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February 2012 News Releases

Farley to forego fossil fuels by using alternative mode of transportation

NOTE: Due to weather conditions, this event was rescheduled for 12:30 p.m., TUESDAY FEB 21

When: 12:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20

What: With the blessing of the Washburn Ecobods, a student organization committed to increasing environmental awareness on campus, Washburn President Jerry Farley will promote alternative transportation next week.

Farley will be given the use of a Chevy Volt, courtesy of Bozarth Chevrolet.

 The Washburn Ecobods will have the opportunity to become better acquainted with and gain hands-on experience in the use of hybrid electric vehicles.

Where: West end of parking lot in front of Morgan Hall (near 17th and Boswell).


  • Kellis Bayless, faculty advisor, Washburn Ecobods, and lecturer, biology.
  •  Matt Rush, president, Washburn Ecobods
  • Mark Harris, sales manager, Bozarth Chevrolet


  • The Volt is the most fuel-efficient compact car sold in the United States, as rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • The Volt operates as a pure battery electric vehicle until its plug-in battery capacity drops to a predetermined threshold from full charge, at which point its gasoline engine powers an electric generator to extend the vehicle's range.
  • The Volt's regenerative braking also contributes to the on-board electricity generation.
  • In order to improve performance, the internal combustion engine may at times be engaged mechanically to assist both electric motors to propel the Volt.

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Dena Anson, university relations, (785) 670-1711