Coca-Cola, Enterprise Holdings, General Electric, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Ryder and Staples joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership, according to an announcement by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu July 5.
Coca-Cola is among six additional corporate participants in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Clean Fleets Partnership. Credit: NAFTC
The National Clean Fleets Partnership, a joint effort in partnership with the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program helps broaden efforts to use clean, advanced, energy-efficient vehicles and the infrastructure in communities across the country. This new program, announced by President Obama in April represents further initiatives to reduce dependence on foreign oil and to promote a cleaner environment. The corporate partners will join the DOE to create plans to reduce their fleets’ use of petroleum and diesel.
“The National Clean Fleets Partnership is an important part of the department’s strategy to help U.S. companies reduce their fuel use and save money,” said Chu. “This initiative will support the nation’s largest commercial fleets as they move to adopt fuel-efficient vehicles that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and improve our energy security.”
The DOE National Clean Fleets Partnership and the Clean Cities Program serves as a clearinghouse for resources and technical expertise for alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Corporate partners achieve greater fuel efficiency and cost savings for their company fleets. Existing Clean Fleets partners include AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, UPS and Verizon.
These newly announced partners have outlined initial plans to develop and maximize fuel efficiency in their fleets.
- Coca-Cola, which has the largest hybrid delivery fleet in North America, has deployed hybrid delivery trucks and trained drivers in eco-driving techniques. The company also expects to deploy additional hydraulic hybrid vehicles this year.
- Enterprise Holdings, which includes Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Car Rent A Car, National Car Rental and WeCar – currently offers the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan LEAF to consumers for rentals and expects to further expand its fleet.
- General Electric has committed to convert half of its global vehicle fleet and will partner with fleet customers to deploy a total of 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015.
- Ryder recently celebrated the opening of its first natural gas vehicle maintenance facility, which will deploy hundreds of heavy-duty liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks, including two LNG fueling stations and two additional maintenance facilities. This project is expected to save 1.5 million gallons of diesel fuel per year.
- Staples has increased the fuel economy of its fleet by more than 20 percent since 2007 through fuel saving steps such as automatically limiting truck idling to no more than three minutes and limiting the top speed of its vehicles to 60 miles an hour. The company is also in the process of testing all-electric delivery trucks in Ohio and California.
- OSRAM SYLVANIA aims to replace 10-12 percent of its fleet annually with more energy efficient vehicles. This year, it will replace more than one-fifth of its utility trucks with more efficient ones that reduce the need for idling.