AT&T, which recently trumpeted the placement of its 5,000th alternative fuel vehicle on its march to 15,000 through 2018, is now taking delivery of 1,200 Chevrolet Express vans fueled by compressed natural gas.
It is the largest-ever order of CNG vehicles from General Motors, and is being executed by Impco Automotive in Union City, Ind. with work truck completions by St. Louis-headquartered Commercial Van Interiors (CVI).
The vans have 6.0-liter GM Vortec V-8 engines with hardened exhaust valves, and intake and exhaust valve seats. The CNG option is available on Chevrolet Express 2500 and 3500 Cargo vans. Each van is covered by GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and meets all Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emission certification requirements.
The 1,200 vans will allow the big telcom to avoid the purchase of a million gallons of gasoline per year, says AT&T fleet operations VP Jerome Webber.
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