NAFA President Claude Masters Shares Fleet Electric Vehicle Experience with Media


Fleets have so much real-world expe­ri­ence with alter­na­tive fuel vehi­cles such as elec­tric vehi­cles (EVs) that they’re a great source of infor­ma­tion for media cov­er­age and pub­lic edu­ca­tion. NAFA’s Pres­i­dent Claude Mas­ters talked about Flori­da Pow­er & Light’s (FPL) com­mit­ment to pur­chase only elec­tric vehi­cles and hybrids for its com­pa­ny fleet with­in 10 years. Mas­ters, FPL’s Man­ag­er of Vehi­cle Acqui­si­tion and Fuel, recent­ly spoke with Mia­mi Her­ald about the fleet, and the arti­cle appeared in El Nue­vo Her­ald, their Span­ish lan­guage news­pa­per. (See Claude Master’s video inter­view for infor­ma­tion on NAFA and Calstart’s work­shops on alter­na­tive fuel vehi­cles.)

FPL and pow­er com­pa­nies across North Amer­i­ca are switch­ing to elec­tric vehi­cles and hybrids because elec­tric vehi­cles are final­ly going main­stream – and the cost sav­ings and emis­sions reduc­tions are impres­sive. While many peo­ple assume the use of alter­na­tive fuels costs more, com­pa­nies typ­i­cal­ly see great cost-sav­ings from the move.

In the arti­cle, Flo­ren­cia Con­te­see, an FPL spokes­woman, explained how elec­tric vehi­cles require 80% less pow­er than gaso­line mod­els.  “Using elec­tric­i­ty is the equiv­a­lent of pay­ing 77 cents per gal­lon with our FPL rates here in Flori­da which are 25% below the nation­al aver­age,” she said.

There is one ele­ment miss­ing for EVs to reach mass adop­tion – charg­ing sta­tions.  Pow­er com­pa­nies want to posi­tion them­selves as prime elec­tric­i­ty sup­pli­ers before charg­ing sta­tions are as com­mon as gas sta­tions, Mas­ters said.

Fleets are serv­ing as valu­able test­ing sources for automak­ers and charg­ing and fuel­ing infra­struc­ture builders. “In addi­tion to elec­tric vehi­cles and hybrids, NAFA Mem­bers have been using alter­na­tive fuels such as biodiesel, CNG, and LNG for decades,” said NAFA’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Phillip Rus­so. “We even have mem­bers using hydro­gen vehi­cles in their fleet today.  Often­times, car man­u­fac­tur­ers will seek out fleets to be used as test sub­jects for vehi­cles still very much in their infan­cy.  The data com­piled through fleet use helps spur vehi­cle devel­op­ment for main­stream use down the line.”



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