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Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Student Christopher Adams hands off an electric cord
to Rob McGinn, Minnesota State Mankato’s
Environmental Health & Safety Director as AMET
Department Chairman Bruce Jones (left) looks on. 
The cord is used to charge the all-electric vehicles.

Electric Work Horses New Addition to Campus

4/22/08

MANKATO, MN – Just in time for Earth Day, Minnesota State Mankato announced the acquisition of two experimental battery driven work vehicles, thanks to a partnership with e-ride Industries, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and the University. 

            “We’ve got two units, one for lab work so students can retrofit it to better ensure an extended battery charge, with the other committed to Facilities Management so they can use it around campus,” said Bruce Jones, Chairman of the Automotive & Manufacturing Engineering Technology (AMET) Department.

            The Minnesota Department of Commerce assisted with a grant to procure and operate the “Neighborhood Electrical Vehicles” supplied by e-ride Industries.

            “Our student design team wants to create more awareness on what energy alternatives exist.  We will be measuring the energy used by the vehicles, determining the cost of operation,  and developing systems that will improve the efficiency and range of the vehicles.”  said Christopher Adams, a member of a team of Automotive Engineering Technology (AET) senior design students who include Chris Henney and Sean Wimer.

            “We’ll give the Facilities Management vehicle a thorough workout hauling materials around the campus," said Robb McGinn, the University’s Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management.

            “The AET students will be monitoring our activities to see how the batteries hold up in all kinds of Minnesota weather.

            “The extension cord they gave me isn’t long enough, but we’ll make do,” mused McGinn, who as the Safety Officer has had his share of run-ins with frayed and lightly insulated cords on the University’s large campus.