NEW YORK - As part of an initiative to green its fleet, Verizon purchased 576 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrids, the only hybrid pickup trucks equipped with a two-mode hybrid system.
Committed to finding practical and innovative ways to reduce the carbon footprint of its global operations, Verizon launched a comprehensive sustainability program earlier this year. The program expanded the number of alternative energy vehicles in their fleet - one part of a multi-pronged approach.
"A major part of our sustainability strategy is to make smart use of lower-carbon alternatives to power our fleet and the operation of our high-IQ broadband networks," said James Gowen, chief sustainability officer for Verizon. "By adding 1,600 alternative energy vehicles to our fleet this year we're conserving fuel, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving air quality in communities across the country."
The pickups, to be deployed in urban areas in various Verizon's markets, are powered by the standard Vortec 6.0L V8 engine delivering 332 horsepower and 367 lb.-ft of torque, which has a towing capacity of 6,100 lbs. (2WD) or 5,900 lbs. (4x4). The vehicle also comes with an 8-year/100,000 mile limited warranty on hybrid components and a 5-year/100,000 transferable powertrain limited warranty.
The Silverado's two-mode hybrid system blends an internal combustion engine with battery-powered electric motors to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. By applying GM's two-mode hybrid technology, the Silverado Hybrid provides fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/ 22 mpg highway. At 21 mpg city, it delivers the city fuel economy of a 4-cylinder sedan, according to the automaker.
"When Verizon first approached us about environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient vehicles for their urban drivers, we knew the Silverado Hybrid was the perfect fit because of its outstanding city and highway mpg ratings," said Brian Small, GM Fleet and Commercial Operation general manager. "Immediately the team went to work to meet Verizon's ambitious July delivery deadline."
Verizon also collaborated with BrandFX Body Company and GM to develop the light-weight fiberglass insert to be installed in the truck's bed. The composite insert, the lightest weatherproof container on the market, will house Verizon's service equipment, such as ladders, wiring, connectors, and television set boxes.