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Operational technology at the University of Kassel focuses on sustainability for vehicles

The University of Kassel is making a further contribution towards sustainable mobility management with the purchase of an electric vehicle for its operating technology.

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Bernd Lachmann in the new electric vehicle.

The purchase of the electric vehicle received funding from the Hessian Ministry of the Environment from the Hesse Integrated Climate Protection Plan. "The new electric commercial vehicle is very environmentally friendly and reduces operating costs at the same time. This creates a win-win situation," confirms Dr. Oliver Fromm, Chancellor of the University of Kassel.  "However, the acquisition of this vehicle should not only have positive effects for us. We hope that the high profile of the vehicle on campus will raise awareness and that there will be imitators among the craft businesses, students and staff employed at the university."

As the University of Kassel has been exclusively procuring green electricity for years and the vehicle is charged with it, the annual mileage of 10,000 km results in CO2 savings of around 12.5 tons per year. This is a positive contribution to climate protection. Another positive aspect is that the operating costs per kilometer are also halved.

The vehicle now in service has an electric motor with an output of 60 hp and a torque of 225 Nm and is therefore sufficiently dynamic in city traffic.  With a range of over 200 km, it can be used at all university locations without having to be recharged during the day. The permissible payload of 650 kg provides sufficient loading capacity for materials and tools.

Dirk Schnurr
University of Kassel
Energy Efficiency Manager
Department of Construction, Technology, Real Estate
Phone: +49 561 804-2162
E-mail: dirk.schnurr[at]uni-kassel[dot]de