AT&T, one of the world’s leading telecommunication providers, met a major clean fleet milestone with the recent deployment of 4,000 alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), including 3,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, joining its corporate fleet.
This milestone marked AT&T’s 10-year commitment to invest $565 million to replace 15,000 fleet vehicles with alternative fuel models. The company plans to reach its goal by 2018. AT&T’s investment in CNG saved it one million gallons of petroleum in 2010.
“As the economy rises and falls with fuel prices, we have a responsibility to look for smart ways to reduce our costs,” said Jerome Webber, vice president, AT&T Global Fleet Operations. “Putting 4,000 alternative fuel vehicles on the road including 3,000 compressed natural gas vehicles is a significant statement about the ability of fleet operators to not only reduce costs but also to cut vehicle emissions. Every alternative fuel vehicle on the road brings us closer to energy independence, and that’s good for our company and our country.”
The Center for Automotive Research Report of 2009 indicated that AT&T’s AFV fleet initiative would save a total of 49 million gallons of gasoline over the 10-year deployment period and reduce emissions by 211,000 metric tons a total greenhouse gas equivalent reduction equaling 38,600 passenger vehicles.
By 2013, AT&T plans to make a $350 million investment to purchase 8,000 CNG vehicles along with a $215 million investment through 2018 to replace 7,100 fleet passenger cars with alternative fuel vehicles.