Green Fleet – Issue

September 2012

Cover Story By Grace Suizo
DHL Delivers on Green

Propane autogas is the latest alternative fuel powering up the DHL Express pickup and delivery fleet and helping the company minimize its environmental impact.

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Features

Green's the Thing in 2013

By Chris Wolski

Nearly all the major automakers are offering new or updated green vehicles for the 2013 model-year. Fleet managers have more options to fit their alternative-fuel needs.

Which Hybrids Payback the Quickest

After five years and 15,000 miles of driving per year, are there any hybrids that actually have a lower cost of ownership than their gasoline-engine counterparts?

UPS 'Fills Up' on Fuel-Saving Practices

By Grace Suizo

Environmental conservation — powered by telematics, route optimization, and alternative-fuel vehicles and technologies — saved UPS 85 million miles of driving time in 2011.

Oklahoma City's new Nissan LEAF vehicles were delivered on Aug. 16. Bill Hager, fleet services administrator, is shown checking them for specification compliance. How Public Sector Fleets Can Take Advantage of EV Tax Credits

By Cindy Brauer

A provision in the federal plug-in electric vehicle tax credit allows government agencies to work with dealers for up to $7,500 off vehicle sales prices.

Ford Calculator Helps Fleets Make Greener Choices

Ford has designed a new tool to help fleets make the most informed purchase decision possible when selecting fuel-efficient vehicles.

T. Boone Pickens (center) poses with Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities staff (from left, Kenny Bergstrom, Kimberlin To, Pamela Burns, and Mindy Mize) at the Fuel City CNG station opening. Alternative Fuels Gaining Speed in Dallas-Fort Worth

By Julie Sutor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities is working with some of the largest fleets in the Lone Star State to reduce petroleum use and vehicle emissions.

40 Sustainability All-Stars

By Lauren Fletcher

Join Green Fleet magazine in acknowledging the 2012 group of 40 Sustainability All-Stars for all they do to help green fleets and sustain the environment.

 

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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