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Electric Bike Sharing Stations Generating Data

Fully-automated electric bike sharing station

UT is home to the nation’s first fully-automated electric bike sharing stations thanks to civil and environmental engineering assistant professor Chris Cherry. Cherry and his team are collecting data on a number of questions related to safety, environmental impact, and travel behavior to see if electric bikes could become more popular here in the US.

Big Idea: Professor Brings e-Bikes to Campus

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Chris Cherry has made UT home to an automated electric bicycle (e-bike) sharing system. The civil and environmental engineering assistant professor started the pilot program as a subject of an ongoing research study. He got the idea after arriving in Kunming, China, on a research grant in 2005 and noticing the city was buzzing with e-bikes.

U.S. News: Chinese Electric Car Pollution More Harmful to Humans Than Gas Cars

Chris Cherry, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been interviewed by multiple media sources, including U.S. News & World Report, about his latest study in China which finds that electric vehicles may be more harmful to your health and the environment than gasoline vehicles.

MSNBC: The era of e-bikes is upon us

UT Knoxville’s electric bike sharing program was recently featured on MSNBC’s Future of Technology blog. The program, the first of its kind in the country, is the subject of a research study by civil and engineering assistant professor Chris Cherry and Stacy Worley and David Smith from biosystems engineering.

UT Study: Solar Industry Responsible for Lead Emissions in Developing Countries

Solar power is not all sunshine. It has a dark side—particularly in developing countries, according to a new study by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, engineering professor. A study by Chris Cherry, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, found that solar power heavily reliant on lead batteries has the potential to release more than 2.4 million tons of lead pollution in China and India.