New York Power Authority
and SUNY ESF Help Introduce
DaimlerChrysler Plug-In Hybrid Electric Concept Vehicle - The
Brian Warner, NYPA, 914-390-8183
Dave White, SUNY ESF, 315-470-6654
September 25, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SYRACUSE— Dr. Cornelius Murphy, Jr. president of
the State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY
ESF) joined Timothy S. Carey, president and chief executive officer,
New York Power Authority (NYPA) outside the college’s Physical Plant
Building today to display the latest advancement in electric-drive
technology, the DaimlerChrysler plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV)
Sprinter Van concept 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 our customers’ 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.
“Today’s demonstration of a new plug-in hybrid
electric Sprinter Van is another step forward toward a cleaner,
greener world. Our students at ESF made a great point with me, that
we can’t teach green without going green. We are trying to lead by
example as you can see by the large number of alternative energy
vehicles already in our fleet,” said Murphy.
"DaimlerChrysler is the only manufacturer to build
plug-in hybrid vehicles to test with customers," said Nick Cappa,
manager, 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, Electric Transportation Program, Electric Power
Research Institute (EPRI). “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 in Central New
York and one 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 PHEVs in various fleets around the
In 2006 and 2007, five 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 York Times.
PHEVs 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 Van 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.
SUNY-ESF has 34 alternative energy vehicles
including bulldozers, plow trucks, buses that run on bio-diesel,
electric cars, GEM vehicles, Toyota and Honda hybrids, and three
flexible-fuel vehicles that are E85
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 in its customer fleets.
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