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Northeastern University Converting Fleet to All-Electric


By Dave Lubach Facilities Management
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Vehicle electrification has been more successful and ambitious in some places than others. Northeastern University in Boston is one of the institutional and commercial facilities that is going all-in on electrification.

Northeastern is converting its fleet of nearly 140 gas-powered vehicles into electric-powered vehicles. The vehicles include golf carts, utility vehicles, trucks, cars, and cargo vans. Light- and heavy-duty trucks are also included in the conversion plans, according to the school’s website.

The conversion will take five years to complete, school officials say, because of the time it will take to add charging stations and other infrastructure to accommodate the vehicles. The university needs to install about 100 charging stations for the facilities fleet, and has plans for another 20 charging stations for parking garages.  

Northeastern also plans to have battery-powered ebikes available for use on campus.

The conversion to electric vehicles is part of Northeastern’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Dave Lubach is managing editor, Facility Market. 

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