New National Clean Fleets Partners Join with Clean Cities to Reduce Petroleum Use

March 5, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu announced Monday the addition of four new companies to the National Clean Fleets Partnership: Best Buy, Johnson Controls Inc., Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and Veolia Environmental Services. The partnership, housed within DOE’s Clean Cities program, provides support to large private fleets seeking to reduce petroleum use through the deployment of alternative fuels, electric vehicles, fuel economy improvements, and other strategies.

  • With more than 20,000 Geek Squad agents, Best Buy manages the Geek Squad fleet of about 5,000 vehicles. The company has reduced its carbon emissions from fuel use by 21% since 2009.
  • Johnson Controls, Inc., has introduced more than 500 hybrid electric vehicles into its fleet since 2009.
  • PG&E operates one of the greenest utility fleets in the nation, with more than 3,100 alternative fuel and high-efficiency on-road vehicles.
  • The Solid Waste division of Veolia Environmental Services maintains a fleet of more than 3,000 trucks, heavy equipment, and support vehicles. More than 100 of its vehicles run on compressed natural gas.

President Obama first announced the National Clean Fleets Partnership in April 2011. Since that time, the number of companies in the partnership has tripled. The four new partners join 14 other private-sector leaders: AT&T, Coca-Cola, Enterprise Holdings, FedEx, Frito-Lay, GE, OSRAM SYLVANIA, PepsiCo, Ryder, Schwan’s Home Service, Staples, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, UPS, and Verizon. The 18 National Clean Fleets Partners are among the largest private fleets in the country, collectively operating well over 1 million vehicles nationally.

Dr. Chu made the announcement from Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Green Truck Summit, held in conjunction with NTEA’s The Work Truck Show. To find out more, visit the National Clean Fleets Partnership page.