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Roche Expands Hybrid-Car Fleet to 242

April 09, 2007

Source: www.rocheusa.com

Roche announced today that the number of hybrid vehicles in its pharmaceutical sales fleet has expanded to a total of 242 vehicles as of the end of 2006. Having this number of hybrids in the Roche fleet will result in greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 1,033.5 tons and gasoline savings of more than 80,253 gallons each year.

The Roche Companies in the US have joined forces with the EPA Climate Leaders Program. “We are using less gasoline, reducing our emissions and reducing our fleet costs as well” said Jack Kace, Vice President, Corporate Environmental & Safety Affairs, Roche.

Approximately 15 percent of Roche’s sales representatives drive company-owned hybrid vehicles—a number that is expected to grow with each semi-annual buying cycle. The company supports the development of more fuel efficient vehicles and recent efforts in Congress to improve vehicle fuel economy standards.
 
Roche began its hybrid-car program in July 2004 by replacing 20 conventional gasoline-powered vehicles with Toyota Prius and Ford Escape gas-electric hybrids. The improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions of these vehicles, along with positive performance reviews from the users, prompted the company to expand the program.

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