Half of FPL’s fleet of on-road vehicles – totaling 2,412 trucks and cars – are powered using biodiesel.
More than 300 hybrids and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are now in service, and the company plans to convert one-third of its 2,400 company cars to hybrids by the end of 2010.
FPL has doubled the size of its hybrid vehicle fleet each year for the past three years.
For January through June 2009, FPL avoided the need for more than 131,000 gallons of fuel. The company has also reduced its carbon footprint by more than 1,300 tons, the equivalent of taking 200 cars off the road.
In May 2006, FPL became the first company in the U.S. to put a medium-duty hybrid bucket truck into service.
FPL deployed its first plug-in electric hybrid vehicle in March 2008 and followed with the first plug-in hybrid bucket truck in September of 2008 for use in Miami.
Industrial hybrid-electric trucks use 40 to 60 percent less fuel than traditional diesel-burning trucks, and when used with biodiesel they reduce exhaust emissions as much as 90 percent.
FPL’s biodiesel hybrids operate on a custom-blended mixture of 20 percent soybean oil and 80 percent diesel fuel.
Hybrid-electric trucks use a computer-controlled drivetrain that is capable of powering the truck in pure electric or conventional mode, or a combination of both.
FPL’s use of PHEVs has saved the company nearly 1,800 gallons of fuel since March 2008.
PHEVs generate up to 70 percent less CO2 emissions than a traditional gas-powered vehicle.