When the University’s senior leaders were looking for a service-related department to consider alternative energy vehicles, Central Stores answered the call and has added a hybrid service vehicle to its fleet.
This hybrid van will be used to transport Central Stores staff around both on and off campus, primarily using electric power. The van will support Central Stores’ services, including freight and mail pickup and delivery, bulk mailing, shipping, receiving, office/departmental moves, event setup, and other initiatives.
Central Stores previously used a Dodge Caravan as a people mover, and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was seen as a suitable replacement.
“In the service sector globally, there is a high demand for energy and fuel to perform daily tasks,” says Joel Norris, manager of Central Stores. “Currently, electric vehicles have a limited range, and in the commercial service sector they could be exhausted prior to the end of a working day. A hybrid vehicle gives a backup fuel source when the electric power is depleted, and if extra energy is required, the gasoline engine can take over.”
Central Stores has a charging station dedicated to this vehicle located at East Campus Hall.