AT&T reduces dependence on foreign oil with CNG powered Chevy vans

In keeping with its 2010 ranking among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine, AT&T is now putting 101 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 vans powered by low-emissions compressed natural gas into its customer service fleet.

The purchase of the Chevy vans is consistent with AT&T’s alternative fuel strategy to reduce its dependence on foreign oil and to support sustainable transportation.

CNG-powered vans can produce 25 percent fewer emissions than similar gasoline and diesel-powered vans.

For the record, AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company which recently purchased T-Mobile, but must await approval by government regulators. Its stock was upgraded by analysts based on synergies to be gained from the takeover.

According to the GM news release, each Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana CNG van is covered by GM’s three-year, 36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, and meets all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission certification requirements.

“As more of our customers transition their conventional fleets to fuel-efficient and reduced-emission vehicles, we will continue to provide a one-stop shop to help them achieve their environmental goals,” said Brian Small, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations.

“In addition to its leading-edge fuel system technology, every CNG van we produce is also engineered to rigorous GM standards for durability, safety and reliability,” he said.

The vans get gasoline-equivalent fuel economy of 11 mpg city and 16 mpg highway. Fuel tank capacity ranges from 15.8 to 23 gasoline-equivalent gallons.

The CNG option is available for order on Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana 2500 and 3500 Cargo vans. To find more information about the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, visit gmfleet.com.

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About the Author: After 39 years in the auto industry as a design engineer, Frank Sherosky now trades stocks and writes articles, books and ebooks via authorfrank.com, but may be contacted here by email: [email protected]

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