Queen’s is testing and evaluating an electric vehicle during the summer months. Testing is taking place from mid-June to mid-August with a focus on ensuring the vehicle is suitable with the various operating groups on campus including Parking, Security and Maintenance.
The electric vehicle under review is the Greentruck EVR1000, manufactured by Vantage. While the overall profile of the e-vehicle is different than the current campus standard, it offers equivalent comfort and safety features such as 3-point ELR seatbelts and the full range of headlights, taillights, fog lights, blinkers and emergency flashes. The most significant feature of the e-vehicle is that it’s powered by a 72-volt lead acid battery system with a battery life of up to 50,000 km. The batteries are charged with an onboard charger that plugs into a standard 110-volt outlet, and a single full-charge is good for roughly 65 kms of use and has a top speed of 40 km/hour.
There are a variety of benefits to switching to an electric vehicle such as fuel and cost savings and a reduced environmental impact. For example,
It is anticipated that replacing just one of the more heavily used fleet vehicle with an electric vehicle could reduce GHG emissions by as much as 4 tonnes of CO2e per year.
For more information about the Vantage electric vehicle you can visit their website: http://www.vantagevehicle.com/electric/index2.html. For more information about this pilot project please contact the Sustainability Office.