Some of the bigger U.S. companies that promised to "go greener" by investing in larger fleets of electric vehicles are now seeing that alternative fuels like CNG (compressed natural gas) might also be a smart option.
According to a story by Bloomberg News, General Electric promised to purchase as many as 25,000 EVs for its fleet operations two years ago; unfortunately, it forgot it needed a good percentage of those vehicles to be work-duty pickups, vans and SUVs, and current EV technologies don't seem to be able to meet all of GE's needs.
As a stopgap measure, GE officials have announced they will expand their push for more eco-friendly vehicles to include full-size pickup trucks that run on alternative fuels and have cleaner emissions like the bi-fuel compressed natural gas vehicles from Ford, General Motors, and Ram Truck. In fact, GE is testing 300 CNG-equipped bi-fuel Super Duties right now.
No word yet as to whether GE will be testing any other full-size heavy-duty pickups, but we're guessing that quite a few other big companies and fleet buyers will watch GE closely as they get more involved with updating their own aging truck fleets.