Electric Vehicle Clean Commute Program
Sparks Interest of Long Islanders
August 28, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
major partners in the nation’s largest electric station car demonstration
project gathered today at Huntington Station to herald the program’s success
on Long Island.
The Clean Commute program
was launched in October by the New York Power Authority and Ford Motor
Company’s electric vehicle group, TH!NK Mobility, in conjunction with the
Long Island Power Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Begun with the goal of leasing 100 emission-free TH!NK city
electric vehicles to suburban commuters, the program has exceeded
expectations on Long Island.
“The NYPA/THINK Clean Commute program is a direct
outgrowth of Governor Pataki’s commitment to providing New Yorkers with
environmentally sensitive transportation choices,” said Bart Chezar, NYPA
Manager of Electric Transportation. “Electric vehicles can contribute to
improving air quality and protecting the health of all New Yorkers –while at
the same time cutting our dependence on foreign oil.”
In response to the demand for the TH!NK city, NYPA and Ford
reassigned 10 vehicles from other localities to Huntington Station. With
support from LIPA, Long Island Rail Road and the Town of Huntington, the
station can now support 25 vehicles.
With the expansion, Long Island is now the regional leader in the Clean
Commute program, representing 40 percent of the program’s vehicles.
The Clean Commute Program is a major step forward in establishing
common-sense commuting alternatives,”said LIPA Chairman Richard M. Kessel.
“Through Governor George Pataki’s leadership, LIPA, NYPA, the LIRR and
Huntington and Oyster Bay Towns are working together to help keep Long
Island’s air a little cleaner and our roads a little less congested.”
Funding for LIPA’s commitment to the Clean Commute
program is provided under its Clean Energy Initiative, a five-year, $170
million program, originally proposed by Governor Pataki and designed in part
to foster development and application of clean energy technologies.
“At the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) we are dedicated
to environmentally responsible transportation and this is a smart step in
that direction,” said LIRR President Ken Bauer. “The energy independence
that is created by this program and other programs like it has never been
To date, Ford has leased 95 TH!NK city EV’s to
commuters from Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk
counties for $199 per month. Clean Commute participants use charging
stations at the commuter train station’s parking lots where their vehicles
are repowered during the work day. Participants also have charging equipment
installed at their homes to broaden the opportunity for greater vehicle use.
Local Ford dealers assigned to lease the TH!NK city
directly to consumers provide maintenance service and basic vehicle
instruction. The TH!NK city is a two-passenger EV with a range of
approximately 50 miles and a top speed of nearly 55 miles per hour. It is
manufactured by Ford’s TH!NK Nordic subsidiary in Norway.
electric transportation program has deployed more than 300 electric
vehicles, ranging from full-sized transit buses to battery-powered bicycles.
NYPA-deployed electric vehicles have exceeded the 1.6 million EV-miles.