Green Fleet – Issue

May 2012

Cover Story By Chris Wolski
Chrysler & GM Enter the CNG Truck Market

Taking a cue from fleet managers, Ram and GM are producing compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel trucks. the new alt-fuel trucks make greening truck fleets easier and cheaper.

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Working with a vehicle’s OBD-II, the Ecometer is a “plug-and-play” instantaneous fuel-efficiency meter. 'Going Green': Beyond the Basics

The ability to immediately monitor and increase fuel efficiency, reduce idling, and improve driver productivity are just a few ways fleets are going beyond the basics to go green.

The Illinois Green Fleets Program works to promote the achievements of fleets in the state that stand out from their peers in “greening” their fleet operations. Proven Petroleum Reduction Strategies: Part II

By Barbara Bonansinga

The Illinois Green Fleets Program helps reward organizations and individuals for innovation and environmental stewardship.

APUs allow truckers to power appliances and climate-control systems without idling the engine. Clearing the Air in St. Louis

By Julie Sutor

St. Louis Clean Cities is cutting emissions on the banks of the Mississippi.

Vehicles fueled by propane autogas have equivalent horsepower, torque, and towing capacity as gasoline-fueled models, and emit 12-percent less carbon dioxide, about 20-percent less nitrogen oxide, Propane Autogas: Advantages Beyond Financial Incentives

By Steve Wayne

Even beyond federal and state incentives, propane autogas proves a viable fuel source with lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduced fueling costs.

The 2012 Toyota Prius I emits the lowest level of smog-forming pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions of the vehicle’s popular fleet vehicles reviewed in this analysis. The Green Fleet Price Tag

Taking a hard-numbers approach to a fleet's vehicle tailpipe emissions and lifecycle cost data will help improve an ecological footprint without breaking the bank.

Inbar Making the Business Case for Alternative-Energy Vehicles

Fleet managers face a dilemma in justifying the higher acquisition cost for electric-powered vehicles. A new TCO tool from Dow Kokam can help spotlight alternative-energy's bottom-line benefits.


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Find your closest station or plan a route. Locate biodiesel, electric, ethanol, hydrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquified natural gas (LNG), and propane across America.

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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