This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

August 27, 2003

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.