AT&T’s-New-Green-Fleet-Progressing-Ahead-of-Schedule

Jan 25, 2011

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“The deployment of our 2,000th compressed natural gas vehicle is an important marker in our long-term strategy to reduce both costs and greenhouse gas emissions within our corporate fleet,” said Jerome Webber, vice president, AT&T Global Fleet Operations. “We’re becoming less dependent on foreign oil while signaling that a viable alternative-fuel choice exists today, right here in the U.S.”

One of the 2,000 CNG vehicles already in use is a first-of-its-kind Ford F-450 with a hybrid-electric system that powers the medium-duty truck’s aerial device. In addition to the company’s 2,000 strong CNG fleet, AT&T also uses hybrid electric and all-electric vehicles, including an all-electric cargo truck.

The environmental impact of AT&T’s green fleet project is significant. AT&T will save approximately 49 million gallons of gasoline during the deployment period and reduce its carbon emissions by 211,000 metric tons.

The AT&T green fleet project is also stimulating the economy. A report from the Center for Automotive Research (PDF) estimates that the project will create or save 1,000 jobs for each five-year period during the deployment. These jobs including positions in van production, CNG van conversions and CNG refueling station construction. The 1,000 jobs come with an average annual compensation of $55 million and will generate about $8.9 million in annual tax revenues.

For more information about the project, visit the AT&T Transportation Initiatives website.

[via Forbes]

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