Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Electrifies Fleet with Plug-In Hybrid Pickups from XL Fleet
BOSTON, January 30, 2020 – In order to advance its fleet electrification and emissions reduction goals, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) has deployed six new XL plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks to its fleet. The trucks were unveiled during a ceremony at the SWBNO Central Yard on January 28, which featured New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, as well as representatives from SWBNO and project partners including New Orleans Regional Planning Commission (RPC), Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership, and XL Fleet.
The F-150 pickups have been equipped with the XLP plug-in hybrid electric drive system, which has been proven to substantially improve fuel economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions – helping New Orleans reduce climate change impacts and improve air quality while saving taxpayer money from decreased fuel and vehicle maintenance costs.
The project was funded via the New Orleans RPC’s Clean Fuel Transition Fund for Public Fleets, managed by the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership. The fund was developed to help public fleets incorporate cleaner fuels and technologies into their operations.
"This is aligned with our climate action goals and the impact that we want to have in the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana in regards to this footprint. It's something that we have to remain focused on," said Mayor Cantrell. "We understand that we are a coastal city, and being a coastal city, we do have the challenges of sea-level rise and coastal land loss."
“We are proud to take climate action and help improve our city’s air quality through our cleaner and more energy-efficient operation of fleet vehicles. I want to thank Mayor Cantrell, the RPC, and all of our partners for making this possible.” said SWBNO Executive Director Ghassan Korban.
“The City of New Orleans continues to showcase their strong commitment to sustainability through the Sewerage & Water Board’s investment in these electrified F-150 pickup trucks,” said Eric Foellmer, XL Fleet’s Director of Marketing. “XL’s plug-in hybrid electric drive system was named one of TIME magazine’s top inventions of 2019, and we’re proud that this unique technology will be helping SWBNO provide cleaner, greener utility services throughout the city.”
About XL Fleet
XL Fleet is the leading provider of vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets in North America, with more than 100 million miles driven by customers such as The Coca-Cola Company, Verizon, Yale University and the City of Boston. XL Fleet’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric drive systems can increase fuel economy up to 25-50 percent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions up to 20-33 percent, decreasing operating costs and meeting sustainability goals with no impact on fleet operations. XL's plug-in hybrid electric drive system was named one of TIME magazine's best inventions of 2019. www.xlfleet.com
About Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans
The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans proudly provides the city of New Orleans with purified water, drainage and sewerage services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The SWBNO eleven-member Board of Directors consists of the Mayor, the chair of the Public Works, Sanitation and Environment Committee of the New Orleans City Council or his designee, two representatives of the Board of Liquidation, and seven citizen members, of which five represent council districts and two consumer advocates and one of the appointments shall be a retired civil engineer. www.swbno.org
About Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership
As part of a network of nearly 100 U.S. Department of Energy-designated Clean Cities Coalitions nationwide, the Clean Fuel Partnership provides education, technical assistance, funding opportunities, and project guidance to help public and private fleets throughout the Greater New Orleans region incorporate cleaner transportation options into their operations. The coalition is comprised of vehicle fleet managers; alternative fuel, vehicle and technology providers; local, state and federal government agencies; and other organizations interested in promoting policies and practices that diversify our transportation fuel options, improve our environment, and increase public awareness of clean transportation benefits. www.cleanfuelpartnership.org
About Regional Planning Commission
The Regional Planning Commission serves eight parishes (counties) in southeast Louisiana: Jefferson, Orleans (includes the City of New Orleans), Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa. The Regional Planning Commission is a board of local elected officials and citizen members, appointed to represent their jurisdictions on regional issues. This board is supported by a staff of professionals with broad experience in a variety of areas including urban and regional planning, community development, economics, engineering, government, history, law, landscape architecture, political science, sustainable development, transportation, geography and other disciplines. www.norpc.org