Georgia Power is set to electrify portions of its vehicle fleet as part of a corporate-wide, internal fleet electrification goal. Southern Co., the utility's corporate parent, recently announced plans to convert 50% of its system fleet vehicles across the auto/SUV/minivan, forklift and ATV/cart/miscellaneous segments by 2030.
The internal fleet goal is part of a larger focus on electrification of the transportation industry and commitment to sustainability and clean energy. Now offered by most major manufacturers, electric vehicles (EVs) continue to advance in range, performance, and features. They are known to be better for the environment, have a lower cost of ownership than petroleum vehicles and, with their domestic energy source, promote local jobs.
"Our company has long been committed to growing EV infrastructure across the state and supporting customers and businesses looking to go electric," said Nicole Faulk, Georgia Power's senior vice president for corporate and customer services. "We're pleased to take that experience and evolve our fleet internally through electrification. As Southern Co.'s largest subsidiary, the electrification of Georgia Power's fleet will play a significant role in helping us achieve this goal corporate-wide."
Georgia Power will invest US$6 million over the next three years in fast-charging EV infrastructure for the public. To date, the company has installed 41 fast chargers in locations across the state. The installation represents the newest technology in EV fast chargers, offering charging speeds up to 125 kW, adding 100 miles in 12 min, dual dispensers, and power sharing capability. These investments further enable EV adoption and the connection of communities across Georgia.
Georgia Power also offers EV charger rebates for business and residential customers, an online calculator to help customers find out how much driving electric may save them, and a special rate for EV customers. The company's plug-in EV rate offers lower prices from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. to encourage night-time EV charging.
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