Archive for March, 2015

University of Central Florida’s First Electric Vehicle Fast Charger Opens in Cocoa — Grand Opening and Ride and Drive Announced

Monday, March 16th, 2015

By Sherri Shields

COCOA, Fla., March 16, 2015 – Electric Vehicle drivers now have a place to charge up on the Space Coast in Cocoa. Located just two miles off State Road 528, otherwise known as the “Beachline,”—a main artery connecting Orlando to the Space Coast —the University of Central Florida’s Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) is now home to a Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger and a dual Level 2 charger.

The grand opening of UCF’s re-charging facility at FSEC is scheduled for Friday, March 20 at 11 a.m. Nissan will be offering a Ride & Drive for the all-electric Nissan LEAF® from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A variety of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will also be on display. The public is invited to attend and participate in this special event.

Donated by Nissan North America, and provided by NovaCharge, a leading provider and integrator of EV charging solutions nationwide, the DC Fast Charger is a first for UCF, as well as the City of Cocoa.

“We’re excited to have such a valuable resource for the electric vehicle community right in our backyard,” said City of Cocoa Mayor Henry Parrish III.

Photo of black Nissan Leaf being charged with DC fast charger.

UCF’s first DC fast charger at FSEC in Cocoa will re-charge the all-electric Nissan LEAF to 80% capacity within 30 minutes.

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GRAND OPENING: EV Charging Station @ FSEC

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Electric Vehicle Charging Station at UCF’s Florida Solar Energy Center on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11 a.m. 1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL 32922. Ride & Drive the Nissan LEAF®.

MEDIA ADVISORY: UCF’s First Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station Opens in Cocoa ­— Grand Opening and Ride & Drive Announced

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WHAT:
UCF’s Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) will have a Grand Opening for its new Electric Vehicle charging station. A Ride and Drive of the all-electric Nissan LEAF will be offered, and a variety of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will be on display, including the Cadillac ELR and Chevy Volt.

WHEN:
Friday, March 20, 2015

11:00 a.m. – Ribbon cutting
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Ride & Drive, Nissan LEAF

WHERE:
Florida Solar Energy Center
1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL 32922
(321) 638-1000

BACKGROUND:
Working with NovaCharge, Nissan North America donated the Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) to UCF’s FSEC. Located on the Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Campus, FSEC is an ideal location for a DC fast charger since it’s two miles from State Road 528, the “Beachline Expressway”—a main artery connecting the Orlando area and Orlando International Airport to the Space Coast.

The EV charging station includes two standalone chargers:

  • DC Fast Charger with CHAdeMO connector.
    This 50 kW charger can provide about 80 percent battery charge to a Nissan LEAF within 30 minutes.
    Specs: 480V, 3-phase, 60 amps
  • Level 2 Charger with 7 kW dual J1772 connectors.
    This charger takes 3-4 hours to provide a full charge.
    Specs: 208V, single-phase, 30 amps

EDITOR’S NOTE: Representatives from UCF, City of Cocoa, City of Orlando, Nissan North America, Chevrolet, NovaCharge, FPL, and Drive Electric Florida will be in attendance.

CONTACT:
Sherri Shields
Director, Communications
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
University of Central Florida (UCF)
(321) 638-1019
www.fsec.ucf.edu

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