Businesses are always looking to save on costs, and are turning to automakers like Ford to achieve that goal.
Why? According to the Blue Oval, companies can cut their operating costs like fuel costs, maintenance, etc., by as much as 45 percent by switching to electrified vehicles like hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and pure electrics (EV). They also retain their resale values better than gasoline models in the long run.
Shipping company Con-way recently announced it is adding over 1,000 Ford Fusion Hybrids to its commercial fleet. Esurance, an insurance company, added 50 of the sedans to its lineup. Finally, Quest Diagnostics, which performs lab tests for the medical community, purchased 150 C-MAX Energi crossovers to satisfy its transportation needs.
States Jon Coleman, commercial fleet sustainability and technology manager for Ford: “New commercial fleet customers are turning to Ford as they look for fuel-efficient, durable vehicles that can withstand the daily use and duty cycles of their businesses. Ford’s Fusion Hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid give them the tools they need to get the job done, including leading EPA-estimated fuel economy, technology, great quality and durability.”
The automaker currently offers five electrified models to both consumers and companies. They include the Ford C-Max and Fusion Hybrids; plug-in electric, or “Energi” versions of both vehicles; and the Focus Electric hatchback. Con-way expects to save more than a million gallons of gasoline a year with its purchase as well as reduce carbon emissions by 45 percent. Esurance is looking to cut fuel costs of its commercial fleet by over $250,000.
Finally, Quest Diagnostics sees the C-Max saving the environment while cutting costs. Notes Clete Lewis, the director for environmental, health and safety for Quest : “As the leading diagnostic information services company, we maintain a significant national logistics operation for transporting millions of patient specimens each year for testing at our clinical laboratories. Given our scale, the type of vehicles in our fleet can really make a difference to the environment and our business costs. The environmentally conscious C-MAX Hybrid is much more fuel efficient and produces less pollution than standard automobiles. It is a smart addition to our fleet because it will promote lower fuel costs while also helping us to empower better health in the communities we serve.”