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AT&T Expands Alternative Fuel Fleet in California

AT&T has unveiled a first-of-its-kind medium-duty truck as the latest alternative-fuel vehicle addition to its California fleet. The custom Ford F-450 truck has been converted to compressed natural gas (CNG) and contains a hybrid-electric system to power the aerial device.

The vehicle is part of AT&T’s nearly 1,600 alternative fuel vehicle fleet in California. This “green” fleet is expected to avoid 3,500 tons of CO2 emissions per year and reduce annual consumption of traditional gasoline by more than 1 million gallons.

AT&T began deploying fleet vehicles with hybrid and CNG technology in 2008 as part of an overall commitment to spend up to $565 million in a 10-year initiative to deploy approximately 15,000 fleet vehicles nationwide with alternative-fuel models through 2018.

So far, AT&T has deployed more than 2,700 hybrid and CNG vehicles nationwide with nearly 60 percent in California. The company expects to purchase up to 8,000 CNG vehicles through 2013, at an anticipated cost of up to $350 million. Currently, the AT&T fleet includes more than 75,900 vehicles companywide.

AT&T CNG and hybrid-electric vehicles are identified by their Green Technology insignia.

Read EL’s article about AT&T’s 2009 Citizenship and Sustainability Report for more information about the company’s environmental commitments and progress.

Other corporate fleets making the switch to alternative fuel vehicles and electric vehicles include Verizon, UPS, FedEx and Coke.

Earlier in November, GE announced plans to buy 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015 for its own fleet, starting with the Chevrolet Volt in 2011.

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