Verizon buys 576 2010 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid pickups to make its fleet ‘greener’

2010 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

In an effort to make its fleet more ‘green’ friendly, Verizon has bought 576 Chevrolet Silverado Two-Mode Hybrid full-size pickups from General Motors.

“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 2010 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid is powered by a 6.0L V8 Vortec engine mated to battery-powered electric motors that help reduce fuel consumption by up to 40 percent. EPA estimated fuel-economy comes in at 21/22 mpg (city/highway).

“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.”

– By: Stephen Calogera