According to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in the fleets of corporations and government agencies is rising. In 2009, the latest year for which data is available, the number of fleet AFVs on the road rose about 7 percent to 826,318.
In total, just five states accounted for 40 percent of the nations use of AFVs in fleets in 2009. California led the US with 16 percent of fleet AFVs followed by Texas (11 percent), Arizona (5 percent), Florida (4 percent) and North Carolina (4 percent).
The EIA suggests that the increase in the adoption of AFVs into the fleets is driven primarily by fleets owned by federal, state and local governments as well as fuel providers, transit agencies and other private entities. (FedEx is one company that’s moving pretty aggressively to electrify its fleet.) These fleets predominate in areas where access to an alternative fuel has been established in response to various legislative regulations, incentives and environmental interests.
While the use of AFVs in fleets grew, the report also notes that, due to the limited availability and economic viability of E85 fuel, the vast majority of AFVs owned by individuals burn traditional fuels such as gasoline and diesel.