New York Power Authority,
DaimlerChrysler and EPRI Introduce Plug-In Hybrid Electric Concept
Car—The Sprinter Van
Brian Warner, NYPA, 914-390-8183, (9/14 only 914-584-5024)
Leticia Remauro, Battery Park City, 212-417-2276
Nick Cappa, DaimlerChrysler, 248-202-8039
September 14, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and
the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have teamed with
DaimlerChrysler to display the latest advancement in plug-in hybrid
electric (PHEV) technology, the Sprinter Van concept vehicle.
One of these concept utility vehicles was showcased
today at the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City, in front of the
Solaire, America’s first residential high-rise green building. NYPA
President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy S. Carey was joined by
Battery Park City Authority President and Chief Executive Officer
Jim Cavanaugh, DaimlerChrysler Senior Manager Claus Tritt and EPRI
Senior Account Executive Rebecca Wingenroth, to present the vehicle.
“Under Governor George Pataki’s leadership the
Power Authority has advanced a number of green initiatives. In the
realm of transportation, our electric transportation program is
committed to putting electric and hybrid electric-cars and buses on
New York’s streets, and in government and customer fleets. Now we
are working with the Electric Power Research Institute and
DaimlerChrysler to pave the way for the next big thing in automotive
transportation—plug-in hybrids,” said Carey.
“The Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority has
become a model for environmentally responsible urban living, so it
is only natural that we would welcome an opportunity to help
showcase a concept vehicle designed to help protect our environment.
Battery Park City has a productive relationship with NYPA, the
state’s largest provider of lower-cost electricity and a supporter
of electric-drive vehicle use for public fleets,” said Cavanaugh.
"DaimlerChrysler is the only manufacturer to build
plug-in hybrid vehicles to test with customers," said Nick Cappa,
Manager of Advanced Technology Communications DaimlerChrysler. "What
we're learning from this proof of concept fleet will apply to future
hybrid powertrain and battery technology."
“The plug-in Sprinter Van represents a significant
step along a series of important developments that will lead to
commercializing Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles,” said Robert
Graham, manager, EPRI’s Electric Transportation Program. “Many of
the technological advantages are clear—a vehicle operating primarily
on electricity is a cheaper ride, air emissions are significantly
lower and it reduces our reliance on imported oil.”
Ongoing EPRI studies indicate that fleet
applications offer the best opportunity for the early demonstration
of plug-in hybrids.
Today’s unveiling is the first of a series of
public events planned for New York State to highlight this plug-in
hybrid electric concept vehicle. NYPA has joined an alliance created
by EPRI, in cooperation with DaimlerChrysler to demonstrate plug-in
hybrid-electric vehicles in various fleets around the country.
In 2006 and 2007, four prototype vehicles currently
being tested in Germany will be brought to the United States under a
federal waiver and tested by customers for a three-year period. NYPA
plans to demonstrate one of these vehicles in the fleet of The New
Plug-in hybrids can operate in either an
all-electric or hybrid mode. These vehicles have larger batteries
than standard non-plug-in hybrids, which allow them to travel
distances in the all electric-only mode. The Sprinter plug-in
concept vehicle has an electric range of up to 20 miles. On short
urban routes, with lots of stop-and-go driving, this vehicle may
operate for most of the day in electric mode.
In the hybrid mode, the vehicle performs like a
standard hybrid, with significantly lower emissions and fuel
consumption than conventional diesel or gasoline vehicles.
NYPA is a recognized national leader in the
promotion and demonstration of electric drive technologies. In New
York City, NYPA worked with the Metropolitan Transportation
Authority to introduce hybrid-electric buses. Over the last 10
years, NYPA has placed more than 800 electric drive vehicles in
service with customer fleets.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.
It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues
earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a
leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and
electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation’s
largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities
in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of