ComEd adds 50 PHEVs to fleet

Chicago, IL, Jan. 9, 2009 — ComEd has added 50 new Toyota Prius hybrids and plug-in electric hybrids (PHEVs) to a fleet that now numbers more than 2,100 green vehicles.

ComEd meter readers in Chicago and the company’s Maywood office will drive the 50 new Priuses, including 10 Priuses that have been specially converted into PHEVs. The plug-in conversion is expected to increase fuel-efficiency by providing greater electric-drive capability.

PHEVs and smart charging technology are enabled by building a smart grid, an initiative ComEd is actively working on in collaboration with the Illinois Commerce Commission and other stakeholders.

Currently, 63 percent of the ComEd fleet uses a fuel source other than 100 percent gasoline. This includes 1,774 trucks that use biodiesel fuel; 250 E85 flex-fuel vehicles that use ethanol; 91 hybrid Ford Escape SUVs; one biodiesel-electric hybrid bucket truck; one liquid petroleum gas (LPG) bucket truck; and the 50 new Prius vehicles.

Traditional hybrids run on a combination of gasoline and electricity. Compared to an average subcompact, the Prius hybrid and plug-in electric version consume about 30 and 65 percent less fuel, respectively. ComEd estimates this will reduce its gasoline use in 2009 by 6,500 gallons.

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