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Planning to Green your Fleet? Look Before You Leap
Today, an increasing number of fleets are planning to go green. But, what really constitutes “green”? Some fleet managers believe that, in order to be green, the fleet must operate hybrids, pure electrics, or use a clean alternative fuel. All of these alternatives can, indeed, be environmentally friendly; however, in reality, any initiative that significantly reduces a fleet’s environmental impact can be considered green. For example, a conventional fleet that reduces fuel consumption by 35 percent through better specifications and improved utilization is, potentially, just as green as a fleet that converted to hybrids or an alternative fuel.
EPA Proposes New Tier 3 Emissions Standards That Would Start in 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new Tier 3 tailpipe and fuel standards that are designed to reduce emissions and the sulfur content in gasoline. The proposed standards would go into effect in 2017 if approved as-is.
Energy Information Administration Releases Annual Alt-Fuel Vehicle Report
The U. S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its new annual “Alternative Fuel Vehicle” report with data for 2011. Overall consumption of alternative transportation fuels increased almost 13% in 2011, to a total of 515,920 thousand gasoline-equivalent gallons, compared to 457,755 thousand gasoline-equivalent gallons in 2010.