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Fossil-fueled Power
Non-Fossil Generation
End-Use Efficiency
Electricity T&D
Carbon Sequestration
Non-CO2 Reductions
Other GHG Reductions

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Coal Comb. Products
Recycling
Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
Utility Fleet Veh.
Mat. Handling Vehicles
Mass Transit
Other Transit Actions
Other In-House Actions
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 Utility Fleet Vehicles

 
 Background


Utilities operate large fleets of vehicles, including cars, vans, and trucks of many types and sizes. Greenhouse gas emissions from these vehicles could be reduced by:

  Using biodiesel in existing utility fleet vehicles
  Converting them to a fuel such as compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) which would result in lower CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions
  Replacing fleet vehicles with low speed electric vehicles (LEVs) for use in confined environments like warehouses, power plant campuses, in-town commuting by executives, meter readers or others who  require limited travel distances, parking convenience or visibility for being environmentally conscious
 
  Replacing off road equipment (e.g. fork lifts) or upgrading existing electrified equipment with modern electric drive equipment that will reduce emissions and improve performance
  Utilizing electric vehicles for educational and public relations purposes (e.g. public meetings, school children, etc.)

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The Utility Hybrid Truck Initiative recognizes that significant opportunities exist to improve fuel economy and to reduce GHG emissions through the development of an electric utility hybrid “bucket” truck, which ultimately will have significantly broader market potential. The core structure, once hybridized, is ideal not only for cable and telecommunications operations, but also for hundreds of thousands of urban work trucks, such as cargo, delivery, dump, and other truck applications. The goal is to develop a commercial hybrid work truck and meet 2010 emissions standards three years ahead of the federal goal, while improving fuel economy 50 percent (and thereby reducing emissions). To help meet this challenge, more than 25 utilities are taking part in the Utility Hybrid Truck Working Group to establish user requirements and performance specifications. By the end of 2004, several electric utilities had purchased and phased-in the first pre-production vehicles for national assessment. In 2006, those utilities and a number of others ordered additional vehicles during the second phase of this initiative.

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 References, Sources, and Other Useful Data


Electric Auto Association, "Plug in Hybrids"
http://www.eaa-phev.org/wiki/Plug-In_Hybrids

The EAA-PHEV mission is to educate, demonstrate, and proliferate Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles. This website, which formerly lived at SeattleEVA.org, has as its focus enhancing the documentation of Prius PHEV conversions similar to CalCars first PriusPlus conversion.

Electric Drive Transportation Association
http://www.electricdrive.org/

EDTA is an international association representing the interest of those involved in the development, production and use of battery, hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and supporting infrastructure. EDTA serves as the central source of information on all of the technical, market and policy issues surrounding the emergence of electric drive technologies, and serves as the representative of the Americas to the World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA).

Electric Power Research Institute, “Comparing the Benefits and Impacts of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Options” (July 2001)
http://my.epri.com/portal/server.pt?Abstract_id=000000000001000349

This project continues the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Working Group (WG) study, in which EPRI brought together representatives from the utility and automotive industries, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), other regulatory agencies, and university research organizations. The first study, "Assessment of Current Knowledge of Hybrid Vehicle Characteristics and Impacts" (EPRI report TR-113201), defined some of the ground rules for studying HEV technology. This study focuses on the key attributes of HEV performance, energy economy, fuel-cycle emissions, costs, consumer acceptance, and commercialization issues.

Electric Power Research Institute, “Comparing the Benefits and Impacts of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Options for Compact Sedan and Sport Utility Vehicles” (EPRI Report 1006892, Final Report, 86 pages, July 2002)
http://my.epri.com/portal/server.pt?Abstract_id=000000000001006892

This project continues the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Working Group (WG) study, in which EPRI brought together representatives from the utility and automotive industries, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), other regulatory agencies, and university research organizations. The first study, "Assessment of Current Knowledge of Hybrid Vehicle Characteristics and Impacts" (EPRI report TR-113201), defined some of the ground rules for studying HEV technology. The second study focused on the key attributes of HEV performance, energy economy, fuel-cycle emissions, costs, consumer acceptance, and commercialization issues. This third and final study examines the performance, energy economy, fuel cycle emissions, costs, and consumer acceptance for compact and sports utility hybrid electric vehicles and their conventional counterparts.

Environmental Protection Agency, “Fuels and Fuel Additives: Alternative Fuel Conversions”
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/fuels/altfuels/altfuels.htm

EPA promotes and expands the use of environmentally beneficial alternative fuels and vehicles by providing the states with tools, such as benefits models, State Implementation Plan Credits, and the Clean Fuels Fleet program.  EPA also coordinates with the DOE and DOT so that their programs promote alternative fuels and vehicles having the greatest environmental gains.  

U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, “Battery-Powered Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Resource Guide for Project Development”, prepared by Science Applications International Corporation (July 2002)
http://www.netl.doe.gov/products/ccps/pubs/resguide.pdf

This NETL publication provides national and international project developers with a guide on how to estimate and document the GHG emission reduction benefits and/or penalties of battery-powered and hybrid-electric vehicle projects. The resource guide first provides an overview of the various technology options for both EVs and HEVs, their performance and estimated costs, an overview of the emerging regulatory frameworks promoting the use of EV and HEVs, and procedures for estimating GHG emission reductions from EV and HEV projects.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, “Alternative Fuels”
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/current.shtml

This DOE/EERE website presents information on, and links to, alternative fuels, flex-fuel vehicles, bi-fuel vehicles, and electric vehicles.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, “Fleets”
http://www.eere.energy.gov/afdc/fleets/index.html

This fleet portal, which replaces the familiar "Clean Fleet Guide," is a one-stop-shop for fleets interested in making green vehicle and fuel decisions. The information in this section is arranged by fleet application and includes clean fleet strategies that can be implemented to help reduce petroleum consumption.

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