On Monday, Dr. Cornelius Murphy, Jr. president of the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and Timothy S. Carey, president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), were presented a plug-in hybrid electric Sprinter van concept vehicle by DaimlerChrysler for use in SUNY-ESF's fleet of 34 alternative-fuel utility vehicles.

NYPA has joined the Electric Power Research Institute with the cooperation of DaimlerChrysler to test and demonstrate plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) in real-world conditions for a three-year period. Throughout the rest of 2006 and 2007, five prototypes which are currently being tested in Germany will make their way to the U.S. and will be placed in various fleets across the country. Robert Graham, Electric Transportation Program manager at EPRI says that internal studies indicate that fleet applications offer the best opportunity for the early demonstration of plug-in hybrids. One of the vehicles will be put to the test in the fleet of The New York Times.

Dr. Murphy was notably pleased that SUNY-ESF was chosen as one of the testing environments and said, "Today's demonstration of a new plug-in hybrid electric Sprinter Van is another step forward toward a cleaner, greener world."

[Source: State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry]