Puget Sound Energy Improves Fuel Efficiency with 40 New Hybrid Utility Vans

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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:23 pm | Updated: 6:31 pm, Tue Apr 24, 2018.

TACOMA, Wash. -- Puget Sound Energy, the Washington state energy provider which recently announced it had added 40 new utility vehicles equipped with a hybrid electrification solution from industry leader XL, showcased one of its new hybrid vans with XL during the Green Transportation Summit & Expo, April 17-19. The joint demonstration showcased how companies can easily convert fleet vehicles to cleaner, more fuel-efficient systems throughout the event, which supports the commitment to carbon footprint reduction while saving costs.

PSE selected XL’s fleet electrification technology for its 40 new cleaner and more fuel-efficient Ford Transit utility vans, which hit the streets earlier this year. The upgrade is expected to reduce each van’s carbon footprint by up to 20 percent and increase fuel economy by as much as 25 percent, reflecting the utility’s commitment to protecting the environment, as well as its bottom line.

PSE worked with XL to upfit each Ford van with an electric motor and advanced lithium-ion battery pack, as well as the XL Link connected vehicle system. The XL system allows PSE vans to save fuel through regenerative braking, which simultaneously charges the battery and in turn helps power the vehicle when the driver accelerates.

"We know our customers value the environment, so we were excited for the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint through our fleet vehicles," said Wayne Gould, director of corporate shared services at Puget Sound Energy. "This is another step for PSE to invest in the development of cleaner alternatives and technologies."

"Utilities and energy organizations across the country are increasingly adopting the latest green fleet technologies to further their missions for energy efficiency and carbon emission reduction," said Clay Siegert, chief operating officer of XL. "Puget Sound Energy’s fleet initiative was a natural fit for XL’s unique electrification solution, which is ideal for improving fuel economy in stop-and-go driving conditions, increasing driver efficiency, reducing brake and engine wear, and meeting long-term sustainability goals."


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