UW Superior Saves Energy with ECars

By KBJR News 1

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Staff at the University of Wisconsin Superior now has a more energy efficient way of getting around campus.

In June the University got four new Neighborhood Electric Vehicle cars that will be used to move people and equipment around campus.

The campus purchased the cars through a rebate for utilities savings from the University of Wisconsin system.

The cars run on 100 percent electricity and recharge at any standard outlet allowing the campus to save money on fuel.

The vehicles can go about 50 miles on a single charge and are even allowed on city streets.

"These are called low speed vehicles, and they have to be licensed and approved by the DOT. So they meet all the road regulations and we have to get a special permit for them, or a special plate, and that allows us to drive on any city street, 35 mph or under," said Tom Fennessey the Director of Facilities Management at UW-Superior.

These electric cars cost around $21,000 a piece and are built in Princeton Minn.

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