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Nissan Offering Bruins $10K Toward LEAF Purchase

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nissanleafNow through the end of March, Nissan is offering all UCLA staff, faculty, and students a $10,000 incentive to be used toward the purchase of a 2016 or 2017 Nissan LEAF.

Those with valid Bruin ID cards who decide to purchase a LEAF—which is an electric vehicle (EV)—will also qualify for a Clean Fuel Permit. With this permit, you’ll be able to receive complimentary Level 1 EV charging in various parking lots and structures across campus.

Here are more reasons to seriously consider buying an EV:

  1. No oil changes ever
  2. Never buy gas again
  3. Potential state HOV lane access
  4. Up to 107 mile range
  5. 24 months of complimentary public charging off campus
  6. Eligible for UCLA Clean Fuel Parking Permit (includes daily Level 1 charging on campus)

As an added bonus, you’ll be able to join the Bruin Commuter Club (BCC) to reap even more benefits of being an alternative transportation user.

For more information about additional incentives, visit bit.ly/uclanissanleaf.

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Gear to Make Your Electric Vehicle Even More Eco-Friendly

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EV UCLAAs a driver of an electric vehicle (EV), you've made the crucial leap toward eco-friendly transportation. Not only could you be receiving government subsidies for your environmentally-conscious choice, you're also emitting less carbon emissions that contribute to pollution and climate change. While you deserve a pat on the back for your eco-friendly choice, you don't have to stop at the purchase of an EV. Below are five upgrades, gear and tech on the market that will make your EV more eco-friendly.

Upgrade to Efficient Tires

Your old tires can drastically decrease your car's energy efficiency. Avoid neglecting your tires by monitoring for any potential wear and replacing them as needed. Vehicle tires sold by Continental offer eco-friendly options that lower rolling resistance while cutting down carbon dioxide emissions. With temperature-activated functional polymers, these tires offer strong traction and long tread life, allowing you to remain safe in your vehicle in even the worst weather driving conditions.

Install LED Lights

Light emitting diode, or LED, lights are not only environmentally friendly — they're also cost effective and efficient. LED lights have a longer life-span, lasting up to 25 times longer than their counterparts. They also don't contain any mercury, reducing their overall global footprint and environmental impact. LED lights also use less energy and emit less heat than traditional car lights. They're easy to maintain and highly resistant to breaking, allowing you the comfort of driving safely on the road for longer periods of time.

Use a Solar Charger

If you charge your electronics, including smartphones or tablets, using your car's power adapter port, you could be draining your car's battery and its efficiency. With a solar charger like the R7 7 Watt Rollable Solar Panel from Power Film Solar, you can charge electronics without draining your vehicle's battery. This means a longer life span for your car's battery and less periodic maintenance and replacement.

Invest in a GPS Tracking System or Route Planner

One of the easiest ways to make your vehicle more eco-friendly is to practice efficient driving. This includes avoiding speeding while accelerating and braking at a steady pace. A GPS tracking system, including systems sold by Mastrack, is great to keep tabs on your car. But it also provides you with alerts, including:

  • Real-time traffic
  • Google maps to provide you directions
  • Check engine notifications
  • Maintenance monitoring
  • Mileage tracker

You'll also receive alerts if you're driving too fast, which will allow to monitor your average speed and track your vehicle's overall efficiency. For those days you're running errands all over town, download a route planning app such as Route 4 Me that will plan the most efficient commute in just a few seconds. Finding a concise route will save you time and money, and shorten your drive time by up to 35%.

 

 

BruinBus introduces two new all-electric buses to its fleet!

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On Tuesday, September 27, UCLA Transportation reveled two new, all-electric buses as part of the BruinBus transit program. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at Dickson Court North featuring music, light refreshments, fun BruinBus giveaways and a test ride on one of the buses.

These zero emission, clean-fueled transit buses can run for up to 145 miles and only require 4 hours of recharging time. Built by the automotive company BYD, the battery-electric buses are five times more efficient compared to diesel, CNG, and hybrid technologies and will replace the last diesel buses in the BruinBus campus shuttle fleet. The buses will be the first electric buses at any public university in California!

Check out some of the photos from the event below!


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New All-Electric BruinBus Unveiling

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UCLA Transportation is excited to introduce two new all-electric buses to its BruinBus campus shuttle service. These clean fueled buses will be the first electric buses at any public university in California!

Join us Tuesday, September 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Dickson Court North at Portola Plaza. Giveaways, bus tours and light refreshments will be provided to those in attendance.

 

5 Ways to Green Your Commute for Earth Day

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What are you doing to make this planet a safer and greener place on April 22nd? With Earth Day rapidly approaching, what better way to celebrate than by playing your part in making Earth a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all.

We've compiled a list of things we city folk can do to give back to this planet we call home year round. Go big or go home, right? Don’t be alarmed though: We promise this list does not require for you to get your fingernails dirty or your shoes wet.

Here are 5 simple ways you can green up your commute:

  1. Go Electric. Electric vehicles are a man’s best friend. Yes, even above our own furry friends. These electricity-powered vehicles are able to transfer up to 80% of the energy stored in their small but mighty car batteries, unlike gas-powered vehicles that can only use about 14-26% of the total energy. And even better, electric vehicles emit 0 kg of CO2. Find your nearest EV dealer.
  1. Try an E-Bike. With so many shops here in LA solely dedicated to the sale and repair ofelectric and folding bikes, the time has never been better to try out your very own e-bike! With a brilliant combination of electric power and one's actual manpower, these bad boys will help you get in good shape for this summer—all while helping you do your part in reducing traffic congestion and air pollution. Check out LA’s very first electric bike shop.
  1. Drive at the Speed Limit. Yes, I know this one may sound like something we’ve all heard a million times, but there is a lot more riding on this law than just the safety of you and those around you. Driving the speed limit can actually reduce fuel consumption by 10% and can reduce GHG emissions by 0.12 tonnes per year! Now that sounds like a law worth following!
  1. Service your vehicle regularly. Truth is, many of the negative effects that come with driving our vehicles can be diminished with something as easy as checking your tires before work. Driving with one tire under-inflated by 20% can result in the consumption of approximately two weeks more fuel per year, which not only reduces your vehicle’s tire’s life by six to nine months, but also increases your vehicle’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. Even things like replacing clogged air filters in your vehicle can improve fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions greatly. So what are you waiting for? Show your car the love it deserves!
  1. Scoot, Blade, & Skate. Tired of the usual bike commute? Why not try utilizing other inexpensive ways to get from point A to point B such as rollerblading, riding a scooter or skateboarding!
    • Rollerblading’s increased popularity has captured the interests of many California natives. Plus, it has been proven to quickly improve your fitness and cardiovascular health while helping you avoid that heavy carbon footprint.
    • Skateboarding may not seem to be for the faint hearted, but studies have actually determined it to be a relatively safe sport in terms of injuries sustained. Join the other 11 million participants worldwide who have made skateboarding their own unique way of giving back to planet Earth! Also, don’t forget to join Go Skateboard Day on June 21, 2016, by skateboarding to work or school!
    • Scooters are a very inexpensive way to get to your destination. They are also gaining some real traction as an alternate means of travel for people of all ages. Additionally, they come in a huge range cool colors and sizes. I mean, what else could you possibly ask for?