Verizon Rolls Out Alternative-Energy Vehicles in Westchester County

Oct 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Business

Part of More Than 270 Vehicles the Company Is Deploying in New York; Addition of 1,600 Energy-Efficient Vehicles Across Country This Year Will Help Conserve Fuel, Cut Greenhouse Emissions

On Tuesday Oct. 12, Verizon unveiled 25 hybrid pickups and five compressed natural gas vans that it will add to its fleet of service vehicles in Westchester County in the coming weeks.  

The new vehicles are part of the more than 270 alternative-energy vehicles Verizon will add to its New York fleet this year.

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino and state Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer joined Verizon officials and others to unveil six representative vehicles – three hybrid pickups and three CNG vans – that were on display at the company’s White Plains central office at 111 Main St.

Astorino said: “Environmental leadership requires more than just words. It starts with a vision that then must be followed by action.  By deploying a fleet of environmentally friendly vehicles, Verizon has shown how innovation and conservation can work together.  I applaud Verizon for putting its words into action for the benefit of all of our county residents.”

The Chevrolet hybrid pickups will be used by FiOS and traditional customer-service technicians and are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 43 percent over the conventional all-gasoline powered vans they will replace.

The CNG vans will also provide health and environmental benefits by reducing CO2 emissions by more than 20 percent and carbon monoxide by more than 90 percent over conventional gasoline-powered vans, as well as reducing unhealthy particulate emissions.

Oppenheimer said:  “It’s a pleasure to be here at the unveiling of Verizon’s green fleet of hybrid vehicles, which will help the company significantly reduce its overall carbon footprint.  Verizon has long been a leader in corporate energy conservation practices, and I applaud them for their commitment to protecting our environment.”

Jim Gowen, Verizon’s chief sustainability officer, said:  “The introduction of these and other vehicles into our nationwide fleet has a variety of green benefits – increased energy efficiency, improved air quality, and curbing noise pollution, just to name a few.  Using lower-carbon alternatives to power our fleet and making effective use of our highly intelligent broadband networks are just some of the ways we’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Verizon is rolling out more than 1,600 alternative energy vehicles across the country this year, and increasing the use of biodiesel and flex-fuel (E85) to power 470 vehicles.  

In addition to replacing traditional fuel vehicles with cleaner, lower-carbon alternatives, Verizon employees have been reducing CO2 emissions by cutting engine idling times.  Since 2008, Verizon employees have conserved more than 2.7 million gallons of fuel, the equivalent amount of GHG emitted by about 4,580 vehicles annually.

To learn more about how Verizon is reducing the environmental impact of its operations, visit http://newscenter.verizon.com/kit/green-press-kit/ or http://responsibility.verizon.com/.

Headquartered in New York, Verizon delivers broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.

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