Green Fleet – Issue

November 2012

Cover Story By Grace Suizo
To EV or Not to EV? Top Fleets Answer the Question

Going electric may not be for everyone, but several of the country’s top fleets have realized benefits from having electric vehicles in their operations. Learn about the challenges they’ve encountered and how they’ve managed to cope.

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Features

2012 Green Fleet Conference

Almost 1,000 attendees gathered in Schaumburg, Ill., to learn about sustainable solutions for their fleets and have a little bit of fun, too, during the event’s ride and drive.

'Charging' Ahead from the Grid Up

By Lauren Fletcher

In part one of a two-part article, "Green Fleet" looks back at the past, reviews current challenges, and discusses the obstacles fleets and electric-vehicle infrastructure currently faces.

The Business Case for Hybrid-Electric Medium-Duty Trucks

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While the up-front investment may be high, hybrid-electric power makes financial sense for some medium-duty fleets. Find out if your fleet is one of them.

The Emerald City Strives for a Deeper Shade of Green

By Julie Sutor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Western Washington Clean Cities is helping airports, government fleets, and businesses find sustainable solutions for fueling transportation.

Into the Driver's Seat: States Take Action to Boost NGV Adoption

By Gregory Staple & Matthew Slavin

States have a dramatic role to play in incentivizing private-sector investment in natural gas vehicle (NGV) fueling infrastructure.

A Painless Way to Go Green: Biodiesel

By Sean Lyden

Sticker shock, lack of infrastructure, time to convert, and maintenance issues may make fleets “gun shy” when considering an alternative fuel. Biodiesel allows fleets to jump on the green-fuel bandwagon with little expense and fewer headaches than other alternative fuels.

 

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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