• Mar 29th 2011 at 10:03AM
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AT&T has ordered up 101 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 vans outfitted from the factory with General Motors' compressed natural gas (CNG) system. GM claims that the van's natural gas-capable Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine gets a gasoline-equivalent fuel economy of 11 miles per gallon in the city and 16 mpg out on the open highway. Fuel tank capacity (illustrated above) ranges from 15.8 to 23 gasoline-equivalent gallons.

Since the Chevy Express vans come from the factory with the CNG setup already in place, they are covered by GM's three-year, 36,000-mile limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. While the Express' comprehensive warranty is no doubt one of its strengths, the steep $14,590 price tag for the optional CNG system will be seen by some as a significant drawback. The natural gas-burning Chevy Express vans will link up with the rest of AT&T's enormous fleet of vehicles within the next couple of months.

[Source: General Motors]
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AT&T Receives New CNG Chevrolet Express Cargo Vans

Industry's only fully integrated compressed natural gas vans go to service fleets


DETROIT – AT&T is putting 101 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 vans powered by low-emissions compressed natural gas into its customer service fleet.

The purchase is consistent with AT&T's alternative fuel strategy to reduce its dependence on foreign oil and to support sustainable transportation. CNG-powered vans can produce 25 percent fewer emissions than similar gasoline- and diesel-powered vans.

"As more of our customers transition their conventional fleets to fuel-efficient and reduced-emission vehicles, we will continue to provide a one-stop shop to help them achieve their environmental goals," said Brian Small, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations.

"In addition to its leading-edge fuel system technology, every CNG van we produce is also engineered to rigorous GM standards for durability, safety and reliability," he said.

Each Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana CNG van is covered by GM's three-year, 36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, and meets all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission certification requirements.

The vans get gasoline-equivalent fuel economy of 11 mpg city and 16 mpg highway. Fuel tank capacity ranges from 15.8 to 23 gasoline-equivalent gallons.

The CNG option is available for order on Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana 2500 and 3500 Cargo vans. To find more information about the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, visit gmfleet.com.

About General Motors – General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 202,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM's largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Natural gas is in our future whether you like it or not. (Just ask the oil companies).

      However, the debate is whether we should be 1) building out infrastructure for fueling or, 2) just building lots of CCNG plants and using the electricity in BEV's.

      I vote for option 2.

      Having said that it's pretty hard to beat a Prius in CO2 emissions if it is run on natural gas, since the mere switching of fuels reduces CO2 by nearly 30%.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree. CNG is not the future, it's now. And hydrogen is next. The foot print is higher and just delayed with E-Cars. The batteries are still the problem. This fact is never taken into account in this equation. Check out www.BreezEnergy.Wordpress.com.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Often forgotten is that the natural gas infrastructure is already in place. NG is delivered to virtually every home and business in the US. Of course it has to be compressed (or liquefied) so it can be stored in vehicles.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great stuff. Anything that gets us away from oil is a plus. But let's take it a notch higher and retro-fit any old diesel or fuel engine, keep or increase horse power, forget oil changes, minimize maintenance, increase efficiency by 30% and reduce emissions by 90%. Minimal retro-fit time of 4-6 hours, and have the option of fueling any gaseous fuel like hydrogen, butane, propane and the like. Not possible? That's what we thought but then we saw www.BreezEnergy.Wordpress.com.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GeorgeS - we need to start moving to an all electric infrastructure. If we rely on CNG and LNG, we'll eventually run out (50-100 years?) and we'll be in the same situation as we are into today. However, for a time (20 years?), we need a good substitute to rapidly eliminate as much foreign oil as possible. CNG is a cheap fuel (about $1.25/gallon at retail gas prices and also including about $0.15 of electricity needed to compress the fuel) but the cars and trucks that use CNG do cost more initially. Over the life of the car, CNG usually comes out cheaper, but not by much.

      CNG is cleaner than petroleum and it's all-American. Also, the international market for LNG delivered by LNG tankers is growing. Many oil producing states were wastefully flaring off the unwanted natural gas. Now we use it productively.

      Lastly, it's a good idea to diversify our transportation fuel. CNG is a fairly easy fuel to add to the mix.

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