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Electric vehicles on display for CB West students – Local Business – Bucks County Courier Times

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Fred Beans Chevrolet Volt specialist, Bruce Hembrick, talks to CB West’s AP Environmental Science class about the features of the car and its environmental impact.

By Crissa Shoemaker DeBree Staff writer Crissa Shoemaker DeBree: 215-345-3186; email:cshoemaker@calkins.com; Twitter: @bucksmontbiz |Updated 13 hours ago

Environmental science students at Central Bucks West got up-close views Monday of alternative fuel vehicles.

The students braved frigid temperatures to check out Chevrolet’s Volt and the Nissan Leaf, two electric vehicles, as well as a school bus that runs on compressed natural gas.

The presentations were part of the Advanced Placement Environmental Science students’ ongoing lessons on pollution, said teacher Bill Licopoli.

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Electric vehicles on display for CB West students

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Art Gentile

Fred Beans Chevrolet Volt specialist, Bruce Hembrick, talks to CB West’s AP Environmental Science class about the features of the car and its environmental impact.

By Crissa Shoemaker DeBree Staff writer Crissa Shoemaker DeBree: 215-345-3186; email: cshoemaker@calkins.com; Twitter: @bucksmontbiz | Updated 13 hours ago

Environmental science students at Central Bucks West got up-close views Monday of alternative fuel vehicles.

The students braved frigid temperatures to check out Chevrolet’s Volt and the Nissan Leaf, two electric vehicles, as well as a school bus that runs on compressed natural gas.

The presentations were part of the Advanced Placement Environmental Science students’ ongoing lessons on pollution, said teacher Bill Licopoli.

The presentation was organized by Sharon Haas, a Doylestown resident and environmental specialist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Haas, who has been doing presentations at the school since 2007, works for the DEP’s Bureau of Mobile Sources, which studies and seeks to control air pollution from vehicles and other mobile sources.

“As long as we use vehicles and energy, we’re going to have pollution,” Haas said. “These are things we have to control and balance.”

The students also heard from: Peter Russo, president of the oilfields consulting firm Peter F. Russo & Associates, who discussed oilfield cleanup and fracking; and from Dieter Scheel of Sustainable Waste Services. Scheel’s company serves industrial and commercial customers like Merck, Johnson & Johnson and Hatfield Quality Meats, whose waste is recycled, reused or sent to plants that convert it into energy.

“Energy from waste is the best available current technology,” Scheel said.

Outside, Fred Beans’ John Kachmar and Bruce Hembrick gave tours of the electric vehicles, while John Welsh from the Lower Merion School District let the kids warm up on the district’s school bus, which runs on compressed natural gas.

Welsh said the district began its compressed natural gas program in 1996 after residents near its bus depot complained of noise and exhaust fumes. The CNG buses run quieter and on fuel that costs half as much as diesel, Welsh said.

“As a driver,” he said, “it makes for a much easier ride.”

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