
-- Johnson Family of Restaurants in Sevier County
--Pilot Corp.
-- BP
-- Cracker Barrel
-- town of Farragut parks
--University of Tennessee.

Stephanie Cox, Tennessee-area manager for ECOtality, said Knoxville has the most planned municipal charging stations in the state.

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