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Plugging in Vans and Trucks

by Employee on ‎03-07-2012 06:52 PM

Hybrids are hardly new, but plug-in electric vehicles, well… That’s a different story!


Our chief sustainability officer posted a blogabout a new collaborative effort between Verizon and VIA Motors, which could be disruptive, is definitely innovative, and has the potential to benefit not just our company but hundreds of companies with large fleets.  The long-range, plug-in work van and pickup (see pics below) would be an incredibly valuable option.




If you’re still wondering what the big deal is?


  • ·         The vehicle is charged overnight from an ordinary household 110V or 220V outlet or can be charged at any charging station when available for as little as $1 a day in some states.
  • ·         This combination gives Verizon all-electric performance for most daily routes, but the freedom to drive anywhere with the added benefit of the onboard generator.
  • ·         A standard hybrid in this class can get about 4-6 mpg improvement (20% or so) and typically does not save enough on fuel to payback the investment of the technology and offers a small improvement on emissions.  Verizon's new eREV fleet van can now drive on electricity for as little as $1 a day in some states averaging 100 mpg on typical days and reducing emissions by nearly 80% and can drive on most days emissions free.  

So the next time you see a Verizon FiOS van or truck in the wild, don’t be shy. Look for the plug.



by unk on ‎04-15-2012 08:13 PM

1$ a day in some states?i live in ma we all know what the national average per kwh is,in some states?why not tell us price per kwh?another hybrid fallacy?1$ a day around here is approximately 6kwh.those vans equipped are approximately 8000lbs.keep dreaming!

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