Many colleges and universities are looking to reduce operational costs, reach sustainability goals and demonstrate reduction of vehicle emissions on campus. Often when visiting a college or university campus to discuss deployment of XL Hybridsâ€™ technology, I meet with Offices of Sustainability and/or the Parking & Transportation Departments. In these departments, fleet and vehicle service managers often have large economic, environmental, and visual impact to campus sustainability; however, ironically, a universityâ€™s fleet is often one of the last areas to â€˜go greenâ€™ on campuses. I am on a mission to change this nationwide!
Sustainability is of great importance to student bodies, staffs, employees, and alumni, and because these constituents know that sustainability will prove to have a great impact of the future of the college or university. This got me thinking, how can these great ideas be put into action and receive the support needed? Truth is, itâ€™s a team effort. Like the many athletic teams on your fields, sustainability is a team effort. If all the stakeholders arenâ€™t working together, itâ€™s going to be very difficult to achieve these goals. Like with a sports team winning a championship, university sustainability requires a team effort to form new habits, new procedures, and new ways of conducting the day-day tasks on campus. Installing efficient light bulbs, adjusting the smart thermostats, and adding recycle bins around the college grounds, are great initial steps. However, and even bigger win can be the universityâ€™s fleet.
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Climatemp Service Group, a premier provider of commercial heating and cooling equipment and HVAC preventive maintenance services in the Chicagoland area, will begin reducing fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions while servicing Chicago landmarks with their new hybrid-electric GM vans featuring XL Hybrids technology.
Climatempâ€™s name has stood for innovation, integrity and excellence for over sixty years. Climatempâ€™s mission is the same for every customer, whether small or large: to help each customer reduce costs and improve HVAC system operations. Thanks to XL Hybrids, Climatemp is now able to deliver on its promise in a greener, cleaner way. With XL Hybridsâ€™ technology, Climatemp will enhance its fleetâ€™s fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, since the XL3 system requires no driver training, no special charging or fueling infrastructure, the Climatemp team can spend even more time focusing on its customers â€“ and spend less time at the gas pump, too.
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Over the last year, Yale University initiated a hybrid-electric vehicle program with XL Hybrids for three Ford 24-passenger shuttle buses. In just 6 months, Yaleâ€™s new hybrid buses saved more than 40 metric tons of carbon-dioxide, thanks to a 23% improvement in miles-per-gallon. As a result, Yale has already re-ordered additional Ford shuttles with XL Hybrids technology in 2016.
The MPG improvement data was gathered from the feedback of XL Hybrids’ connectivity system, XL Linkâ„¢, and Yaleâ€™s own analysis. The XL Link technology provides a continuous data link from Yaleâ€™s hybrid vehicles and collects hundreds of operational data points, such as miles driven, fuel usage, idling time and average speed. The data is used to proactively monitor XL Hybrids system health, ensure vehicle uptime and report MPG performance in the field.
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