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January 2012, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

It IS Easy Being Green

GMC Savana

By Chris Wolski

There are numerous second-stage manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers who can convert gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles to a variety of alternative-fuel options, delivering the same performance with the benefits of a lower total cost of ownership.

Tags: Ford, LPG, Bi-Fuel, Compressed Natural Gas, General Motors, electric, Alternative Fuels, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

January 2012, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Mitsubishi's 'i-Catching' Electric Vehicle

The Mitsubishi i

By Lauren Fletcher

The popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) is increasing due to their efficiency and fuel-saving properties. Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) recently took on the challenge of the EV’s biggest sticking point: its affordability.

Tags: Mitsubishi i, iMIEV, Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 2012, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Green Fleet Conference Attendance Grows

The 2011 Green Fleet Conference Oct. 3-4 in Grapevine, Texas, saw a 15-percent increase in attendance over last year, with more than 550 fleet professionals present, making the best attended one yet, according to event organizers

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Sustainability All Stars

January 2012, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Pepsi Beverages Company Fleet Adds Hydrogen-Injected Trucks

By Lauren Fletcher

After an initial purchase of 21 hydrogen-injected trucks in 2009 units, Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC) now operates more than 140 hydrogen-injected vehicles on the road today, with more on order.

January 2012, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Closing the 'Barn Door': The Benefit of a Green Garage

By John Dolce

While many fleets have invested heavily in energy-efficient vehicles to "green" their rosters, they’ve yet to make another investment in reducing the carbon footprint of their garages.

December 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Chrysler’s Ram 1500 PHEV Program Shows Positive Results

By Greg Basich

Green Fleet spoke with Abdullah A. Bazzi, Sr. Manager, Electrified Power Train Programs for Chrysler Group LLC, about the program’s progress and the company’s plan for the vehicles.

Tags: Chrysler, Ram 1500, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

November 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Eminently Efficient

C-Max Hybrid

By Chris Wolski

MY-2012 could be a turning point in the mix of hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient vehicles available from OEMs. Alt-fuel vehicles are no longer exotic curiosities, but full-fledged members of the automotive community.

November 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Cover Story

8 Steps to Create Fuel-Saving Eco-Drivers

By Cindy Brauer

Most studies agree that at least one-third of a fleet's overall fuel efficiency is directly impacted by a driver's actions behind the wheel. An effective driver behavior modification program can help tap the fuel savings of improved driver habits.

November 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Kansas City Gets Motivated to Use Natural Gas

Today, the city of Kansas City, Mo., fleet's CNG units total about 8 percent of its roughly 3,000 vehicles, including 209 light-duty, 10 medium-duty, and 56 heavy-duty vehicles.

By Shelley Mika

The City of Kansas City, Mo., once had a pilot program of just 12 CNG-powered fleet units. Today, through dedicated grant seeking, the CNG fleet now nears 300 units — roughly 8 percent of its total fleet.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG trucks

November 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Google's Corporate DNA

By Chris Wolski

Internet giant Google pioneered its Gfleet car-share program in 2007 with a fleet of Prius vehicles. It recently traded those in for Cherolet's Volt and Nissan's LEAF.

November 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

AT&T Reaches Milestones in 10-Year Alt-Fuel Fleet Program

By 2013, AT&T expects to have up to 8,000 CNG-vehicles in its fleet. The CNG van (pictured above) is one of the communications company's 3,196 CNG units in operation today.

By Greg Basich

The telecommunications company purchased its 4,000th alternative-fuel vehicle and its 3,000th compressed-natural-gas-fueled vehicle this year. AT&T is now well on its way toward meeting its 15,000 alt-fuel vehicle goal by 2018.

November 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

'Big Easy' Rolls Out Red Carpet for Renewable Fuels

Ross Montalbano, fleet personnel with Hollywood Trucks, fills a truck with biodiesel. SLCFP, Golden Leaf Energy and Hollywood Trucks worked together to make film production in the Bayou S

By Julie Sutor

Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership (SLCFP) brings biodiesel and ethanol to local film productions.

