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Dominion Energy Sets Ambitious Carbon-Reduction Vehicle Goals

Dominion Energy recently announced a suite of carbon-reducing goals that will transform their fleet of more than 8,600 vehicles that serves millions of customers across 16 states, including Virginia. The Green Fleet initiative will help Dominion Energy achieve its goal of net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions, while showing the way for clean-energy progress in the transportation sector, the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

Among Dominion Energy’s commitments:

–                 Seventy-five percent of vehicles, including sedans and SUVs, will be converted to electric power by 2030.

–                 Fifty percent of work vehicles—from full-size pickups and bucket trucks to forklifts and ATVs—will be converted by 2030 to plug-in, battery electric vehicles, or vehicles fueled by cleaner-burning alternatives, such as hydrogen, renewable natural gas, and compressed natural gas. During the transition, the company will make use of trucks equipped with emissions-reducing ePTO (Electric Power Takeoff) systems.

–                 One hundred percent of all new vehicles—from sedans to heavy-duty vehicles—purchased after 2030 will be powered either by electricity or alternative fuels.

“Dominion Energy is proud to make these commitments to help lower our greenhouse gas footprint,” said Diane Leopold, Dominion Energy’s chief operating office. “Over the years we have made significant progress cutting carbon and methane emissions in our operations to help us reach our goal of net zero. But we wanted to go even further by slashing emissions from our vehicle fleets, too, while simultaneously developing the infrastructure needed to support EV charging access more broadly.”

Dominion Energy is a member of the Electric Highway Coalition, an alliance working to ensure the U.S. has the infrastructure to support the growing number of Electric Vehicles (EVs) on America’s roadways. The company is piloting an autonomous electric shuttle serving local retail and is deploying 50 electric school buses. And the company is investing in increased EV charging capabilities for single and multifamily homes, workplaces, and a variety of public charging options, including transit locations such as airports, in addition to expanding infrastructure supporting EV charging and alternative fuels at local offices and other facilities.

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