James and Theresa Lowry, owners of ECOS Environmental & Disaster Restoration in Glenwood Springs, are electrifying their fleet of vehicles.
ECOS was founded in 2004 and specializes in 24/7 emergency response, offering a full range of environmental, catastrophe, and residential services. ECOS also provides disaster cleanup, performing flood, fire, and hazardous material services.
After purchasing ECOS in 2013, James and Theresa turned their attention to building a great employee base and finding ways to save the company money.
As many small businesses look to electrify their fleet vehicles, the Lowrys initially assumed the investment in an electric fleet might be outside of their budget.
After working with local energy efficiency partners at CLEER, ECOS was able to help offset the cost of equipment by being awarded a grant for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) from the Colorado Energy Office. The funding helped offset the cost of installing three dual-port ChargePoint charging stations.
The savings from the grant and the long-term savings associated with electric vehicles vs. gas-powered vehicles made the decision easy for the Lowrys.
Due to the anticipated savings this year, ECOS purchased and reserved three Ford eTransit Cargo Vans, two Chevy Bolts, and one Class 4 Electric Box Truck.
All the vehicles will be charged using solar energy from the 24.3 kW solar panel system ECOS installed earlier this year at their facility.
In addition, ECOS has ordered three Ford Lightning F150s and anticipates delivery in the near future.