I was pointed to this post on gawker talking about the new plug in hybrid van which the Ny Times will experiment with over the next three years. While the post is very negative in tone (quesitoning whether the times gets it or not), I actually believe that Plug-Ins running into main stream is a great strating point towards tipping transportation from fossil fuels to electrons. While plug-in hybrids may be a bit of a strange in betweener they have the potential to get consumers more comfortable with the transition to the degree that each half step will seem natural - first you use electric power but can resort to fuel when needed, then you notice that you only used electricity most of the time, and you give up the combustions engine.
In any case, for those of you in NYC - check out this announcement of today's event. If you have been there - tell us about it.
THE NEW YORK TIMES LAUNCHES THE FIRST PLUG-IN HYBRID SPRINTER
VAN ON THE EAST COAST AND FIRST OF ITS KIND IN NEW YORK STATE
VAN TO TAKE ITS MAIDEN RUN FROM MIDTOWN TO
THE NEW YORK TIMES PLANT IN QUEENS
The first plug-in hybrid medium duty vehicle on the east coast and in New York State will be unveiled.
The New York Times will collect data for three years for the New York Power Authority, DaimlerChrysler, Electric Power Research Institute and ConEdison. The Dodge Sprinter plug-in hybrid vehicle can operate up to 20 miles in zero-emission electric mode or as a traditional hybrid with a diesel engine. A plug-in hybrid lends itself to a commercial application because it can be recharged with a 220-volt outlet overnight. The New York Times vehicle is among the first in a test fleet operating in the United States.
Executives from The New York Times, DaimlerChrysler, New York Power Authority, Electric Power Research Institute and ConEdison.
Wednesday, April 11
In front of The New York Times building