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Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is set to take another step in the direction of becoming a sustainable organisation, and has been granted $48,972 to be used for the installation of electric vehicle charging facilities at both their Tauranga and Rotorua campuses. The funding will also be used to purchase two electric seven-seater vans to add to their staff fleet.
The funding was granted yesterday by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods, and the project is one of 19 which will be given a share of the $3.87 million budget from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund. The project and funding will be overseen by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.
In a statement, the Minister said that the funding was granted "in line with its desire to be a sustainable organisation".
"The institute will share its learnings on total cost modelling for ownership of EVs, looking at a variety of factors including environmental, health, running and maintenance costs, and safety as compared with a conventional fleet."
Photo: Example of an electric charging station in Rotorua (Source: Electrive.com)