Miles Electric Vehicles to Donate All-Electric Car to The Unisphere Foundation; Gift Will Support Green Efforts in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Conference Will Feature Estelle Cooper, Assistant Commissioner Queens Park, Miles Rubin, Founder and Chairman of Miles Electric Vehicles, and Bruce Bendell, Chairman of Unisphere, Inc. and Major World Automotive
Queens, New York â€“ November 9th, 2007 â€“ Miles Electric Vehicles, manufacturer of industry-leading all-electric cars and trucks, announced today that the company will donate a zero emissions, low-speed ZX40S hatchback to Unisphere, Inc. in support of the foundationâ€™s green efforts in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The presentation will be made to park officials on Monday, November 12th, at 10 a.m. by MILESâ€™ Founder and Chairman Miles Rubin. Unisphere, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation that was formed in 2003 to help transform Flushing Meadows Corona Park into a model for urban parks nationwide.
The all-electric car will be used to transport volunteer workers at the park and is expected to save the park money, as all-electric vehicles generally cost about one-tenth as much to drive and maintain as typical gas-powered vehicles. Flushing Meadows Corona Park is home to the Queens Museum of Art, the New York Hall of Science, Shea Stadium and the Queens Wildlife Center.
Estelle Cooper, Assistant Commissioner Queens Park/Flushing Meadows Corona Park Administrator, will accept the all-electric vehicle on behalf of the park; Bruce Bendell, President of Major World automotive and the exclusive distributor for Miles Electric Vehicles in the five boroughs of New York, will also take part in the ceremony.
â€œWe are proud to partner with the Unisphere, Inc. and support their mission to make Flushing Meadows Corona Park a greener and healthier environment â€“ and we are equally proud to help make the parks in New York City greener with our zero emissions cars and trucks,â€ said MILES CEO Jeff Boyd. â€œThe parkâ€™s history and environmental importance makes it an ideal location for a MILES all-electric car.â€
The 1,255-acre park is Queensâ€™ largest, and the site of two worldâ€™s fairs. The Unisphere stainless steel globe stands 140 feet and was presented to the 1964 Worldâ€™s Fair by United States Steel. As the centerpiece of the park, it is Queensâ€™ most recognizable symbol.
According to Boyd, Miles Electric Vehicles is introducing municipalities, universities and other organizations looking to cut emissions and costs to MILESâ€™ lineup of low- speed all-electric vehicles, including the ZX40 and ZX40S hatchbacks and the just released ZX40ST work truck.
Concerned about growing environmental problems linked to micro-carbon emissions, Miles Rubin founded Miles Electric Vehicles in early 2004. He has served as chief executive of a number of public and private industrial corporations.Â During the 1970s, along with Paul Newman and others, he helped to create Energy Action, an advocacy group dedicated to American energy independence, and he continues to be active in organizations working for energy conservation.
Rubin is also member of the Advisory Board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Italy, as well as a presidential appointee to the Board of Trustees of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
Members of the media are invited to preview and test-drive the MILES ZX40S low-speed hatchback.
The presentation will take place at the Unisphere, exit 9A off the Grand Central Parkway. Mr. Rubin also will speak to students and faculty at Queens College at 12:30, in the Rosenthal Library, 5th floor: 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY.
About Miles Electric Vehicles
Miles Electric Vehicles is working to change the way we drive and, in so doing, the very air we breathe. The companyâ€™s advanced low-speed vehicles are utilized by a prestigious fleet customer base that includes Stanford, UCLA, California State Polytechnic University, NASA, the U.S. Navy, the National Park Service, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Building on its low-speed production experience, MILES is working to develop the first safe, affordable, mass-produced all-electric highway-speed vehicle (the MILES XS 500).
Founded in 2004 by entrepreneur/activist Miles Rubin, Miles Electric Vehicles is owned by S. Shamash & Sons and headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. To learn more about our vision and vehicles, visit www.mileselectricvehicles.com.
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