Green Fleet – Issue

September 2013

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
2014-MY Expands Fleets' OEM Green Options

The 2014 model-year will see all-new hybrid, electric, extended-range electric, compressed natural gas (CNG), diesel, and even some highly fuel-efficient gasoline models.

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FedEx is using hybrid-electric and other alt-fuel vehicles to achieve its 2020 sustainability goals of 30-percent increased fuel efficiency. FedEx Sets New Environmental Goal

By Chris Wolski

The package delivery giant exceeds its initial 2020 sustainability goals nearly eight years early through a combination of rightsizing, eco-driving techniques, and innovation. The company has upped its environmental ante by 50 percent.

Monarch Beverage has made a long-term commitment toward compressed natural gas (CNG) and is building its own CNG fuel station with two islands. CNG Trucks Save Monarch Beverage More Than $2 Million in Annual Fuel Costs

The beer and wine distribution company converted 85 percent of its fleet to compressed natural gas, with a goal to have more than 90 percent of its fleet fueled by CNG by 2015.

Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits for Fleets

By Richard Battersby, University of California, Davis

Many eligible fleets may be leaving money on the table by not filing for alternative-fuel tax credits. The filing process isn’t as tricky as it may appear to be.

Central Oklahoma Clean Cities (COCC) Coordinator Yvonne Anderson (second from left) cuts the ribbon, dedicating two CNG refuse trucks for use by the City of Norman, Okla. An Alt-Fuel Pioneer in Oklahoma

By Julie Sutor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Central Oklahoma Clean Cities’ Yvonne Anderson has played a critical role in establishing alternative fuels in the Sooner State.

A delivery truck driver of one of UPS’ 96,176 vehicles worldwide — including delivery trucks, vans, tractors, and motorcycles — fuels a tractor with liquefied natural gas (LNG).</ UPS Has an Alt-Fuel Ambition

By Shelley Mika

UPS sets a new goal of driving 1 billion miles in alt-fuel vehicles by 2017, benefiting the environmental, social, and economical aspects of sustainability.

Lewis Pest Control uses a Prins bi-fuel propane autogas system, which starts on gasoline and switches to propane autogas after the engine heats up. Paths to Propane Autogas

By Chris Brown

Four fleets share their stories on the process of acquiring and converting vehicles to propane autogas and building their fueling infrastructure.

CenterPoint Energy began its natural gas initiative in 2011 and expects to have 85 natural gas trucks, mostly ½-ton pickups, by the end of 2013. 5 Factors to Consider When Converting to an NGV Fleet

By Sean Lyden

With its lower cost, ability to reduce smog-producing pollutants, and its status as an abundant domestic fuel source, more fleets are looking at switching over to natural gas. There are five factors to consider before making the leap to the domestically produced alt fuel.

What Is the Future of Electric Vehicles in Fleet?

By Chris Wolski

With improvements in battery technology, public interest, and a better understanding of the vehicle technology, the future looks bright for electrified vehicles in fleet.



Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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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