utilizes new vehicles
Verizon showcased some of the energy-efficient
additions to its motor vehicle fleet in April.
Verizon displayed a hybrid Chevrolet pick-up, an all-electric
Chevrolet Volt and a first-of-its-kind hybrid aerial-splicing
vehicle. Over the past few years, the company has added hundreds
of hybrid Toyota Priuses, as well as more than 500 compressed
natural gas vans and 700 hybrid pickups.
Verizon is the first communications company to engineer and deploy
a hybrid fiber splicing unit. Because of their weight, these
vehicles (commonly known as bucket trucks) traditionally consume
significant amounts of fuel. To reduce fuel consumption, the
company incorporated a hybrid engine and innovative, onboard
batteries that assist in the vehicles’ acceleration, and power
the bucket lift and lighting units.
The company will also add several new all-electric Chevrolet
Volts to its fleet in 2011. Verizon now has nearly 2,000 alternative-fuel
vehicles in its fleet, and plans to have up to 15 percent of
it operating with alternative fuels by 2015.