Hemet, California – U.S. communications company Verizon will convert 300 of its gasoline-powered Ford E-250 cargo vans to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), which it said will reduce vehicle carbon emissions by 480 tons per year.

The 300 vans, which are being retrofitted by Steelweld Equipment Company, will be used in Southern California by technicians who install and repair broadband, TV and voice communications services for residential and small business customers.

The 300 vans are among more than 1,600 alternative energy vehicles that Verizon plans to add to its nationwide fleet this year. “These new CNG vans aren’t the first alternative fuel vehicles we’ve deployed in California, but they constitute one of our largest introductions to date,” said Margaret Serjak, Verizon’s operations president in California.

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