Power Authority Playing Key Role in
Governor Pataki's Clean-Vehicle Initiatives
May 23, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANYNew York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Operating Officer
Eugene W. Zeltmann said Wednesday that the Power Authority is making a major contribution
to Gov. George E. Patakis efforts to lead New York "on a road to cleaner,
"Governor Pataki has led the way with such policies as rigorous vehicle emission
standards, tax incentives for clean-fueled vehicles, and bond-act funding for clean-fueled
vehicles in public fleets and mass transit," Zeltmann said at ceremonies to welcome
participants in the 13th annual Tour de Sol race for electric, hybrid-electric
and solar-powered entrants.
"The Governors vigorous efforts to promote clean-fueled vehicles demonstrate
his strong commitment to protecting the Empire States environment," Zeltmann
told the Empire State Plaza audience.
Zeltmann said that the Power Authority "has answered Governor Patakis call
to advance clean-fuel vehicle technologies with its nationally recognized electric
transportation program. NYPA has placed more than 200 electric vehicles in operation,
including station cars, school buses, fleet vehicles and transit buses.
"The electric vehicles deployed by NYPA and its customers
have traveled more than one million miles, making NYPA the first electric utility in the
Northeast to reach that significant EV milestone," said Zeltmann, who is a co-chair
of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Americas, an association of electric utilities,
vehicle manufacturers, EV component suppliers, research institutions and government
agencies working to advance electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure.
He said NYPA is exploring the use of Ford Motor Co.s new "TH!NK"
electric vehicles as commuter and station cars and is working on advanced technologies for
hybrid-electric buses and expanded use of electric delivery vehicles.
Zeltmann said NYPA was proud to continue its annual financial support of
the Tour de Sol entry from Cato-Meridian High School in Cayuga County. He noted that this
years version of the schools solar-powered electric car, the Sunpacer,
includes a high-efficiency battery charger, a new two-speed gear system and other new or