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National Clean Fleets Partner: Johnson Controls, Inc.

Photo of an all-electric van.

Johnson Controls first introduced hybrid electric vehicles into its fleet in 2009. Today, it operates more than 500 hybrids, each reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30%, and together saving $500,000 in fuel costs during the first two-and-a-half years of operation. In 2011, Johnson Controls deployed 20 all-electric vans, estimated to achieve a 61% GHG reduction per vehicle. The fleet's strategies also include the use of compressed natural gas, propane, more fuel-efficient vehicles, and telematics.

Fast Facts

  • Joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership: February 2012
  • Headquarters: Milwaukee, WI
  • Operations: More than 1,300 locations worldwide
  • Strategies and Technologies: Natural gas, hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles, fuel-efficient vehicles, propane, telematics

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Feb. 24, 2014

Johnson Controls focuses on sustainable transportation

MILWAUKEE – Since 2008, Johnson Controls has focused on sustainable transportation by increasing fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Through 2013, the company improved its fuel efficiency by 9%, reduced GHG emissions by 19%, and cut petroleum use by 695,000 gallons. To reach these goals, Johnson Controls made these changes in its fleet:

  • Replaced gasoline-powered mini-vans with more than 800 hybrid vehicles
  • Switched to 4-cylinder vans and SUVs instead of 6-cylinder mini-vans
  • Placed 20 all-electric vans into strategic areas of the fleet
  • Downsized from full-size pickups to small pickups
  • Added governors to limit the top speed of vans for safety and fuel economy while reducing emissions
  • Implemented telematics to improve safety and fuel economy by reducing idling, jackrabbit starts, hard stops, and excessive speeds
  • Placed compressed natural gas vans in key geographic regions
  • Implemented a minimum fuel economy requirement for executive vehicles.

Future initiatives include using propane and other alternative fuel vehicles, educating drivers, and managing underused vehicles.