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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Features

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, AFVResale.com 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, AFVResale.com 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
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

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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