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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(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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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