Fairfax County Converts Car Into Plug-in Hybrid


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Dec. 6, 2006

Fairfax County Converts Car Into Plug-in Hybrid

The Fairfax County Department of Vehicle Services last week had a plug-in conversion installed into a Toyota Prius, making it one of the first governments in the country to possess a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

The conversion includes an extra battery pack that can be charged from a wall outlet and allows the car to travel approximately 30 miles without using the gas engine. Once the battery pack runs down, the car reverts back to its original hybrid mode.

“Fairfax County has won a national award for our comprehensive 20-year environmental plan and our use of new technologies, such as this hybrid plug-in vehicle, further demonstrating our ongoing commitment to using all of the tools at our disposal in protecting our environment,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly.

Fairfax County sees great potential for fuel and emissions savings if this technology becomes widely commercialized since more than half the cars in the United States travel less than 25 miles on most days, according to James Gorby, director of the Department of Vehicle Services.

Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors voted in June to join Plug-In Partners, a nationwide initiative to encourage automakers to develop and produce plug-ins. The organization, started in Austin, Texas, has attracted nearly 500 member governments, utilities and a variety of businesses and nonprofits.

“The addition of this plug-in hybrid electric vehicle supports one of the six priorities of the Board of Supervisors — Environmental Protection,” said Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross, who chairs the board’s Environmental Committee. “We are excited to be at the forefront of this initiative nationwide.”

Fairfax County government has taken action in a variety of areas to improve air quality as part of the Board of Supervisors’ Environmental Agenda: “Environmental Excellence for Fairfax County: A 20-year Vision,” which is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/airquality.

The vehicle is part of the county’s motor pool and is available to employees traveling for business purposes. The conversion was designed, built and installed by Hymotion, an engineering company in Toronto, Canada.

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