Shoreline Community College continues its journey to become a sustainable campus, with Facilities recently purchasing two electric vehicles to replace old gas guzzlers.
“Our trucks were in pretty bad shape,” Facilities Director Bob Roehl said about the trucks that were removed from the fleet. “We had been looking at replacing them for some time – and decided it made sense to go with electric.”
Two vehicles were purchased from Vantage International – a truck with a dump bed for grounds work that can handle 1,000 pounds and reach 25 mph. The truck has a hydraulic lift and a trailer hitch for the grounds trailer yet is a good size to navigate the campus grounds. The second vehicle, a van, will be used for custodial work such as hauling tools and materials and maintenance jobs. “This will be much more effective than using a pickup.” Roehl said that General Administration purchased the same vehicles and have found them to be very effective both functionally and financially.
A plug-in station (20 amps each) was built near the gymnasium by Ron Norimatsu, and Town and Country Fence built a fence to protect the area. The truck and van will need to be plugged in when their battery charges reach below 75 percent, no more than once a week most likely.
The van is expected to be delivered to campus soon.