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New ‘green’ truck to be used by facilities dept.

October 13th, 2011

There has been a push on campus that cannot be ignored: going green. Recently, John Carroll University made a new purchase: an E-Dyne Truck from GGT Electric, similar to those found on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. It cost around $20,000 according to Carol Dietz, associate vice president of facilities. The truck saves the University the cost of gas and the batteries should last for nine years.

John Carroll is held accountable for the offices and residential areas around campus, as well as the Green Road Annex, so the new eco-friendly truck is used to take people and tools to and from these areas.

They used to use the green golf carts often seen roaming through campus, but they wanted to opt towards a more street-legal alternative.

The mini-truck gets roughly 35 miles to every charge and clocks in at a top speed of about 25 miles per hour. While this is not an issue for its purpose on campus, it shouldn’t be used for long distances. In terms of its limitations, Dietz said, “I don’t think we’d ever use it to carry parts or anything like that, we’d just use it around the main campus.”

So with this huge push towards going green and limiting the carbon footprint of the campus, the question is raised: Is this a purposeful move or a symbolic move?

“I’d say it’s a purposeful move for the facilities department. However, there will also be a picture of it on the sustainability website,” said Dietz.

Dietz is also the chair of the University’s sustainability committee, which means that she was one of the driving forces in the purchase of this new truck.

“A lot of things the facilities department does are to make the campus greener,” she said. “We keep that and keeping our carbon footprint in mind in pretty much all the decisions the department makes.”

With the list of green and electrical cars filling the market and becoming the new cars to have, there is certain hype about them. People often buy the cars to fit into the green movement or to fit into the trend, but this car seems to live up to the hype of being a real electrical car. While it may not set any records for ground speed, it appears to be a long-term vehicle.

The truck is equipped with many amenities. While it has no air conditioning, it is equipped with a heater and radio. Also, the windows are rolled down manually to conserve energy.

Dietz said the department will probably not purchase another electric vehicle at this point in time.

“This one was purchased to replace an old minivan that was on its last leg,” she said. “We will use it to serve the Green Road Annex, and the residential properties and offices on the perimeter of campus. The electric golf carts, used on the main campus, are not licensed to travel on the city streets.”