Spring 2012: Facilities, Planning and Operations - Electric Vehicle

A Green Fund Grant was received to purchase an electric Columbia ParCar Mega Van, SAS's first electric vehicle. The Mega Van replaced a 1991 maintenance-intensive and highly polluting petro-fueled Daihatsu, and is currently being used by SAS computing to facilitate the pickup and delivery of computing equipment.

 

The Mega Van is a zero-emissions vehicle, whose use has by definition reduced the tailpipe and downstream carbon emissions compared to its predecessor. The now-retired Daihatsu required an average of 2.17 service visits per year over the last 6 years, with 2011 alone requiring 3 service visits. Since its employment, Mega Van has required zero service visits and harbors no indication of needing service.