London’s Brixton District “Electric Avenue” was among England’s first major streets to be lit by incandescent lights in the 19th Century. On this side of the pond, in 1881 Salt Lake City was the fifth city in the world, behind the much bigger metropolises London, New York, San Francisco and Cleveland, to initiate central electric service. Electrified transportation — namely an electric trolley system — was the primary motivation for the Utah capital’s innovation.
Utah State University continues the state’s leadership in electrified transportation as the site of Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification, or ASPIRE, a multi-institution, National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center.
ASPIRE Director Regan Zane will share the center’s exciting plans for the future at USU’s Science Unwrapped on Friday, April 1. He will present “Electric Avenues” at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room ESLC 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus.
Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Hands-on learning activities and refreshments will follow Zane’s presentation. The talk will also be livestreamed via AggieCast from the Science Unwrapped website.
Rising gasoline prices are making electric vehicles more attractive to buyers and, for those on the fence, Zane says now is the time to make the switch.
“The writing is on the wall — the world is shifting to electricity,” says Zane, David G. and Diann L. Sant Endowed Professor in USU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Charging systems and infrastructure, including roadway electrification, are the primary focus here at the ASPIRE center. These will make electric vehicles a more convenient, practical clean energy alternative.”
The April 1 event is the final talk for Science Unwrapped’s 2021-22 “Science on the Horizon” series. The program returns with a new series in September 2022.
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