Vehicle Selection

In an effort to lower the overall campus carbon footprint and be in compliance with UCOP sustainability goals (Sustainable Practices Policy), UCLA Transportation works directly with vehicle manufacturers and aftermarket providers to obtain zero-emission and alternative fuel options in every vehicle class, where available. For a list of available “green” vehicles, please see our preferred vehicle list.

  • Low Speed Vehicles (LSVs) – GEMs are street legal on roadways posted 35 mph or less. With a top speed of 26 mph, is it ideal for campus use, as proven by the hundreds of GEMs already operating on campus. These zero emission electric vehicles use standard 110V outlets for charging, offering an excellent range of approximately 50 miles on a full charge.
  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) – Fully electric drive engines that produce zero emissions from the vehicle. Ideal for shorter distance and local driving where access to charging stations is more readily available.
  • Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) – Traditional internal combustion engines supplemented by an electric motor that improve overall gas mileage, but also come with the added benefit of a limited range of full electric miles for zero emission driving. Ideal for longer journeys further away from charging stations, but also easily support local driving on the electric only engine.
  • FlexFuel (E85) – Traditional internal combustion engines that are designed to run on ethanol (E85) fuel. Ethanol produces significantly lower GHG emissions per gallon and produces the same power as unleaded fuel.

UCLA Transportation also provides in depth vehicle specification and analysis services to help you decide what type of vehicle is the best fit for your department, and what equipment you may need for your operations.