Portland General Electric to electrify more than 60% of its fleet by 2030
Plan will retire more than 600 fossil fuel-powered vehicles and deploy more than 600 electric vehicles over the next 10 years
Sept. 24, 2020
Portland, Ore. — Today, Portland General Electric (NYSE: PGE) announced plans to electrify more than 60% of its entire fleet by 2030, including electrifying 100% of the utility’s Class 1 vehicles—such as sedans, SUVs, and small pickups—as well as forklifts, by 2025. This commitment is part of PGE’s ongoing efforts to advance transportation electrification in Oregon.
“The future of transportation in Oregon is electric. We are taking this ambitious approach for our industry because we hope to pave the way for others to commit to bold fleet electrification advancements,” said Aaron Milano, Transportation Electrification Manager at Portland General Electric. “As we electrify our fleet in the years ahead, we are also committed to making electric fuel more accessible to everyone. We will apply our own experiences to help our customers large and small—from working with businesses and cities to electrify their fleets, to incentivizing home charging for residential customers.”
Today, PGE’s fleet contains 1,167 vehicles across 27 different facilities, including 91 electric vehicles currently in use. This new commitment will retire more than 600 fossil fuel-powered vehicles and deploy more than 600 electric vehicles over the next 10 years.
By 2030, PGE’s fleet will contain 61% electric vehicles:
- 100% electric Class 1 vehicles (by 2025)
Examples: sedans, SUVs, small pickups
- 70% electric light-duty Class 2 vehicles
Examples: pickups, large SUVs, vans
- 40% electric medium-duty vehicles
Examples: flatbeds, service bodies, large vans and bucket trucks
- 30% electric heavy-duty vehicles
Examples: digger derricks, bucket trucks and dump trucks
This plan is specific to electrified vehicles with a plug, including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and anti-idle job site work systems, such as electric power take-off (ePTO) systems.
Transportation is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon and a major source of other air pollutants. Electric vehicles not only reduce emissions by up to 100% compared to diesel powered vehicles—electricity is also less expensive than diesel and prices are more stable over time. Other benefits include improved local air quality, increased safety because it is easier for crews to hear one another in a quieter vehicle and reduced operating costs.
In the pursuit of a clean energy future, Portland General Electric is committed to reducing transportation-related emissions by accelerating access to — and adoption of — electric vehicles for everyone. PGE is also deeply committed to supporting all Oregonians, across industries, in their transition to electric vehicles, from electrifying school buses and public transportation across the state, supporting electric vehicle charging infrastructure and education programs, and working with the Oregon Clean Fuels program to provide grants to community organizations, nonprofits and businesses for electric vehicle adoption.
About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, with operations across the state. The company serves 899,000 customers with a service area population of 1.9 million Oregonians in 51 cities. PGE has 16 generation plants in five Oregon counties, and maintains and operates 14 public parks and recreation areas. For over 130 years, PGE has delivered safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. PGE and its 3,000 employees are working with customers to build a clean energy future. In 2019, PGE, employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated $4.7 million and volunteered 32,900 hours with more than 700 nonprofits annually across Oregon. For more information visit portlandgeneral.com/cleanvision.
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For more information contact: Elizabeth Lattanner, PGE, 503-464-7016, Elizabeth.Lattanner@pgn.com