With Steelweld’s technology, Verizon will convert 300 gasoline-powered Ford E-250 cargo vans to CNG, aiming to reduce vehicle carbon emissions by 480 tons per year, according to Verizon’s press release. The conversions will take place at Steelweld’s facility in Hemet, Riverside County (California).
This initiative is part of the scheme that involves more than 1,600 alternative fuels vehicles that Verizon plans to add to its nationwide fleet this year. It is estimated that the program will reduce the fleet’s CO2 emissions by more than 2,400 metric tons annually.
“Adding lower-carbon alternative-fuel vehicles to our fleet is just one of the ways Verizon is reducing greenhouse gas emissions in communities we serve,” said Verizon’s West region president Tim McCallion.
In addition, Verizon’s operations president in California Margaret Serjak stated: “These new CNG vans aren’t the first alternative fuel vehicles we’ve deployed in California, but they constitute one of our largest introductions to date.”