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
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
Target Your Team by Pointing Toward Goals

By Joe Thompson
Without day-to-day goals that feed into the larger goals of the company, chances are that your team is just kicking assignments around.

Setting Your Standard for Customer Service

By Joe Thompson