Green Fleet – Issue

July 2012

Cover Story By Chris Wolski
Retrofitting to a Cleaner Fleet

Retrofitting a used or new fleet vehicle to an alternative-fuel system is relatively easy. Choosing the best one for fleet can be hard.

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Features

(L-R) Joe LaRosa, NAFA's international vice president, and Rick Sikes, chair of NAFA's Fuels & Technology Advisory Council, presented a Sustainable Fleet Award to Tony Saxon, CAFM, fleet suppor Georgia Power Fulfills Green Goals

Adding more alternative-fuel vehicles to its fleet and continuing research on cleaner-burning fuels are just a few ways the utility is achieving sustainability.

PG&E operates more than 20 Chevrolet Volts. To support these vehicles, it has installed about 50 new electric-vehicle charging stations at different locations. PG&E Goes for the Green

By Chris Wolski

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company has established a model of sustainability with its mixed alt-fuel fleet. Among its innovations: electrified bucket trucks.

(L-R) Joe LaRosa, NAFA's international vice president, and Rick Sikes, chair of NAFA's Fuels & Technology Advisory Council, presented a Sustainable Fleet Award to Gayle Pratt, director of globa Ecolab Boosts GHG-Reduction Efforts

Ecolab has been able to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency in its fleet operations since 2006.

'Electrify' Your Fleet

Although everyone seems to be “going green,” it’s not always easy to find a home for electric vehicles. Here are some ideas for utilizing these alternative-fuel models in fleet.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services uses a CNG Ford Transit Connect for air quality monitoring. Breathe Free and Drive

By Julie Sutor

Granite State Clean Cities Coalition is deploying natural gas vehicles and biodiesel in New Hampshire.

Gregg Hodgdon, CAFM, director of fleet operations at Deli Express, is shown above left with Scott Bates, truck product manager for Thermo King, in front of the fleet’s new, fuel-efficient tru Bringing Suppliers Together to Achieve Sustainability Goals

Deli Express collaborated with several fleet suppliers to achieve positive sustainable changes through the use of traditional fuels and a new, fuel-efficient truck design.

 

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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