TVA starts video series “In Charge: Life With An Electric Vehicle”
Ride along with host Raven Hernandez, CEO of Earth Rides, as she tours the Tennessee Valley in the latest electric vehicles – like Volkswagen’s all-new VW ID.4, Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model Y Porsche Taycan and the Nissan Leaf. She is joined by guests like Trevor Bayne, the youngest winner of the Daytona 500, Nashville singer / songwriter and presenter of Apple Music’s “Today’s Country” Kelleigh Bannen, BMX legend Corey Martinez, influencer and blogger Sarah Jade and more.
In Charge: Life with an Electric Vehicle is produced by TVA EnergyRight and shot on location in Nashville, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Knoxville and Bristol.
Guests of the Roadtrip series ask questions, learn surprising facts and learn what it is really like to drive and drive in fully electric vehicles. As they travel around the region, they also enjoy the sights, dining at local hotspots, visiting famous landmarks and cultural attractions, and partaking in fun electric vehicle-related challenges.
Watch them first episode here.
The series premiere is all about a day in the life of an electric vehicle. In this case the Nissan Leaf. Hernandez and Kelleigh Bannen find out how far a charge can go, learn about the availability and possibilities of different charging stations, and learn how much money electric vehicle owners can save in a year. Most importantly, they also find out how much musical equipment can be stowed in the back of a leaf.
Learn from EV experts
The series also includes EV experts like John Dankanich, NASA’s chief technologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Amy Katcher from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, and Aditya Jairaj, director of EV Marketing and Sales Strategy at Nissan.
In the first episode, Jairaj chats with Hernandez and Bannen about the advantages of the Nissan Leaf: âIt is the first mass-produced, 100% battery-powered vehicle in the world. . . and we’re actually building the Leaf in Smyrna, Tennessee – about 25 miles from here. “
And how far can the Leaf go on a single charge? “We have two sizes of batteries for the Leaf – one is 250 miles long and the other is up to 226 miles long,” says Jiaraj. “It’s an EV for everyone.”
Are you wondering how fast electric cars can be charged? Electric vehicle drivers can be fully charged overnight from a standard 240-volt socket or can be charged to 80 percent in just 30 minutes of rapid DC charging. It’s like having a pollutant-free “gas pump” at home.
âHere in the Tennessee Valley, traffic is actually the number one source of pollution, and when you drive an electric vehicle, you don’t have any of those tailpipe emissions,â says expert Amy Katcher in Episode 2. The most important thing people can do is drive electric cars because that’s one of the most environmentally friendly things you can do. “
Would you like to learn more? Watch all five episodes as they will be released over the next few weeks at Responsible: Living with an electric vehicle. We promise you that you will learn a lot and have a few laughs.
More about TVA and electric vehicles
TVA paves the way for over 200,000 electric vehicles in the Tennessee Valley by 2028. One of the many ways TVA is helping accelerate innovation and the adoption of electric vehicles is by improving electric vehicle charging infrastructure. We have also established an industry-leading charging plan and are actively implementing innovative policies to encourage greater investments in electric transportation.
In addition, as part of the Electric Highway Coalition, TVA is working to ensure that EV drivers have access to a seamless network of charging stations that connect major highway systems from the Atlantic coast to the Midwest and South to the Gulf and Central Plains regions .
Electrification of transportation can now trigger the same innovative change that electrification of the Tennessee Valley brought about when TVA was founded. We are committed to bringing the transformative power of electric vehicles to the Tennessee Valley. That’s why we’re leading the way in partnering with local utilities, governments, automakers, and other stakeholders to help residents and businesses make the transition to electric vehicles.
The common goal is to have significantly more than 200,000 electric vehicles on the roads of Valley by 2028, which would bring the following benefits for our region:
$ 120 million for refueling that is reinvested in the local economy each year
$ 200 million in fuel savings for consumers annually
Almost 1 million tons of CO2 are saved every year.