Green Fleet – Issue

November 2013

Cover Story By Staff
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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Features

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
Don't Underutilize the Expertise of Your Suppliers

By Mike Antich
For many managers responsible for vehicle operations, fleet management is often one of several job responsibilities. These managers acknowledge that it is difficult to stay on top of changes in vehicle design, powertrains, onboard safety technology, telematics capabilities, and regulatory changes that impact fleet operations. Despite this recognition, a common mistake made by many of these managers is underutilizing the subject-matter expertise of current and/or prospective suppliers.

The Future of Fleet is Managing the Connected Vehicle Ecosystem

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Volvo XC60

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 XC60 arrives as the mid-size sibling of the XC90 in a stylish update that includes a bevy of new safety features, infotainment tech, and a well laid-out cabin.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Ready or Not, Electrification Is Coming

By Sherb Brown
We’re not where we need to be with battery technology and the whole herd seems to be betting that a magical new solution will appear in time to save us all. I sure hope they are right.

Fair and Balanced

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