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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Features

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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Alternative Fueling Station Locator

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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Blog

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