These new vehicles are among the 16 delivered to the company’s locations around Oklahoma State and will be used by local employees, informed AT&T area manager of external affairs Sandra Robinette.
The $565 million project was partially encouraged by tax incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles approved by the Oklahoma Legislature and involves more than 8,000 CNG vehicles to be purchased by AT&T over a five-year period. In addition, the company will pay approximately $215 million more through 2018 to replace 7,100 fleet passenger cars with CNG models.
According to the national Center for Automotive Research, this initiative will save 49 million gallons of gasoline over the 10-year deployment period and will reduce carbon emissions by 211,000 metric tons.
AT&T had been also involved in replacing its corporate vans fleet. Last July, they announced the deployment of 2,000 alternative fuel vehicles and 1,500 compressed natural gas vehicles, completing one of the largest CNG fleets in the U.S.