Western brings electric vehicles to campus for testing
The Western Front
January 12, 2015
Electric vehicles will be test-run on Western’s campus from Jan. 12 to 19 to determine how they can be used across campus to reduce carbon emissions.
Facilities Management employees will try out the vehicles and give feedback on whether the vehicles can be used in their daily work.
Several kinds of electric vehicles will be tested. Vehicles start arriving on campus Monday, Jan. 12, said Tom Krabbenhoft, program manager of Facilities Management.
Due to the large number of vehicles used on Western’s campus, Facilities Management has been considering alternative-fuel vehicles for years, to help reduce fossil fuel consumption on campus, Krabbenhoft said.
“The entire campus is a classroom and everyone who is working and learning here is contributing to the development of others, whether it is directly or indirectly,” Krabbenhoft said in a Facilities Management press release.
“We are looking for what types of applications and uses will make sense [and] where we are able to accomplish the job and at the same time reduce the carbon footprint.”
During the test, all Facilities Management staff will evaluate the electric vehicles for practicality, feasibility and efficiency, he said.
Beginning June 2015, Washington state requires all state agencies to use 100 percent biofuel or electricity for all publicly owned vehicles to practicable extent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy website….