Green Fleet – Issue

January 2013

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
Best Practices in Emissions-Reduction Strategies

Delivery, food, and beverage fleets — and everything in between — have proven that it is possible to reduce emissions today, with just a small investment in time and money.

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Features

Melissa Reidy, specialist – fleet administration of Washington Gas, accepted the first CLEANFleet certification award for its Tier 5 certification. Washington Gas Achieves Tier 5 Clean Fleet Certification

By Cheryl Knight

The company plans to prevent the emission of more than 670,000 equivalent metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by 2020, equal to the emissions generated by 130,000 passenger vehicles in one year.

Electric Vehicles Continue to 'Charge' Ahead

By Lauren Fletcher

Is public charging infrastructure necessary for fleets? What does our electric vehicle (EV) future hold? EV infrastructure is a hot topic today, and experts share their views.

GE and Peake Fuel Show CNG Belongs in a Box

By Grace Suizo

GE and Peake Fuel Solutions have partnered to bring compressed natural gas to the masses with a new plug-and-play onsite refueling system.

Fleets Use Propane Autogas in the Real World

By Sean Lyden

Representatives from several organizations that have made the switch to propane autogas share their real-world perspectives on the alternative fuel.

Despite the growing popularity of electric vehicles among fleets, there are still unknowns when adding them to a fleet’s vehicle lineup, including their long-term resale values, according to EV Resale Values Hard to Predict

By Greg Basich

"Black Book"’s Ricky Beggs noted that electric vehicle resale values are being impacted by rapidly advancing powertrain technologies.

'GO'-ing to Alternative Fuels

By Chris Wolski

After dipping its wheels into the alternative-fuels pond, Chicago-based GO Airport Express has jumped in with plans to convert its entire fleet in two years.

Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition held a designation ceremony on Oct. 29 to mark its official entry into the DOE’s Clean Cities program. Attendees included (from left) Coalition Fleet Cons A New Team Hustles Onto the Alt-Fuel Field in North Carolina

By Julie Sutor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program grows its ranks with the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition.

One of Chesapeake's natural-gas fueled fleet vehicles. Chesapeake Energy Converting 5,000 Vehicles to Natural Gas

By Greg Basich

The natural gas company has converted 30 percent of its fleet to natural gas and is on track to meet its 2014 sustainability goal.

 

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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