OG&E’s Marchbanks Awarded for Work With EVs

The Electric Vehicles Association of America today named Gary Marchbanks winner of its Local Hero Award for his contributions to the promotion of electric vehicle technology in Oklahoma. Some of the association’s past winners have included New York Governor George Pataki, the City of New York and American Airlines.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – May 17, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Marchbanks, who manages the electric vehicles technology program at OG&E Electric Services, received the award during the National Clean Cities Conference and ScienceFest held in Oklahoma City recently. “Gary has been a solid performer in the advancement of electric vehicle technology on a state and national level,” said Melvin Bowen, vice president of Electric Services for OG&E. “OG&E is extremely proud of his efforts and for the recognition he has received for his hard work.” A 28-year veteran with OG&E, Marchbanks played a key role in the establishment of the Mid-Del Electric Vehicles Center of Technology — the only electric vehicle technician-training program of its kind in the nation. The facility is also the only Continuing Automotive Service Education (CASE) electric vehicle-training provider that certifies technician courses. Among his other accomplishments toward the advancement of electric vehicles, Marchbanks’ efforts to advance the use of alternative fuel for ground vehicles at Will Rogers World Airport led to the facility being designated the nation’s first “Clean Airport” by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1997. “Gary works to ensure the success of all alternative fuel projects in the Central Oklahoma region,” said Yvonne Anderson, manager of the Clean Cities Program for the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments. “Through his leadership and commitment, Central Oklahoma stands at the forefront of the alternative fuel industry.”

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