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
Don't Underutilize the Expertise of Your Suppliers

By Mike Antich
For many managers responsible for vehicle operations, fleet management is often one of several job responsibilities. These managers acknowledge that it is difficult to stay on top of changes in vehicle design, powertrains, onboard safety technology, telematics capabilities, and regulatory changes that impact fleet operations. Despite this recognition, a common mistake made by many of these managers is underutilizing the subject-matter expertise of current and/or prospective suppliers.

The Future of Fleet is Managing the Connected Vehicle Ecosystem

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Volvo XC60

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 XC60 arrives as the mid-size sibling of the XC90 in a stylish update that includes a bevy of new safety features, infotainment tech, and a well laid-out cabin.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Ready or Not, Electrification Is Coming

By Sherb Brown
We’re not where we need to be with battery technology and the whole herd seems to be betting that a magical new solution will appear in time to save us all. I sure hope they are right.

Fair and Balanced

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
How the VW Settlement Funding Can Benefit Your Fleet

By Joe Thompson
Part of the settlement required VW to establish and fund an Environmental Mitigation Trust. Over the next 10 years, the trust will fund environmental mitigation projects that specifically reduce emissions of NOx.

Listen Up (or Lose)

By Joe Thompson