Electrify Your Fleet

Electric vehicles (EVs) can help reduce your emissions and your total cost of ownership. As you consider EVs for your fleet, there are a few things you should know.

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Electricity: The new transportation fuel

The business case for electrifying your fleet is clear. EVs cost less to “fuel” and don’t need as much maintenance as vehicles that run on gas or diesel. That means a lower total cost of ownership, but it also means your business can reduce its emissions and impact on the environment.

  • Cleaner — Less than half the CO₂ emissions per mile and only getting cleaner

  • Cheaper — At least 40 percent less than gas/diesel per mile²

  • Local — Produced here in the Pacific Northwest

  • Stable — Regulated for long-term price stability

Need more reasons to electrify your fleet? EVs also:

  • Improve local air quality

  • Reduce noise pollution in your communities

  • Have fewer moving parts and regenerative braking for lower maintenance costs

  • Have a more efficient powertrain with smoother acceleration and more torque

  • Are available in a wide variety of vehicle types (cars, SUVs, pickups, vans and even heavy-duty trucks)

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Estimated emissions reduction for trucks

Estimated emissions reduction for cars


Lower your cost of ownership

Today, EVs cost more upfront than a gas or diesel vehicle. But with battery prices coming down and EV demand increasing, this cost will likely decrease in the coming years. Plus, there are incentives, rebates and grants available for many electric vehicles.

EVs typically cost less to operate because fuel and maintenance costs are lower. EVs also generate credits through the Oregon Clean Fuels Program Oregon.gov Clean-Fuels that can bring in steady income for each kWh of electricity consumed.


How to charge your fleet

Slow, overnight charging is the most cost-effective way to charge an EV:

  • A lower charge rate means less expensive equipment and infrastructure.

  • You’ll benefit from lower demand and off-peak electricity pricing.

  • By using charge management software, you can optimize charging and further reduce costs.


Fleet charging fuel


Charging equipment and infrastructure

Equipment

Different types of EVs require different levels of equipment. Depending on your fleet, you may need Level 2 chargers, DC Fast Charging or Extreme Fast Charging.


Infrastructure

Build your infrastructure with the future in mind. Size electrical equipment to include future chargers and run conduit to additional parking spaces.


The PGE Fleet Partner program

A successful EV fleet deployment takes careful planning and technical expertise. PGE’s Fleet Partner program is here to guide you through the planning process. We’ll support your project with in-depth analysis and recommendations specific to your fleet operations. The result will leave you with the information you need to get leadership buy-in and execute your EV project with confidence.

What you should know

Fleet electrification process

  1. Engage your utility.

  2. Understand the new fuel.

  3. Identify suitable EV replacement options.

  4. Determine your ideal charger.

  5. Perform a site assessment and conceptual infrastructure design.

  6. Estimate costs, including incentives.

  7. Evaluate any operational impacts.

  8. Get budget approval.

  9. Hire a design firm and/or construction contractor.

  10. Design site charging infrastructure.

  11. Secure permitting.

  12. Perform construction.

  13. Commission and test chargers.

  14. Train drivers.

  15. Optimize charging to reduce fuel costs.

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Eligibility and requirements

  • Nonresidential customers who own or operate a fleet of vehicles (more than one)

  • On-road vehicles only

  • Up to 3 vehicle types or operating profiles

  • Sites must be within the PGE service territory

  • Up to 3 sites per customer


How PGE Fleet Partner works

You will:

  • Submit a completed application to fleetpartner@pgn.com and a spreadsheet of your existing fleet vehicles.

The PGE team will:

  • Review your application and schedule a kick-off phone call with you.

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The PGE team will:

  • Assess EV feasibility for the vehicles you select.

  • Suggest charging methods and equipment options.

  • Estimate your fuel costs and clean fuel credit revenue.

The PGE team will:

  • Review our fleet assessment with you and collect your feedback.

You will:

  • Choose your charging method.

The PGE team will:

  • Walk the site with you to discuss infrastructure layout.

  • Create a preliminary site design and cost estimate for your project.

The PGE team will:

  • Summarize findings from our fleet assessment and site assessment in a final report that also includes any available rebates or incentives.

You will:

  • Have a fleet electrification plan that you can take to your leadership for approval.

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1. Based on fuel economy of 2020 Ford Fusion (27 mpg) and 2020 Chevy Bolt (3.4 mi/kWh) from fueleconomy.gov. Emissions factor for gasoline (19.6 lbs CO2/gal) from eia.gov. Emissions factor for PGE’s grid (0.90 lbs CO2e/gal) from 2019 PGE Sustainability Report.

2. Based on fuel economy of 2020 Ford Fusion (27 mpg) and 2020 Chevy Bolt (3.4 mi/kWh) from fueleconomy.gov. Fuel price for gasoline ($2.85/gal) from eia.gov. Fuel price for electricity ($0.11/kWh) from PGE rate schedule 32.