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July 06, 2011

New Corporate Partners Join the National Clean Fleets Partnership

DOE announced on July 5 that six new corporate partners have joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership. The new partners—the Coca-Cola Company, Enterprise Holdings, General Electric, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Ryder System, Inc., and Staples—operate a total of nearly a million commercial vehicles nationwide. The National Clean Fleets Partnership, announced by President Obama in April, is a public-private partnership that helps large companies reduce diesel and gasoline use in their fleets by incorporating electric vehicles (EV), alternative fuels, and fuel-saving measures into their daily operations.

The partnership aims to accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient vehicles and the infrastructure to support their widespread use. DOE will work with each member company to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce petroleum and diesel use in their fleets, as well as help connect partners with clean fuel providers and equipment manufacturers. The new partners have already begun taking action. For example, Coca-Cola, which has the largest hybrid delivery fleet in North America, has deployed hybrid delivery trucks and has trained drivers in eco-driving techniques. And, Enterprise Holdings, which includes Enterprise Rent-A-Car and other rental car companies, offers the extended range Chevrolet Volts and Nissan Leafs EVs for rentals. Also, GE has committed to convert half of its global vehicle fleet, and will partner with fleet customers to deploy 25,000 EVs by 2015. The partnership already includes charter members AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, UPS, and Verizon. See the DOE press release, the National Clean Fleets Partnership Web page, and National Clean Fleets coverage in EERE Network News.