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
It is Critical to Get Out of Your Office to Assess Vehicle Usage Issues

By Mike Antich
Many view fleet management as being a desk job, but it is more than that. When trouble-shooting fleet problems, such as increased costs for a particular user group, it is important to identify the root cause, which often requires on-site visual inspection of fleet assets and how they are being utilized.

Why the Fleet Manager Should be the Gatekeeper to Procurement

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
Setting Your Standard for Customer Service

By Joe Thompson
How does your customer service measure up against other companies’ efforts, whether they are in your industry or outside of it?

School Buses Graduate to Alternative Fuels

By Joe Thompson