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
U.S. Fleet Upfitting Industry Experiencing Uptick in Consolidation

By Mike Antich
The fleet industry in the United States is no stranger to acquisitions and mergers as we have witnessed with the decades long consolidation occurring among fleet leasing and management companies, automotive OEMs and their suppliers, and daily rental companies. The same holds true for the upfitting industry, which, in the first eight months of 2017, witnessed an uptick in acquisitions.

How to Control Rogue Spending in Fleet

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2018 Toyota C-HR

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The all-new Toyota C-HR enters the competitive compact SUV market with an eye-catching exterior. Toyota’s Safety Sense System comes standard; it includes safety features like pre-collision and lane-departure alerts and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

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