N.Y. Power Authority and State Parks
Help Introduce DaimlerChrysler Plug-in Hybrid-Electric Concept Vehicle
- the Sprinter Van
Brian Warner, NYPA
(9/19 only 914-584-5024)
Allen James, NYS Parks
September 19, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NIAGARA— New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
officials today selected Niagara Falls State Park’s scenic Prospect
Point 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 customer 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.
"We are proud to highlight the latest clean energy
technologies and projects such as this new hybrid Sprinter Van, as
part of our longstanding commitment to pursuing environmentally
responsible initiatives here at Niagara Falls and across New York,"
said State Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro. "Together with our
many public and private partners, we are grateful to Governor
Pataki for the incredible support of these exciting alternative
energy programs that will promote a cleaner, greener Empire State."
"DaimlerChrysler is the only manufacturer to build
plug-in hybrid vehicles to test with customers," said Nick Cappa,
Manager of 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, EPRI’s Electric Transportation Program. “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 Western 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 plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles in
various fleets around the country.
In 2006 and 2007, four 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
Plug-in hybrids 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 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.
Niagara Falls State Park has become a leader in the
move to clean-fueled vehicles. It maintains a diverse fleet of more
than 70 alternate fuel vehicles, including natural gas trolleys that
transport more than a quarter-million park patrons annually. Its
growing fleet offers electric-drive, hybrid and bio-diesel
vehicles. Annually the park has reduced its gasoline and diesel use
over 25,000 gallons and that number is expected to grow to over
Through partnerships with leading manufacturers of
vehicles and utility equipment which includes Daimler Chrysler,
State Parks is working to convert on-road and off-road utility-type
equipment such as light utility vehicles, grounds maintenance,
off-road and construction to clean fuel.
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 with customer fleets.
■ 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