The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has added two electric vehicles (EV) to its fleet as part of a new pilot program.
DOVER (DE): The Delaware Department of Transportation (DELDOT) announced today that they have added two new electric vehicles to its fleet bringing the total number of electric vehicles in the state to five. The other three are currently in use by DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate.
According to secretary of transportation, Jennifer Cohan, the additional electric vehicles are part of a new pilot program and will be based at DelDOT’s Danner Campus in Dover where an EV charging station has been installed.
“Adding the two EVs will help the department assess the sustainability, ease of use, and maintenance of these vehicles compared to the department’s traditional fossil fueled light duty fleet vehicles.”, Cohan said.
The two Ford Focus Electric vehicles have a range of roughly 70 – 100 miles per charge with a price tag at $27,999. Each. There are benefits however, replacing a gas car with an electric vehicle is estimated to save 4.7 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.
“When most people think of DelDOT vehicles, they think of large trucks like our snow plows and construction equipment which are largely diesel powered. Not all of our work requires the use of large, fossil fuel vehicles, so this is an opportunity for us to be more environmentally conscious and evaluate the usage of EVs as a fleet vehicle,” Cohan said.
DelDOT is thankful for the technical assistance, cooperation, and financial support of the Division of Natural Resources (DNREC) in the installation of the charging stations at the Danner Campus, and will continue to work with DNREC on environmentally friendly initiatives., Cohan said.
In recent years, states such as Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, as well as numerous municipalities have launched initiatives to incorporate EVs in their fleets to reduce emissions and fuel costs.