Siemens continued to bolster its relationship with Forsyth County Schools by donating an all-electric van to Lambert High School, which will enable students active in the robotics, engineering, and science departments to travel with oversized equipment and supplies to competitions and conferences in a safe, green way.
“By donating the all-electric van to Lambert High School, Siemens takes an active role in introducing and encouraging students to explore opportunities in the STEM field,” said Thomas Orberger, Siemens business manager for hybrid drives in North America.
The Ford Transit Connect van features Siemens ELFA technology, which drives the vehicle and transfers the vehicle’s braking energy back into the battery through the all- electric power train, eliminating emissions and fuel costs, and reducing maintenance costs. This powertrain technology will help the school reduce carbon emissions, noise pollution and fuel costs.
“Lambert High School is thrilled to be in partnership with Siemens through their donation,” said Dr. Gary Davison, school principal. “We gladly accept their generosity of an electric-powered van for our programs to use. Our engineering, robotics, and science departments will truly benefit from their gift. We thank Siemens for their commitment to education, kids and the community.”
With a 67 KW Siemens motor, the van has a top speed of 75 mph and offers a fast acceleration. Additionally, its range is nearly 100 miles and can be fully charged overnight. The donation builds upon Siemens existing partnership with Forsyth County Schools, which already includes a high school work-study program, student internships and STEM curriculum development.