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Sustainability

The Vehicle Of The Future

May 05, 2011
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With gas prices heading over four dollars per gallon in many areas, it has become imperative that businesses come up with alternative methods of transport.

On top of the incessant rise of gas prices, there is an immense amount of pressure on businesses and individuals alike to “go green” and conserve the environment for the future.

Sometimes, compensating for both of these seems impossible, but e-ride Industries has set out to make it easy for everyone.

The company originally started as a high-quality golf cart manufacturer, but has since expanded and evolved into a far more ambitious electric utility transport company with two models: The EXV4, which is a transport vehicle, and the EXV2, which is a utility vehicle.

These 100 percent American built vehicles are gaining great momentum all over the country as reputable transport vehicles.

The University of Wisconsin at Madison has been a large supporter of the e-ride program as of late.

The university purchased 26 e-ride vehicles to replace some use of their gas-powered fleet, which get less than 10 miles per gallon (MPG), according to the University of Wisconsin at Madison''s Fleet Program Officer Jim Bogan.

Since then, the e-ride vehicles have been used to transport both students and janitorial equipment, allowing a significant amount of gas savings.

Bogan also highlighted that the vehicles instilled a great sense of pride within the students and faculty that the university is helping the community with the fully electric vehicles.

“We are building institutional knowledge of how electric drive vehicles work and get repaired and how to best utilize them. We are creating the expectation in the minds of thousands of future leaders of our nation that electric drive is a viable solution, one to be considered as a matter of course in the future,” said Bogan when asked about how the e-ride program contributes to the overall sustainability goals of the campus.

Sustainable Transportation For All

The e-ride vehicles don''t only apply to universities and campuses; they can be customized for essentially any business in need of a viable gas alternative.

Wisconsin State Parks has also purchased a fleet of 15 e-ride vehicles to replace their trucks used for park cleaning and maintenance.

With 468 campsites in five campgrounds, acting Peninsula State Park Superintendent Gene Tiser said the vehicles were really being put to the test.

“These vehicles are quiet, have plenty of power and reduce the property''s carbon footprint. They''re roomy enough to hold supplies for a full day''s work, are easy for my workers to operate and are safe to drive,” proclaimed Tiser.

While all vehicles have their quirks and learning curves in terms of repair, e-ride has special technicians that will come on site with one call to take care of any problems that are being experienced with the vehicles.

Overall, the e-ride vehicles can handle practically anything that a gas-powered fleet could, at a fraction of the price.

The e-ride vehicles cost roughly 30 percent to 50 percent less than a pickup truck, run at a top speed of about 25 miles per hour (MPH) and only cost roughly two cents per mile to operate with 40 to 50 miles per charge.

The electric utility vehicle is becoming increasingly popular at a time when businesses need it more than ever.

Given that gas prices continue to increase and even more emphasis is put on conserving the environment, the versatility of e-ride has given many people a chance to save money while being environmentally responsible.

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