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
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