Green Fleet – Issue

January 2014

Cover Story By Stephane Babcock
Become Green-Minded

“Going green” is not always about buying the latest and greatest alt-fuel vehicles. Companies must also look at how fuel efficiency, TCO and infrastructure costs affect their choices.

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Features

Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition Co-coordinator Aaron Brown fills up the Metropolitan Energy Center’s compressed natural gas (CNG) van. Kansas City is Kicking the Petroleum Habit

By Julie Sutor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition is helping fleets transition to alternative fuels.

Staples currently utilizes 53 Smith Newton battery-power electric trucks in or near eight cities across the U.S. on routes that include frequent stops and limited miles. The State of All-Electric Trucks in the U.S. Medium-Duty Market

By Sean Lyden

More and more vehicle manufacturers are entering the electric vehicle market, but will companies be able to provide a medium-duty option that lives up to its gasoline-powered predecessor?

ROUSH CleanTech: Three Years of Steady Growth

By Lauren Fletcher

Officially founded in 2010, ROUSH CleanTech offers 14 vehicle models and has grown from its start of six employees to a current total of 80.

Utilizing telematics in fleet operations can help reduce the number of miles driven, incidents of vehicle idling, and overall fuel costs and wear-and-tear on a vehicle. 5 Ways to Use Telematics to Green Your Fleets

By Sean Lyden

Companies are able to use telematics solutions to lessen the carbon footprint of their vehicle fleets as well as reduce overall fuel consumption.

 

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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