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.

The 4,000th AFV was deployed in Chicago; the 3,000th in Houston; and the 2000th in San Diego. All 4,000 vehicles are Ford E250 CNG vans.


With its 10-year investment, totaling $565 million, to replace the majority of its fleet with alternative fuel vehicles. AT&T is making one of the largest U.S. corporate commitments to compressed natural gas vehicle acquisition. Credit: AT&T

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.

AT&T will be deploying all-electric and extended-range electric vehicles to its fleets in St. Louis, Dallas and Los Angeles later this year and next year.

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.

AT&T is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities National Clean Fleets Partnership and represents one of the largest U.S. corporate commitments to CNG vehicle acquisition.

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