AT&T says it has reached the halfway mark of its commitment to invest up to $565 million to deploy about 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over the course of a 10-year period through 2018.
To date the company has placed more than 7,500 alternative fuel vehicles in 44 states nationwide. The 7,500th vehicle — a 2013 compressed natural gas (CNG) Chevy Express van — was delivered to a U-verse technician in Lenexa, Kan.
The CNG van is part of AT&T’s plan to deploy up to 8,000 CNG vehicles to its fleet over a five-year period through the end of first quarter 2014. The company says this is the largest US corporate commitment to CNG to date.
The 7,500 alternative fuel vehicles AT&T has already placed in service are: 5,474 CNG, 1,996 hybrid electric, 27 extended range electric and three all-electric vehicles. AT&T says its deployment of alternative fuel vehicles enabled the company to avoid the purchase of 7.7 million gallons of gasoline from the beginning of the program through the end of 2012.
The remaining alternative fuel vehicle deployments beyond first quarter 2014 will primarily consist of passenger vehicles including hybrid electric and plug-in extended range electric vehicles, which will improve fuel economy and reduce tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions as compared to similar conventionally fueled vehicles.
Also this week, UPS said it plans to invest about $50 million to build an additional nine liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations, bringing its total number of stations to 13. And AMP Americas has signed a deal with Dairy Farmers of America and Select Milk Producers, both national dairy cooperatives, to work with haulers to convert their fleets to compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks.