The New York Times Receives Dodge Sprinter Phev

By: Lisa Ziegler

As a part of a commercial fleet performance demonstration and technology evaluation process in the state of New York, DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group division has selected the New York Times, one of the leading newspapers in the United States and the major news media in New York as the first entity to receive the first medium-duty plug-in hybrid vehicle.

The company received the Dodge Sprinter plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and will be used as a transportation unit to bring New York Times newspapers from the printing plant in College Point, Queens to the company's headquarters in Manhattan.

"We are proud that The New York Times is the first major entity in the State of New York with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in our fleet," said Tom Lombardo, Vice president, Production, The New York Times. "When we were approached by NYPA and DaimlerChrysler, we knew immediately that we wanted to be involved. We are delighted to be supporting the use of clean energy, sustainability and advances in plug-in hybrid technology." he added.

"Alliances such as this are necessary for new technologies to move forward. The daily operation of The New York Times Dodge Sprinter plug-in hybrid will give DaimlerChrysler the valuable real world experience needed for hybrid powertrain and lithium-ion battery development." said Mark Chernoby, Vice President - Advance Vehicle Engineering, Chrysler Group.

To make the Dodge Sprinter PHEV possible, DaimlerChrysler, the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Con Edison collaborated to bring the vehicle to New York Times. The collaboration also aimed to evaluate plug-in hybrid technology to be used in the real world driving environments.

According Timothy S. Carey, President and CEO of NYPA:

"The New York Power Authority has a long record of green initiatives to help improve air-quality in the New York City area and we are fully committed to putting emission-free and reduced emission vehicles on the City's streets. We are especially pleased to help demonstrate a hybrid electric vehicle that is so versatile you can plug it into the house to charge it up. In the future, vehicles like this one could be used to power a house in the event of a power interruption."

Meanwhile, Randolph S. Price, Vice President for Environment, Health and Safety, Con Edison also commented: "Con Edison's research and development group recognizes the potential that hybrid plug-in electric vehicles have to make a profound impact on the environment. Electric vehicles have the potential to dramatically lessen our country's dependence on foreign oil and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As the electric supplier for nine million New Yorkers, Con Edison is on the lookout for new, environmentally friendly applications for the electric grid."

Unlike Chrysler Group's Jeep vehicles equipped with a monstrous engine and , the clean diesel engine aboard the Dodge Sprinter PHEV is combined with an advanced lithium-ion battery. The energy can be replenished by plugging the vehicle into a conventional 220-Volt electric outlet. The Dodge Sprinter PHEV also features regenerative breaking, which adds up to the vehicles fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

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