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EVs gaining popularity as CoServ eyes its own fleet

North Texas has more than 17,000 electric vehicles registered in North Texas

EVs gaining popularity as CoServ eyes its own fleet

 

By NICHOLAS SAKELARIS | CoServ

There are more than 17,000 electric vehicles registered in North Texas, according to Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities. Of those, 75 percent are fully electric while the rest are hybrid or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

As electric vehicles become more mainstream, CoServ will play a critical role in powering that future. Whether it’s a Member’s personal vehicle charging in their garage, a whole fleet of city or business vehicles charging at their location or a traveler who needs a quick charge on their way out of town, CoServ will be your trusted source of reliable and affordable electricity.

CoServ is consistently looking at ways to help Members who have electric vehicles maximize their usage. Stay tuned for more details on this topic as we look to become your trusted source for electric vehicles.

CoServ maintains a large fleet of its own, with vehicles logging 3 million miles a year as we serve our Members throughout our expansive service territory. As CoServ strives to be a good steward of our funding, we will monitor the latest offerings from original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket companies to see what makes sense for our fleet, said CoServ Fleet Manager Tim Meyer.

One automaker invited Tim to listen and offer feedback on the concept of an all-electric pickup truck specifically for fleets. For now, the return on investment takes too long for most of these new electric vehicles, Tim said, but as costs come down and technology improves, that could change.

“I can definitely see a use case in the future for a couple light-duty pickups that we’re able to utilize,” Tim said. “You’re swapping one cost for another. There is some operations cost savings but it’s not a net zero return at this time.”

Another technology that could debut much sooner would be an aftermarket hybrid battery that could be installed on CoServ light-duty trucks. With this technology, a lithium-ion battery would be installed on a traditional gasoline-powered truck that could power electrical systems while it is stopped on the side of the road. This would reduce wear and tear on the motor. When it’s time to go, the gasoline engine would kick back on to power the truck and recharge the lithium-ion battery.

“In certain situations, you’re looking at a two-to three-year payback time,” Tim said. “That’s pretty short based on the life of the truck and a good investment of resources.”

Curious about electric vehicles?

The best way to learn about them is to experience them for yourself!

North Texas National Drive Electric Week Event
Hosted by North Central Texas Council of Governments/DFW Clean Cities

October 3click here for location news

  • Electric vehicles of all makes and models
  • EV owners on-hand to answer questions and offer rides
  • Drive-in movie screening of the film “Revenge of the Electric Car”
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