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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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Using Performance-Based Incentives to Optimize the Cost-Effectiveness of Fleet Operations

By Mike Antich
A fleet cost reduction program goes straight to the corporate bottom line. If a company operates at a 10% annual net profit margin, reducing annual fleet expenses by $100,000 is the equivalent of generating $1 million in sales. Although fleet managers manage hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of dollars in corporate assets, only half are incentivized to achieve targeted performance goals. I advocate incentivization should be a universal best practice extended to all fleet managers.

Obstacles to Overcome Prior to a Volume Rollout of Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

By Paul Clinton
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a significantly upgraded van that offers a dizzying array of configurations and meaningful improvements designed to improve productivity for delivering packages or hauling passengers.

2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
How the VW Settlement Funding Can Benefit Your Fleet

By Joe Thompson
Part of the settlement required VW to establish and fund an Environmental Mitigation Trust. Over the next 10 years, the trust will fund environmental mitigation projects that specifically reduce emissions of NOx.

Listen Up (or Lose)

By Joe Thompson