Alternative Fuel Vehicles are Clean and Affordable
Managing the purchase, fueling, maintenance and re-sale of automobiles, trucks and specialty vehicles is critical to the daily operation of your business or organization, and can be a significant cost in your operations. Fleet operators need reliable and affordable transportation for a variety of purposes. With today’s volatile petroleum prices, it is great to have an alternative to vehicles fueled by conventional gasoline or diesel.
Whether you have a fleet of five or five hundred vehicles, electric and natural gas vehicles have important cost and environmental advantages to consider. Not only are alternative vehicles safe and reliable for your fleet, they can help you manage costs while reducing emissions. More than that, alternative vehicles make a statement for your organization – they express your commitment to clean air and energy independence.
PSE’s Fleet is Re-Energized
PSE has 47 hybrid vehicles, two plug-in hybrid vehicles and 23 bi-fuel vehicles in its fleet. PSE recently introduced two electric Nissan Leafs and a Chevrolet Volt to its fleet. Finally, PSE operates 24 CNG vehicles and we are committed to more as vehicles are added and replaced.
Fleet managers have excellent options in both CNG vehicles and
Re-Energize with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicles
There are a growing number of manufacturers of CNG vehicles and a variety of options to choose from. However, you may not need new vehicles to switch to CNG. Many CNG vehicles on the road today are the result of a conversion process performed by qualified installers utilizing kits that are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency.
CNG can fuel everything from automobiles, vans and shuttles to transit buses, semitrucks and waste disposal trucks. Prominent organizations around the Puget Sound Region are using CNG vehicles to lower their carbon footprint and manage their operating costs.
CNG Vehicles are Affordable to Fuel and Maintain
As the price of gasoline and diesel has risen, interest in CNG vehicles has increased for very good reasons: CNG is a plentiful and domestic fuel that is available at roughly half the cost of petroleum-based fuel. Whether an organization purchases CNG at public fueling stations or operates its own station and compression equipment, CNG fuel costs are attractive compared to gasoline or diesel. More stable prices for natural gas make CNG vehicles a great choice for keeping the fleet budget under control. Visit afdc.energy.gov for more information about the price of natural gas fuel.
A CNG-powered vehicle gets about the same fuel economy as a conventional vehicle, and can be less expensive to operate and maintain. Since commercial vehicles typically travel a greater number of miles per year than personal vehicles, engine wear is greater. Using cleaner fuel like CNG reduces engine wear and allows commercial vehicles to last longer.
PSE supplies natural gas to public and private fueling stations and we have staff available to assist your organization with information about vehicle and fueling options.
Re-Energize with Electric Vehicles
It has never been easier to own and operate an EV. Major automakers are now manufacturing and marketing these vehicles which have all of the comforts of gasoline-powered cars. New EVs have greater driving range, reasonable charging times and can be charged easily at their parking place or at a growing number of public stations. Many, like the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid have unlimited range.
Electric Vehicles Cost Less to Operate
Fueling vehicles with electricity costs approximately 2/3 less than fueling with conventional gasoline. Although EVs may appear expensive based solely on the sticker price of a particular car, they can be a prudent financial choice in many cases.
The sticker price of a car is not the complete picture of how much it will cost – it’s important to consider the total life-cycle cost of operating the car. Electricity is inexpensive compared to the high cost of gasoline or diesel. Generally, EVs can deliver passengers to destinations at a cost of about 2-3 cents per mile, compared to a gasoline fuel cost of 15-30 cents per mile. Another factor in the total cost of a vehicle is maintenance. There are no oil changes, tune-ups or emission control repairs required on an EV.
The fuel and maintenance cost savings associated with EVs can be substantial, while government incentives (up to $7,500) further reduce the total cost of ownership. Furthermore, all-electric vehicles (like the Nissan Leaf) pay no sales tax in Washington. EVs can save their owners as much as $1,200 a year over the average new conventional internal combustion compact car that gets 27 miles per gallon (assuming the price of gasoline is $3.50 a gallon).
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Lower Emissions are Good for the Environment
Fleet managers can help their organizations to lower their environmental impact by adopting alternative fuel vehicles. EVs boast no direct emissions and plug-in hybrids emit half the greenhouse gases as an efficient gasoline-fueled vehicle. Natural gas vehicles emit significantly less greenhouse gas than conventional gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles.
For More Information
Contact an Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482 to find our how PSE can help with more information about alternative fuel vehicles.