Student wins scholarship, Ball State a car in national video contest on alternative fuels

Topics: Scholarships, College of Architecture and Planning, Sustainability/Environment

April 22, 2008

Electric Car
Jagjeet Singh Chahal, center, with Sue Weller, Ball State~~~s director of transportation, and Dan Schatz, MILES Electric Vehicles.
This year's Earth Day will see Ball State University become even more green.

Thanks to student Jagjeet Singh Chahal, the university will receive a gift of an electric car, while he earned himself a $1,000 scholarship. To win the prizes, Chahal created a video for the Miles Revolution Video Contest, sponsored by No Gas Required, an organization leading students in protecting the environment, and Miles Electric Vehicles.

"Sustainability has been an important aspect of my studies since I came to Ball State to study architecture," Chahal said. "I believe we should all do our part to create a more sustainable world, and it was an honor to win the contest and share these views on a national stage."

The car was presented to Ball State during the university's annual Earth Day celebration with Chahal, a representative from Miles, and Sue Weller, Ball State's director of transportation, participating in the ceremony.

"I want to thank Jagjeet for his winning effort, which resulted in Ball State gladly adding the Miles car into its fleet," Weller said. "Ball State is committed to sustainability. It is part of our strategic plan, and that's demonstrated by our fleet, the majority of which is hybrid cars, E-85 and biodiesel vehicles and six hybrid electric buses."

The Miles car will be used on a daily basis on Ball State's campus. It will help promote the university's sustainability efforts, Weller added.

Miles Electric Vehicles was founded in 2004 by Miles Rubin with a mission to develop electric vehicles that use no gas and produce zero tailpipe emissions for organizations and everyday drivers.

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