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
Upward Pressure on Fleet Costs Threatens to Increase TCO

By Mike Antich
Recently, I conducted a survey of several hundred fleet managers to identify emerging industry trends. One recurrent theme expressed by fleet managers was the concern that fleet costs are starting to experience upward pricing pressures. Here's what they told me.

How to Minimize Unauthorized Use of Corporate Assets

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

By Mike Antich
The Chevrolet Equinox adds a 1.6L four-cylinder turbo diesel to its lineup of engine choices for 2018. The fuel-efficient turbo diesel generates 137 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed automatic.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown
Fleets are often the beta testers of the vehicle market. That shift away from compact sedans we saw in the fleet market a few years ago is playing out in real time in the retail market right now.

Keep Realistic Fleet Expectations

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