electric vehicles.

Zero Carbon Mobility

UB plans to transition our fleet of 500 vehicles to electric ones by 2025. This move will help reduce our carbon footprint and improve campus safety through automation. We believe that electric vehicles are more dependable, competitively priced, and can operate on renewable energy sources. Our goal is to eliminate the need for fossil fuels in all future mobility purchases.

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Sub-strategies

  • 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. 

Policies

Internal University policies will be developed and adopted to accelerate the procurement of electric fleet vehicle use across all campuses. 

Updates

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

EV Chargers.

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.

Committee

  • 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.

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