President Obama Announces Clean Fleet Initiative

Apr 11, 2011


President Obama announced the National Clean Fleets Partnership this Friday, to cut gasoline consumption by fleet vehicles nationwide.

UPS, AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo and Verizon, five of the nation’s largest fleets, will purchase more than 20,000 alternative vehicles as a part of the program, which aims to cut the nation’s dependence on foreign fuels.

"As owners of some of our nation's largest private fleets, these companies are leading the way when it comes to building clean fleets, and we need to make sure all our businesses are following their example," Obama said during his unveiling of the program.

President Obama plans to reduce U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025.

The Department of Energy will assist in supplying the alternative-fuel vehicles for fleets participating in this new initiative. Participating companies also will be able to make group purchases of vehicles, allowing smaller companies to join larger ones to purchase vehicles in bulk.

[via CNN]

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