Green Fleet – Issue

January 2012

Cover Story By Grace Suizo and Chris Wolski
Fleets Embrace Green Vehicles

Cash-strapped organizations often think the only way they can possibly "go green" is by purchasing alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs). While AFVs are one way to go, they aren’t the only way to green operations.

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Features

An architectual rendering (above) shows what fleet managers can expect of the experience center. GE Creates EV Learning Center

By Chris Wolski

The Twin Cities will be getting a good dose of GE’s ecomagination in the form of a state-of-the-art customer experience and learning center for electric vehicles (EVs). The center is being built on the site of GE Capital Fleet Services’ headquarters campus.

GMC Savana It IS Easy Being Green

By Chris Wolski

There are numerous second-stage manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers who can convert gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles to a variety of alternative-fuel options, delivering the same performance with the benefits of a lower total cost of ownership.

The Mitsubishi i Mitsubishi's 'i-Catching' Electric Vehicle

By Lauren Fletcher

The popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) is increasing due to their efficiency and fuel-saving properties. Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) recently took on the challenge of the EV’s biggest sticking point: its affordability.

Green Fleet Conference Attendance Grows

The 2011 Green Fleet Conference Oct. 3-4 in Grapevine, Texas, saw a 15-percent increase in attendance over last year, with more than 550 fleet professionals present, making the best attended one yet, according to event organizers

Pepsi Beverages Company Fleet Adds Hydrogen-Injected Trucks

By Lauren Fletcher

After an initial purchase of 21 hydrogen-injected trucks in 2009 units, Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC) now operates more than 140 hydrogen-injected vehicles on the road today, with more on order.

Closing the 'Barn Door': The Benefit of a Green Garage

By John Dolce

While many fleets have invested heavily in energy-efficient vehicles to "green" their rosters, they’ve yet to make another investment in reducing the carbon footprint of their garages.

Lorrie & Carl Lisek Cutting Emissions: 'As Long as We Both Shall Live'

By Julie Sutor

In September, Lorrie and Carl Lisek celebrated 28 years of wedded bliss and hundreds of thousands of gallons’ worth of petroleum-use reduction in Indiana and Wisconsin.

Leveraging Grants to Build a Superb Sustainability Program

By Shelley Mika

With the advent of new and improved fuel technology, more fleets are taking advantage of alternative fuels and creating greener, more sustainable fleets. But, despite their best efforts,fleets face a major roadblock: funding.


he Honda Civic Natural Gas had its second official debut at the 2011 Green Fleet Conference in October. Formerly known Ready for Civic Duty

By Shelley Mika

Fourteen years after its debut in 1998, the Honda Civic Natural Gas holds the title as the longest continuous OEM-produced, compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered vehicle in America.

 

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Don't Underutilize the Expertise of Your Suppliers

By Mike Antich
For many managers responsible for vehicle operations, fleet management is often one of several job responsibilities. These managers acknowledge that it is difficult to stay on top of changes in vehicle design, powertrains, onboard safety technology, telematics capabilities, and regulatory changes that impact fleet operations. Despite this recognition, a common mistake made by many of these managers is underutilizing the subject-matter expertise of current and/or prospective suppliers.

The Future of Fleet is Managing the Connected Vehicle Ecosystem

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Volvo XC60

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 XC60 arrives as the mid-size sibling of the XC90 in a stylish update that includes a bevy of new safety features, infotainment tech, and a well laid-out cabin.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Ready or Not, Electrification Is Coming

By Sherb Brown
We’re not where we need to be with battery technology and the whole herd seems to be betting that a magical new solution will appear in time to save us all. I sure hope they are right.

Fair and Balanced

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