Fitzgerald Auto Malls hasbeen selected as one of only six car dealers in the US to offer exclusive Hymotion L5Plug-In Prius Conversion Modules from A123Systems. These modules allow thedealership to convert Prius hybrid vehicles into plug-in hybrids capable of150+ MPG.
“We are excited to offer our customers more options to helpmoderate the effects of high fuel costs,” says Fitzgerald Auto Malls Chairmanand Founder Jack Fitzgerald. “The Hymotion Plug-in conversion option is one ofthe latest and best options I’ve seen come along. Alternative fuel vehicles andincreasing the fuel efficiency of automobiles are the future of the industry.”
A123Systems officially announced that Fitzgerald Auto Mallswas selected as a Certified Hymotion Installation Partner (CHIP) in June2008. There’s been tremendous customer response. “The (Hymotion)pack is doing great,” says A123 conversion customer Jay Groh. “I can constantlyget 200+MPG or more on my normal commute to work and back. Of course mycommute to work is about 11 miles so that helps out a lot.”
The first six Green CHIP dealers are:
Washington, DC: Fitzgerald’sLakeforest Toyota
Minneapolis:Denny Hecker Automotive Group
Denver: Burt’s Hybrid Conversion
San Francisco:Green Gears/Pat’s Garage
Seattle:Green Car Company
In April, A123Sytems attended the Fitzgerald Auto Malls’Alternative Fuel Vehicle Expo in Gaithersburg, MD.
At this exclusive eventA123Systems representatives showcased a Hymotion plug-in hybrid electricvehicle (PHEV) and received a great response from local and staterepresentatives, as well as customers.
In May 2007, Fitzgerald Auto Malls’ Marylanddealerships became the first automobile dealerships in America tobecome “Green Power Partners” with the United States Environmental ProtectionAgency.
In addition to adopting alternative power, Fitzgeraldalso employs an ambitious recycling program that re-uses over 64% of wastegenerated by the company. Salvaging metal, tires, oil, batteries, antifreezeand transmission fluid, Fitzgerald recycled over 4 million pounds of waste in2007. Most recently, Fitzgerald became the first automotive dealershipgroup to achieve ISO 14001certification for their proprietary QualityEnvironmental Management System.