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January 2010, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

DEF: A New Variable in Managing Truck Fleets

By Mike Antich

DEF is an acronym for diesel exhaust fluid used by diesel engines incorporating selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. As of Jan.1, DEF is now required for SCR-diesels to meet 2010 EPA emission standards.

Tags: selective catalytic reduction, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Greenhouse Gas

December 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

McKesson Green Initiatives Benefit Planet & Bottom Line

By Cindy Brauer

The San Francisco-based global healthcare services and technology company is committed to environmental sustainability. Its green fleet programs are also expected to save McKesson $300,000 in FY2010.

Tags: Fuel, Greenhouse Gas

December 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

How to Be Green in a Down Economy

By Cindy Brauer

Bobit Business Media's recent Green Fleet Conference featured more than 50 speakers and panelists exploring solutions and resources to help more than 350 fleet professionals continue environmental efforts in budget-challenged times.

Tags: Economy, Green Fleet Conference, budget cuts, Environmental Leadership Award

December 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

First-Ever Environmental Leadership Awards Honors Corporate Fleet Professionals

By Grace Lauron

The Environmental Leadership Awards recognized fleet leaders who have led successful “green” efforts. Representatives from 21 commercial fleets were recognized.

Tags: Awards, Environmental Leadership Award

December 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Public Sector Fleet 'Green' Leaders

By Lauren Fletcher

The Environmental Leadership Awards recognize individuals whose commitment and vision yielded significant eco-responsible initiatives.

November 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Abbott Maximizes Fleet, Minimizes Costs & Increases Driver Productivity

By Cheryl Knight

Through its GreenFleet Initiative, Abbott improved its average domestic vehicle fuel efficiency by nearly 20 percent compared to 2006 and reduced gasoline consumption by more than 600,000 gallons per year.

Tags: Fuel, Cost-Cutting

November 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Defining ‘Green’ Metrics

By Jason Mathers

Leading fleets track progress of green initiatives by measuring greenhouse gas emissions. A complete accounting of fleet emissions must include tracking CO2, methane, nitrogen oxide, and refrigerants.

Tags: Green Initiatives, Greenhouse Gas

November 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

OEMs Showcase 'Greener' Models for 2010

By Grace Lauron

For 2010, automakers offer more hybrid models than ever for fleets to add to their selectors.

Tags: Toyota, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Nissan, Mercury, Cadillac, General Motors

November 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Fleets Deploy Kenworth T370 Hybrid as Green Work Horse

By Cindy Brauer

From Massachusetts to Hawaii and in-between, Kenworth's Class 7 hybrid provides fuel savings and subsequent emissions reductions for a variety of medium-duty truck applications.

Tags: Kenworth, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

November 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Green Initiatives Flourish in Commercial Truck Fleets

By Lauren Fletcher & Grace Lauron

Several truck fleets have taken steps to make their operations more environmentally friendly by deploying alternative-fuel models.

Tags: Compressed Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

November 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

How Retrofitting Fits in Today’s Fleets

By Chad Simon

Manufacturing hybrid-electric chassis since 2001, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. now retrofits older medium-duty diesel trucks with new engines and hybrid systems for fleet use.

Tags: retrofit, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Driving Fleet Emissions Down

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By Karen Healey

Drivers trained and motivated to adopt fuel-efficient driving habits can improve a fleet’s fuel economy by as much as 20 percent. Even small individual gains can total significant savings.

Tags: Fuel, PHH

September 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

‘Green is Good’ for Evergreen Fleet Initiative

By Mike Scott

Several Puget Sound, Wash., public sector fleet departments have established the Evergreen Fleet Initiative, which they hope will serve as a standard in the Northwest region.

September 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Nestle Bolsters Fleet Value by Improving Processes and Leveraging Size

By Cheryl Knight

Leading nutrition, health, and wellness company Nestlé saved more than 300,000 gallons of fuel, reduced emissions by more than 15 percent, and produced an annual savings of $1.2 million.

