Yale University fleet switches to alternative fuel vehicles

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The Yale Fleet — a group of official University vehicles that are registered in Connecticut — now boasts 77 alternative-fuel vehicles, including LPG-powered transit buses and facilities trucks.

These vehicles aligns with the Fleet’s campaign to purchase “green” automobiles instead of those that run on conventional fuel, a commitment that started in the fall of 2015. Since then, the Fleet, which consists of a total of 475 vehicles, has achieved a 25% reduction in fuel costs and saved 107 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

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“Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint and double our alternative fuel vehicles by 2020,” said George Longyear, director of Yale Fleet management and graduate housing. “The University initiatives are to consider purchasing AFV [alternative-fuel vehicles] for all new vehicle purchases.”

To increase sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Yale Fleet has piloted several different types of alternative fuel vehicles. Yale Fleet Management has also established a new rule when ordering larger vehicles, opting for Autogas, as it helps increase fuel economy and mitigate the fleet’s carbon output.

The integration of Autogas vehicles into the Yale Fleet has also proven successful for the fleet’s sustainability mission. These vehicles are cheaper and greener: each vehicle saves 50 extra gallons of fuel, minimizes greenhouse gas emissions and requires lower maintenance, according to a Yale Fleet Management press release. To serve these vehicles, the University just added an LPG fueling station and is considering building another one.

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