San Antonio-based CPS Energy has purchased 34 XLP plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks – representing the largest purchase of plug-in F-150s of any utility or private company to date, the company claims.
The vehicles will replace the energy company’s less efficient fleet of vehicles. The new plug-in hybrid electric trucks are part of CPS Energy’s plan to reduce its environmental impact.
“Through our latest hybrid electric vehicle investments, we will leverage new technology that has been economically designed to help protect our environment,” says Paula Gold-Williams, CPS Energy’s president and CEO. “These cars are great enhancements to our fleet of vehicles, which are used to serve our customers day-in and day-out.”
“Aside from cutting emissions, these vehicles will improve fuel economy and reduce costs – a big win for our community,” states John Courage, San Antonio District 9 councilman. “Investing in cleaner vehicles and seeking new green technologies are critical to improving air quality in San Antonio.”
The vehicles are being manufactured by Ford and are equipped with XL’s plug-in hybrid technology, which allows the trucks to run on both gasoline and electric power. In addition to plug-in-charging capabilities, the trucks’ technology also uses regenerative braking during deceleration to charge the battery pack and uses electric assist during acceleration to increase fuel economy.
Currently, there are more than 150 charging stations at 30 locations around greater San Antonio.