The US energy provider Exelon has rolled out plans to electrify 30% of its utility vehicle fleet by 2025 in a bid to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
The company, which has a fleet of more than 7,200 vehicles, says the project is forecast to eliminate 6,803 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of planting and growing one million trees for ten years.
The switch will see fully electric vehicles (EVs), cars with plug-in idle reduction technology and plug-in hybrids being added to the firm’s fleet.
Calvin Butler, CEO of Exelon Utilities, commented: “The transportation sector represents about a third of the total US greenhouse gas emissions.
“Transportation electrification holds the promise of helping the cities and states in which we operate meet their environmental goals, reduce their carbon footprint, bring cleaner air to all communities we serve and create economic opportunity through job creation and reduced energy costs.”
In 2019, the utility’s energy efficiency programmes saved customers 22.3 million MWh of electricity and avoided 8.7 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking almost two million cars off the road for a year.