National University Converts Car Fleet to New Energy-Efficient Vehicles

March 2, 2015

Fleet of Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid cars to serve University's network of campuses throughout California

 San Diego, Calif. - March 2, 2015 - Demonstrating its commitment to the environment and energy-efficient solutions, National University has acquired 26 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid cars to replace its current vehicle fleet that serves the University’s more than two dozen campuses throughout the state of California. 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.”

National University is committed to doing its part to contribute to a healthier and more environmentally-friendly society through programs and initiatives such as this one. 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.


About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California. With 30,000 students and more than 140,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college – the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials. Programs are offered at locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California.

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Anna Cearley
Director of Public Relations
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