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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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.


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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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