GM to sell 1,200 CNG cargo vans to AT&T

​General Motors said today that AT&T plans to buy 1,200 of its Chevrolet Express compressed natural gas cargo vans for use at AT&T service centers around the country.

The order is Detroit-based GM's largest so far for its compressed natural gas vehicles. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the automaker said the purchase is part of AT&T's plan to spend up to $565 million on 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over 10 years through 2018.

The Dallas-based telecommunications company will use the vans to provide and maintain communications, Internet and TV services for its customers. The compressed natural gas vehicles are a cost-effective way for the company to reduce its fleet-based carbon emissions, AT&T said.

The compressed natural gas option is available for order on Chevrolet Express 2500 and 3500 cargo vans, GM said.

In midday trading, GM shares fell 8 cents to $24.29, while AT&T shares rose 1 cent to $29.17.​

This article was first published by Detroit Free Press.

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