AT&T was recently recognized for itsconcentrated effort to encourage the use of natural gas inits fleet vehicles and educating the public on the benefits of alternativefuels. The telecommunications giant was one of five recipients of theNational NGV Achievement Award at theNatural Gas Vehicle Conference-Summitin Long Beach, California.
After conducting athorough investigation of natural gas vehicle options, benefits andavailability, AT&T decided in 2008 to field test 25 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-poweredinstallation-and-service vans in several of its California locations. Afterdeploying the units and evaluating their performance, AT&T announced inearly 2009 that it would replace approximately 8,000 gasoline-powered servicevehicles with vehicles powered by CNG over the next five years. Thecompany plans to deploy 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles by 2019. BAF Technologies alsoannounced June 30 it would help AT&T with the conversion to compressed natural gas. The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) estimates AT&T’sCNG vehicles will save 49 million gallons of gasoline and reduce carbonemissions by 25 percent over its 10-year implication. Ranked No.1 on Automotive Fleet’s Top 300 Commercial Fleets of2009 based onsize, AT&T operates 86,099 vehicles in its fleet.
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