Students get a look into the future of electric transportation at Tuskegee University

Published: Nov. 7, 2014 at 3:27 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 7, 2014 at 4:23 PM EST
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TUSKEGEE, AL (WTVM) - Tuskegee University is home to an Electric Vehicle Transportation Center. It is funded by a $600,000 grant that allows the University to work on transforming the country's transportation network and create educational projects for environmental sustainability.

"My objective is to create interest among those students at a young age and they will also be able ready to do science projects in this area, these kids will have the opportunity to be involved in our research projects," explains Dr. Prakash Sharma of Tuskegee University's Physics Department.

Thursday, K-12 students were able take part in demonstrations of electric vehicles, and renewable energy as well as take rides around the campus

Guest speakers from the University of Central Florida, Alabama Power Company and the Florida Solar Energy Center spoke about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint

"The future of transportation is electric cars, for many reasons. Gas cars are so much more expensive and the electric transportation is much cheaper," says Sharma.

And while people may think the downside to electric cars is their battery life, he says Tuskegee University is involved in developing an advanced battery for the electric vehicle.

It is believed more than half the cars on the road will be hybrid or electric by 2025.

"At this time the cost of electric vehicles is a little high, but in the future they should be very, very low and should replace other types of vehicles."

Tuskegee is one of four universities a part of the grant project.

They are joining forces with Alabama Power to create a one-of-a-kind curriculum on renewable energy and electric transportation.

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