MC to observe National Plug In Day

Sept. 25, 2013
Contact: Chelsea Morgan, Communications Assistant

Maryville College will host an event showcasing plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in conjunction with National Plug In Day on Thurs., Sept. 26.

Two Nissan Leaf vehicles and one Chevy Volt will be parked between Pearsons Hall and Sutton Science Center between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Representatives from the Black Bear Solar Institute, a local group actively involved with installing electric vehicle powering stations, and East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition will be available to speak to attendees about the vehicles and clean fuel initiatives.

People from the campus and community are encouraged to stop by, look at the cars and discuss their features with the representatives on hand.

National Plug In Day highlights the availability and advantages of all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars, trucks and motorcycles. This is the third year Plug In Day festivities have been recognized nationwide.

The College’s environmental studies program is sponsoring Thursday’s event.

According to Dr. Mark O’Gorman, associate professor of political science and coordinator of the College’s environmental studies program, electric and hybrid vehicles can provide an opportunity to help maintain and sustain East Tennessee’s air quality.

"In a time when fossil fuel use is creating complex environmental, economic and social questions, use of hybrid/electric cars is one important way to balance fossil fuel use with a desire to help keep East Tennessee's air quality sound, now and in the future," O’Gorman said.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.