With Nissan all set to bring the Leaf electric vehicle (EV) to life near Nashville (technically, Smyrna) in the coming years, it makes sense for people in Tennessee to start laying a plug-in groundwork. That's just what happened in Pulaski, TN, where a solar parking lot – that is, parking spaces with an electric vehicle charger that is powered by solar energy – opened earlier this month. The 20 kW solar array is the first such EV station in the Southeast say the people behind the project, Richland, LLC. Company president Jim Greene told local TV station WSMV:
The station cost $180,000, most of which came from federal and state funds. The station is now open to anyone with a plug-in vehicle and it won't be the only place in the area where Leaf drivers can get a charge. Similar solar stations will open soon in Nashville and Chattanooga, and 14 more are scheduled to open in Tennessee in the next three years. You can watch a video of the opening here.We think that we're the first one in the southeast. We wanted to show that a company and a community can be forward-thinking and can be cutting-edge and still enjoy the benefits of a small, rural town.