Jan. 15, 2011

Austin Lays Plans for Carbon-Neutral City Fleet (Text Version)

This is a text version of the video segment Austin Lays Plans for Carbon-Neutral City Fleet, which aired on Jan. 15, 2011.

JOHN DAVIS: Our success story this week is focused on Austin, Texas, and the wide array of alternative fuel vehicles used by its municipal fleet. Propane, biodiesel, hybrid electric, compressed natural gas, and E85 all play a part. Plus, EMS vehicles use solar panels to reduce wasteful idling.

Austin's goal is a carbon-neutral city fleet by 2020. Almost 55% of their vehicles already use alt fuels with 30 new vehicles to go green next year.

GERRY CALK: Well, anytime we can start using a renewable fuel source—an alternative fuel source that originates here in this country—then we're helping ourselves internationally in doing that. And we're helping the environment at the same time.

JOHN DAVIS: Austin also plans to add plug-in electric hybrids to their fleet and install EV charging stations around town to support them, making this once-oil-centric Texas capital among America's most alt-fuel-savvy cities.

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