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Western Power’s hybrid green fleet is high on safety, low on cost

  • Fleet vehicles use state of the art driver safety features
  • New arrangements save taxpayers $13 million over five years

Western Power CEO Guy Chalkley said the addition of 12 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) is an innovative way to think about fleet efficiency and savings without compromising driver safety.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was introduced to the Western Power fleet today. The fleet travels more than 30 million kilometres a year, servicing more than 1 million metro and regional customers across the south west of Western Australia.

The vehicles have a five star ANCAP safety rating and in an extra step by the utility, are fitted with state of the art driver emergency features, which will be standard for all new Western Power fleet vehicles.

“At the push of a button, this technology allows drivers to instantly notify our safety team if they have a concern,” Mr Chalkley said.

“In the event of an accident the vehicle will automatically notify our safety team, who will take immediate action and send out help if it’s needed.”

The PHEV combines petrol and battery technology, automatically switching between three drive modes to maximise performance – helping to improve vehicle efficiency.

The electric motor can be charged by plugging into mains electricity, and on full charge can travel up to 54 kilometres in pure electric mode.

“These vehicles will help reduce emissions with a majority of metropolitan trips falling within the range of the electric engine mode,” said Mr Chalkley.

Lindsay Stark CFO, Mitsubishi Motors Australia said: “Mitsubishi is delighted that Western Power has made a commitment to reduce its environmental impact through its new fleet of Outlander PHEVs.”

Mr Chalkley said Western Power has been able to deliver state of the art safety to workers while reducing costs to the business, which will benefit consumers.

“In 2016 we entered a sale and lease-back arrangement with Custom Fleet, as part of our focus on improving our efficiency, whilst continuing to provide customers with safe and reliable electricity.

“This contract realised $25 million from vehicle sales and will contribute ongoing fleet management savings of $13 million over the next five years.”