Green Fleet – Issue

July 2014

Cover Story By Stephane Babcock
Evolving Alt-Fuel Infrastructure

The current state of alternative-fuel infrastructure continues to evolve thanks to market-driven policies, emerging fuels and technologies, and government and manufacturer collaborations.

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Features

Buyers of the Cadillac ELR (above), Chevrolet Volt or Chevrolet Spark EV receive a ChargePoint card that allows access to more than 17,000 charging stations nationwide, most of them at Cadillac Offers ELRs Access to Charging Stations

By Shelley Mika

Cadillac partnered with ChargePoint to offer ELR drivers access to more than 17,000 charging stations worldwide— making it easier for luxury car drivers to power their EVs.

The CEI Group has worked with its 4,000-shop network to repair more than 1,200 electric vehicles, including this Chevrolet Volt. Photo: The CEI Group CEI Hits All-Electric Vehicle Repair Milestone

Repairing all-electric vehicles poses extreme hazards for technicians. If not handled correctly, repairing one of these vehicles could result in an electrical shock.

The FirstElement Fuel Management Team — (L-R) Shane Stephens-Romero, Joel Ewanick, and Tim Brown — is working closely with Toyota to expand fuel cell adoption in Califo Toyota Helps Advance Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

By Cheryl Knight

Toyota Motor Sales supports California's hydrogen fueling initiative by dedicating funds to FirstElement Fuel, which will build 19 public stations.

Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition Executive Director Kellie Walsh (left) and Indiana Rep. Randy Frye (far right) celebrate passage of legislation to support the use of alternative fuels. Indiana CNG Tax Break Earns Recognition

By Ernest Tucker

The Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition worked with a state representative to boost fleet incentives to use natural-gas vehicles.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Secretary Lynn Peterson charges up WSDOT’s first Nissan LEAF. The state expects to realize more than $2,500 per EV over their operational Washington State DOT Increases Alt-Fuel Fleet with New EVs

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has become the first state agency in the nation to ink a deal to acquire five of the all-new Nissan LEAF electric vehicles.

NW Natural will test new CNG tank technology from EnerG2 to see whether it’s viable in real-world scenarios, particularly for fleet applications. Photo: NW Natural NW Natural to Test 'Absorbed' Storage Systems

By Joanne Tucker

Natural gas tanks and compressors have been fairly standardized in the past few years due to the pressure needed to fill an on-board tank. But, a new tank could drastically change the market.

Fleets See the Bottom-Line Benefit of Going Green

By Chris Wolski

Fleets across the board have seen the operational and bottom-line benefits of going green. With several years behind them, fleets have learned sustainability involves being flexible and analytical.

PG&E has been testing the plug-in pickups and vans from VIA Motors, and plans to make additional purchases. Photos courtesy of VIA. Fleets Testing VIA Motors' Electric Hybrids

By Paul Clinton

The vehicle modifier is expanding production of its extended-range vehicles to meet the growing demand from fleet customers, who are lining up and ready to commit to the hybrid-electric work vehicles.

Lessons Learned from Clean Cities Community EV Readiness Projects

By Stephane Babcock

With the help of Clean Cities, communities in 24 states learned what it takes to create an electric vehicle infrastructure to meet the growing demand of this next-generation alt-fuel option.

 
 

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
It is Critical to Get Out of Your Office to Assess Vehicle Usage Issues

By Mike Antich
Many view fleet management as being a desk job, but it is more than that. When trouble-shooting fleet problems, such as increased costs for a particular user group, it is important to identify the root cause, which often requires on-site visual inspection of fleet assets and how they are being utilized.

Why the Fleet Manager Should be the Gatekeeper to Procurement

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
Setting Your Standard for Customer Service

By Joe Thompson
How does your customer service measure up against other companies’ efforts, whether they are in your industry or outside of it?

School Buses Graduate to Alternative Fuels

By Joe Thompson