Green Fleet – Issue

November 2013

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40 Sustainability All-Stars

Join us in acknowledging the 2013 group of 40 Sustainability All-Stars for all they do to help green fleets and sustain the environment.

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The Westport WiNG Power System is available in the popular Ford F-250 (right) and F-350 Super Duty pickup trucks (based on Ford’s new 6.2L hardened engine platform). Ford F-150/Super Duty Natural Gas Models

By Lauren Fletcher

One large independent oil and gas exploration company discusses its use of the F-250 Super Duty WiNG natural gas powered pickup truck.

The GEM electric vehicle will be used for numerous tasks that take rangers around the Mammoth Cave Campground and the Visitor Center area. Going Green in the Bluegrass State

By By Julie Sutor, NREL

Clean Cities’ longest-serving coordinator is paving the way for alternative fuels and advanced vehicles in Kentucky.

Georgia Tech researchers used a Smith Newton battery-electric delivery truck similar to the one above to study the total cost of ownership for medium-duty battery-electric delivery vehicles versus Duel on the Delivery Route: Diesel vs. Electric

By Shelley Mika

A recent Georgia Tech study found that the total cost of ownership for medium-duty battery-electric and diesel urban delivery trucks were similar in every performance area except in city driving, where electric vehicles edged out diesel.

Since 2008, Michelin has donated more than 1,400 tires to help equipYellowstone National Park’s fleet of 800 vehicles. Michelin Helps Yellowstone Park Foundation Keep on Rolling

More than 1,400 tires have been donated to the national park, resulting in fuels savings of as much as 20 percent since 2009, which translates into an emissions savings of more than 4 tons of CO2.

The New York City Department of Transportation has nine Kenworth T270 hybrid diesel-electric bucket trucks in service. NYC Turns Other Fleets Green with Envy

Running 74 percent of its vehicles on some form of alternative fuel, NYC Parks’ fleet vehicles are aggressively working to meet emissions-reduction goals.

The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi SE recycles its energy with regenerative braking, which recharges its 7.6kW lithium ion battery by capturing 90 percent of the vehicle’s braking energy that would PHEVs Generating Momentum

Having the option to use both gasoline and electricity provides fleet managers with the best of both worlds — increased fuel economy and elimination of range anxiety.

Lithium-ion batteries have high power and energy. The Latest Developments in EV Battery Technology

Electric vehicle battery manufacturers are increasing research and development and looking at potential technologies.

Companies such as Qualcomm and Evatran are working to develop dynamic charging in the U.S. to make charging effortless and to bring EVs to the mass market. Dynamic charging has been demonstrated in Wireless EV Charging Stations Cut the Cord

By Sean Lyden

The latest developments in wireless electric vehicle charging eliminate fueling station clutter and reduce the risk of equipment damage.


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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Autonomous Vehicles will Create a Radical Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Design

By Mike Antich
My prediction is that autonomous vehicles will create a paradigm shift in vehicle design, whereby interior design will become the primary brand differentiator in the future. What will drive this paradigm shift is that future autonomous vehicle design will focus primarily on the passenger and not the driver. This will create a tectonic shift in vehicle design with ramifications that will take decades to fully play out.

Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
School Buses Graduate to Alternative Fuels

By Joe Thompson
What “little thing” in your product or service might change everything?

Can Sheep Keep Secrets?

By Joe Thompson