A friend remarked recently that I seemed as if a massive weight had been removed from my shoulders. And, in many ways, he was right.

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I work in AT&T’s Fleet Operations, where my team and I are responsible for achieving the company’s ten year goal of deploying approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) by year-end 2018. Part of that goal included deploying 8,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. Today, we revealed we met that goal, amassing one of the largest corporate CNG fleets in the country.

It feels good to know that the work I did with my team had – and continues to have – a direct and positive impact on these core aspects of AT&T’s business and the world around us.

It wasn’t easy to get here, and we are celebrating each person at AT&T who contributed to meeting this milestone. Over the last few years, many dedicated people put in the hours to match the right vehicle with the right business unit in the right location to push us further down the path to putting the keys in the ignition of that 8,000th vehicle.

The placement of these 8,000 vehicles has positive impacts for both our business and the environment.  

Through our CNG program, AT&T avoided the purchase of 11.4 million gallons of unleaded fuel through 2013. On the business side, cost savings on a cost-per-gallon basis consistently remained in the 30-40 percent range, as compared to unleaded fuel. This lower cost of fuel translates into millions of dollars per year in savings for AT&T. On the environmental side, natural gas burns cleaner than conventional gasoline and diesel due to its lower carbon content.

It feels good to know that the work I did with my team had – and continues to have – a direct and positive impact on these core aspects of AT&T’s business and the world around us.

As people across AT&T’s fleet operations gather today to celebrate reaching this milestone, I feel the sense of pride and relief that comes from completing such a monumental effort. Tomorrow? Tomorrow we get right back to work as we forge ahead on our road to deploying 15,000 AFVs.

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About the Author

Slade Willis

Senior Fleet Operations Manager

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Slade Willis oversees the planning and execution of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle deployments throughout AT&T’s service area.  He is responsible for deployment direction and placement, driver training courses, and serves as the point of contact for public CNG station owners and operators that serve AT&T’s CNG fleet.  Through the end of 1Q14 Slade has successfully placed over 8,000 CNG vehicles into service culminating in the completion of a five-year alternative fuel vehicle commitment.  AT&T proudly has one of the largest CNG fleet’s in the country.

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