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NYIT buys electric vans as part of "greenprint" effort to minimize emissions, save on energy costs

Old Westbury, N.Y., Jan. 7, 2008—As part of its ongoing commitment to global sustainability initiatives, New York Institute of Technology has added three zero-emission, electric Vantage "Greenvan" cargo vans to its electric vehicle fleet at its Old Westbury, N.Y. campus.

NYIT's has set a goal to reduce fuel consumption and emissions across its fleet, particularly in vehicles used exclusively for on-campus activity. "Using low-speed electrical vehicles for jobs such as supporting maintenance crews, mail delivery, and landscaping will immediately bring costs savings as well as reduce the carbon emissions. We already have some electric vehicles, and we like the performance, range, and quality of the new Vantage vehicle," said William Marchand, NYIT Director of Facilities Operations.
NYIT worked with Motorworks Clean Vehicles, Inc. of Amityville, N.Y., a provider of economical, low-speed transportation solutions for the greater New York metropolitan area. "Motorworks matched the appropriate vehicles to the job from their extensive range" said NYIT's Marchand.
Said Gary Birke, president of Motorworks Clean Vehicles N.Y.: "Our company is happy to provide demonstrations of the Vantage van, pickup trucks, and other vehicles so users can evaluate their performance and function. We continue to focus on giving customers the best vehicle for their particular jobs. With a direct drive electric powertrain, a wide range of light duty pickup truck and van body styles, additional options, and models available in all-electric or highly economical gasoline/E85 flex fuel power systems, Vantage Vehicles offer the most advanced low speed vehicles, along with the most flexibility in body styles."
Operating costs for the Vantage van are estimated to be about one-sixth of an equivalently sized gasoline powered truck. The vehicle has a range of up to 55 miles, at roughly $1.75 worth of electric power to recharge. For the cost of one gallon of gas, the electric vehicle can go an average of 100 miles. For information about Vantage vehicles and other low-speed electric transportation such as scooters and all terrain vehicles (ATVs), go to: www.CleanVehiclesNY.com.
About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 100 fields of study, including architecture and interior design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions, behavioral, and life sciences; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses in Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. For more than 50 years, NYIT has been guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 77,000 students have graduated from NYIT. For more information, visit www.nyit.edu.

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