Puget Sound Energy Fleet gets cleaner
The new hybrid vehicles will reduce carbon emissions
BELLEVUE, Wash. (3/18/2018) PSE has 40 cleaner vehicles hitting the streets this month. The new fleet vehicles were converted into gas/electric hybrids, which is expected to reduce each van’s carbon footprint by 20 percent and increase fuel economy as much as 25 percent.
“We know our customers value the environment, so we were excited for the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint through our fleet vehicles,” said Wayne Gould, Director of Corporate Shared Services at Puget Sound Energy. “This is another step for PSE to invest in the development of cleaner alternatives and technologies.”
The system lets our vans save fuel by allowing the electric motor to slow the vehicle down as it comes to a stop, while at the same time charging the hybrid battery. The energy stored in the battery is then used to help move the vehicle when the driver accelerates.
The upgrade is part of a bigger plan to outfit another 20 fleet vehicles from petroleum to a hybrid system this year. All of the converted vehicles have the potential of reducing PSE’s carbon footprint by about 1.3 Million pounds of CO2 annually.
The conversion of these vehicles is in line with PSE’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2040.