MORRISTOWN, N.J., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) today announced that it is investing more than $27 million in new vehicles for line crews and other front-line employees across its service territory. JCP&L is obtaining 223 new vehicles for its fleet, replacing many older vehicles. More than half the new vehicles will be bucket and digger derrick trucks that will help employees perform their field work efficiently while also protecting workers' safety. The addition of the new trucks brings the total number of vehicles in the JCP&L fleet to 1,350. "The new trucks contain advanced technology that includes enhanced hydraulics to better handle heavy materials and more robust lighting to help create a safer work area during night-time operations," said Don Lynch, president, JCP&L. "These new vehicles also are better for the environment since they are more fuel-efficient, some with near zero emissions." The new vehicles are part of a $110 million investment in vehicles being made by parent company FirstEnergy Corp. FirstEnergy expects to acquire nearly 850 vehicles before the end of the year. JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE). JCP&L serves 1.1 million customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren. Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL. FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. Its generation subsidiaries control more than 20,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro, pumped-storage hydro and other renewables. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.