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One of MSU's new Ford C-Max Hybrid SE vehicles is displayed on campus.

Hybrids ‘Max’-imize MSU’s sustainability goals

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July 12, 2013

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities recently purchased six new Ford C-Max Hybrid SE vehicles, which are now available for campus customers to rent or lease.

In line with MSU’s sustainability goals to improve the physical environment of campus, invest in sustainable energy research and development, and become an educational leader in sustainable energy, IPF’s Transportation Services department purchases hybrids to lower gasoline consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. There are currently 78 hybrids in the university fleet.

The Ford C-Max Hybrid SE vehicles are rated at 47 miles per gallon for city and highway driving. The hybrids run off a gas engine and an electric motor and will switch between gas and electric or use a combination of the two to be as fuel-efficient as possible.

Campus customers interested in renting a vehicle may make a reservation with Transportation Services. All details, including price, can be found on the IPF website.

The hybrids in the university fleet have proven popular with customers. Transportation Services Assistant Director Brian Watts said, “We’ve gotten really good feedback on them. Being ‘green’ is not only a view supported on campus but in the community as well.”

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities builds and maintains the physical environment for Michigan State University’s education, research and outreach missions, and directs the university’s sustainability initiatives and long-term infrastructure planning goals. The unit’s experienced team of professionals keeps MSU running 24/7/365, delivering an immense menu of services and providing expert analysis for university objectives. Call (517)353-1760 for emergency service.