Company trucks go green

CPS Energy vehicles are all over our community. Whether it’s a work truck with an aerial lift (known as a “bucket truck”) out to fix a downed power line or a standard Ford F-150 on a business call, our company’s fleet works for you. And now, that fleet just got greener.

We have recently introduced 15 new XLP Plug-in hybrid F-150 trucks and 10 XL hybrid F-250 trucks to our fleet, adding to the 34 hybrid F-150s that we brought in last year.

This is all part of an effort to continue our drive to be more environmentally responsible.

“We are asking the community to adopt more electric utilization instead of fossil fuels,” said Tania Hernandez, Manager of Driving Safety and Fleet Process Improvement. “We want to make sure that we are practicing what we preach. This is just the beginning.”

As hybrid and electric vehicle technologies evolve, CPS Energy plans on continuing to explore products that will get the job done while also helping the environment.

“Times are changing,” said Tania. “Things are moving and more technology is becoming available and more affordable. We want to make sure that we are keeping up and have a strategy for five years down the line as to what makes sense for the community and the company.”

The new F-150s will run off traditional fuel or electric power from a plug-in charge port, while the F-250s save fuel and reduce emissions through regenerative braking, which helps slow down and propel the vehicle during normal drive cycles.

“A lot of people think of hybrids as these small vehicles, but we have these great trucks that can still do the job but help us with the environment at the same time,” said Tania. “With the technology progressing, we stay in contact with leading groups that advise us on trends and research about EVs and hybrids so we don’t miss anything.”

Thanks to our company leaders’ efforts to make our fleet as efficient as possible, CPS Energy was recently named one of the best 100 Fleets in the Americas. These new additions to the fleet will only make us more effective in serving our community as responsibly as possible.

Trace Levos

Trace is a part of the Corporate Communications team at CPS Energy.

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