Tuesday June 24, 2014 0 comments
FORT COLLINS - Colorado State University is one of four universities in the nation that will receive four all-electric micro vehicles to help drive sustainable transportation research projects on campus through the Internet, CSU announced.
CSU, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington and University of Wisconsin will receive Innova Dash vehicles in August from Internet2 and Innova UEV LLC.
The micro cars will be used in two ongoing CSU research projects on how people use electric cars and as an educational outreach to local K-12 students funded by the Bohemian Foundation.
"Colorado State has an outstanding history of research and engagement in not only the field of electrified transportation but also in improving the sustainability of the university community," said Patrick Burns, CSU's VP for IT.
"All eight of our colleges and more than 75 percent of CSU faculty are engaged in sustainability-related research, and this year the university achieved the highest score ever reported to STARS - the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Reporting System - that includes universities across the country.
"This project fits nicely with our goal of creating a more sustainable campus by quantifying the benefits of electric vehicle use."
CSU said it has already installed charging stations for six electric vehicles on campus with plans to expand that to 10 by August.
Each electric vehicle will be equipped with a tablet-sized personal computer controlling the electronics and advanced technologies and will connect automatically to the CSU computer network through on-campus WiFi to communicate operational data.