SOURCE: ElectraDrive

December 10, 2009 11:05 ET

ElectraDrive Announces Partnership With County of Alameda

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 10, 2009) - The County of Alameda has entered into a partnership with ElectraDrive for a pilot conversion of one of its fleet Dodge Dakotas to extended-range electric drive. The vehicle is expected to enter road-testing around the middle of 2010.

The project is funded in part by a grant from the Greenlight Initiative of the California State Automobile Association. Jennifer Mack, Manager of Media Relations for the Greenlight Initiative, presented a check to the County of Alameda at ceremony at the San Francisco International Auto Show on November 25th.

"Alameda County is looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint from transportation," said Douglas Bond, Transportation Services Manager for the County of Alameda. "ElectraDrive provides a unique opportunity to run light-duty pick-up trucks, without affecting performance, using electric power. EV sedans are coming to market at the end of next year, but there have not been any options for light-duty pick-up trucks until ElectraDrive. Alameda County is looking to do our part towards the advancing the production of EVs in the future."

ElectraDrive, a San Francisco based company, develops plug & play electric drivetrains for pickups, vans, SUVs and large sedans. "Many of these vehicles are vital to the operations of fleets and businesses, and are highly valued by consumers, yet plug-in electric options have not been available for them until now," said Fraser Murison Smith, ElectraDrive's CEO. "By plugging into the grid, these vehicles can reduce their fuel consumption by a factor of five to ten in mixed driving. We see significant potential for our plug-and-play electric drive systems in these markets."

ElectraDrive is preparing to accept prepayments and reservations for its Add-on Electric Drive for light trucks, beginning in January 2010. For details contact

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