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WestStart-CALSTART Brings Additional Fleet Expertise to Board of Directors

June 28, 2006

PASADENA, CA – WestStart-CALSTART, a transportation technology organization, has added George Survant to its board of directors. In his role as director of fleet services for Florida Power and Light (FP&L), managing the company's 3,600-vehicle fleet, Survant brings significant real-world expertise in vehicle and fleet operations, certification, testing, and maintenance. For the past four years, Survant has served as the chair of the Utility Working Group of WestStart's Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF). This HTUF group has launched a pilot program to assess the performance of heavy-duty hybrids in some of the nation's largest utility fleets. Survant played a principal role in recruiting utilities to the HTUF program and guiding the utility effort. In 2004 he was awarding a Blue Sky Leadership Award recognizing his leadership in helping move heavy-duty hybrid technology into the marketplace for utility service trucks. Prior to FP&L, his resume includes serving as an area manager for GTE, as vice president of operations for Diversified Inspections, providing inspection and safety certification services for cranes and bucket trucks, as well as serving as general manager for Ryder Corp. and the fleet director at San Diego Gas & Electric. In addition to ratifying Survant as a director, the WestStart-CALSTART Board also elected two new officers. Fred Hansen, general manager of the Tri-County Metropolitan District (TriMet) of Oregon, has been appointed vice chairman of the board, and John Formisano, vice president of global vehicle operations for FedEx Express, steps into the role of secretary. James D. Boyd, commissioner of the California Energy Commission, will continue in his capacity as board chairman for another year.

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