22 Aug 20

US Companies go for electrification

Chicago-based energy supplier ComEd, a Fortune 100 company with over 10 million energy clients, has announced a solid electrification plan with a potential of reducing the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 29,000 tons by 2030.

Social responsibility

The company’s CEO, Joe Dominguez, explains that the link between air pollution and higher mortality rates from Covid-19, as well as the disproportionate impact on communities of color, led him to push the initiative forward: “Cleaning up the transportation sector is key to improving the lives of our citizens. Greening our own fleet is one way we can help create cleaner air in our communities.”

Unsurprisingly, Dominguez understands that increased electrification by corporates and consumers requires an upgrade of the grid and will eventually be beneficial for ComEd.

Phased transition

ComEd is running a mixed powertrain fleet of 3000 vehicles, of which 1400 run on biodiesel. Less than 10% of the current fleet is electric (Hybrid, PHEV or full EV). The company aims to electrify 30% of its fleet by 2025 and 50% by 2030.

EV progress in Illinois

Over 12 million people live in Illinois and roughly 4.5 million vehicles are registered within the state, of which 21.885 EVs, up from 8000 in 2017. By electrifying its own fleet, ComEd wants to advance the adoption of EVs; the company has introduced an EV Toolkit that explains the benefits of electrified vehicles, incentives and available makes, models and charging infrastructure.

Authored by: Yves Helven