Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Fleet Type: Light-duty Electric Vehicles

 

Narrative

Ameren’s Pioneering Move Toward a Greener Fleet Commitment to Electrification: Ameren, a leading utility company in St. Louis, is making significant strides in environmental stewardship with an ambitious goal: by 2030, 100% of its new light-duty vehicle purchases will be electric, and 35% of its overall vehicle fleet, including light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks, as well as forklifts and ATVs/UTVs, will be electrified. This commitment aligns with Ameren’s vision for a sustainable future and reflects a comprehensive approach to reducing its carbon footprint.

Strategic Acquisitions of Electric Vehicles: In a significant move, Ameren has pre-ordered seven Rivian pickup trucks, one of the industry’s most anticipated electric models. These trucks are part of a broader initiative to electrify the company’s fleet, which aligns with Ameren’s large-scale efforts to increase solar and wind generation, phase out coal-fired power plants, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Existing Electric Fleet and Future Expansion: Ameren’s fleet is already more than 5% electric, including hybrid vehicles. The utility aims to dramatically increase this percentage by adding 25 more electric cars from various manufacturers this year, including Ford’s EV pickup, the Lightning. This expansion highlights Ameren’s initiative-taking approach to adopting innovative technologies in its operations.

Cost-Effective and Environmentally Friendly: The transition to electric vehicles is not just an environmental decision but a cost-effective one. Electric cars offer significant savings over time, swapping higher gas costs for the cheaper price of electricity. As the grid becomes increasingly powered by renewable sources, the carbon footprint of these vehicles will continue to decrease, making them even more environmentally friendly over time.

Local Economic Support: Ameren takes pride in supporting local manufacturers, with the Rivian trucks produced in Normal, Illinois. This support not only fosters regional economic growth but also strengthens community ties.


Outputs and Outcomes

Ameren’s transition to an electric fleet demonstrates the company’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. By incorporating electric vehicles into its operations, Ameren is not just making a statement about its environmental responsibility but setting new standards for utilities nationwide. As these electric vehicles roll out, Ameren is poised to lead the way in demonstrating how utilities can actively contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.

Best Practices & Lessons Learned

An essential aspect of Ameren’s electrification strategy is gaining firsthand experience with electric vehicles. This approach enables the company to understand better and engage with customers interested in EV technology. Ameren’s initiative is as much about leading by example as it is about enhancing its operational efficiency and environmental responsibility.

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