Tags: Sustainability, Biodiesel, Ethanol, ASTM, Renewable Fuels Standard, renewable fuels

October 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Re-refined Oil: In with the Old, Out with the New

By Brittni Rubin

Due to recent improvements in re-refining technologies, re-refined oil is now certified by the American Petroleum Institute and recognized as comparable to virgin oil by leading vehicle manufacturers in the industry.

Tags: Maintenance, Oil, Re-refined oil, Universal Lubricants

September 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Modifying Driver Behavior: The ‘Last Mile’ in Greening a Fleet

By Mike Antich

If you are constrained by equipment limitations, the "last mile" to achieving corporate sustainability objectives is modifying driver behavior. This is possibly the greatest opportunity available to fleet managers to green their fleets.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Eco-Driving

September 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition Teams Up With National Parks to Reduce Emissions

Phil Cameron, executive director of the Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition.

The Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition (YTCEC) has secured $500,000 in grant funding, which it's using to purchase hybrid vehicles.

Tags: Ford, National Park, transit vehicle, Yellowstone Teton Clean Energy Coalition, Escape

September 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

What is the Future of All-Electric Medium-Duty Trucks?

By Staff

What makes medium-duty trucks conducive to all-electric drive technology? What’s accelerating expansion of PEVs in the medium-duty market? What’s constraining growth? What does the future hold? This article explores these questions.

Tags: Navistar, Smith Electric Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks, Pike Research, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Sprint/Nextel Greens Its Fleet the SmartWay

By Sean Lyden

What if your company could legitimately promote to customers it operates a “green fleet” — and be able to do so while actually lowering vehicle acquisition and operational costs? That’s precisely what Sprint/Nextel Corp. discovered it could accomplish with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay-certified vehicle program.

Tags: SmartWay, EPA, Sprint

September 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Using Data to Green Your Fleet

By Chelsea Mathis

Meaningful data can guide you toward the most effective solution, help establish goals, and demonstrate opportunities for both fuel savings and carbon reduction.

Tags: Fuel Cards, replacement cycle, Fuel Economy, Route Optimization

November 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Mammoth Cave National Park Investing in More Propane Autogas Buses

By Roy Willis

The park recently bought four new Blue Bird Vision Propane-Powered school buses to replace aging buses in its fleet though a grant from the Energy Department that was facilitated by the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, transit vehicle, Blue Bird, Buses

September 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Cover Story

40 Sustainability All-Stars

By Lauren Fletcher

Join Green Fleet magazine in acknowledging the inaugural group of 40 Sustainability All-Stars for all they do to help green fleets and sustain the environment.

Tags: Awards, Green Fleet Conference, Sustainability All Stars, Sluggers

August 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Editorial

Proposed 2025 CAFE Standards to be the Catalyst for the Hybridization of Fleets

By Mike Antich

The 2025 CAFE rules will have a dramatic impact on the types of future vehicles in fleet operations. Currently, no OEM can meet the 2025 CAFE standard of 54.5 mpg, which will double the average EPA-rated fuel economy for all OEMs selling vehicles in the U.S. in less than two decades. Today, only a handful of models get 39 mpg or more. To achieve this standard, the government plans to incentivize the use of advanced technologies, such as hybrid powertrains and vehicle electrification.

Tags: CAFE, Fuel Economy Standards, CAFE Standards, Legislation

July 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Cover Story

Using Technology to Impact Driver Behavior

By Cindy Brauer

The valuable data captured through telematics systems is helping fleet managers promote and teach eco-driving best practices among company drivers.

Tags: telematics, Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Eco-Driving

July 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

How to Build a Successful Green Fleet

Mathers, Schreiber, and Bibbo

By Cindy Brauer

Three fleet industry professionals share best practices and offer advice on how to avoid mistakes in developing and implementing green fleet initiatives.

Tags: Best Practices, Driver Training, EDF

July 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Retrofitting Your Way to an Alt-Fuel Vehicle

Retrofitting a unit’s powertrain to accommodate alternative fuel allows fleet managers to take existing units from traditional gas guzzlers to alt-fuel efficiency and extend vehicle life.

