AT&T recently announced it will be adding another 1,200 General Motors CNG vehicles to its alternative fuel fleet. The vans, to be distributed to AT&T service centers nationwide, constitute the largest-ever order of GM CNG vehicles.
“St. Louis is home to AT&T’s Fleet Operations, and we have more than 200 alternative fuel vehicles in the state,” said AT&T Missouri President John Sondag. “This order shows AT&T’s continued commitment to alternative fuels and to investing right here in Missouri.”
AT&T also recently announced plans to invest up to $565 million to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over a 10-year period and will use the new vans to provide personal communications and customer service. In January, AT&T deployed its 5,000th alternative fuel vehicle, a Chevrolet Express Van, as part of its new commitment to clean energy.
Jerome Webber, AT&T vice president of Fleet Operations said, “CNG is important to AT&T because it helps us reduce our fleet-based carbon emissions. It is also cost effective and readily available in our country right now.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CNG-powered vans may produce approximately 25 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than similar model gasoline-powered vans.
Through 2013, AT&T anticipates it will have purchased up to 8,000 CNG vehicles at an estimated cost of $350 million. Additionally, AT&T expects to invest another $250 million into replacing about 7,100 fleet passenger vehicles with alternative fuel models.
Beyond its vehicle deployments, AT&T is looking to its service garages to help minimize its carbon footprint and cut operating costs with its new fleet. The company plans to redirect old tires to a recycling program to have them turned into consumer products, recycle all garbage products and eliminate the purchase of 9,000 pounds of lead used to balance tires from its older fleet vehicles.