Governor Brown Celebrates the Deployment of 100 Zero-Emission, California-made Delivery Vehicles

Tue Feb 5, 2013 8:09pm EST

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.,  Feb. 5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Today Governor Brown led
the celebration of UPS's deployment of 100 fully electric commercial delivery
vehicles throughout California.  This landmark event recognizes one of the
world's largest deployments of zero-emission commercial trucks, which are
cleaning the air and saving fuel costs in communities throughout the state -
including  San Bernardino,  Ceres,  Fresno,  Bakersfield  and  Sacramento, and
creating jobs here in the heart of  California's Central Valley.  

"These all-electric vehicles remind us that  California  continues to be a
dynamic center of innovation," said Governor Brown.  "These trucks were built
here, they'll be driven here and they're already changing the way business is
done here - Cutting emissions and eliminating the need for tanker trucks worth
of fossil fuels."

"Electric Vehicles International (EVI) is proud to partner with UPS on this
landmark deployment of  California-made zero emission package cars," said  Ricky
Hanna, CEO of EVI. "EVI is honored to be a part of UPS's fleet, which is
advancing state-of-the-art logistics in  California  and around the world."

This partnership is a significant first step in supporting Governor Brown's
Executive Order for widespread deployment of zero-emission vehicles throughout 
California," continued Hanna. "We would like to recognize the hard work and
genuine partnership of the California Energy Commission, California Air
Resources Board, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) West Coast
Collaborative, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, the South
Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), and the Sacramento AQMD.  Without
the initial spark provided by our public and private partners, this landmark
zero-emission truck deployment would not have happened here in  California."

Partners in Advancing Transportation and Cleaning the Air:

California Energy Commission:  

"These vehicles are an example of how  California  is using vision,
collaboration and ingenuity to lead the way on clean transportation," said
California Energy Commissioner  Robert B. Weisenmiller. "Two years ago, the
Energy Commission awarded crucial seed funding for the Air Resources Board
program that helped put these clean, emission-free vehicles into service today,
and will put many more on the road in future years. By reducing greenhouse gas
emissions, these investments protect the environment and the health of all
Californians."

California Air Resources Board:   

"California's hybrid-vehicle incentive program is helping put more of the very
cleanest short-haul delivery trucks onto the roads and into the communities
where they are most needed," said Air Resources Board chairman  Mary D. Nichols.
"Assisting large fleets like UPS with the initial cost of these trucks helps
move the cleanest technologies to market sooner, and advances  California's
clean air standards and climate change goals."

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District  

 "We are enthusiastic about technologies such as this, which are critical in not
only meeting our significant air-quality challenges but also in supporting the
Valley's economy," said Seyed Sadredin, executive director and air pollution
control officer of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

US Environmental Protection Agency:

"EPA's funding of these electric delivery trucks highlights our commitment to
the rapid deployment of electric vehicles as a means of cleaning the air,
creating jobs and spurring innovation," said  Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's Regional
Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "California's communities will benefit
from both the local manufacturing of these UPS electric trucks and from the
resulting elimination of harmful diesel emissions."

South Coast Air Quality Management District:  

"The use of these electric delivery vans in the  San Bernardino  area -- one of
the nation's smoggiest communities -- brings us one step closer to our goal of
widespread deployment of zero-emission vehicles in the goods movement network,"
said  William A. Burke, Ed.D., Chairman of the South Coast Air Quality
Management District.

Sacramento Air Quality Management District:

Larry Greene, SMAQMD's Executive Director/APCO: "We believe this is a wonderful
and innovative project.  Our work with EVI and UPS has been extremely rewarding
given that EVI is a  California  manufacturer, and the first EVI has been placed
in the UPS West Sacramento facility."

"EPA's funding of these electric delivery trucks highlights our commitment to
the rapid deployment of electric vehicles as a means of cleaning the air,
creating jobs and spurring innovation," said  Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's Regional
Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "California's communities will benefit
from both the local manufacturing of these UPS electric trucks and from the
resulting elimination of harmful diesel emissions."

About EVI: EVI is a pioneer in zero emission electric vehicle development,
manufacturing and deployment, with over 20 years of success optimizing zero
emission, all-electric Powertrains. Our vehicles are manufactured with the most
efficient electric motors and the safest, longest-lasting batteries, seamlessly
integrated into tough American-built chassis relied upon by fleet operators
throughout the nation and the world. To participate in a vehicle demonstration,
please visit our website at  www.evi-usa.com or  call  209.939.0405.

SOURCE  EVI


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