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
Institutionalizing Cost-Control Strategies

By Mike Antich
Senior management exerts intense pressure on fleet managers to control and/or reduce vehicle acquisition and operating expenses. To accomplish this, a fleet managers can pursue three different cost-control strategies — cost savings, cost deferral, or cost avoidance. In order to implement a successful cost-control strategy you need to institutionalize the mechanisms to curb money-wasting behaviors.

Lessons Learned from Great Fleet Managers

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

By Paul Clinton
Nissan's 2017 Rogue Sport is based on the European Qashqai, and shares only a limited number of cosmetic components with its larger Rogue sibling.

2017 Genesis G80

By Paul Lim

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Who’s Up Next?

By Sherb Brown
Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
Find Your Path to Promotion

By Joe Thompson
Everyone’s experience on the job is different, but, in general, careers tend to progress along a common path.

Target Your Team by Pointing Toward Goals

By Joe Thompson