City News Blog: THE FIRST TWO LIGHTNINGS OF THE TOWN OF LAKELAND’S FORD F-150 HIT THE DESIGNATED STREET FOR THE LAKELAND ELECTRIC FIELD SERVICE GROUP
LAKELAND, Florida (August 17, 2022) | The City of Lakeland has been progressively pursuing the electrification of vehicles in its fleet, specifying hybrid or fully electrified vehicles where they fit the mission with a reasonable return on investment. Over the years, the City has acquired fully electric administrative vehicles, industrial equipment and hybrid electric police patrol vehicles. With the arrival of the city’s first Ford F-150 Lightning, the era of fully electrified work trucks begins.
City of Lakeland Fleet Management had the opportunity to purchase Ford Lightnings in April 2022 and subsequently ordered six trucks to replace aging pickups assigned to Lakeland Electric’s Field Services group. Two of the six Lightning have been delivered and are being readied for service.
Gary McLean, Director of Fleet Services, said: “The City of Lakeland Fleet Management was advised by Ford representatives in early April that they were making Lightning available to some local governments, but the order window was very small. Understanding Lakeland Electric’s desire to have Lightnings in the fleet as soon as possible, we were able to get approval to purchase six trucks and placed the order the next day. As the fleet industry continues to evolve towards new technologies, it is imperative that fleet managers remain proactive and flexible.
Field services average 100 miles per day for each vehicle while servicing neighborhoods and this type of usage is fuel intensive. With an effective range of 200 miles or more per day, the Lightning is tailor-made for field service. The vehicles do not use petroleum-based fuel or engine oil and significantly reduce overall maintenance. The potential cost avoidance per vehicle on fuel and maintenance is $4,100 per year with a lifetime cost avoidance of $28,700. The City of Lakeland will continue to gradually electrify its fleet as more electric vehicles enter the market. In the meantime, keep an eye out for lightning in your neighborhoods!
Town of Lakeland
The city of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and became one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population of over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and Gulf beaches just an hour’s drive away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its convenient central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The city owns and operates Lakeland Electric, Florida’s third largest utility and was one of the first to bring electricity to the Sunshine State more than 110 years ago.
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