The New York Times announced in April that it has been selected to operate the first medium-duty plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV) on the East Coast. The van, a new Dodge Sprinter, was made available to the paper by a partnership between DaimlerChrysler, the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and Con Edison. The partnership was created to test and evaluate plug-in hybrid technology in real-world driving environments.
“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.”
The Dodge Sprinter PHEV will be stationed at The New York Times printing plant in College Point, Queens and will be used to transport newspapers in and around the New York City area including the paper’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan and the plant in Edison, New Jersey.
“Alliances such as this are necessary for new technologies to move forward,” said Mark Chernoby, vice president, advance vehicle engineering, Chrysler Group. “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.”
Equipped with advanced lithium-ion battery technology, the Dodge Sprinter is expected to have an electric range of up to twenty miles. The vehicle will return back to the printing plant in Queens every evening to recharge using a 220-volt AC outlet. The partnership notes that recharging overnight is a “very good use of off-peak, low-cost electricity.” The Dodge Sprinter also exhibits a regenerative breaking system which allows the PHEV to generate and store energy during breaking events.
“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 vehicles on the city’s streets,” said Timothy S. Carey, president and CEO, NYPA. “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.”