National Clean Fleets Partnership Adds Six New Corporations

Thursday, July 7, 2011

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that six new corporate partners have joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership. The new partners operate a total of nearly a million commercial vehicles nationwide.

The National Clean Fleets Partnership, begun in April, is a public-private partnership that helps large companies reduce diesel and gasoline use in their fleets by incorporating electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and fuel-saving measures into their daily operations.

The National Clean Fleets Partnership aims to accelerate the adoption of clean, advanced, energy-efficient vehicles and the infrastructure to support their widespread use in communities nationwide.

Under the partnership, each company will work with the DOE (Department of Energy) to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce petroleum and diesel use in their fleets. The DOE will also help connect partners with clean fuel providers and equipment manufacturers where their fleets operate.

The six new partners are:

1. Coca-Cola, which has the largest hybrid delivery fleet in North America, has deployed hybrid delivery trucks and trained drivers in eco-driving techniques. The company also expects to deploy additional hydraulic hybrid vehicles this year.

2. Enterprise Holdings, which includes Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Car Rent A Car, National Car Rental, and WeCar. They currently offer Chevrolet Volts and Nissan Leafs to consumers for rentals and expects to further expand its fleet.

3. General Electric has committed to convert half of their global vehicle fleet and will partner with fleet customers to deploy a total of 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015.

4. Ryder recently celebrated the opening of its first natural gas vehicle maintenance facility, which will deploy hundreds of heavy-duty liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks, include two LNG fueling stations and two additional maintenance facilities. This project is expected to save 1.5 million gallons of diesel fuel per year.

5. Staples has increased the fuel economy of its fleet by more than 20 percent since 2007 through fuel-saving steps such as automatically limiting truck idling to no more than 3 minutes and limiting the top speed of its vehicles to 60 miles an hour. The company is also in the process of testing all-electric delivery trucks in Ohio and California.

6. Osram Sylvania aims to replace 10-12 percent of their fleet annually with more energy-efficient vehicles. This year, they will replace more than one-fifth of their utility trucks with more efficient ones that reduce the need for idling.

In addition to the members announced today, the partnership includes charter members AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, UPS, and Verizon.

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