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Patten recognized for clean transportation technology

Oct. 28, 2009

KALAMAZOO--A consortium of clean energy advocates have recognized Western Michigan University's Dr. John Patten's converted plug-in hybrid car for its innovative approach to clean transportation technology.

Patten, chair and professor of manufacturing engineering and director of the Manufacturing Research Center at WMU, received the Clean Transportation Technology Innovation Award at the 2009 Michigan Clean Transportation Expo and Awards ceremony held in Novi, Mich., in late September. The honor recognizes Patten's research and development of the 2004 Prius converted to a plug-in hybrid that is charged by a wind turbine. The vehicle can drive up to 40 miles on electricity before using any gas.

Event sponsors included the Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities, Clean Energy Coalition of Ann Arbor, West Michigan Clean Cities Coalition and the Detroit Clean Cities Coalition run by NextEnergy.

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Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, deanne.puca@wmich.edu

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