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August 2007

Zero sum

The next time you come to campus, keep your eyes peeled for the newest and least polluting members of UNCG's motorpool, two electric Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) that are long on energy conservation and short on emissions.

A ZEV is a vehicle that does not emit pollutants while stationary or in operation, meaning it can greatly improve air quality on campus and in our community.

The UNCG ZEVs are a lightweight pickup truck and a small cargo van. Both were purchased in 2007, the truck for $15,500 and the van for $18,000, according to Tony Schallert, assistant vice chancellor for Facilities Operations. Because they run on electricity, the ZEVs don't spew carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons or carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas and the main culprit in global warming. Each car can run up to 30 miles on an 8 hour charge.

The ZEVs are legal on streets with a 35 mph speed limit or less and can carry people and cargo. “We intend to continue purchasing Zero Emission Vehicles in place of the polluting light weight pick ­ups that have been purchased in the past, ” said Schallert.




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