Green Fleet – Issue

March 2013

Cover Story By Cheryl Knight
Novo Nordisk Takes Environmental Responsibility to a Higher Level

The fleet has managed to lower its average CO2 per mile by 8.8 percent and boost fuel efficiency by 10 percent while keeping drivers happy with selector options.

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Features

Using a lightweight material, such as a composite, to spec a service truck can help a fleet do more with a smaller, more efficient truck.Photo: BrandFX 6 Ideas for Spec'ing Greener Trucks Without Breaking the Bank

By Sean Lyden

While many commercial truck fleets may have qualms about going “green,” the process can make a statement and add to the bottom line.

The Delphi wireless charging system involves no plugs or charging cords. Electric power flows upward from a power source resonator to a power capture resonator installed on a vehicle. Can EVs Lose the Plug & Go Wireless?

By Lauren Fletcher

The use of wireless charging is moving from toothbrushes and mobile phones to vehicles. How does a fleet lose the cord and plug and go wireless?

The City of Chicago’s all-electric refuse trucks will be equipped with an electric powertrain control system (ePCS) from Motiv Power Systems. The trucks will carry 10 battery packs and have a Chicago Streets to Feel a Surge of Electricity

By Grace Suizo

All-electric refuse trucks will bring a whole new level of “clean” to the Windy City.

Getting Management Buy-In to Green Your Fleet

Reducing a fleet’s carbon footprint is, and has been in recent years, the hottest topic in fleet. However, it can be a challenging “sell” to management. Here are some ways to get key support.

The National Clean Fleets Partnership program is helping 18 mega-fleets, such as Staples and Frito-Lay, incorporate alternative fuels and fuel-saving measures into their operations. Clean Cities Celebrates 20 Years

By Dennis Smith, Clean Cities

Over the past two decades, Clean Cities coalitions across the country have been working hard to promote more eco-conscious transportation operations and shrink U.S. dependency on foreign oil.

Safety-Kleen operates a national fleet of 450 vehicles, which it uses to collect used oil from a variety of automotive and fleet sources. Safety-Kleen Demystifies Re-Refined Oil

By Chris Wolski

Re-refined oil may not be a front-of-mind demand by fleet managers, but Safety-Kleen is working to change that. Its EcoPower product is proving itself among fleets across the U.S.

Sony Pictures' New Clean Truck Fleet Helps Keep the Action Rolling

By Greg Basich

Sony Pictures replaced 29 of its vehicles with updated, CARB-compliant gasoline and diesel models.

The City and County of Denver fleet was among the first in the country to incorporate hybrid-electric vehicles into its operations. Photo: Pat Corkery, NREL. On the Road to Clean Air in The Mile-High City

By Julie Sutor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Denver is home to the country’s second-oldest Clean Cities coalition, which draws on 20 years’ worth of expertise and partnerships to reduce petroleum use.

 

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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