San Diego-based National University is demonstrating a commitment to fuel efficiency and the environment by replacing its current vehicle fleet with 26 Honda Accord plug-in hybrids.
The University, which is the 2nd largest private nonprofit university in the state, is believed to currently have the largest fleet of these Honda models in California.
“National University is proud to be a leader in contributing to cleaner energy alternatives that benefit our environment,” said Randy Frisch, Vice Chancellor of Business and Administration with the National University System.” Because we are not one campus, but many campuses throughout California and Nevada, converting our company car fleet to Honda Accord plug-in hybrids is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to the environment and to energy-efficient technologies.”
The University’s campuses are primarily in California and they include locations up and down the state, from Chula Vista to the south to Redding to the north, as well as in major cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Costa Mesa and San Jose. The University offers students the opportunity to take courses on-site, online, or through a hybrid combination through its unique one-course-per-month format.
The company car fleet is used by employees who travel to the University’s multiple campus locations on a regular basis. Combining hybrid efficiency with a powerful dose of instantaneous electric-motor torque, the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid is rated by the EPA with a maximum EV Mode driving range of 13 miles and a gasoline fuel-economy rating of 47/46/46 mpg (city/hwy/combined). Additionally, consumers can enjoy a $1,500 state rebate and a $3,626 federal tax credit and single occupancy access to the HOV carpool lanes. The California Air Resources Board is encouraging the adoption of zero-emission vehicles, with a goal of 1.5 million on the roads statewide by 2025.