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
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