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
Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich
The co-existence between autonomous and human-controlled vehicles (along with others who use public roads) will bring new issues into play, primarily because self-driving vehicles will be built to be inherently law-abiding and risk averse. As we approach this new era, the question is how seamlessly will autonomous and human-controlled vehicles co-exist? One thing is certain, as we trail blaze new ground, so too will we trail blaze new problems.

What Fleet Managers Can Learn from a Navy SEAL

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
Listen Up (or Lose)

By Joe Thompson
Are you really a good listener? How good could your team be if you practiced listening to one another?

Find Your Path to Promotion

By Joe Thompson