Friday, April 1, 2011

President Obama Announces National Clean Fleets Partnership

President Obama announces National Clean Fleets Partnership that works with UPS, AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo and Verizon to cut gasoline consumption by their trucks.

This CNN article talks about the new partnership.
By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- President Barack Obama continues his clean energy push Friday by announcing a new National Clean Fleets Partnership that works with major companies to cut gasoline consumption by their trucks.

The program is part of Obama's plan announced Wednesday to reduce U.S. oil imports by a third by 2025.

Obama travels to a UPS facility in Landover, Maryland, on Friday to make the announcement that UPS, AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo and Verizon are the initial participants in the program, according to a White House statement.

"This public-private partnership will help 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 White House statement said.

The five companies operate five of the nation's 10 largest national fleets comprising more than 275,000 vehicles in total, the White House said.

Under the partnership, they will deploy more than 20,000 advanced-technology vehicles, according to the statement.

The Department of Energy will help participating companies replace conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles with advanced-technology vehicles or ones that use alternative fuels such as electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen or propane, according to the White House.

Participating companies also will be able to make group purchases of advanced vehicles, benefiting smaller companies that join larger ones in buying in bulk, and to collaborate on information-sharing and research initiatives, the statement said.

To check out this article on CNN click here

Please check out the new website associated with the partnership here

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