By Shelley Mika

Offering lower per-gallon fuel costs and clear environmental benefits, alt-fuel fleet units are the wave of the future. Using retrofitting as a viable solution, fleets don’t have to invest in new assets and can make the most of their existing fleet units.

Tags: Fuel Consumption, retrofit

July 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Frito-Lay & Smith Electrify Medium -Duty Trucks

Frito-Lay will be operating 176 medium-duty electric box trucks purchased from Smith Electric Vehicles by mid-year.

By Lauren Fletcher

As the seventh largest private fleet in the U.S., operating approximately 22,000 vehicles, Frito-Lay is incorporating medium-duty electric box trucks into its operations.

Tags: Maintenance, Smith Electric Vehicles, fleet challenges, Frito-Lay, Public Relations

July 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Real-World Hybrid Fleet Operating Expenses

EMD Millipore evaluates its hybrid vehicles constantly. The vehicles are noteworthy for very low maintenance costs, according to Gary Polito, category sourcing manager, travel & fleet.

By Stephen Bennett

Several high-profile fleets utilizing hybrid vehicles are speaking up about the results.

Tags: Maintenance, MPG, Greenhouse Gas

July 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Transit Fleets Come Clean with Alternative-Fuel Technology

RTC of Southern Nevada uses several different alternative fuels, depending on the service the vehicle is used for.

By Alex Roman

The maturation of alternative fuels has made it easier for transit agencies to implement programs than it was for early adopters in the 1990s. Still, there are many lessons to learn from the early pioneers.

Tags: Green Technology, transit vehicle

July 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Helping Fleets Run Green in Long Island

Community leaders gather for the grand opening of a compressed natural gas fueling station at Middle Country School District in Long Island in May. (L-R) Scott Zepp, Greenfield Compression; Council

By Julie Sutor

Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coordinator Rita Ebert is supporting fleet efforts to leave petroleum behind.

Tags: Clean Cities, Grant Funding, CNG Conversion, NREL, CLICC

July 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Green Vehicle Showcase

Available with diesel or diesel-electric hybrid powertrains, the Hino COE can be upfitted to fit specific business needs and features an available crew cab option.

By Staff

Six vehicles covering the gamut of fuel options can help fleets improve fuel efficiency, lower operating costs, and reduce dependence on foreign oil. These include the Hino COE hybrid, Mercedes-Benz S350, Freightliner natural gas truck, Buck Regal turbo, Ford F-150, and Chrysler 200.

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Ethanol, Compressed Natural Gas, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

July 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Transit Showcase

The EcoSmart is available in all-electric and extended range electric models.

By Staff

A showcase of transit buses includes the DesignLine EcoSmart all-electric bus and the New Flyer Xcelsior hybrid bus.

Tags: hybrid buses, transit vehicle, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Cover Story

How to Find Available Money for Your Fleet

By Richard Battersby

A record amount of grant and incentive funding for clean air vehicles is available, but fleet managers must be able to identify and successfully seek out these funding sources.

Tags: Funding, Grant Funding, Fleet Incentives, Federal Grants, State Grants

May 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

How Much Green Does It Take to Go Green? Preparing & Understanding AFV Lifecycle Costs

By David Wurster

By comparing the TCO of diesel, E-85, CNG, hybrid, and electric vehicle options with similar gasoline-fueled vehicles, fleet managers can determine the total cost of integrating alt-fuel vehicles into the fleet.

Tags: Lifecycle Costs, Alternative-fuel vehicles, diesel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

How Infinity Insurance Created a Green Fleet Policy

The Infinity Insurance fleet totals 427 vehicles, primarily Jeep Compass models provided to the company’s adjustors, business development and marketing personnel, and special investigative un

An effective “fleet-greening” policy requires planning and research. Fleet Operations Supervisor Chuck Kukal describes the basic steps he used in developing a green fleet policy for Infinity Insurance Company.

