Mimicking the success of the federal program, FMC on behalf of TWU, created its own “Cars for Clunkers Program” and it was a success. Basically, we rotated older, high mileage vehicles out of service and purchased more fuel efficient units. This is just one of the many FMC initiatives to make the university greener. Our program removed seven (7) of these “clunkers” from service. According to the EPA, the U.S. average miles per year driven on a vehicle is 12,500.
Also, there are approximately 2,421 grams of carbon in each gallon of gasoline. Using the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (C.A.F.E.) standard for average vehicle fuel efficiency which equates to 27.5 MPG, we surmised that each of our vehicles emit about 3,336 pounds of carbon each year. This is one third of the EPA average.
As a point of fact, the majority of the TWU fleet is older vehicles that remain on campus and are driven an average of only 4,484 miles per year.
This equates approximately of 1,200 pounds of carbon per year removed from the environment for each of our fleet vehicles; or four (4) tons of CO2 for the seven (7) gasoline powered vehicles being retired.
These “clunkers” averaging nine (9) miles per gallon will be replaced by a combination of nine (9) electric powered vehicles with zero (0) emissions and three (3) 2009 Chevrolet Traverse minivans that are rated at 24 MPG .
The actions equate to the elimination or avoidance of nine (9) tons of CO2 per year into the environment. Net equivalent savings in acres of trees is 8.4.
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