EVAA Adds Five New Members

Firms include John Deere, LADWP and NEVCO.

Published: 11-Feb-2002

WASHINGTON, DC – February 11, 2002 – The Electric Vehicle Association of the Americas (EVAA) today announced the addition of five new organizations to its 2002 membership roster. John Deere, Proton Energy Systems (PES), the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), RAD2GO and the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Company (NEVCO) are joining a diverse consortium of nearly 100 energy providers, vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers, state and local governments and others interested in promoting the use of electric transportation technologies through education, advocacy and marketing.

"We are pleased to welcome John Deere, Proton Energy Systems, LADWP, RAD2GO and NEVCO to our membership for 2002. The diversity of this group of new members which includes a large electric utility, three light EV providers and a fuel cell/hydrogen concern is evidence of EVAA’s important role to all facets of the electric transportation industry," stated EVAA Executive Director Kateri Callahan.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the largest municipally owned utility in the nation and its electric transportation program offers information and assistance buying an electric vehicle and installing a charger. LADWP operates a state-of-the-art EV service center in downtown Los Angeles, and offers tours of this facility and visits to existing infrastructure installations around the city. LADWP also has taken the lead in aiding other agencies to integrate electric public transit vehicles into their fleets. LADWP works with a number of organizations in the city, including the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles Unified School District, to deploy electric and hybrid-electric buses. For more information on LADWP, visit www.ladwp.com.

Proton Energy Systems (PES) builds HOGEN ® proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen generators and UNIGEN ® regenerative PEM fuel cell systems. The company serves the hydrogen gas industry, hydrogen fuel for fuel cells, power quality and reliability and renewable power applications. PES manufactures their products in a 20,000 sq. ft. facility located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. For more information on PES, visit www.protonenergysystems.com.

John Deere produces utility vehicles that utilize electric drive systems as well as promoting the gasoline models. John Deere is headquartered in Moline, Illinois with retail outlets worldwide. For more information on John Deere, visit www.johndeere.com.

RAD2GO manufactures and sells electric bicycles, scooters, motorcycles and accessories. The products come in both electric and gasoline models. The company is based in Carlsbad, California. For more information on RAD2GO, visit www.rad2go.com.

The Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Company (NEVCO) manufactures neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs), specifically the "Gizmo" – a three-wheeled personal commuter. The Gizmo is a single passenger vehicle designed for commuters traveling under 45 miles per trip in a day. The vehicles are manufactured in Eugene, Oregon and are available online. For more information on NEVCO, visit www.nevco.com.

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