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Extending Vehicle Service Life Negatively Impacts Sustainability Goals

February 3, 2014

The long-term trend in vehicle cycling for commercial fleets has been a gradual increase in vehicle service lives. An increasing number of companies cut costs by extending vehicle replacement cycles so cash flow can be diverted to other expenditures. When extending vehicle cycles, the most significant (and uncertain) expense is the impact on the maintenance budget. Another argument against extended replacement cycling, albeit less vocalized, is the impact on corporate sustainability.

Tags: Sustainability, CAFE Standards, Service Lives, OEMs, Fleet Budgeting

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, February 3, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Weight Reduction as a Green Fleet Strategy

November 22, 2011

There's a direct correlation between vehicle weight, fuel consumption, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Every pound of extra weight requires an engine to work harder, increasing fuel consumption and, as a consequence, increasing tailpipe emissions. For instance, an extra 100 lbs. in vehicle weight can reduce mpg up to 2 percent. If you reduce vehicle weight, you reduce fuel consumption,and, by default, you will decrease emissions. Here are some ways to put your fleet on a "diet."

Tags: Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, November 22, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Pros & Cons of New Medium- & Heavy-Duty Truck Fuel Standards

September 30, 2011

Medium- and heavy-duty trucks comprise 4 percent of the total vehicles on the road, but account for 20 percent of the fuel consumed and 20 percent of the greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by the transportation sector. Now, for the first-time ever, fuel economy standards for heavy- and medium-duty trucks over 8,500 lbs. will be regulated by the federal government. Here are the pros and cons of this new mandate.

Tags: CAFE Standards, Truck Fuel Standards, GHG emissions

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, September 30, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Proposed 2025 CAFE Standards to be the Catalyst for the Increased Hybridization of Fleets

August 8, 2011

The 2025 CAFE rules will have a dramatic impact on the types of future vehicles in fleet operations. Currently, no OEM can meet the 2025 CAFE standard of 54.5 mpg, which will double the average EPA-rated fuel economy for all OEMs selling vehicles in the U.S. in less than two decades. Today, only a handful of models get 39 mpg or more. To achieve this standard, the government plans to incentivize the use of advanced technologies, such as hybrid powertrains and vehicle electrification.

Tags: PHEV, CAFE Standards, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, August 8, 2011 4:05 PM | » Comments(0)

The Impact of CAFE on Fleet Procurement

May 31, 2011

I foresee fleet procurement patterns changing due to impending federal-mandated corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards in 2016 and 2025. Government CAFE mandates for higher fuel economy, coupled with higher fuel prices, will change the vehicle portfolio mix offered by many OEMs, which in turn will ultimately change the asset composition of tomorrow’s fleets.

Tags: fleet procurement, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Antich, CAFE Standards

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 31, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

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