City and CPS officials get a look at one of the utility's new Plug-In F-150s.
, as part of ongoing efforts to decrease its carbon footprint, has purchased 34 hybrid pickup trucks to replace older gasoline vehicles in its fleet.
The new XLP Plug-In Hybrid Electric Ford F-150s offer 50 percent better fuel economy while yielding half the emissions of standard pickup trucks. The transaction marks the largest purchase of Plug-In F-150s by by any utility or private company and the first by any in Texas.
"These [trucks] are great enhancements to our fleet of vehicles, which are used to serve our customers, day-in and day-out," CPS President and CEO Paula Gold-Williams said in a written statement.
With the purchase, 14 percent of CPS's fleet now runs on alternative fuels.
The effort fits with city-owned CPS's increasing commitment to clean energy. The utility has made substantial commitments to solar generation and expects to retire its J.T. Deely coal-fired power plant by the end of 2018.
San Antonio's solar energy capacity grew 37 percent last year
, helping it rise to No. 6 on the list of U.S. cities with the biggest solar deployments.
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