Last Wednesday President Obama announced his Blueprint for A Secure Energy Future. On Friday, the President highlighted the National Clean Fleets Partnership. 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 Department of Energy is to assist companies by offering specialized resources, technical expertise, and support.
The Clean Fleets Partnership has made commitments to five of its charter members: AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon. These partners have five of the nation's 10 largest national fleets and collectively own and operate more than 275,000 vehicles. Their planned current and near-term petroleum reduction strategies will account for the deployment of over 20,000 advanced technology vehicles and annual petroleum displacement in excess of 7 million gallons.
This is only the beginning; large commercial fleets are heavily dependent on petroleum-based fuels to deliver their goods and services every day. In 2009, there were more than 3 million commercial fleet vehicles on the road, consuming nearly 4 billion gallons of fuel. Fleets, which are typically centrally managed and comprised of a large number of vehicles, offer significant opportunities to reduce fuel use and carbon pollution. DOE is challenging other companies to join this important effort.