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The Economics of Natural Gas Vehicles

When considering an alternative-fuel vehicle option, such as natural gas, there may be some additional up-front costs; however, overall lifecycle costs are proving the decision to be a sound option.

2015 F-150 Rated Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint

The 2015 Ford F-150 has been rated to have the lowest impact on the environment, lowest cost of ownership, and the top-rated production chain in terms of social justice among full-size pickup trucks, according to an automotive research firm.

Energy Department Launches Vehicle Cost Calculator

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has launched a new vehicle cost calculator and accompanying widget. These online tools are now available on DOE's Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC), currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Gas, Hybrid and Diesel: A Lifecycle Cost Analysis

Higher fuel prices and moderating acquisition costs have improved hybrids’ return on investment in recent years. Diesels step into the “green” spotlight with new models and strong lifecycle costs.

A ‘Cash for Clunkers Program’ for Work Trucks

Turnover in diesel fleets happens slowly. The average service life for a medium-duty truck is 5-10 years, while a short-haul owner-operator heavy-duty truck typically has the lifespan of 18-20 years. Despite the 2007 and 2010 diesel emission standards, tens of thousands of older, dirtier trucks will remain on the road into the next decade. Is there a way to accelerate the turnover of pre-2007 diesel trucks? One way is a Cash for Clunkers program specifically for work trucks.

Deferring Vehicle Replacements is Counter-Productive to the Intended Goal

During economic uncertainty, senior management demands expense reductions and limits capital expenditures. Since fleet is usually among the top 10 corporate capital expenditures, there is pressure to defer vehicle replacements. However, this cost-containment strategy misses the point that all fleet-related expenses, both fixed and operating, are influenced by when a vehicle is replaced. Cost reductions in acquisitions are often offset by rising costs elsewhere.

How Will Future Residual Values Impact Hybrid

While hybrids can reduce fleet fuel expense, the two other major fleet expenses — maintenance/repair and depreciation — must also be considered to determine if hybrids are the answer to reducing overall fleet costs.