Tags: Cost-Cutting, Nestle

September 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Small Fleets Plugging In

By Chris Brown

All-electric and plug-in hybrid electric work vehicles are on the horizon in configurations that make sense for small fleets.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Freightliner, Electric Vehicles International, Bright Automotive, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Real-World Strategies: A Blueprint for a Greener Future

By Ashley Willis

As more regulations are put in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the “going green” movement continues to expand, here are a few strategies fleets have used to green their operations.

Tags: Prius, Ford Escape, FPL, PepsiCo, Verizon, Owens Corning, PHH

September 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

2010 Prius Raises More than Its Roof

2010-model Toyota Prius

By Grace Lauron

In addition to a newly shaped roof designed to provide more headroom for backseat passengers, the 2010 model also boasts a higher combined fuel economy of 50 miles per gallon.

Tags: Prius, 2010-MY, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Economic Conditions Spur Some Green Fleet Efforts

By Staff

In the annual PHH survey of environmental fleet issues, 21 percent of respondents said current difficult financial times have accelerated their fleet management goals; just 9 percent said those efforts had slowed.

Tags: PHH, Industry Research

September 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Propane Offers Fleets Powerful Performance

Jack Roush, chairman of ROUSH Enterprises (holding microphone), presented keys to the first production 2010 ROUSH liquid propane-injected Ford F-250 to Ferrellgas in June.

By Grace Lauron

Roush Enterprises has worked with the Propane Education & Research Council to produce several propane models for fleets.

Tags: ROUSH, Propane Autogas

August 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Fleet Professionals Hold 'Green' Meeting in NYC

Fleet professionals gathered in New York City to discuss green technologies and initiatives. (L-R) Mitch Pratt, Clean Energy; Sascha Simon, Mercedes-Benz USA (MB); Richard Maksym, MB; Leon Marin, MB;

By William Forsythe

More than 120 fleet professionals from New Jersey and New York gathered to discuss the latest in alternative-fuel technology and efforts.

Tags: NAFA

July 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

10 Fuel-Saving Tips

After Gem Plumbing weighed every part carried on its vehicles, it was able to remove about 300 pounds and increase miles per gallon.

By Staff

Just when you thought it was safe to get on the road again, gas prices are creeping back up. Here is a compilation of tips from fleet operators to rein in your fuel spend through efficient load and route management, fuel card programs and reinforcing the message with drivers.

Tags: Cost-Cutting

July 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Greening Fleets in a Down Economy

By Staff

As companies struggle to pursue environmental goals during the current tight financial times, the 2009 Green Fleet Conference, presenting all things green, will show fleets “where to find the money.”

Tags: Conference, Green Fleet Conference

July 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Florida Power & Light Goes Heavy on Hybrids

By Joe Bohn

The West Palm Beach-based utility fleet operates more than 60 Class 7 conventional and electric plug-in hybrids and will add more in the future.

Tags: FPL, Bucket Truck, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

July 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Green Fleet: The Impact of Infinity Insurance Climate Neutral Program Two Years Later

Infinity Insurance Jeep

By Shelley Mika

The Birmingham, Ala.-based insurance company has taken measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also has purchased offsets from a dairy farm to reduce methane emissions.

Tags: CO2, Infinity Insurance, Greenhouse Gas

July 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Benchmarking GHG Emissions

By Jason Mathers

Metrics to measure fleet environmental progress must go beyond simply totaling the number of hybrid and alt-fuel vehicles. A new generation of metrics will track fleet greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.

Tags: Benchmarking, EDF, Greenhouse Gas

July 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

PepsiCo Expands Hybrid Fleet

The Toyota Prius has helped PepsiCo improve fleet fuel efficiency over its previously used mid-size sedan models.

By Cheryl Knight

PepsiCo has cut fuel costs and reduced overall greenhouse gas emissions since tripling its hybrid fleet in 2007.

