BGE HOME Integrating Hybrid Technology into Commercial Vehicle Fleet Through Pilot Program
June 18, 2019
BALTIMORE — BGE HOME, a Constellation company, is introducing hybrid technology into its fleet of service vehicles. As part of a recent pilot program, BGE HOME has deployed 10 service vans customized with hybrid electric drive technology and is planning to order up to 20 additional vehicles for 2020.
BGE HOME will evaluate the vehicles over the next several months, comparing factors such as average fuel usage, maintenance needs, brake wear, and driver feedback on overall performance against similar, non-hybrid vehicles already in use.
“With transportation accounting for around 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions nationwide, it’s crucial that we explore ways to make our operations more efficient,” said Tamla Olivier, president and CEO of BGE HOME. “This practical, innovative solution both benefits our bottom line and creates a positive environmental impact for the customers and communities we serve.”
The hybrid technology is provided by XL, an industry leader in fleet electrification that works directly with vehicle manufacturers such as Ford, Chevy, and GMC to customize commercial, utility, and municipal vehicles. Constellation Technology Ventures, the venture capital arm of parent company Exelon Corporation, is an investor in XL, and helped connect the Boston-based company with BGE HOME.
Incorporating hybrid vehicles into the BGE HOME service fleet is designed to bring several notable benefits, including:
- Up to a 25 percent improvement in miles per gallon
- 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions
- A significant increase in brake life
Hybrid electric vehicles from XL are a post-transmission parallel system, meaning both the vehicle’s gas-powered engine and XL’s electric drive systems work together to power the vehicle. When the driver presses the gas pedal, a lithium-ion, battery-powered traction motor assists in propelling the vehicle, using less fuel for the same acceleration. Similarly, when a driver applies the brake, the traction motor works in reverse, helping to brake the vehicle and charge the battery. The battery pack powering the vehicle is installed where the spare tire normally is, resulting in no reduction in interior volume.
Constellation Technology Ventures invested in XL in 2017, in part, because the company’s hybrid technology addressed a need in the commercial space for fleet conversion and represented Exelon’s commitment to providing customers reliable, clean, and affordable energy products and services.
Constellation is a leading competitive retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Constellation's family of retail businesses serves approximately 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Baltimore-based Constellation is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with 2018 revenues of approximately $36 billion, and more than 31,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation's cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. Learn more at www.constellation.com or on Twitter at @ConstellationEG.
BGE HOME is a subsidiary of Constellation. BGE HOME is not the same company as BGE, a regulated utility.