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Hybrid Idle Reduction System (HIRS™) Launched at the Green Fleet Expo VI

Fleet Challenge Ontario (FCO), a program of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), is launching its Hybrid Idle Reduction System (HIRS™) at the Green Fleet Expo VI, in Hamilton, this Thursday, June 2nd, 2011.
The HIRS™ technology is an innovative green technological solution that, when applied to police and EMS fleets, reduces engine idling, fuel consumption and vehicle emissions while at the same time maintaining all onboard systems and cab climate control in vehicles.

Testing of HIRS™ is in its final phase with results that match or exceed idling reduction goals.  Up to 47% idling reduction has been demonstrated in laboratory applications.

The technology was developed under the auspices of the Police and EMS (PEMS) Vehicle Idling Reduction Demonstration Project, a project supported by the Ontario government, conceived and led by FCO, in collaboration with the University of Windsor, Chrysler Canada (at the jointly owned and operated University of Windsor-Chrysler Automotive Research and Development Centre or ARDC), technology providers, industry experts, three major domestic auto manufacturers, and select police and EMS departments across the province.

The launch, which will be attended by the Assistant Deputy Minister, Peggy Mooney, and representatives of the Ministry of Finance and BPS Supply Chain Secretariat, will celebrate the forthcoming commercialization of the technology, which is expected to be released into the marketplace in January 2012.

Green Fleet Expo VI
Canada’s premiere showcase for implementing advanced automotive technology in fleets.  Presented by partners City of Hamilton, Public Works Department; City of Toronto, Fleet Services Division; Fleet Challenge Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

The 2-day event begins Thursday, June 2, 2011 at the Courtyard Marriott in Hamilton. On Friday, June 3, 2011, the Green Fleet Exhibition and Ride and Drive will be held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. Participants will learn about the latest developments in low-emission and zero-emission vehicles and equipment being used by Canada’s leading green fleets.

About Fleet Challenge Ontario (FCO)
FCO is a not-for-profit program of the CEEA that accelerates the responsible acceptance of proven and emerging transportation technologies and progressive best management practices for fleets.  We help fleet operators reduce their fuel consumption, operating costs, and tailpipe emissions, and enable peer performance comparisons.

The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), a broad-based, not-for-profit organization, was established (1995) to respond to the lack of a coordinated multi-stakeholder effort to promote energy efficiency in Canada, leading to enhanced competitiveness and improved environmental protection. The CEEA works in partnership with manufacturers, utilities, governments, builders, labour, consumer groups, and environmental organizations to facilitate the adoption of energy efficiency measures in Canada. The CEEA is supported through fees and project contributions from members.