April 12, 2007

New York Times adds plug-in Sprinter Hybrid to its delivery fleet

New York, New York – The New York Times has been selected to receive the first medium-duty plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) on the east coast of the U.S., and the first of its kind in New York State, as part of a commercial fleet performance demonstration and technology evaluation process. The Dodge Sprinter PHEV will be housed at the paper’s printing plant in Queens and will be used to transport newspapers to Manhattan and other New York City locations, and to The Times’ plant in New Jersey.

The Sprinter was made available by a partnership between DaimlerChrysler, the New York Power Authority, Electric Power Research Institute and Con Edison. DaimlerChrysler is the only automatic so far to test plug-in hybrid technology with customers within the U.S. PHEVs can operate in all-electric or hybrid mode; the Dodge Sprinter has an electric range of up to 20 miles (32 km) and will be recharged overnight during off-peak, lower-cost times.

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