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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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich
The co-existence between autonomous and human-controlled vehicles (along with others who use public roads) will bring new issues into play, primarily because self-driving vehicles will be built to be inherently law-abiding and risk averse. As we approach this new era, the question is how seamlessly will autonomous and human-controlled vehicles co-exist? One thing is certain, as we trail blaze new ground, so too will we trail blaze new problems.

What Fleet Managers Can Learn from a Navy SEAL

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
Listen Up (or Lose)

By Joe Thompson
Are you really a good listener? How good could your team be if you practiced listening to one another?

Find Your Path to Promotion

By Joe Thompson