NYPA Electric-Drive Vehicles Pass
6.5 Million Mile Mark: Independent Study Confirms Significant
Emission Reductions and Fuel Savings
February 1, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
today announced that its clean transportation program reached new
thresholds for miles driven, emission reductions and vehicle fuel
savings in 2006.
“Transportation accounts for 66% of the oil
consumed in our country. To reduce petroleum dependency and promote
cleaner air, we must move to alternative ways to fuel vehicles such
as electric-drive technology. NYPA is helping to lead the way and
our customers are playing a vital role in the effort,” said Timothy
S. Carey, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.
NYPA is a leading national proponent of
electric-drive technologies. It has placed more than 850 vehicles in
service with its customers and in its own fleet, and operates one of
the most diverse electric transportation programs in the United
There are currently some 500 NYPA-deployed
electric-drive vehicles in operation with NYPA customers or in use
by NYPA in its own operations. During 2006, these vehicles traveled
about 1.25 million miles exceeding the 1.1 miles traveled in 2005.
Since the inception of the NYPA program in the early 1990s, NYPA’s
electric-drive vehicles have traveled a total of 6.5 million miles.
At use in 33 of New York State’s 62 counties, these all-electric and
hybrid-electric vehicles replace conventional vehicles in a number
of applications. They are at work in communities spanning the state
from as far north as Rouses Point and south to Staten Island,
providing services which include mail delivery, equipment transport,
parking enforcement, and employee and commuter shuttle services.
An independent analysis, by M.J. Bradley and
Associates, of NYPA’s electric-drive programs calculated reductions
in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and vehicle fuel use. Based on
those calculations, since the inception of the program, NYPA
estimates its electric-drive vehicles have reduced CO2 emissions by
more than 3,000 tons and saved 21,000 barrels of crude oil—which
translates into gasoline savings of almost 400,000 gallons.
"NYPA has been a pioneering leader of deploying
electric transportation for many years," said Brian Wynne,
president, Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). "NYPA’s
proven and diverse electric-drive program is a model for others to
EDTA is the preeminent industry association
dedicated to advancing electric-drive as a core technology on the
road to sustainable mobility. Its membership includes a diverse
representation of vehicle and equipment manufacturers, energy
providers (including NYPA), component suppliers and end users.
Highlights of NYPA’s clean electric transportation
program in 2006 included:
Introducing four Orion/BAE hybrid-electric buses
into service on behalf of the Roosevelt Island Operating Authority
in the City of New York.
Unveiling the Sprinter Plug-In Hybrid Electric
vehicle in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute
and vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler. In 2007 NYPA will place a
plug-in hybrid into service with a major New York City customer.
Replacing diesel-powered ground support vehicles
with emission-free electric-drive vehicles at LaGuardia Marine Air
Terminal, with additional airport applications planned.
Expanding work with state and municipal
governments, colleges and universities to integrate clean, electric
drive vehicles into their fleets.
Several other projects completed in 2006 relied on
innovative technologies to improve air-quality by dramatically
reducing emissions from existing buses and trucks:
Co-funding installation of emission control
technologies on four NYC Department of Sanitation trucks with the
Queens Clean Air Project. The emission reduction equipment will
reduce particulate matter emissions by up to 90 percent. The
Sanitation Department plans to expand this demonstration project and
ultimately retrofit the entire fleet.
Completing installation of similar emission control
technologies on about 1,500 school buses through the Clean School
Bus program in New York City. NYPA also funded fueling of more than
3,000 school buses with cleaner diesel fuel, now mandatory in New
York State. To date, these two NYPA efforts have reduced CO
emissions by 233 tons, and eliminated both 32 tons of particulate
matter and 28 tons of hydrocarbons.
NYPA’s recent clean transportation initiatives and
accomplishments are available in The Electric-Drive Vehicle Report
In 2007, NYPA programs will include plug-in hybrid
demonstrations with several major manufacturers. These hybrid
demonstrations projects will include delivery trucks and field tests
for hybrid school buses. Working with the New York State Energy
Research and Development Authority, New York State Pupil
Transportation Association and the New York School Bus Contractor
Association, NYPA will co-fund the purchase of two hybrid school
buses for use in different applications around the state.
Mileage by Vehicle Type
■ 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 transmission lines.
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