NYState Uses PHEVs to Attract Industry, Earmarks $10M for Conversions
- Two big pieces of news from The Empire State:
* NYS is allocating $10M to convert 600
state-owned vehicles to PHEVs, leading to an
expanded program for individual owners.
* Toronto-based lithium battery maker Electrovaya
(ranked 13th in Profit Magazine's ranking of the
fastest-growing Canadian companies) will open a
facility in NYS, eventually with 75 employees.
Excerpts from the Governor's press release, then
Associated Press and Albany Business Review stories
GOVERNOR AND SENATE MAJORITY LEADER ANNOUNCE
INNOVATIVE ENERGY PROGRAMS TO BE LOCATED AT
SARATOGA TECHNOLOGY + ENERGY PARK New Alternative
Fuel Research Lab and $10 Million Program for
Plug-in Hybrids Will Help to Reduce Dependence on Imported Energy
Governor George E. Pataki and Senate Majority
Leader Joseph L. Bruno today announced plans for
the construction of a state-of-the-art
alternative fuel research laboratory at the
Saratoga Technology + Energy Park (STEP) and a
new $10 million State program to convert vehicles
in the State fleet to plug-in hybrids.
This year, New York State has taken significant
steps to reduce our dependence on imported
energy, and we will continue to promote
cutting-edge research and technology that will
build a brighter energy future here in the Empire
State, Governor Pataki said. This new vehicle
testing laboratory and our investments in plug-in
hybrids are critical to this effort, and will
help spur the innovation necessary to transition
away from a petroleum-based transportation sector.
The $10 million plug-in hybrids program will
facilitate the development and deployment of
these advanced, high-mileage vehicles, which can
achieve a fuel economy of up to 100 miles per
gallon. Under this program, the 600 hybrid
vehicles in the State fleet will be retrofitted
to be plug-in hybrids. Once the States hybrid
vehicles have been converted to plug-in hybrids,
the program will be made available to private
vehicle owners through a competitive process.
Plug-in hybrid vehicles can be plugged into the
electric grid such as a normal 120 volt
household outlet - to boost mileage. This will
allow the vehicles to operate on emissions-free
battery power, reducing the amount of fuel
utilized and significantly decreasing the release
of harmful pollutants, including greenhouse
gases. Since the utility grid has lower demand
during overnight hours, the recharging of
plug-ins would not add to the peak load.
In addition, the Governor announced that
Electrovaya, a Canadian high-tech battery
manufacturing firm, plans to expand Canadian
operations into 5,000 square feet of
manufacturing space at STEP, with additional
expansion planned. The companys lithium-ion
batteries can be used in a variety of products and applications.
This year, Governor Pataki proposed an energy
independence plan designed to reduce our States
dependence on imported energy, promote greater
use of clean, renewable fuels, and spur
additional research and development into clean
and alternative energy sources. Among the
initiatives proposed by the Governor and approved
by the State Legislature were [3 of 8 shown]:
* The elimination of all State taxes on
renewable automobile fuels, including ethanol
(E85), biodiesel, and compressed natural gas
(CNG), hydrogen, and other renewable fuels,
providing a savings of approximately 40 cents/gallon for consumers.
* A new $10 million program to retrofit the
600 hybrid vehicles in the State fleet to be
plug-in hybrids, which allows them to be plugged
into the electric grid to boost mileage in excess
of 100 miles per gallon while significantly
reducing emissions of harmful pollutants. Once
the States hybrid vehicles have been converted
to plug-in hybrids, the program will be made
available to private vehicle owners through a competitive process.
* A $5 million competitive grant program,
administered by NYSERDA, for start-up companies
that are developing or deploying the next
generation of vehicle batteries, propulsions
systems, and lightweight vehicle parts and components.
State to open research center for alternative fuel cars
By MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press Writer, August 1, 2006,
MALTA, N.Y. -- The state will build a research
center to develop technology such as an engine
that can tap just 45 cents worth of electricity
at night to turn a 50-mile-per-gallon hybrid car into a 100 mpg plug-in hybrid.
The research and development center will include
a Canadian high-technology battery manufacturer.
Hudson Valley Community College in Troy would
provide employee training. The center will be
built in the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park
about 20 miles north of Albany. Contracts will be
bid this fall with the plant operating in 2008.
The center would research new programs to
conserve energy, decrease dependence on petroleum
and reduce emissions, said Gov. George Pataki. It
will test new technologies including fuel cell
propulsion and develop emission controls for diesel buses and trucks.
The center is intended to attract private
companies using government support to develop
alternative fuels and to train and retrain employees in the field.
Pataki said the technology will reduce emissions
and take advantage of excess power in the state's utility grid at night.
Pataki also announced that the state would spend
$10 million to convert 600 state vehicles to
plug-in hybrid vehicles. After the state project
is done, the facility will be made available to
private companies to retrofit vehicles.
<snip--bigger program for corn ethanol described>
Alternative fuel research lab to be constructed at Saratoga tech park
The Business Review (Albany) - 4:50 PM EDT Tuesday
by Richard A. D'Errico
Gov. George Pataki announced plans for an
alternative fuel research lab at the Saratoga
Technology + Energy Park on Tuesday.
During the announcement at the Malta, N.Y., tech
park, Pataki also said that a Canadian company
that manufactures high tech batteries would move into the area.
The company, electrovaya, will occupy 5,000
square feet of an existing building at the
Saratoga Technology + Energy Park. Initially the
company will have 15 employees locally, but
expects to expand that number to 75 people over the next five years.
Also announced Tuesday was a $10 million program
to convert 600 of the state's fleet of vehicles
into hybrids. Currently, 5,500 of the state's fleet are already hybrids.
Pataki said STEP would be to energy what Albany
NanoTech is to nanotechnology. The state at
University at Albany's $3 billion Albany NanoTech
research site is home to research efforts of
giants such as IBM, Honeywell and AMD.
"These new programs are important tools in our
effort to develop clean and renewable fuels,
promote greater energy efficiency, and create
jobs in the emerging energy sector," Pataki said.
At one point, an easel holding a rendering of the
new lab, blew over. Without missing a beat,
Pataki said wind power was also an important
energy source that would be developed at the park.
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Felix Kramer fkramer@...
Founder California Cars Initiative
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