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General Electric Opens EV Comparison Center In Minnesota

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On: Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 9:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

General Electric Opens EV Comparison Center In Minnesota

While the most visible work in terms of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids comes from automotive manufacturers, there are many other players doing research, development and testing behind the scenes. One player that has stepped into a more visible role is General Electric, which has announced the opening of its Vehicle Innovation Center. The new center at GE's fleet management business headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota allows GE customers to research, test and compare various green vehicles.

The new facility was opened by GE Capital Fleet Services as a means for GE employees and fleet customers to test drive and compare the various alternative-fuel vehicles on the market. The center, which GE calls the first of its kind, has alternative-fuel vehicles from 20 different manufacturers, including staples like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. It gives businesses, researchers and industry groups a one-stop destination for comparing the broadening number of green vehicles with help and insight from GE’s fleet, transportation, energy and advanced technology experts.

"We believe that businesses, through their company fleets, can lead the way in putting drivers across the country and around the world into cleaner, more productive vehicles," said Deb Frodl, chief strategy officer for GE Capital Fleet Services and global alternative fuel leader for GE. "The best way to accelerate adoption of alternative fuel cars and trucks is to experience them. Once they get behind the wheel, they can see that these vehicles are real and ready for action."

The innovation center includes a half-mile driving course for hands-on testing and 6,000 sq ft worth of classroom and showroom space. In addition to vehicles, the center showcases some of GM's 'ecoimagination' solutions and products, including smart grid solutions, EV charging equipment and fuel savings mobile apps. GE believes that the center will assist in its greater goal of speeding the development and deployment of clean-energy technologies.


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