Georgia Power recently passed a milestone in its electric transportation
program -- more than 5,000,000 miles since the program's inception.
August 9, 2002
Five million miles and counting
Atlanta’s recent heat wave has helped to produce a string of Smog Alert
days this summer -- 20 by the end of July -- sharpening the focus on the
city’s air quality. But there is one transportation system that’s actually
avoided more than 2.2 million pounds of emissions in Georgia.
Georgia Power’s electric vehicle (EV) program reached a milestone recently
as they surpassed five million miles driven. These EV miles prevented the
release of more than 13,000 pounds of nitrous oxide, 22,000 pounds of volatile organic compounds, 186,000 pounds of carbon monoxide and two
million pounds of carbon dioxide.
Electric transportation is able to make significant reductions in Georgia’s
air pollution. “An electric vehicle has no exhaust emissions to pollute the
air because there is no combustion of fuel, thus no pollutants are emitted,”
explained Don Still, manager of Georgia Power’s electric transportation
program. “On the other hand, internal combustion releases hydrocarbons
during fueling, vapors from the gas tank, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide (a
greenhouse gas), particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and VOCs, all of which
contribute to our ozone problem.”
Currently, about 65 Georgia Power corporate employees participate in an electric vehicle leasing program using General Motor’s EV 1. At one point,
Ford Ranger pick-ups and Toyota RAV 4s were also used in the program. The
company also operates an electric shuttle bus 10 hours a day, five days a
week between a MARTA station and its downtown offices. The shuttle has saved employees more than 177,600 gas-vehicle miles already this year.
Emory University and the Georgia State Energy Office have partnered with the
utility in a demonstration of the Ford Th!nk, a new urban vehicle designed
for short-distance driving. As part of the pilot program, the Th!nk is currently being used as a station car available for check out when MARTA
commuters need to run errands from their work location. The Th!nk will be
available for individual consumer purchase in early 2003.
Georgia Power has directly replaced over 80 internal combustion vehicles
with EVs for everyday business purposes. Its fleet includes more than 200light-duty vehicles and 30 neighborhood vehicles, as well as buses, bicycles
and non-road vehicles such as forklifts and golf carts.
In addition to the vehicles for its own internal use, Georgia Power has partnered with malls, college and business campuses, the airport and other
locations to test and expand electric vehicle use. EVs have been used successfully in settings as varied as plant sites, warehouses, along meter
routes and at Zoo Atlanta.
“Georgia Power is committed to improving Georgia’s air quality,” Still said.
“Increasing our reliance on electric transportation can provide part of the
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity. The company is an
investor-owned, tax-paying utility, serving customers in 57,000 of the state’s 59,000 square miles. Georgia Power’s rates are more than 15 percent below
the national average and its 2 million customers are in all but six of Georgia’s 159 counties.
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