SIOUX FALLS – NorthWestern Energy is announcing its commitment to include electric vehicles in the company’s fleet.
“NorthWestern Energy’s territory includes rugged terrain, rural areas, and sometimes requires long-distance travel,” said NorthWestern Energy CEO Bob Rowe. “Advances in electric vehicle technology and price drops make this the right time to begin making a transition to electric. Because electric vehicles are efficient and the electricity we provide is about 60% carbon free, fleet electrification is a good way to reduce carbon. Electric vehicles will also help lower fuel and maintenance costs, making it a solid business decision.”
NorthWestern Energy’s fleet includes two electric power take-off bucket trucks, one in Huron and the other in Billings, Montana, and a Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle in Bozeman, Montana, today.
Bozeman Division Manager Pat Patterson uses the Bolt EV, added to the fleet in August, for almost all of his work transportation needs. The NorthWestern Energy Bozeman Service Center has a charging station that is available for public use, which is where Patterson typically charges the EV.