In 2009, telecommunications giant AT&T announced an aggressive goal of deploying 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) into its corporate fleet over a 10-year period. This week the company has hit a major milestone – the deployment of the 5,000th AFV. The milestone vehicle was a CNG van that will serve the Palmdale, California market.

 

AT&T is now one-third of the way through the goal with seven years left on the clock. To put the company’s AFV adoption-rate into better perspective, in February of 2010 the company celebrated the deployment of its 1,000th green fleet vehicle. Less than two years later the company has hit the 5,000-vehicle milestone, putting it on a strong pace to complete the goal before the 2019 deadline.

 

“In a short period of time, with the support of community leaders all over the country, we’ve invested in the deployment of thousands of advanced technology vehicles that promote cleaner air, use less fuel and help AT&T lower its operating costs,” said Jerome Webber, vice president, AT&T Global Fleet Operations. “While some may see just another car or truck on the road, we think these vehicles represent the shared values of the communities where we live, work and play.” Source: AT&T

 

The decision to create a 15,000-strong alternative fuel vehicle fleet will save about 49 million gallons of gasoline over the 10-year deployment period alone.

 

AT&T’s commitment to green motoring goes beyond expanding its alternative fuel vehicle fleet. The company also takes nearly 60,000 old tires each year and puts them through a recycling program that transforms the rubber into fuel and new consumer products.

 

The company’s vehicle maintenance department also has a strong recycling record. AT&T garages recycle 180,000 pounds of oil filters, 200,000 gallons of oil and 23,000 gallons of antifreeze each year.

 

Learn more about AT&Ts green fleet goals and other sustainability initiatives in place by downloading AT&T’s 2010 Sustainability Report.