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
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