In one of the largest U.S. corporate commitments to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles to date, AT&T announced that they would be spending an estimated $350 million to purchase about 8,000 CNG vehicles and approximately $215 million to begin replacing its passenger cars with alternative-fuel models. That purchase is part of a long-term strategy to deploy more than 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles over the next 10 years
A Green Technology insignia will make the vehicles easy to identify on the road. CNG vehicles offer up to a 39 percent improvement in fuel economy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 29 percent.
The benefits of CNG vehicles have been well documented and those benefits are especially apparent in fleet vehicles. These CNG vehicles are expected to emit approximately 25 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than those traditionally powered by gasoline.
The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, Mich., estimates that the new vehicles will save 49 million gallons of gasoline and reduce carbon emissions by 211,000 metric tons over the 10-year deployment period. That is equivalent to removing the emissions from more than 38,600 traditional passenger vehicles for a year.
AT&T also expects to replace 7,100 passenger cars over the next 10 years. The alternative-fuel vehicles, are expected to offer up to a 39 percent improvement in fuel economy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 29 percent.
I wonder who the next big fleet operator to make the switch is going to be. Who do you think it will be?