In March 2009, AT&T committed to replacing approximately 15,000 of its nearly 76,000 fleet vehicles with alternative fuel models by 2019. Although AT&T is less than two years into this endeavor, the company is already celebrating the deployment of the 2,000th compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle. This is the second major green fleet milestone for AT&T this year, in February the company deployed its 1,000th CNG vehicle.
AT&T will be investing more than half of a billion dollars into the multi-year project. By the end of 2013, the company plans to spend approximately $350 million replacing 8,000 existing fleet vehicles with CNG models. Another $215 million will go towards replacing 7,100 passenger vehicles with alternative fuel models.
“The deployment of our 2,000th compressed natural gas vehicle is an important marker in our long-term strategy to reduce both costs and greenhouse gas emissions within our corporate fleet,” said Jerome Webber, vice president, AT&T Global Fleet Operations. “We’re becoming less dependent on foreign oil while signaling that a viable alternative-fuel choice exists today, right here in the U.S.”
One of the 2,000 CNG vehicles already in use is a first-of-its-kind Ford F-450 with a hybrid-electric system that powers the medium-duty truck’s aerial device. In addition to the company’s 2,000 strong CNG fleet, AT&T also uses hybrid electric and all-electric vehicles, including an all-electric cargo truck.
The environmental impact of AT&T’s green fleet project is significant. AT&T will save approximately 49 million gallons of gasoline during the deployment period and reduce its carbon emissions by 211,000 metric tons.
The AT&T green fleet project is also stimulating the economy. A report from the Center for Automotive Research (PDF) estimates that the project will create or save 1,000 jobs for each five-year period during the deployment. These jobs including positions in van production, CNG van conversions and CNG refueling station construction. The 1,000 jobs come with an average annual compensation of $55 million and will generate about $8.9 million in annual tax revenues.
For more information about the project, visit the AT&T Transportation Initiatives website.
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