Tags: Prius, Ford Escape, PepsiCo

July 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

AT&T Fleet Connects to the Right Solutions

By Cheryl Knight

Right-sizing vehicles, utilizing technology, and employing an alternative-fuel vehicle fleet, where appropriate, allows AT&T’s Fleet Operations to cost effectively manage its fleet of more than 85,000 vehicles.

Tags: AT&T, Compressed Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

July 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Bright Ideas: Going Green

By Staff

Sharing green practices with other fleets, selecting more fuel-efficient vehicles, and replacing lead wheel weights in tires have proven helpful for several fleets.

Tags: Bright Ideas

July 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Greening Fleets in a Down Economy

Fred Turco, senior director, global fleet services for Pfizer, participated in a 2008 conference panel on green fleet metrics.

By Cindy Brauer

As public sector fleets struggle to pursue environmental goals during the current tight financial times, the 2009 Green Fleet Conference, presenting all things green, will show fleets “where to find the money.”

Tags: Federal Grants, Green Fleet Conference, State Grants

July 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Coca-Cola Enterprises Invests Big in Hybrid Trucks

By Shelley Mika

With a total of 327 hybrid trucks and diesel-electric tractor trailers, the Coke products bottler deploys the largest hybrid truck fleet in North America.

Tags: Kenworth, diesel-electric, Coca-Cola, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

May 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Las Vegas Fleet is 90 Percent Green

Biodiesel-powered street sweepers are among the 1,350 alt-fuel vehicles in the 1,500-unit Las Vegas fleet.

By Lauren Fletcher

Operating a 90-percent alternative-fuel fleet brings the City of Las Vegas to the forefront of the “going green” movement. The City utilizes its green fleet to prove alt-fuel viability.

Tags: Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels

May 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

D.C. Slims Down and Shapes Up

Zipcar provides the online management and reservation system for DCFleetShare, the District’s motor pool, expected to grow to 100 passengers in 2009.

By Stephen Bennet

The District of Columbia reduced its fleet size without sacrificing needed vehicles. Determining a reduction target was the first step.

Tags: Zipcar, Verizon

April 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Frito-Lay Augments Fleet with Higher-MPG Sprinters

By Thi Dao

Frito-Lay’s addition of 1,200 Sprinters nationwide is part of parent company PepsiCo’s focus on resource conservation.

Tags: Sprinter, PepsiCo, Frito-Lay

April 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Grassoline Biofuel Myths & Realities

By Bruce Dale

In the world after oil, cellulosic ethanol is among the more promising biofuel alternatives — despite some prevalent myths to the contrary.

Tags: Ethanol

April 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Green Mountain Power Deploys First Hybrid Bucket Truck

Green Mountain Power’s new hybrid bucket truck can run on batteries up to 20 minutes when the truck is parked and the bucket is in operation.

By Grace Lauron

GMP has improved fuel mileage 25 percent through the purchase of smaller vehicles and hybrids, and conversions of two hybrids to plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Tags: Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

April 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

UPS Completes Deployment of 300 New ‘Green’ Trucks

UPS announced the deployment of CNG delivery vehicles in Colorado, Oklahoma, Georgia, and California as part of its global alternative-fuel fleet.

By Staff

The company’s new compressed natural gas trucks are expected to yield a 20-percent emissions reduction over the cleanest diesel engines available in the market today.

Tags: UPS, Compressed Natural Gas, Greenhouse Gas

April 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

From Green to Greenbacks

By Staff

Developing and implementing successful green fleet initiatives provides more than a good corporate image. The real value can be in saving the kind of “green” that fills the corporate pocketbook.

Tags: Driver Behavior

April 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Fleets Put Biodiesel to the Test

 Propel Fuels has 11 Clean Fuel Points open at present in California and Washington state with aggressive plans to open more fuel points.

By Chad Simon

Recent studies have shown that fleets using biodiesel have reported no significant differences in performance, maintenance, or fuel efficiency with biodiesel versus traditional diesel fuel.

