Green Fleet – Issue

September 2014

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher and Chris Wolski
2015 Alt-Fuel Vehicle Introductions

If there's one common denominator in all of this year's alt-fuel offerings it's efficiency, which extends from the fuel type to include advanced materials and design.

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Features

Linen Supply Fleet Adopts CNG, Propane Vehicles

By Shelley Mika

With a corporate mindset aimed toward sustainability, the family-owned business has invested in alternative-fuel vehicles, including both compressed natural gas and propane autogas models.

Stop-Start Engine Technology for 2015-MY

By Lauren Fletcher and Chris Wolski

Chrysler Group is offering fuel-saving engine stop-start (ESS) technology as standard equipment on certain models of the 2015 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV and all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan.

Volkswagen's 2.0L Four-Cylinder TDI Clean Diesel Engine

By Lauren Fletcher and Chris Wolski

Called the EA288, the 2.0L four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine is all-new for 2015. The new engine will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta, all of which are set to arrive in dealer showrooms in the second half of 2014.

This 24-hour CNG fueling station located in Thousand Palms, Calif., is part of a network of seven CNG stations throughout the Coachella Valley region available to the general public. Photo via Sunline Transit Agency Coachella Valley Tunes in & Turns up Alternative-Fuel Usage

By Kendall Septon

Most famous for its rock and roll festival, California’s Coachella Valley is also building its reputation as an alt-fuel fleet hot spot.

Photo: L.A. Auto Show 2014 Green Fleet Car and Truck of the Year Awards

By Mike Antich

The winners of the car and truck awards will be selected via an online ballot by the readers of Green Fleet and Automotive Fleet magazines. In addition, one two fleets will also be recognized for “Innovations in Sustainability.”

 

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
U.S. Fleet Upfitting Industry Experiencing Uptick in Consolidation

By Mike Antich
The fleet industry in the United States is no stranger to acquisitions and mergers as we have witnessed with the decades long consolidation occurring among fleet leasing and management companies, automotive OEMs and their suppliers, and daily rental companies. The same holds true for the upfitting industry, which, in the first eight months of 2017, witnessed an uptick in acquisitions.

How to Control Rogue Spending in Fleet

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2018 Toyota C-HR

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The all-new Toyota C-HR enters the competitive compact SUV market with an eye-catching exterior. Toyota’s Safety Sense System comes standard; it includes safety features like pre-collision and lane-departure alerts and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

By Sherb Brown

Fuel for Thought

Joe Thompson
How the VW Settlement Funding Can Benefit Your Fleet

By Joe Thompson
Part of the settlement required VW to establish and fund an Environmental Mitigation Trust. Over the next 10 years, the trust will fund environmental mitigation projects that specifically reduce emissions of NOx.

Listen Up (or Lose)

By Joe Thompson