Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Vol State Goes Hybrid!

The phrase “Going Green” seems to be the universal phrase for becoming eco-friendly, and Vol State is doing their part to help the environment with the recent purchase of Toyota Camry Hybrid vehicles.

“We got seven new Toyota Hybrids. We thought it would be a good time to green up the campus. The state of Tenn. wanted us to reduce our use of petroleum consumption by 20 percent. This is one way we will do this,” said Jerry Whitaker, Assistant Director of Plant Operations.

Whitaker said that since they are on state contract, they did get the state contract price.

The question of safety was brought up with the recent recall history of Toyota. “None of the hybrids we have were on the recall list. We waited to make sure we didn’t have any problems. We purchased these from Alexander Toyota of Murfreesboro. Alexander had the state contract,” Whitaker said.

“They are going to save money on gas for sure. They are better for the environment because they don’t produce as much smog. They do still have to be emissions tested,” said Michelle Boyd, Health and Safety/Environmental Coordinator, about some of the benefits of the hybrids.

“They start out running on electric, and after it reaches a certain speed, it goes to the hybrid,” said Whitaker.

Vol State now has eight hybrid vehicles, including a Ford Escape they purchased last year.

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