In 2009, AT&T announced plans to invest up to $565 million as part of a long-term strategy to deploy more than 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) over the next 10 years.
At the time, AT&T said it expected to spend an estimated $350 million to purchase about 8,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and approximately $215 million to begin replacing its passenger cars with alternative fuel models, bringing AT&T’s alternative fuel fleet to more than 15,000 by 2019. AT&T currently has one of the largest fleets in the U.S. with nearly 76,000 vehicles. The company’s 15,000 AFV plan represents a significant milestone for the industry and is expected to save 49 million gallons of gasoline, reduce carbon emissions by 211,000 metric tons and create or save 5,500 jobs, according to the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, Mich.
“AT&T and other U.S. corporations have a unique opportunity to partner with the new administration as it works to lead the country out of this economic downturn,” said Randall Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T. “While there are no easy solutions to the challenges facing our nation, this investment is a first step on our part to help boost other industries while at the same time encouraging wider use and production of efficient vehicles and domestic fuel alternatives.”
In December 2010, AT&T announced that it had already deployed 2,000 CNG fleet vehicles and nearly 1,000 hybrid vehicles nationwide. By 2013, the company plans to purchase another 8,000 CNG vehicles and will continue building its fleet with other alternative fuel vehicles.
“This is a first step in deploying a cleaner fleet that our construction technicians will use to meet growing customer and business demands,” said Ernie Carey, senior vice president, AT&T Construction and Engineering.
AT&T is also working with natural gas service providers to build up to 40 new CNG fueling stations across its operating region in order to support the fueling infrastructure needed for the new vehicles.
Early in 2010, AT&T released its 2009 Citizenship and Sustainability Report highlighting the company’s progress toward building an alternative fuel vehicle fleet as well as the $865 million in multi-year commitments for important education, environmental and volunteerism programs that will help strengthen communities, stimulate economic growth and decrease negative environmental impacts. For more information about AT&T’s sustainability efforts, visit www.att.com/sustainability or www.att.com/csr.