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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Features

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.

 

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Blog

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

Nobody Asked Me, But...

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