Alternative Vehicles & Fuels
Dominion is actively participating in the development and deployment of alternative vehicle technologies and fuels to help lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental performance.
- Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fleet displaced the equivalent of about 229,000 gallons of gasoline
- Doubled the size of the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) fleet to 40 from 20
- Deployed four utility service trucks that use HEV technology to operate the boom when servicing power lines
Dominion's Green Fleet
Vehicles powered by alternative fuels (AFVs) now make up about 30 percent of Dominion’s on-road fleet, which numbers about 5,700 cars and trucks.
More than 800 vehicles in our fleet are powered by B20 biodiesel fuel, and about 240 run on compressed natural gas (CNG), primarily light- and medium-duty pickup trucks at 12 locations in Ohio. The use of CNG in light-duty pickup trucks typically requires 87 percent less gasoline than regular, gasoline-fueled, light-duty pickup trucks.
Electric technologies make up a smaller but growing portion of our alternative-fuel fleet. Through focused initiatives to identify practical opportunities to use these technologies, we have doubled the number of HEV’s in our utility fleet. In addition to the fuel savings and environmental benefits, the hybrid technology offers lower maintenance costs, less noise at service calls, and healthier work conditions for our line crews.
We are adding electric vehicles (EVs) to reduce our carbon footprint, cut fuel use and test the value of this clean technology in densely-populated areas of our Virginia service territory. The EVs run off of a large lithium ion battery pack, with a range of 40 to 100 miles per charge. We expect annual fuel savings in excess of $900 per vehicle.
See Green Partnerships in this report to learn more about Dominion’s efforts to promote EV use among its customers.