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FRES Expanding Fleet of Electric Vehicles

October 16, 2017

The FRES Operations and Maintenance department has recently expanded its fleet of eco-friendly electric vehicles to use in campus operations. As of Fall 2017, its fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) includes eleven 100% electric plug-in vehicles, including five Columbia ParCars & six E-Rides.  Mike Fohner, Director of Trades for Operations & Maintenance, says, “Electric vehicles have been a great substitute for gasoline vehicles. They are smaller and can access some spaces on campus that larger vehicles cannot, they each save an estimated 300-500 gallons of gas per year, our mechanics do not need to divert their time from work orders to leave campus and fill up gas tanks, and most importantly, we are improving the air quality of our campus by taking car exhaust out of the air that we breathe every day.”

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