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Obama announces 'clean fleets' program

By the CNN Wire Staff
President Obama pushes clean energy by partnering with major companies to cut their trucks' gasoline consumption.
President Obama pushes clean energy by partnering with major companies to cut their trucks' gasoline consumption.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The president offers to help private companies transition to energy-efficient vehicles
  • Obama made the announcement at a UPS facility in Landover, Maryland
  • Five major companies are participating so far
  • The program is part of Obama's plan to cut oil imports by one-third by 2025

(CNN) -- President Barack Obama continued his clean energy push Friday, announcing a National Clean Fleets Partnership that works with major companies to cut gasoline consumption by their trucks.

Under the partnership, UPS, AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo and Verizon will deploy more than 20,000 advanced-technology vehicles designed to reduce the companies' traditional reliance on oil.

The five companies operate five of the nation's 10 largest national fleets, comprising more than 275,000 vehicles in total, according to the White House.

The partnership is part of Obama's plan, announced Wednesday, to reduce U.S. oil imports by a third by 2025.

"As owners of some of our nation's largest private fleets, these companies are leading the way when it comes to building clean fleets, and we need to make sure all our businesses are following their example," Obama told an audience at a UPS facility in Landover, Maryland.

The administration hopes to eventually expand the program to other major private companies.

"If you're a business that needs to transport goods, I'm challenging you to replace your old fleet with a clean energy fleet that's not only good for your bottom line, but good for our economy, good for our country, and good for our planet," the president said.

The Department of Energy will help participating companies replace conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles with advanced-technology vehicles or ones that use alternative fuels such as electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen or propane, according to the White House.

Participating companies also will be able to make group purchases of advanced vehicles, benefiting smaller companies that join larger ones in buying in bulk, and to collaborate on information-sharing and research initiatives.

 
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