UBC follows automobile-restrained policies to reduce the number of automotive trips into and out of campus.
The University also measures, reports and is required to offset carbon emissions for campus-owned vehicles, as part of provincial legislation and UBC's Climate Action Plan.
Before purchasing a vehicle, consider alternate modes of travel, such as sharing a vehicle with another department, using a car share program, carpooling, or cycling. UBC has numerous electric vehicle charging stations and car share locations across campus, to encourage sustainable automobile travel.
- Sharing a vehicle with another UBC department, or using a car share program such as Modo, Evo or Car2go
- Electric, hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles, when cost-effective and operationally feasible. Check the guides below for lifetime cost calculators, or contact ARI
- Appropriately-sized vehicles that match their intended use
- Standardized models, via UBC Building Operations, maintainable by the UBC Building Operations garage
- Regular vehicle maintenance, including tire pressure checks, to maximize efficiency
- Fuel management and fuel-efficient driving practices
- Vehicle purchases, when you can meet your transportation needs by car sharing, car pooling, or using alternate modes of travel
- Vehicle purchases, if your long-term transportation needs are unclear; consider renting or leasing a vehicle instead
- Inefficient vehicle models
- Oversized vehicle models (i.e. purchasing a bigger vehicle than necessary)
Building Operations has standardized its automobile fleet to the following vehicle models, largely based on fuel consumption, total life cycle cost and the ability to diagnose and maintain issues in the Building Operations garage:
Where to Purchase
Tips and Resources
- UBC Building Operations E3 Certified Fleet
- UBC Building Operation Vehicle Services - Maintenance for your UBC vehicle
- UBC Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
- UBC Transportation Options
- Natural Resources Canada - Tips on purchasing fuel efficient vehicles
- Lifetime Costs Calculator to compare vehicles
- Clean Energy Vehicle Program Incentives for BC
- BCScrap‐It Program (offers $3,250 for your old car if you purchase an electric vehicle replacement)