The Electrification Coalition, formed in 2009, is a group of business leaders passionately advocating for the adoption of electric vehicles on a mass scale in order to avoid the pitfalls of our dependence on oil. On November 15, it released its Fleet Electrification Roadmap, a detailed report that examines the operation of commercial and government fleets and argues for them to adopt electric vehicles. The report suggests that with certain proposed policies in place, 200,000 electric vehicles could be on the road by 2015. According to Oliver Hazimeh of PRTM, a consulting firm that worked with the Electrification Coalition on the Roadmap:
One possibility proposed by the Fleet Electrification Roadmap is the use of PHEV or EV conversions. In cases where fleet vehicles are used for a period of 8-10 years and log high mileage, it makes business sense to replace only the drivetrain rather than replacing the entire heavily depreciated vehicle. According to the Roadmap, the lower operating cost of driving electric vehicles should make EV conversions an attractive option for these types of vehicles.The new study outlines how Fleet operators can be early adopters of electric drive technology, and serve as a catalyst for the broader consumer market. The combination of high utilization rates, predictable routes, common use of central parking facilities, and total cost of ownership approach to vehicle acquisitions will make EVs and PHEVs attractive to operators of several fleet segments.
Just days before the release of the report, General Electric announced its commitment to purchasing 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015 for use in their fleet, including 12,000 Chevy Volts. To read the Fleet Electrification Roadmap in its entirety, visit the Electrification Coalition webpage.
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