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Gatlinburg installs EV chargers

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The city of Gatlinburg has installed Level II Blink Chargers for electric vehicles at two downtown parking garages. Image by MR38 via Flickr Image by MR38 via Flickr

The city of Gatlinburg has installed Level II Blink Chargers for electric vehicles at two downtown parking garages.

Gatlinburg is among the first municipalities to install the 240-volt Blink Wall Mount Chargers as a part of The EV Project. The stations are able to fully recharge an electric car battery in four to eight hours.

The charging stations, each with two wall-mounted units, are located at the City's Aquarium and Fred McMahan/Parkway parking garages.

ECOtality targeted Gatlinburg as a preferred site for charging stations because the Smoky Mountains are popular with travelers. The new stations give electric car drivers the option of charging their vehicles on the eastern fringe of the "The Tennessee Triangle," a 425-mile stretch of interstate highway connecting Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.





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The EV Project, managed by ECOtality and funded by the Department of Energy through stimulus grants, will eventually provide the network to support the deployment of 8,300 electric vehicles. The goal is to build a nationwide infrastructure of public charging stations for electric vehicles.

Separately, the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce reports that the Johnson Family of Restaurants -- with locations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville -- is among the first businesses in Sevier County to receive electric vehicle charging stations through the EV Project. 

Restaurants include The Alamo Steakhouse, Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que, Mama's Farmhouse and Big Daddy's Pizzeria. The stations will enable customers with electric vehicles to top off the charge on their vehicles for free while dining at one of the locations.

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