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Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions  -  April 27, 2022

MSU to Expand EV Fleet

Michigan State University (MSU) will convert 369 internal combustion engine vehicles in its fleet to fully EVs over the next decade and announced the purchase of 40 new EVs, a mix of sedans, minivans, and light-duty pickup trucks which are set to arrive this summer. 

The commitment moves the university closer to its strategic plan goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and reducing GHG emissions by 50% from its 2010 baseline, according to a report by MSUToday. The conversion will decrease the university’s overall carbon footprint by 18,945 metric tons of carbon dioxide long-term. MSU will continue reevaluating the total cost of ownership and convert additional university vehicles, up to the 1,100 MSU owns. 

MSU is adding to its electrical charging grid to support the new vehicles and also is investing in two DC fast chargers for public use through the PowerMIFleet program; the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s ChargeUp Michigan program, and Capital Area Transportation Authority. 

 “Our strategic plan challenges us to take action to create a better tomorrow for our university and those we serve,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “The transition to more electric vehicles in our fleet is one of many steps we are taking to achieve our goals while decreasing our carbon footprint for a brighter and greener future for Michigan State.”

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