GE Capital Fleet Services officially opened its Vehicle Innovation Center, a facility that provides businesses, industry groups and researchers with a first-hand experience with alternative-fuel vehicles.
Showcasing the latest in a growing array of alternative fuel vehicles in electric, natural gas, propane, hydrogen and other formats, the center gives GE's commercial customers the opportunity to learn about and test drive numerous alternative fuel cars and trucks in a single location with assistance from GE's fleet, transportation, energy and advanced technology experts.
Located on the campus of GE's fleet management business headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn., the center features a private half-mile driving course and a vehicle center that includes alternative fuel vehicles from 20 automotive manufacturers. With 6,000 square feet of classrooms and showrooms, the center also allows visitors access to a variety of products from GE's ecomagination portfolio, including solutions for the smart grid, Electric Vehicle charging stations, Compressed Natural Gas in a Box and fuel savings mobile applications.
"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," says 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."
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