The Telcom Says It Now Operates More Than 7,500 AFVs
“Halfway there and not breaking speed,” says AT&T, reporting last week that it’s reached the halfway mark of a stated commitment to invest as much as to $565 million to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles through 2018.
AT&T says it’s placed more 7,500 alternative fuel vehicles in 44 states nationwide. And although most of the telcom’s compressed natural gas vehicles are Ford vans outfitted by BAF (now Westport), the 7,500th NGV for AT&T was a CNG-fueled 2013 Chevrolet Express delivered to an AT&T U-verse technician in Lenexa, Kans.
AT&T says that the CNG Chevy 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 largest U.S. corporate commitment to CNG to date.
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“The 7,500 AFVs AT&T has already placed in service are comprised of 5,474 CNG, 1,996 hybrid electric, 27 extended range electric and 3 all-electric vehicles,” states the halfway mark announcement.
AT&S says that the alt fuel vehicles have allowed it to avoid the purchase of 7.7 million gallons of gasoline from the beginning of the program through the end of 2012.
AT&T credited the National Clean Fleets and DoE’s Clean Cities for helping make the mass deployment possible.
“Ultimately this gets back to improving our country’s economic, environmental and energy security,:” DoE Mark Smith says in the AT&T announcement.
AT&T says that beyond the coming first quarter, its remaining AFV deployments will include hybrid electric and plug-in extended range electric vehicles.
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Source: AT&T with Fleets & Fuels follow-up