Green Fleet – Issue

March 2014

Cover Story By Staff
Thinking of Going Electric?

Before adding electric vehicles, fleet managers must ensure they’re prepared for what to expect.

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Features

Using GPS tracking capability, Benfield Electric can schedule vehicles for jobs in the same area on a given day. The company also utilizes an idle-time report. Behavior Modification Drives Green Fleet Goals

By Shelley Mika

Accomplishing corporate sustainability goals has a lot to do with fuel type and vehicle choice, but it can also come down to who is in the driver’s seat of the fleet’s vehicles.

Newport Biodiesel produces fuel from waste vegetable oil collected from more than 1,700 restaurant partners in the New England area. Smallest State Gears Up for Big Transportation Impacts

By Julie Sutor, National Renewable Energy Laborat

Ocean State Clean Cities Coalition is working with fleets throughout Rhode Island to accelerate the use of alternative fuels.

The City of Sacramento’s fleet department has reduced gasoline consumption by 10 percent since 2011 and increased the use of compressed natural gas. Sacramento Takes the Green Leap

By Stephane Babcock

The City of Sacramento has taken its “going green” goals to a new level, and it’s been able to prove the benefits along the way.

The Honda FCX Clarity utilizes a fuel cell similar to the illustration pictured above. The Future of Fuel Cells in Fleet

By Sean Lyden

Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles will eventually be coming down the pipeline; however, while necessary infrastructure is still a way off, some fleets may be able to utilize these units soon.

Because compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders are pressurized, special precautions must be made to ensure proper maintenance. The Useful Life of a CNG Cylinder

By Shelley Mika

With a lifecycle of approximately 15 to 20 years, there are a number of important factors to consider when determining if a compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinder has ended its useful life.

Altering Upfit Specs to Reduce Fuel Costs

By Sean Lyden

From utilizing alternative fuels to decreasing vehicle weight to increasing vehicle aerodynamics, there are several options for fleet managers looking to reduce fuel costs through chassis and upfit specs.

News

AMP Americas to Help Haul Milk with CNG

AMP Americas recently announced that it has signed a deal with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Select Milk Producers to convert a portion of their diesel needs to compressed natural gas (CNG) by working with haulers to convert their fleets to CNG-powered trucks.

 

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Institutionalizing Cost-Control Strategies

By Mike Antich
Senior management exerts intense pressure on fleet managers to control and/or reduce vehicle acquisition and operating expenses. To accomplish this, a fleet managers can pursue three different cost-control strategies — cost savings, cost deferral, or cost avoidance. In order to implement a successful cost-control strategy you need to institutionalize the mechanisms to curb money-wasting behaviors.

Lessons Learned from Great Fleet Managers

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

By Paul Clinton
BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Who’s Up Next?

By Sherb Brown
Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
Find Your Path to Promotion

By Joe Thompson
Everyone’s experience on the job is different, but, in general, careers tend to progress along a common path.

Target Your Team by Pointing Toward Goals

By Joe Thompson