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April 06, 2011

Major Corporate Fleets Align to Reduce Oil Consumption

Surrounded by cutting-edge vehicles, from all-electric trucks to hydraulic hybrids, President Obama announced on April 1 the National Clean Fleets Partnership, an initiative of DOE's Clean Cities program, at a UPS fleet facility in Landover, Maryland. This public-private partnership will draw on the expertise of DOE to help large companies reduce diesel and gasoline use in their fleets by incorporating electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and fuel-saving measures into their operations.

Charter members of this partnership include AT&T, FedEx Corporation, PepsiCo, UPS, and Verizon Communications. These companies represent five of the nation's 10 largest fleets and collectively operate over 275,000 vehicles. They are committing to deploy more than 20,000 advanced technology vehicles that are expected to save more than 7 million gallons of fuel per year. It was exciting for Clean Cities coalitions and stakeholders to see the Obama Administration's support for our work and the efforts of participating companies.

The Partnership is focused on major fleets because these work vehicles can use much more petroleum than the typical driver. While an average American drives about 12,000 miles a year, a fleet vehicle, like a delivery truck, may travel more than twice as far. When the petroleum and emissions reduction potential for that single truck is multiplied across a fleet of thousands, it adds up to a tremendous social, economic, and environmental benefit. Helping fleets reduce their petroleum use through options such as electric drive vehicles, biofuels, natural gas, propane, idle reduction, and fuel economy improves America's energy security while reducing carbon pollution and other harmful emissions. See the Energy Blog post.