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Organizations and Consumers Are Still Pursuing Electric Vehicles
Despite this year's changes to California's Zero Emissions Vehicle regulations, greatly reducing the requirement to sell all-electric vehicles in California, a number of programs are underway throughout the country to promote electric vehicles. In mid-July, the State of Hawaii and Hyundai Motor Company announced a two-year extension of a program that is testing 15 electric sport utility vehicles in local fleets. Enova Systems provided a 90-kilowatt electric drive for the vehicles. In late July, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a DaimlerChrysler subsidiary, donated 300 small electric vehicles for use in 40 locations around the state. Called neighborhood electric vehicles, or NEVs, the low-speed vehicles are mainly being used on campuses. GEM has reached a number of milestones recently, including sales of 10,000 NEVs in California, 1,000 NEVs in New York, and introductions of the vehicles in New Hampshire and Maine. And according to a study by the Green Car Institute, California owners of NEVs are using them for 65 percent of their daily short-distance trips, driving a total of 12.6 million zero-emissions miles each year. See the press releases from Enova Systems, NYPA, GEM, and the Green Car Institute.