Tags: Biodiesel, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels

April 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

When Hybrid Batteries Die

Art by Henry Olivas

By Paul Dexler

The batteries in hybrid vehicles today are based on nickel-metal hydride technology. They last a long time, but not forever. Here is what to do when the battery in a hybrid dies.

Tags: Recycling, Battery

March 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

EPA Names Idle Reduction Systems Eligible for Federal Excise Tax Exemptions

By Mike Antich

The worst mileage is 0 miles per gallon, which occurs when idling. Reducing unnecessary idling is the easiest way for a truck fleet to reduce fuel costs. Now you can get tax exemptions when acquiring idle reduction technologies.

Tags: Federal Excise Tax, EPA, Tax Incentive

March 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Snohomish County Reduces Emissions Through Diesel Retrofits and Biodiesel

By Lauren Fletcher & Lisajoyce Vergara

Bolstered by Washington state funding, Snohomish County officials have enhanced efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fleet vehicles. The county’s green initiatives also include increased use of biodiesel.

Tags: Biodiesel, diesel vehicles, Alternative Fuels

March 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Navigating California's New Ruling on Diesel Emissions

By Sean Lyden

On Dec. 11, California adopted the most stringent emission standards in the nation for on-road heavy-duty diesel trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 lbs.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Emissions, State Grants, Legislation

March 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Malfunction Indicator Mandated for 2010 Emissions Standards

By Grace Lauron

Starting in 2010, OEMs will be required to install dashboard malfunction indicator lights and diagnostic trouble codes on heavy-duty trucks to warn drivers of emission problems.

Tags: Air Resources Board, EPA, Legislation

March 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Biodiesel: No Longer a Fringe Fuel

By Sean Lyden

The availability of biodiesel-based fuels is growing, and industry-accepted standards have begun to ensure its quality from reputable suppliers. However, fleet managers should research the alternative fuel before use in their vehicles.

Tags: Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels

March 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Alt-Fuels Work for Several Texas Fleets

Demand for propane dispensers at fueling sites across the country is increasing as fleets choose to operate vehicles on more cost-effective and clean fuel options.

By Wayne Moore

Capital Area Rural Transportation and the City of Port Arthur, Texas, have benefited from using propane in their fleets.

Tags: CleanFUEL USA, LPG, Propane Autogas

March 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Long Beach Garners #1 Government Green Fleet Title

By Shelley Mika

An early adopter of responsible green initiatives, the City of Long Beach, Calif., earned the top spot among environmentally friendly government fleets: the 2008 “No. 1 Government Green Fleet.”

Tags: Awards, Long Beach

February 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Fleet Management Companies Offer Green Initiative Programs

By Lisajoyce Vergara

Responding to increasing interest and demand for environmentally responsive programs, fleet management companies offer an array of corporate green fleet initiatives.

Tags: Emkay, Enterprise, LeasePlan USA, Wheels, Inc., GE Capital, Donlen, ARI, PHH, fleet management companies

February 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

'RydeGreen' Hybrid Trucks Maximize Fuel & Minimize Costs

Ryder RydeGreen Truck

By Grace Lauron

Ryder’s approach to improving fleet fuel efficiency helps fleets reap the bottom-line benefits of going green.

Tags: Ryder, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

February 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

First-Ever Biodiesel Fuel Card Offers Nationwide Discounts

By Grace Lauron

The National Biodiesel Foundation offers fleets incentives for going green. Cardholders of the new BioTrucker Fuel Card receive cash price and no transaction fee on fuel at more than 5,000 truck stops and truck-accessible locations across the country.

Tags: Fuel, Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels

February 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

Hybrid Large Trucks: the Road to Viability

By Chad Simon

Through the support of WestStart-CALSTART’s Hybrid Truck Users Forum, 13 utility fleets became early adopters of medium- and heavy-duty hybrid truck technology. Fleet managers report substantial fuel savings and few maintenance issues, though greater production is needed to drive premiums down.

Tags: FPL, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, HTUF, Southern California Edison, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

 
 

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