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
|Company||Total Electric Vehicles||Hybrid-Electric*||Pure Electric|
|Florida Power & Light||541||505||36|
|Duke Energy Corp.||154||109||45|
|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
|Ford Escape Hybrid||3,972||2,110||6,082|
|Ford Fusion Hybrid||3,424||2,348||5,772|
|Toyota Camry Hybrid||700||166||866|
|Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid||612||164||776|
|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.