Verizon has rolled out a fleet of 25 buses in New York City that will reduce CO2 by more than 645 metric tons, compared to the older trucks, and save the company more than 70,000 gallons of gasoline yearly.
The fleet — known as MAGIC, which stands for mobile area garage installation center — will pick up company technicians at central locations throughout the city and then transport them to local job sites. It removes approximately 250 Verizon trucks from the city’s roads. Each MAGIC bus can hold up to 12 technicians.
Two of the MAGIC buses are fueled by compressed natural gas and also have plug-in electric systems, according to James Gowen, chief sustainability officer of Verizon.
Each morning, MAGIC buses pick up Verizon technicians at a handful of the company’s operation centers across New York City, and drop off the technicians at their respective work sites. The buses pick up the technicians when they finish their work at a site, and then take them back to their operations centers at the end of the day.
Last month, Verizon and 12 other companies partnered with the Department of Energy in the EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge. The company also launched its new electric work van, developed in conjunction with Via Motors, at the Detroit Automotive Show. The electric vans will be tested and utilized in New York and New Jersey.
Over the past four years, Verizon has implemented several efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet, including vehicle technologies like all-electric, hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles, and processes such as improved routing, reduced idling, and improved tire-efficiency and pressure-monitoring.
In addition, Verizon’s sustainability strategy includes free recycling rallies that have collected more than 1 million pounds of e-waste; more than 115 Energy-Star certified stores and a wireless phone trade-in program, which collected more than 1 million phones. The strategy supports Verizon’s goal of cutting its carbon intensity in half by 2020, using 2009 as a baseline.