May 9, 2005 (From the CalCars-News archive)
Important news at http://www.aqmd.gov/hb/2005/0505ag.html and links from that page.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has just approved support for not one, not two, but three plug-in hybrid projects.
SCAQMD is the district responsible for air quality for 15 million residents of portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and all of Orange County.
1. They're supporting the Electric Power Research Institute's DaimlerChrysler Sprinter Van development program, contracting to get 5 of the vehicles for AQMD.
2. They're funding AC Propulsion to upgrade its VW Jetta plug-in hybrid -- the first vehicle to include bi-directional charging to demonstrate the future benefits of what's called Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) -- see description at the bottom of the CalCars Vehicles page http://www.calcars.org/vehicles.html
3. They've allocated significant development funds to EnergyCS, Inc. (partner with Clean-Tech in the new EDrive Systems, LLC), "to convert a 2005 Toyota Prius to a plug-in hybrid and demonstrate improved mileage and zero emission range." In this phase of a process that will lead turnkey retrofits in 2006, they are joining with other groups including:
- California Air Resources Board
California Cars Initiative
City of Santa Monica
Southern California Edison
Valence Technology, Inc.