Safety & Environment
Last July, the White House recognized Con Edison in a press release on public- and private-sector efforts to accelerate the use of electric vehicles. We have been part of the Fleet Electrification Initiative, a national commitment toward electric vehicles, since 2014. As part of the commitment, 5 percent of our total annual vehicle expenditure is spent on plug-in electric vehicles, charging stations, battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and electric power units.
In 2016, we purchased four Chevrolet Volts, two Ford C-Max Energis, seven bucket trucks with a plug-in hybrid system, and compressor vans with a dual battery system. Our fleet contains 237 hybrid vehicles, 28 plug-in cars and bucket trucks, 1,404 vehicles running on biodiesel blends, and 309 vehicles operating on compressed natural gas. In 2017, we plan to purchase another 28 electric vehicles. We’re also committed to expanding the use of alternative fuels to power our fleet, and we continue to support new alternative fuel vehicle technology.
We announced a program in April 2017 in which owners of electric vehicles can earn gift cards and get important information on energy efficiency if they charge during off-peak hours.