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Iberdrola USA Commits to EVs

September 16, 2014 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pledges to Spend at Least 5% of Its Fleet Money on Plug-Ins

The utility holding company Iberdrola USA says it’s committed to the Edison Electric Institute to spend at least 5% of its annual fleet acquisition budget on plug-in electric vehicles and equipment.

Chevy Volt operated by Rochester Gas & Electric, a unit of Iberdrola USA.

Chevy Volt operated by Rochester Gas & Electric, a unit of Iberdrola USA.

EEI urged its members to do so earlier this year as it released a utility industry Transportation Electrification report.

“We must continue to strengthen our efforts and lead by example,” EEI president Tom Kuhn said in the white paper announcement (F&F, July 23).

$4 Million-Plus

“Our commitment will benefit and no doubt grow the alternative fuel technologies market,” Iberdrola USA Networks COO Kevin Walker said in his company’s announcement Monday.

“Iberdrola USA has spent more than $4 million on fleet electrification during the last six years,” Walker said. “We’ve discovered the many benefits of alternate-fuel transportation, and we’re not going to stop.”

Iberdrola USA currently maintains a fleet of 84 passenger plug-ins and hybrids, and 13 hybrid bucket trucks in its three utility operating companies in New York and Maine: New York State Electric & Gas, Rochester Gas & Electric, and Central Maine Power.

Operations in 24 States

William Sears of New York State Electric & Gas in Oneonta, N.Y. is fleet services director for Iberdrola USA.

Iberdrola USA is a subsidiary of Spain’s Iberdrola, S.A. All-told, Iberdrola USA companies employ some 5,000 people at operations in 24 states from New England to the West Coast.

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Source: Iberdrola USA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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