November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story
FedEx Freight’s Green fleet program includes efforts to make the current fleet more efficient, and investing in and testing alternative fuel vehicles. It’s investing in trailer skirts and EPA SmartWay low-rolling-resistance tires. Drivers are educated on fuel-efficient driving habits, such as progressive shifting, cruise control and idle reduction. It’s currently beta testing two all-LNG powered tractors in its linehaul operations, and pilot testing two all CNG-powered tractors in local operations. Electric-hybrid box trucks are being used in local operations, with plans to test all-electric box trucks as well. Some locations use electric and hydrogen-powered forklift fleets.
Florida Power & Light
Juno Beach, Fla.
Florida Power & Light owns one of the largest green vehicle fleets in the nation with 1,750 biodiesel-powered vehicles and 550 plug-in or hybrid electric vehicles. FPL is the largest user of biodiesel in Florida, using 2 million gallons annually and reducing CO2 emissions by 3,407 metric tons in 2012. In addition, 18% of FPL’s bucket-truck fleet is hybrid or plug-in electric – saving up to 60% of the fuel used by traditional trucks, and reducing exhaust emissions up to 90% when also using biodiesel. On top of that, 92% of FPL’s light-duty fleet is hybrid or plug-in electric, reducing petroleum use by 295,000 gallons and CO2 emissions by 2,500 metric tons in 2012 alone.
Frito-Lay, A Division of Pepsico
Out of about 1,100 Class 7-8 trucks and tractors, this 2012 SmartWay Excellence Award winner runs 208 dedicated CNG vehicles. Out of 14,000 Class 3-6 trucks and vans, 200 are propane, 280 are electric. The company has reduced fuel usage by over 18% since the start of its sustainability work; in the U.S., Frito-Lay hopes to reduce its total fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2020, compared to 2007 baseline. It says it has the largest all-electric delivery fleet and one of the largest natural gas Class 7/8 fleets. In 2013, the company will break ground on seven public CNG fueling stations.
GTI has 2,000 heavy-duty vehicles, and its trucks have the full aerodynamic package. Each three-axle sleeper truck has a TriPac APU for heating and A/C without main engine idle. The entire fleet runs on fuel-efficient, low-rolling-resistance tires. Currently, 80% of trailers are outfitted with trailer skirts, and that will be 100% within 24 months.
Gordon Trucking's trailers are outfitted with trailer skirts, low-rolling-resistance tires and automatic tire inflation systems.
The shop recycles all waste oil, coolant, batteries, metals, tires, and other items, even filtering and reuses the fuel from filters removed at PM. Automatic tire inflation systems are installed on all trailers purchased since 2008 (3,500 trailers). All shop heating has been replaced with infrared heating and all shop lighting with high-efficiency lighting.
Green Energy Oilfield Services
Green Energy says it’s the largest LNG fleet in Texas. Working with Rush Enterprises, the fleet has 84 LNG trucks out of a total of 97 Class 7-8 trucks and tractors. It’s using the vacuum and frac trucks to support natural-gas producers such as XTO, and worked with Clean Energy Fuels to build a natural gas fueling station at its headquarters in the Freestone oil region of Central Texas. Future plans include development of additional LNG truck fueling stations in the Barnett (Fort Worth), Haynesville (Marshall), and Eagle Ford Shale (Laredo) petroleum-producing areas of Texas.