Five new vehicles 'electrify' transportation at URI
KINGSTON, R.I. -- July 7, 2000 -- Thanks to the Rhode Island State Energy
Office, five electric vehicles are now in use delivering mail, patrolling
campus and transporting employees and equipment around the University of
The vehicles were acquired by the state through a Federal Highway Congestion
Mitigation Air Quality grant, and are designed to replace existing gasoline-burning
vehicles. Manufactured by Solectria Corp. of Wilmington, Mass., the vehicles
-- three micro-pickup trucks and two sedans -- are virtually silent in their
operation and do not emit any pollutants.
"One major thrust of the URI master plan is to operate as environmentally
sound as possible," explained Edward Smith, URI director of facilities
services. "The acquisition of these electric vehicles is one more step
in our commitment to a 'green' campus."
Each of the vehicles can travel approximately 60 miles before the batteries
need to be recharged, a process that takes less than three hours. URI's
Narragansett Bay Campus and W. Alton Jones Campus each have one vehicle.
On the Kingston Campus, they are being used by Postal Services, Custodial
Services and the Police and Security department.
According to Smith, URI is committed to gradually increasing the number
of alternative fuel vehicles in use on campus. In addition to the new electric
vehicles, the University also has three vehicles in its fleet fueled by
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