Electric Vehicles Are Here
Gulf Power is excited about the unique opportunity this emerging market offers our customers. Gulf Power advocates electric transportation technologies, both on-road and non-road, and we are ready to meet our customers' evolving electric transportation needs.
Gulf Power's Electric Transportation Involvement
Gulf Power has been involved in electric transportation research since the early '90s. We're working with electric vehicle manufacturers and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to bring economically and technologically viable on-road electric transportation technologies to the marketplace, enhance the speed of adoption, and understand the impacts of electric vehicle charging on our nation's electricity grid.
We're also using plug-in electric vehicles, both plug-in hybrid and battery electric, and charging technologies for use in our own operations including the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and BMW i3.
Gulf Power, with its parent, Southern Company, is leading the nation in non-road electric transportation technologies. We are promoting a multitude of total electric non-road transportation and charging technologies at airports, seaports, rail yards, and distribution centers, where electric material handling equipment is used in almost every industry to move cargo, stock, pallets, and other materials.
We've helped many commercial and industrial customers save thousands of dollars annually on fuel costs by using electric vehicles and equipment to move materials. With today's fast charging systems, the availability and productivity of electric material-handling vehicles and equipment has increased, also contributing to cost savings and operational efficiencies.
Benefits of Electric Transportation
On-road and non-road electric vehicles and equipment are quiet, efficient and clean and offer users the opportunity to save money on fuel and maintenance costs, reduce their environmental impact, and contribute to the energy independence of the U.S. by using a domestic source of energy. Gasoline or diesel engines wear over time leading to higher tailpipe emissions with the age of the vehicle, whereas, electric vehicles will get cleaner over time as the generation of electricity continues to get cleaner. Gulf Power is investing billions of dollars to reduce our emissions. Even though electric vehicle owners can expect to see an increase in their electricity use, they will still save money powering their vehicles with electricity. The cost of gasoline per mile is greater than the cost of electricity per mile. It's estimated that electric vehicle owners will realize about a 60 percent savings in fuel costs.