1200 CNG-Powered Chevy Express Vans to Join AT&T Fleet
The next time an AT&T driver pays you a service visit, likely between the "convenient" hours of 6 a.m. and 9:45 p.m., he or she may be arriving in one of the telecom giant's 1200 new compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Chevrolet Express vans.
The recently-ordered vans will be used at the company's service stations throughout the nation. Currently, AT&T has 5000 alternative-fuel vehicles and is looking to increase that number to 15,000 by 2018, investing approximately $565 million to reach its goal. AT&T's is the single largest order of CNG vehicles General Motors has ever received.
"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 Chevy Express CNG and its GMC Savana twin are available in 2500 or 3500 flavors and are powered by a 6.0-liter Vortec V-8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. In 2500 models, it is rated at 279 hp. In 3500 models, it puts out 320 hp. Both can be had with a 3- or 4-tank fuel system. The former provides a total range of about 200 miles, the latter a range of about 300. To date, GM has produced a total of over 16,000 CNG vehicles.