Green Fleet – Issue

May 2011

Cover Story By Richard Battersby
How to Find Available Money for Your Fleet

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.

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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.

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 How Infinity Insurance Created a Green Fleet Policy

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.

About 1,000 Waste Management collection trucks currently run on CNG, and the company is purchasing 500 additional CNG trucks this year. Natural Gas a Hit with Refuse Fleets

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 Encana to Convert Majority of Fleet to CNG

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.

Customers can convert the cutaway into a variety of commercial requirements. Pictured is the 2011 Chevrolet Express cutaway with a cargo application. GM to Offer Single-Source LPG Option for Chevrolet & GMC Cutaway Vans

By Staff

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

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.< How Minneapolis Implemented its Green Fleet Policy

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.


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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Autonomous Vehicles will Create a Radical Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Design

By Mike Antich
My prediction is that autonomous vehicles will create a paradigm shift in vehicle design, whereby interior design will become the primary brand differentiator in the future. What will drive this paradigm shift is that future autonomous vehicle design will focus primarily on the passenger and not the driver. This will create a tectonic shift in vehicle design with ramifications that will take decades to fully play out.

Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

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