The appeal for alternative fuels has heightened to the point that AT&T is joining the bandwagon and has ordered GM 101 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 vans. AT&T is one of the major fleet operators in the US and with this purchase, it seeks to reduce what it spends on fuel by buying these vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).
AT&T didn’t disclose how much it paid for the vans but it’s expected to save a lot in the longterm as CNG costs considerably cheaper than gasoline.
GM provided information that the CNG-powered vans offer the equivalent of gasoline fuel economy of 11 mpg city and 16 mpg highway, while it makes use of fuel tanks whose capacity ranges from 15.8 to 23 gasoline-equivalent gallons.
All the environmental agencies in the US approve the CNG powertrain as it complies with all the emission requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB).
These vans that AT&T ordered will be delivered months from now. They come with a three-year, 36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty.
Brian Small, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations, said that GM will offer a “one-stop shop” to enable customers to attain their environmental goals as they shift to fuel-efficient and reduced-emission vehicles.