From plug-in hybrids to extended range and full electric, today’s electric-powered vehicle options come in many more shapes and sizes than in the past. Although using electrified vehicles may not be at the top of the list for everyone seeking greener operations, these vehicles have proven their value to several of the largest commercial fleets in the country.

Green Fleet has identified the top electric fleets, based on hybrid and electric vehicle counts. Hybrid units are still proving more popular than all-electrics, but a number of fleets have added the latter to their operations. Fleets that made the list reported at least one pure electric vehicle in their operations. Rankings are based on total combined hybrid-electric and all-electric vehicles. See the chart on the next page to find out who’s leading the “charge.”

Top 15 Electric Fleets

CompanyTotal Electric VehiclesHybrid-Electric*Pure Electric
GE 4,274 N/A N/A
AT&T 2,082 2,079 3
PG&E 1,379 1,300 79
Verizon 1,277 1,267 10
Coca-Cola Refreshments 779 768 11
Johnson Controls 693 673 20
Pepsi/Frito-Lay 544 263 281
Florida Power & Light 541 505 36
FedEx Express 515 347 168
UPS 413 380 33
Cox Enterprises 194 192 2
Duke Energy Corp. 154 109 45
DHL Express 80 50 30
Staples 58 0 58
Merck & Co. 41 10 31
*includes plug-in and extended range      

Source: Automotive Fleet Research Dept.

GE tops the list of electric fleets with more than 4,200 hybrid-electric and all-electric vehicles in its fleet. The company did not provide a breakdown, but has been operating Chevrolet Volts since 2011 and just recently purchased more than 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles (see page 32 for more on the newest additions).

Top 10 Hybrid/Electric Fleet Vehicles in 2012 Based on 2011-CY Registrations

Make/ModelCommercialGovernmentTotal
Ford Escape Hybrid 3,972 2,110 6,082
Ford Fusion Hybrid 3,424 2,348 5,772
Toyota Prius 2,524 563 3,087
Toyota Camry Hybrid 700 166 866
Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid 612 164 776
Chevrolet Volt 471 104 575
Nissan LEAF 249 153 402
smartcar fortwo Electric Drive 321 0 321
Honda Civic Hybrid 208 93 301
Nissan Altima Hybrid 157 128 285

Source: R.L. Polk

Based on 2011-CY vehicle registrations, the most popular electrified models were the Ford Escape Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid. 

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