New York Agencies Promote Use of Electric Vehicles

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Municipal Electric Utilities Association of New York State (MEUA), whose members serve 500,000 New York electricity consumers, will cooperate to promote the use of electric vehicles in New York State.

Saratoga Springs, New York – August 30, 2002 [] “It is especially fitting that the public power systems of the Empire State are uniting in an effort to promote environmentally beneficial transportation choices for the citizens of New York,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer of the Power Authority. “The municipal electric systems and rural electric cooperatives of New York State are served by hydroelectricity from the New York Power Authority. By using that clean, renewable power to fuel emission-free electric vehicles, New York’s public power communities will showcase their commitment to environmental quality,” Zeltmann said in remarks Wednesday to the MEUA Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs. Zeltmann presented the keys to a Toyota Prius, a hybrid-electric vehicle, to Robert Mullane, the MEUA’s executive director. The vehicle, which NYPA is lending to the MEUA for one year for business purposes, uses a combination of gasoline and electric motors to increase gas mileage and reduce tailpipe emissions. A “Ride and Drive” exhibition of electric vehicles at the MEUA Annual Conference kicked off the new effort. In addition to a Prius, vehicles made available for test drives by mayors and other municipal electric system officials attending the conference included: Ford’s Th!nk City, an all-electric vehicle that NYPA is now deploying in its “Clean Commute” station car project in Metropolitan New York; Toyota’s RAV4-EV, an all-electric SUV; Ford’s EV Ranger, an all-electric pick-up truck; Ford’s Th!nk Neighbor, an open-air, low-speed EV; John Deere’s Gator EV, an all-electric utility vehicle; Electric bicycles and scooters. New York State’s efforts to promote electric and other clean-fueled vehicles include rigorous vehicle emission standards, tax incentives and Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act funding for EVs and other clean-fueled vehicles in mass transit and government fleets. In 2001, Governor Pataki issued an Executive Order requiring that all new light-duty state vehicles be alternative-fueled vehicles by 2010 with the exception of specialty, police or emergency vehicles. This summer, the state legislature approved legislation proposed by Governor Pataki to enhance tax incentives for the purchase of hybrid-electric vehicles.
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