Tags: SmartWay, Fleet Policies, Infinity Insurance, EPA

May 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Natural Gas a Hit with Refuse Fleets

About 1,000 Waste Management collection trucks currently run on CNG, and the company is purchasing 500 additional CNG trucks this year.

By Thi Dao

Reduced fuel prices, maintenance costs, and harmful emissions are just some reasons refuse fleets are increasing their compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle purchases.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, CNG Conversion, Natural Gas Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas

May 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Green Fleet Conference Living Up to Its Name

General and breakout sessions at the 2010 Green Fleet Conference attracted large crowds. Seats filled fast, leaving “standing room only” for late arrivers.

By Grace Suizo

Conference attendees and exhibitors won’t be the only ones showing off their environmentally friendly images at the 2011 Green Fleet Conference. The “green” theme will be spread throughout the event.

Tags: Conference, Green Fleet Conference

May 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Ferrellgas Cuts Costs Using Propane Autogas

Ferrellgas currently operates nearly 30 F-250 models and looks to add the F-550 as soon as it’s readily available.

By Cheryl Knight

Almost one-third of Ferrellgas’ nearly 4,000 vehicles are propane-powered. The units are significantly less costly to operate and generate 60-70 percent less smog-producing hydrocarbons than their gasoline counterparts.

Tags: Alternative-fuel vehicles, Ferrellgas, Propane Autogas

May 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Encana to Convert Majority of Fleet to CNG

According to David Hill, vice president of operations for Encana’s Natural Fas Economy division, the company is converting ¾-ton pickup trucks to CNG, such as Chevrolet 2500, Ford F-25

By Greg Basich

Encana operates a fleet of 700 vehicles in the U.S. The company is dovetailing its efforts to build new natural gas fueling stations with its process of converting its fleet to CNG.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas, Encana

May 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

GM to Offer Single-Source LPG Option for Chevrolet & GMC Cutaway Vans

Customers can convert the cutaway into a variety of commercial requirements. Pictured is the 2011 Chevrolet Express cutaway with a cargo application.

By Staff

The automaker expects to ship the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cutaway vans by fourth quarter 2011.

Tags: Chevrolet, Biodiesel, Ethanol, LPG, Savana, Express, Natural Gas Vehicles, E85, Compressed Natural Gas, General Motors, GMC

May 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

How Minneapolis Implemented its Green Fleet Policy

The City of Minneapolis Fleet Services division green team includes, l-r, Gary Dahl, Bill Gauthier, Al Thunberg, and Director of FSD John Scharffbillig. Photo courtesy John Scharffbillig.<

By Thi Dao

Fleet veteran John Scharffbillig, director of Fleet Services for the City of Minneapolis, discusses how the Fleet Services division brainstormed, wrote, edited, and is implementing the City's new green fleet policy.

Tags: city policy, City of Minneapolis

March 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Corporate Fleets Aim for “Greener” Operations

ComEd's green fleet includes biodiesel and hybrid vehicles, like this hybrid bucket truck.

By Staff

Through use of telematics, alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles, idling reduction policies, and other efforts, various corporate fleets have reduced their vehicle emissions, contributing to their companies’ sustainability goals.

Tags: telematics, Sustainability, Green Initiatives, Idling, idling policies, Greenhouse Gas, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

February 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

What Staples Expects from All-Electric Medium-Duty Work Trucks

Manufactured by Smith Electric Vehicles, the Newton all-electric ­medium-duty chassis ­offers a range up to 100 miles, top speed of 50 mph, and a payload capacity up to 16,000 lb., ideal fo

By Sean Lyden

Mike Payette, manager of fleet equipment for the office supply company, discusses his experience with all-electric trucks and factors fleet managers should consider when including such vehicles in fleet.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks, Staples, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Half of GE’s 30,000-Unit Fleet to be Electric Vehicles by 2015

The Chevrolet Volt is the first model GE will acquire as part of its commitment to acquire 25,000 EVs by 2015, of which 12,000 will be GM models.

