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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Features

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
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
Target Your Team by Pointing Toward Goals

By Joe Thompson
Without day-to-day goals that feed into the larger goals of the company, chances are that your team is just kicking assignments around.

Setting Your Standard for Customer Service

By Joe Thompson