University Embarks Upon Its Plug-In Future

March 20, 2024 | by

The buses that UVA was considering had an estimated range of 180 to 240 miles per charge, with a charging time of two to four hours.

“The primary advantage of battery-electric buses are lower greenhouse gas emissions, quieter operations, no exhaust emissions, more responsive acceleration with greater torque, and fewer mechanical parts, which results in less maintenance and a lower operating cost per mile over the lifespan of the vehicle,” Silsdorf said. “The primary disadvantage, compared to diesel buses, is a larger up-front cost, shorter operating range per charge and a greater range of sensitivity to temperature.”

Parking and Transportation is also replacing its fleet of support vehicles with electric vehicles that can use the same charging infrastructure installed at its headquarters on Millmont Street.

Students in a recent civil engineering course conducted by Andrés Clarens, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate director of the UVA Environmental Institute, worked with Facilities Management on an electric charging feasibility study. The conclusion was the University needed more chargers on Grounds. 


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