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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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
Autonomous Vehicles will Create a Radical Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Design

By Mike Antich
My prediction is that autonomous vehicles will create a paradigm shift in vehicle design, whereby interior design will become the primary brand differentiator in the future. What will drive this paradigm shift is that future autonomous vehicle design will focus primarily on the passenger and not the driver. This will create a tectonic shift in vehicle design with ramifications that will take decades to fully play out.

Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
School Buses Graduate to Alternative Fuels

By Joe Thompson
What “little thing” in your product or service might change everything?

Can Sheep Keep Secrets?

By Joe Thompson