Green Fleet – Issue

May 2013

Cover Story By Chris Wolski
On the Quest for Green Dollars

For fleets struggling to find the funds to buy alt-fuel vehicles, there is money available. All it takes to get it is to formulate a plan, build relationships, and pay attention to the details.

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Schindler chose the Prius hybrid-electric sedan for its reduced emissions and safety features. Schindler Elevator Puts Sustainability First

By Greg Basich

Schindler Elevator is replacing its gasoline-only U.S. sales segment of its fleet with 500 hybrid-electric Prius sedans as part of its global sustainability plan. The company expects significantly reduced emissions as a result of this change.

A hybrid school bus from Napa Valley USD. Napa Valley USD's Hybrid School Buses = Efficiency

By Cheryl Knight

The California unified school district (USD) saves a significant amount in fuel costs each year thanks to its CNG, plug-in hybrid, and other alternative-fuel vehicles. The CNG models alone have saved the district more than $105,000 per year.

Jim Ruby, facilities management fleet director for the University of California, San Diego, charges one of the school’s five Nissan LEAFs, acquired as part of the University’s “Ta EVs Meet the Real World

By By Chris Brown and Grace Suizo

Five Nissan LEAF users share their driving experiences. Is reality matching expectations?

Large & Recharged: Top Electric Fleets

By Grace Suizo

Electric and hybrid vehicles have found a home in several of the country’s largest commercial fleet operations.

Since launching in 2012, has been helping fleets sell their out-of-service alternative-fuel vehicles. Taking Alt-Fuel Vehicle Resale Online

By Chris Wolski

Following a tried-and-true model for conventionally fueled vehicles, is giving fleets a selling platform to directly connect with buyers in and out of fleet.

GE is in the process of adding 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi models to its fleet, and is well on its way to meeting its 2015 sustainability goals. GE Expands Electric Fleet With Ford C-MAX Energi

By Chris Wolski

GE has plans to add 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrids, which will join its Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius models. The fleet will also be adding other alt-fueled vehicles as part of its ongoing ecomagination program.

Performance specifications, which should have been established when the station was designed, are the basis of an effective operation and maintenance (O&M) program for any compressed natural ga Why CNG Station Performance Specifications Are Critical for Maintenance Technicians

By Annalloyd Thomason, NGVi

Seven areas of specifications that CNG maintenance technicians must have access to effectively perform his or her job are highlighted.

The City of Trussville, Ala., fuels its 40 CNG fleet vehicles at this Chevron station. The city-owned utility supplies natural gas to the station, which is open to the public. Green Home Alabama

By By Julie Sutor, National Renewable Energy Laborato

Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition has been helping fleets get the most out of their alternative-fuel options.

Jason Ebert, GO Riteway’s fleet and facilities coordinator, stands next to the company’s new propane refueling station, which was funded entirely through a Clean Cities grant. Inside the Green Fleet Decision Process

By Chris Brown

With a directive to go green, numerous fleet applications, and so many alternative-fuel and power options, what’s a fleet manager to do? Work the grants system, fit the vehicle to the task, and calculate a favorable ROI.


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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Autonomous Vehicles will Create a Radical Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Design

By Mike Antich
My prediction is that autonomous vehicles will create a paradigm shift in vehicle design, whereby interior design will become the primary brand differentiator in the future. What will drive this paradigm shift is that future autonomous vehicle design will focus primarily on the passenger and not the driver. This will create a tectonic shift in vehicle design with ramifications that will take decades to fully play out.

Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
School Buses Graduate to Alternative Fuels

By Joe Thompson
What “little thing” in your product or service might change everything?

Can Sheep Keep Secrets?

By Joe Thompson