Sonoma County to Debut Solar-Charged, Plug-in Hybrid Car

Sonoma County Water Agency now has six hybrids plus the plug-in vehicle in the agency's fleet. Solar power is used to charge the hybrid.

Published: 03-Jun-2007

The Sonoma County Water Agency will unveil the newest member of its vehicle fleet Monday at a Climate Protection Conference - a plug-in hybrid named "Sparky.'

The plug-in hybrid is the first to be added to a government agency vehicle fleet in Northern California, the water agency said.

"The plug-in hybrid reduces greenhouse gas emissions, can drive 100 miles per gallon and is just one part of our Sustainability Initiative," said Cordel Stillman, the agency's capital projects manager. Stillman said the hybrid will help the water agency "reduce its carbon footprint.'


Citroen Berlingo MPV prototype demonstrates a 30 percent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions compared with an equivalent diesel production car.

The new Estima Hybrid features the THS II, optimized for use on a minivan, though there is still no decision on whether or not it will be available in North America.

A mixed-cycle fuel consumption of nearly 70 mpg (UK) means a gain of some 30 percent compared to the standard HDi model.


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