Portland, ME, August 30, 2023 – Merge Electric Fleet Solutions announces an innovative partnership with Three of Strong Spirits, an award-winning distillery located in Portland, Maine. This landmark collaboration marks a significant step forward in the distillery's continuing progress toward environmental sustainability. As part of this alliance, Three of Strong leased a Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck from Merge, to decrease emissions within the distillery’s fleet.
The Lightning is being used for sales and distribution, catering to Three of Strong's customers while reducing the distillery's overall carbon footprint. This greener vehicle will also play a central role in getting the Three of Strong team to tasting events and festivals, exemplifying the company’s dedication to sustainable practices at every point of the consumer experience. Attendees can enjoy Three of Strong's premium rums and craft cocktails, knowing they are being served in a manner that is more environmentally friendly.
During the first 41 days of the program, there was an estimated 89% reduction in pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent (lbCO2e) emissions when comparing Three of Strong's real-world driving data of the Lightning to a standard gas-powered Ford F-150. This equates to a total reduction of 1,429 lbCO2e, highlighting the significant environmental impact of adopting electric vehicles.
The charging infrastructure utilization data is equally impressive. Of the total 978 miles driven, an astounding 100% of all charging sessions were completed using Level 2 (L2) chargers installed at the distillery’s location. No public DC fast charging was used during this initial period. These statistics emphasize the convenience and reliability of L2 infrastructure for EV charging, with at-office charging being the preferred choice for the drivers.