Los Angeles, California – The California Department of General Services (DGS), with funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC), is launching a two-year plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) demonstration project.  Deploying 50 converted Toyota Priuses and capturing critical performance data, California’s DGS will analyze potential efficiencies gained through the use of electric vehicles and evaluate their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Gaining a deeper understanding of PHEV performance across a wide range of terrain, climate and drivers is of particular interest. The Priuses will be deployed throughout California, from Sacramento to San Diego, as state fleet vehicles.

“With the rich information gathered during this trial, DGS will be well positioned to make solid recommendations for reducing greenhouse emissions and reliance on petroleum-based fuels across the state’s fleet of more than 50,000 vehicles,” said Kathy Hicks, Chief of the Office of Fleet and Asset Management for the California DGS. “The information captured with GridPoint’s data logging solution will be of tremendous help to California as it works to meet its emissions and fossil fuels reduction goals.”

“The DGS is sharing the data from this project with the CEC, the California Air Resources Board, the University of California, Davis, and the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL), who all share an interest of the potential benefits that emerging vehicle and battery technologies have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particulate emissions, and petroleum consumption,” said Hicks.

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