New Hybrid-Electric S.U.V. to Serve
October 26, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROUSES POINT — There’s a brand new
hybrid-electric sport utility vehicle available in America and, starting
today, it’s rolling down the streets in the Village of Rouses Point.
The vehicle, Ford Motor Company’s new
hybrid-electric Escape, was presented to the Village of Rouses Point’s
municipal electric utility by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) as
part of a Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program conducted in
cooperation with the Municipal Electric Utilities Association (MEUA).
Village officials said they were proud
to be among first to deploy the much anticipated American entry into the
hybrid-electric vehicle market.
"We are pleased with the opportunity
afforded us by the N.Y. Power Authority and we are optimistic of the
energy savings that we expect to derive from this vehicle," said Mayor
George A. Rivers.
“Rouses Point is leading by example and
demonstrating that local governments can take positive steps to improve
air quality through the use of electric-drive technologies,” said Eugene
W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer of the Power
Authority. “NYPA’s Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program is helping
local public power systems across the Empire
State deploy clean fuel vehicles
that offer environmental benefits and help reduce reliance on imported
The Ford Escape runs on a 330 volt
nickel metal hydride battery and a 2.3 liter 4-valve engine. The battery
is recharged with power directly from the engine and from the
regenerative braking system. Fully engineered hybrid-drive systems allow
vehicles to run on electric power at slow speeds, significantly reducing
The Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle
Program is a $1.2 million fund which provides loans to municipal
electric utility systems and rural cooperatives seeking to purchase
all-electric or hybrid- electric vehicles for their fleets. In addition
to Rouses Point, the municipal electric utilities in Springville,
Boonville, Fairport have also purchased hybrid-electric vehicles through
the program, while the Village of Spencerport purchased the John Deere
E-Gator, an all-electric utility vehicle.
Through an array of electric vehicle
initiatives, NYPA has helped place more than 700 electric and
hybrid-electric vehicles on the road in New York State.
“NYPA’s electric transportation
initiatives are part of a comprehensive effort by New York State, under
the leadership of Governor George E. Pataki, to promote clean fuel
vehicles in order to enhance air quality and foster energy
independence,” Zeltmann noted.