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June 18, 2012 4:00 PM, EDT

GE Capital Opens Alt-Fuels Research Site

GE Capital Fleet Services said it has opened its Vehicle Innovation Center in Minnesota to give customers, industry groups and researchers experience with alternative-fuel vehicles.

The company said the center reinforces its commitment to accelerating the adoption of alternative-fuel vehicles. GE Capital Fleet said its new facility showcases the latest vehicles fueled by electricity, natural gas, propane and hydrogen — from 20 companies.

“Through our Vehicle Innovation Center, we are committed to sharing alternative-fuel vehicle technologies and solutions with our customers and helping them put more of these vehicles on the road,” GE Capital Fleet CEO Clarence Nunn said in a statement.

The facility is on the campus of GE’s fleet-management business in Eden Prairie, Minn., and features a private half-mile driving course. GE said the center allows visitors access to smart grid, electric vehicle charging stations, compressed natural gas (CNG), fuel-saving mobile applications and other technologies.

“We believe that businesses, through their company fleets, can lead the way in putting drivers across the country and around the world into cleaner, more productive vehicles,” Deb Frodl, chief strategy officer for GE Capital Fleet, said in a statement.