Hitting the streets soon and making their way to American homes around the nation will be very “clean” grouping of cargo vans. In the largest order ever received by General Motors for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, AT&T has requested 1,200 alternative fueled Chevrolet Express vans. The order is a part of the communications company’s plan to invest up to $565 million for the deployment of alternative fueled work vehicles. By 2018, AT&T hopes to have approximately 15,000 unconventional vans, cars and trucks rolling around North America.
“CNG technology is important to AT&T because it helps us reduce our fleet-based carbon emissions,” said Jerome Webber, AT&T vice president of Fleet Operations. “It is also cost-effective and readily available in our country right now.” The vans are offered in either 2500 or 3500 trim. Both are powered by a 6.0 liter Vortec V8 modified with hardened exhaust valves and the seats for the intake and exhaust. Fuel mileage, performance and price are practically the same for a CNG truck compared to a gasoline powered counterpart. But according the EPA, CNG burns 25 percent cleaner which coincides with AT&T’s commitment to environmental protection.