Electric vehicles are everywhere. They’re safer, more reliable, economically competitive and most importantly can be fueled by clean energy sources. With a fleet of nearly 500 vehicles on campus – from buses to facilities vans to tractors, snowplows and more – UB is heavily dependent on our wheels. Electrifying our campus fleet is critical to making a big dent in our carbon footprint while also increasing campus safety through automation. By 2025, new university mobility purchases will be fueled by clean and renewable electricity, thus phasing out the use of fossil fuel.
Phase I (2019): Convene a task force to investigate electric charging infrastructure requirements, capital costs, effect on existing utilities, emission reductions, O&M costs, and other factors.
Phase II (2022): Create a triple-bottom-line framework for University units to leverage when looking to purchase electric vehicles. The analysis will clearly illustrate the EV capital and operational costs versus traditional carbon polluting vehicles which will allow units to make informed purchasing decisions. This will include the price of fuel, maintenance, training requirements, carbon impacts, and other factors.
Phase III (2025): Mandate all new university vehicle purchase (where technically and economically feasible) be EV and transition the University's bussing contract and internal bussing services to 100% electrification by 2025.
Internal University policies will be developed and adopted to accelerate the procurement of electric fleet vehicle use across all campuses.
The committee established 16 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on North and South Campus. They are looking into potential means of mobility such as E-bikes and electric scooters. The committee held meetings with the National Grid and has explored options of funding and cost savings for the procurement of an EV fleet for the university. They are currently gathering reports and data from the university’s police and fleet department to determine the degree of expansion. In the next year, the committee will be creating a framework to inform future EV purchases which will include an analysis of EV capital and current operating costs.
Captain: Chris Austin, Director of Parking and Transportation
Chris Bartolomei, Chief of Police
Sean Brodfuehrer, Architectural Planner, Campus Planning
R. Lorraine Collins, Professor, Community Health & Health Professions
Daniel Hess, Professor and Chair, Urban and Regional Planning
Nancy Kobielski, Staff Assistant, Parking and Transportation
Cory Nealon, Associate Director, Office of University Communications
Thomas Tiberi, Director, Campus Living