By Mike Antich

General Electric, which operates one of the largest global fleets, has committed to converting a sizeable percentage of its worldwide fleet to EVs, along with offering and managing EVs for its 65,000 global fleet customers.

Tags: Chevrolet, GE, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Cox Enterprises’ Fleet Creates Efficiencies by Utilizing Supply Chain Management

Bill Gooden, vehicle specialist; Roger Turner, fleet acquisition manager; Kim Gheesling, support analyst; Matt Kuhn, director, vehicle operations; Mark Leuenberger, AVP supply chain/fleet; Serina Hard

By Cheryl Knight

With more than 13,000 vehicles nationwide, the fleet team has saved millions of dollars and lowered greenhouse gas emissions by selecting the right vehicles, streamlining operational processes, and implementing GPS.

Tags: GPS, Cox Enterprises, Greenhouse Gas

February 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Will Electric Vehicles Work for Your Rental Fleet?

A Tesla Roadster meets a Mitsubishi i-MiEV outside the Eckhaus Fleet offices in Clovis, Calif.

By Tim Yopp

First adopters will gain free publicity and a high rental rate. But with uncertain resale values, range issues and limited initial availability, the decision to acquire electric vehicles for your rental fleet is not to be taken lightly.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Pros and Cons of ‘Right-Sizing’ Vehicles to Increase Fuel Economy

By Joe Bohn

Reducing vehicle fuel consumption and increasing fuel economy is one of the top challenges for fleet. However, some veteran fleet managers caution to research before buying.

Tags: right-sizing, Fuel Management, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

January 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Seattle Named No. 1 Government Green Fleet

Seattle’s fleet team includes (l-r) Nanci Lien, fleet administration manager; Ken Bailey, vehicle maintenance director; Chris Wiley, Green Fleet coordinator; and Dave Seavey, Fleet Services director.

By Chris Wiley

Use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles, as well as fuel reduction strategies and a Green Fleet coordinator, are some reasons the City of Seattle was recognized as the No. 1 Government Green Fleet in North America.

Tags: Municipal Fleets

January 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

UPS Trademark Brown Delivery Trucks Go Green

Since its founding in 1907, UPS has been looking for the most efficient ways to operate. In 1998, it was the first package delivery company to employ hybrid-electric vehicles. Over the years, the comp

By Shelley Mika

With the purchase of 130 hybrid-electric vehicles, the package delivery company grows its alternative-fuel vehicle fleet and increases its dedication to a “green” fleet.

Tags: UPS, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

ROUSH CleanTech Drives Propane Forward

ROUSH spent the past four years studying the market and talking with fleet managers across the country. The company projects that within 24 months it will sell 10,000 units or more per year. This is a

By Lauren Fletcher

Created with fleet in mind, ROUSH’s CleanTech aims to help fleet managers increase the number of “greener” propane autogas-powered vehicles on the road.

Tags: ROUSH, Propane Autogas

January 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Tiremakers Go Green with SmartWay

Yokohoma’s 703ZL tires are included on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of SmartWay-verified technologies.

By Mike Manges

EPA fuel efficiency designation is the hot thing in truck tires. While SmartWay-verified tires are mandated on heavy trucks, medium-duty fleets can also benefit from more fuel-efficient tires.

Tags: tire, CARB, SmartWay

January 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Rent Alert: Industry Embraces Electric Vehicles

By Justina Ly

Car rental companies further corporate environmental initiatives by adding EVs to fleets.

Tags: Enterprise, Nissan, Hertz, CODA, Battery-Electric Vehicles


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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich
With the increasing demand and growth of the commercial truck and van segments – particularly among utilities and service industries – the percentage of upfitted vehicles is growing. Upfitters are feeling the pressure of increased demand. In recent years, the huge influxes of vehicles needing upfitting have left some upfitters, at times, overwhelmed.

Six Technology Trends that will Change the Trajectory of Fleet Management

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
School Buses Graduate to Alternative Fuels

By Joe Thompson
What “little thing” in your product or service might change everything?

Can Sheep Keep Secrets?

By Joe Thompson