NEW YORK --- The New York Times will be using a medium-duty plug-in hybrid electric Dodge Sprinter to distribute its newspapers, as part of a special test to evaluate plug-in technology. The van will be kept at the paper's printing plant in College Point, Queens, and will also serve the Times plant in Edison, N.J., until it shuts down, according to a report in Editor & Publisher, a trade magazine for the newspaper industry. The single vehicle was made available to the New York Times through a partnership with DaimlerChrysler, Con Edison, the New York Power Authority and Electric Power Research Institute. "The daily operation of the New York Times Dodge Sprinter plug-in hybrid will give DaimlerChrysler the valuable real-world experience needed for hybrid powertrain and lithium-ion battery development," said Mark Chernoby, vice president of advance vehicle engineering at the Chrysler Group.

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