Although AT&T claims it wants to be more sustainable, today’s announcement from the telecom behemoth is more about cutting operating expenses as fuel costs climb. Whatever the reason, the addition of 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles to the company’s fleet over the next decade is a good thing. The phone company will be spending as much as 5 million over that time period to turn over much of its fleet of service and support vehicles. The lucky automaker who will get this big order hasn’t been named yet, but AT&T has said it will be a domestic automaker and a domestic supplier will be used to convert the vehicles to run on CNG.
Approximately 8,000 compressed natural gas fueled trucks and vans will be deployed, starting mainly in California where there are already a significant number of CNG filling stations available. AT&T will also work with suppliers to install up to 40 more CNG stations in the areas where it operates.
Passenger cars that are used by customer service personnel will also be replaced with new hybrid vehicles. The first 800 vehicles will be put into service this year. Check out the video and press release after the jump.
UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford will be the lucky recipient of AT&T’s large order of vehicles. Thanks for the tip, Fadi!
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