Since its launch, the Ford E-Transit has proven to be a popular entity among commercial fleet buyers, with a list of customers that includes New York City, the California Vanpool Authority (CalVans), Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, DHL, and the United States Post Office (USPS), to name just a few. In fact, Ford recently worked to ramp up production of the award-winning E-Transit amid higher-than-expected demand, and now, it has added another customer to this growing list as well – Consumers Energy.
The energy provider recently announced that it has purchased a number of all-electric vehicles to add to its fleet in the West Michigan and the Great Lakes Bay region, which include five Ford E-Transit vans. Of those five, the Messiah Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan is getting one Ford E-Transit with wheelchair accessibility and a charging station, Ionia Dial-A-Ride will take delivery of two vans with wheelchair accessibility and two charging stations, the Mass Transportation Authority in Flint is receiving one unit with wheelchair accessibility and a charging station, and Midland Dial-A-Ride is also taking delivery of one E-Transit with wheelchair accessibility and a charging station. Each of these vehicles is expected to be delivered by mid-2024.
Consumers Energy is providing these vehicles via its PowerMIFleet (“Power My Fleet”) program, which sets aside funds to promote equitable access to clean transportation, supporting nonprofits and customer fleets that serve disadvantaged communities, and also provides expertise and financial rebates to businesses considering electric vehicles.
“Consumers Energy is working to ensure electric vehicles meet needs for people, businesses, and, in this case, groups that serve thousands of people across our state,” said Lauren Snyder, Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer experience. “We’re excited to help these organizations put wheels on the road, stretching their dollars and serving communities with clean energy-powered transportation. Electric vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, whether it’s your personal car, a business fleet vehicle or a van that carries seniors to medical appointments. That means we have to find creative approaches to meet those varied needs. We are developing solutions for everyone we serve as we work to power up to one million EVs by the end of the decade.”