Smart Columbus plans $1M HQ – with electric vehicle test driving – along Scioto Mile

Story excerpt provided by Columbus Business First.

Written by Carrie Ghose.

Visitors to the Scioto Mile this summer can test-drive an electric car – hopefully before they run through the Bicentennial Park fountains – in a $1 million Smart Columbus headquarters with an interactive education center.

The Smart Columbus Experience Center is expected to open in June at 170 Civic Center Dr., vacant office space on the first floor of a parking garage attached to the former Columbia Gas headquarters. It’s across the street from the riverfront park that expanded last year.

The Columbus Partnership has put out a request for companies to donate electric cars and populate the 3,000-square-foot showroom with exhibits on connected vehicles, renewable energy, smart lighting, internet of things and other technologies that would reduce carbon emissions.

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Originally published March 13, 2018.

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