NYPA Donates Ten Electric
Vehicles to New York City Housing Authority
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BRONX – Ten emission-free, GEM neighborhood
electric vehicles (NEVs) will soon make the rounds at New York City
Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments thanks to the New York Power
Authority’s (NYPA) Clean Transportation program.
“The Power Authority has a long and productive
partnership with the New York City Housing Authority for lower-cost
electricity and other supportive efforts such as installation of
energy-efficient refrigerators to reduce utility bills and help improve
air quality,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, NYPA President and Chief of
Executive Officer. “The use of the electric vehicles at the housing
developments is consistent with the direction set by Governor Pataki for
use of alternative-fueled vehicles by state government to reduce
emissions and dependence on foreign oil.”
“This is a perfect continuation of NYCHA’s
partnership with the Power Authority in finding creative ways to reduce
energy consumption,” said Douglas Apple, NYCHA’s General Manager.
“Whether by installing energy-efficient refrigerators in our apartments
or enhancing our fleet with electric vehicles, we are meeting today’s
energy challenges together,” Apple said.
The passenger vehicles are built by Global Electric
Motorcars (GEM), a DaimlerChrysler subsidiary.
NYCHA will disperse the vehicles to 10 housing
developments in all five boroughs. Facility staff will use them to move
work crews around development sites, transport light equipment and help
improve response time on emergency maintenance calls.
Each vehicle is powered by a 72-volt GE motor and a
battery pack comprised of six deep-cycle 12-volt batteries. The GEMs,
which come in two-passenger or four-passenger models, can be easily
charged on site using a standard 110-volt outlet. On a full charge the
vehicles go up to 30 miles, with a top speed of 25 miles per hour. The
emission-free vehicles are especially suitable for urban settings where
air quality concerns are heightened.
New York State law permits NEVs on public roads
where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less.
In 2004, the Housing Authority and NYPA completed a
nine-year effort to install nearly 185,000 new energy-efficient
refrigerators in public housing units citywide. The project reduced
energy consumption by 100,260 megawatt-hours. This hallmark effort
achieved national acclaim from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development and the Department of Energy.
In 2003, NYPA teamed with DaimlerChrysler on a
one-time only donation program which distributed 330 GEM NEVs statewide
to state universities and colleges, public parks, and to state and local
governments eager to eliminate standard combustion-engine vehicles from
These 10 electric vehicles will result in
substantial emission reductions over similar combustion engine
vehicles, amounting to reductions of 8,590 pounds (lbs) of carbon
oxide, 12,220 lbs of carbon dioxide 185 lbs of nitrogen oxide, 38 lbs of
hydrocarbons, 35 lbs of sulfur dioxide and 19 lbs of particulate matter.
NYPA is a leading national proponent of
electric-drive vehicles, having placed more than 770 in service for
public entities and in its own fleet. It is the nation’s largest
supplier of lower cost electricity for public transportation, meeting
the power needs of New York City subways and Metro North Rail Road