Fusion & C-Max Hybrids ‘Attracting New Companies Searching for Savings’
Ford is citing Con-way, Esurance, Quest Diagnostics and AT&T as among its new fleet customers for its C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid vehicles. “Ford’s new hybrids can save business customers as much as 45% in operational costs,” the automaker says.
Many of the firms’ regional employees drive more than 24,000 miles annually, Ford says.
Con-way, a transportation and logistics services company with nearly 500 locations in North America, is adding more than 1,000 Fusion Hybrids to its national fleet this year, Ford says. The cars are deployed with operations and sales personnel at the company’s Con-way Freight, Con-way Truckload and Menlo Worldwide Logistics operating units.
“Collectively, Con-way expects to save more than 1 million gallons of gasoline annually while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 45% using Fusion Hybrid as its primary fleet car,” Ford says.
Quest Diagnostics has added 150 C-Max Hybrids to support its national logistics requirements, Fords reports. “The environmentally conscious C-Max Hybrid is much more fuel efficient and produces less pollution than standard automobiles,” Quest environmental, health and safety director Clete Lewis says in a Ford release.
CNG in Oklahoma
“Given our scale, the type of vehicles in our fleet can really make a difference to the environment and our business costs… It is a smart addition to our fleet because it will promote lower fuel costs.”
Quest’s goal, says executive director of logistics Bob Severini, is to have about 70% of a fleet of about 3,000 vehicles converted to hybrids by 2015. An exception, he told F&F, is Oklahoma, where Quest operates compressed natural gas vehicles.
San Francisco-based Esurance, a unit of Allstate born of the internet, bills itself as “insurance for the modern world” and as such has used hybrids almost from its inception, says senior corporate claims manager Mike Luders.
When the Ford Escape Hybrid became available, Esurance bought them. “We went straight to hybrids and we’ve been hybrids ever since,” he told F&F. The firm is now in the process of replacing some 56 Escapes with Fusion Hybrid sedans.
Ford Offers Five
Esurance expects to save more than 69,000 gallons of gasoline over the next few years, Ford says, which translates to a savings of more than $255,000, at a national average of $3.71 a gallon.
Ford now offers five “electrified” vehicles: the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, and the full battery electric Focus Electric.
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Source: Ford with Fleets & Fuels follow-up