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NYState Uses PHEVs to Attract Industry, Earmarks $10M for Conversions

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  • Felix Kramer
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2006
      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

      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 State’s 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 company’s 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 State’s
      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 State’s 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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