Electric Last Mile Solutions, Inc., a manufacturer of all-electric delivery vans and trucks, on Oct. 28 announced the ELMS EV Campus Program – a collaboration with universities nationwide designed to help them meet their sustainability and environmental goals, according to a news release.
The EV Campus Program will allow universities to pilot an ELMS Urban Delivery commercial electric vehicle free of charge for up to four weeks. The university will use the vehicle within campus boundaries covering a wide range of use cases during the pilot. ELMS will also install its telematics devices in universities’ campus fleets – including in traditional gas combustion vehicles – to analyze duty cycle data and provide universities with a report proposing customized solutions to reduce their carbon emissions, lower vehicle maintenance costs, and adopt robust EV charging infrastructure.
“This groundbreaking program is uniquely designed to serve colleges and universities seeking a green future,” “Not only will universities have a chance to pilot the ELMS all-electric Urban Delivery van, but they will also receive a comprehensive assessment of their current fleet so they can better understand where they can achieve cost savings and drive better business by going electric,” said Ron Feldeisen, chief revenue officer of ELMS, in the news release.
As schools nationwide target aggressive sustainability goals, ELMS is launching the EV Campus Program at a time where the nearly 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities look to transition their facilities and operations to cleaner alternatives. This includes transforming campus fleets, which can operate at a scale of more than 1,000 vehicles for large universities and are projected to increase to 325,000 units nationwide by 2025. These vehicles are used across campuses for parcel delivery, cleaning and laundry, athletics, facilities maintenance, campus dining and security, and more.
ELMS started a pilot program in July with the University of Notre Dame to assess how the university could pursue efficiency and sustainability within its operations. Using advanced vehicle data analytics from its ELMS Air telematics system, ELMS identified ways for Notre Dame to save carbon emissions, capture total annual savings in fuel and maintenance costs, and reduce total cost of ownership by converting to an EV fleet. ELMS decided to offer this program nationwide due to the successful collaboration with Notre Dame.