Green Fleet – Issue

July 2011

Cover Story By Cindy Brauer
Using Technology to Impact Driver Behavior

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

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Features

Mathers, Schreiber, and Bibbo How to Build a Successful Green Fleet

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.

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. Retrofitting Your Way to an Alt-Fuel Vehicle

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.

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

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.

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. Real-World Hybrid Fleet Operating Expenses

By Stephen Bennett

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

RTC of Southern Nevada uses several different alternative fuels, depending on the service the vehicle is used for. Transit Fleets Come Clean with Alternative-Fuel Technology

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.

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 Helping Fleets Run Green in Long Island

By Julie Sutor

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

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. Green Vehicle Showcase

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.

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

By Staff

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

 

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich
The co-existence between autonomous and human-controlled vehicles (along with others who use public roads) will bring new issues into play, primarily because self-driving vehicles will be built to be inherently law-abiding and risk averse. As we approach this new era, the question is how seamlessly will autonomous and human-controlled vehicles co-exist? One thing is certain, as we trail blaze new ground, so too will we trail blaze new problems.

What Fleet Managers Can Learn from a Navy SEAL

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
Listen Up (or Lose)

By Joe Thompson
Are you really a good listener? How good could your team be if you practiced listening to one another?

Find Your Path to Promotion

By Joe Thompson