Public Power Partnership to Promote Electric Drive Vehicles
in New York
May 20, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—New York Power Authority (NYPA) trustees Tuesday announced
creation of a $1.2 million fund to help the state’s municipal and rural
electric cooperative systems purchase electric and hybrid-drive vehicles for
their municipal fleets. The program will be conducted in cooperation with
the Municipal Electric Utility Association of New York State (MEUA), whose members serve 500,000 New
York electricity consumers.
“This partnership furthers Governor George Pataki’s clean air initiatives in
communities already linked to NYPA’s clean hydropower resources,” said
Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer of the Power
Through the NYPA/MEUA Municipal Alternative Vehicle Partnership Program,
municipal and cooperative electric systems can apply for up to $22,000 in
financing toward the purchase of commercially available electric drive
vehicles. All-electric vehicles produce zero-emissions and run on an
electric motor powered by a battery pack; hybrid-electric vehicles use a
combination of a gasoline engine and electric motor to increase gas mileage,
and reduce tailpipe emissions.
“This is certainly the jump start MEUA needs in our partnership program with
the New York Power Authority,” said Bob Mullane, MEUA Executive Director.
“And we appreciate the support of Chairman Louis P. Ciminelli, President
Zeltmann and the Authority Trustees in adopting a financial plan for this
program to go forward.”
Among the electric and hybrid-electric vehicles now commercially available
are the Honda Civic and Toyota Prius hybrid-electric passenger cars.
Off-road utility work vehicles include the Taylor-Dunn Electruck and the
John Deere-E-Gator; a combination riding lawn-mower, capable of snow
In August 2002, NYPA hosted a “Ride and Drive” exhibition of electric
vehicles for members of the Municipal Electric Utility Association attending
an annual conference in Saratoga Springs. NYPA at that time loaned the MEUA
leadership a Toyota Prius to demonstrate the capability of a vehicle with
hybrid electric technology.
In April 2003, the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) and NYPA
provided seminars and another “Ride and Drive” exhibition at an MEUA
semi-annual meeting in Liverpool, near Syracuse.
NYPA is among the national leaders in promoting electric drive vehicles and
is credited with placing more than 350 vehicles in service with customer
fleets. NYPA electric transportation projects include electric station-cars
for commuters, all electric school buses, small urban electric vehicles as
well as electric delivery trucks. It is the nation’s largest supplier of
electricity for public transportation, supplying the power for commuter and
subway trains in the New York metropolitan region.