Ford F-150 Lightning will help reduce 5.3 tons of emissions
SALT LAKE CITY – The state’s new all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning is now being driven by DEQ employees after it was delivered on Oct. 18. It’s the first of five electric trucks the state will add to its fleet in a continued effort to improve air quality.
The delivery was made possible thanks to the Department of Government Operations’ Division of Fleet Operations.
Whether they’re monitoring air quality, conducting inspections, issuing permits and responding to environmental emergencies, often in areas that require 4-wheel drive or off-road capabilities, DEQ employees are in the field and community everyday.
“There are so many benefits to electric vehicles,” Division of Air Quality Director Bryce Bird said. “This will help with cost and employee’s time by eliminating the need for fuel, fewer maintenance requirements, decreased noise pollution, and most importantly, reducing overall pollution-causing emissions.”
It’s estimated that this truck alone will reduce overall emissions by 5.3 tons or 13,156 miles of driving each year. DEQ staff will be able to travel 300 miles round trip before needing to charge the vehicle.
Once the truck was delivered and the keys were in the hands of DEQ, staff were invited to check out the new F-150, grab a drink from the “frunk” and go for a ride along.
If you’re interested in making the switch to electric, visit AirIncentives.utah.gov to learn more.