An Electrifying Change—Campus Patrol Switches to Electric Cars
With the rise in global warming and climate change being at the forefront of people’s minds, MAHE has taken the initiative of replacing the Campus Patrol jeeps with electric cars. The duties of the Campus Patrol involve taking action regarding reports of any incidents that take place on campus. They ensure the safety of the students through regular patrolling and registering complaints that they receive over the campus patrol phone.
The college took this initiative to switch over to a cleaner resource to bring down the use of fossil fuels. The use of the electric car has drastically brought down the operational cost in terms of the money spent on fuel. If the electric car is fully charged and used without headlights and AC, it can commute about 140 kilometres.
MAHE invested in two new vehicles, and it owns five more slightly older ones. One of these cars is permanently stationed on the MIT campus. The car can travel at about 78 kilometres per hour on the National Highway. The mileage of the car also contributes towards its benefits. This vehicle comes equipped with a slow and fast charger. The slow charger is on the outer wall of the Student Plaza, and it completely charges the car in two to three hours. The fast charger is at the petrol pumps, and it charges the car in one hour. However, regularly fast charging the car has a detrimental effect on the car’s battery in the long run.
“The capacity of the car is comparatively less with respect to the jeep. But it is sufficient for the purpose of campus security. The car is also good for nature and does a great job of reducing pollution.” said Arun Kumar, the Security Supervisor-in-Charge of the Campus Patrol. The disadvantage of switching from a jeep to a car is that the car cannot go to cross-country areas. For such terrain, a jeep serves as a better alternative.
Ever since the international discussion on climate deterioration has begun, multiple government bodies and private institutions are enforcing regulations to combat this dreadful phenomenon. With this change, from diesel to electric vehicles, the college has taken a proactive initiative in responding to the climate crisis.
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