Nevada High School FFA received a donated electric Vantage “Truck All” from Van Wall Equipment, Nevada store. “We asked about the electric vehicle a couple of years ago for use in our Iowa High School Renewable Energy Conference.” stated Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School ag ed instructor and FFA advisor.

On Saturday, Rick Hawbaker contacted Cooper to see if there was still an interest in the vehicle if donated. “Certainly,” stated Cooper. The next day, Tyler McDonald of Van Wall Equipment assisted with getting the truck to the high school.

On Monday, Cooper’s natural resources class used the truck for investigating the many aspects of electric vehicles. Several students found that even large semi tractors were now electric. The students also researched chargers, replacement batteries, speed and comparable values. Cooper asked the students what could the use of an electric truck add value to. Several students responded with “LEED points!” — could we get LEED certification? The students drafted up a list of related energy efficiencies in place and the information was shared with a LEED certified architect. Sara Camp-Overton emailed back probably not, and individuals are “accredited” and buildings are certified. Cooper suggested if the truck were put into use, the ag program and FFA chapter could send an inquiry to the USGBC and seek “accredited” or recognized status.

DSCN 1129.jpg Rick Hawbaker, Van Wall Equipment Nevada store manager, donated a Vantage electric “Truck All” to Nevada High School Ag Ed & FFA. Pictured front L to R, Ryanne Barker, Aidan Anderson, Samantha Black, Jay Calentine, and Hawbaker, back row in truck box L to R, Avery Mather, and Ethan Wild, not pictured Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School Ag Ed instructor and FFA advisor.

DSCN 1056.jpg Front view of Vantage electric “Truck All” on Van Wall trailer ready for transport to Nevada High School.

DSCN 1053.jpg Side view of “street legal” Vantage “Truck All” on Van Wall Equipment semi trailer ready for transport to Nevada High School. Also see wind turbine in background creating clean energy for the Nevada store.