AT&T has placed 5,000 alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) on US roads since the company embarked on a 10-year commitment of up to $565 million to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles through 2018, including one of the largest US corporate commitments to compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to date. (Earlier post.) AT&T deployed the 5,000th vehicle, a CNG van, in Palmdale, California. AT&T currently operates more than 70,300 vehicles in its corporate fleet.
In 2010, AT&T and other large US fleet operators joined in the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities’ National Clean Fleets Partnership as part of a national challenge launched by President Obama to cut America’s petroleum imports by one-third by 2025. Through 2013, AT&T anticipates it will have purchased up to 8,000 CNG vehicles at an estimated cost of $350 million. Additionally, over the life of the commitment, AT&T expects to invest $215 million to replace approximately 7,100 fleet passenger cars with alternative-fuel models.
Beyond the AFV deployments, AT&T is turning to its service garages to help minimize its environmental footprint and cut operating costs within its overall fleet. These programs include:
Redirecting an estimated 60,000 old tires annually through a new recycling program that turns old rubber into fuel and consumer products;
Recycling all primary garage products, including 180,000 pounds of oil filters, 200,000 gallons of oil, and 23,000 gallons of antifreeze annually; and
Eliminating the purchase of 9,000 pounds of lead annually that were being used to balance new fleet vehicle tires at high speeds;