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The private course at GE's Vehicle Innovation Center  (Source: automotive-fleet.com)
The Vehicle Innovation Center has 6,000 square feet of classrooms and showrooms as well as a half-mile driving course and different types of infrastructure like charging stations

General Electric (GE) Capital Fleet Services has built a facility for the testing and education of alternative fuel vehicles in Minnesota.

GE's new facility, called the Vehicle Innovation Center, aims to be the one-stop spot for industry groups, businesses and researchers interested in alternative fuel vehicles. The building will allow them to learn more about vehicles powered by electricity, natural gas, hydrogen, propane, etc.

In this single facility, located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, interested businesses and researchers can take advantage of GE's fleet, energy, transportation and advanced technology experts by way of alternative fuel vehicle education and even test drives.

The Vehicle Innovation Center has 6,000 square feet of classrooms and showrooms as well as a half-mile driving course and different types of infrastructure like charging stations. In addition, GE offers a vehicle center with alternative fuel vehicles from 20 different automakers.

"At GE, we are at work, providing solutions to the world’s toughest challenges,” said Clarence Nunn, president and CEO of GE Capital Fleet Services. “Through our Vehicle Innovation Center, we are committed to sharing alternative fuel vehicle technologies and solutions with our customers and helping them put more of these vehicles on the road.”

This announcement parallels GE's pledge last month, which was to continue supporting electric vehicles (EVs) despite their slow sales. GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said that his company is 100 percent committed to pushing EVs and will do so despite recent concerns, such as those regarding lithium-ion batteries.

Automakers like General Motors (GM) and Fisker Automotive have had issues in the past with battery fires in their Chevrolet Volt and Fisker Karma. The Volt had a series of battery fires while the Karma batteries proved to be faulty. Both vehicles had battery recalls in 2012.

Source: General Electric





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