Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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www.truckinginfo.com NOVEMBER 2014 • HDT 59 D iesel and gasoline prices have sta- bilized and even fallen, but that's not stopping the nation's forward- looking fleets from doing everything they can to save on fuel and improve their sustainability efforts. After all, fuel is still one of the largest expenses a fleet has, and the sustainability image appeals to shippers, customers and the general public. For some fleets, that means alternative fuels. For others, it means striving for that 10-mpg goal for a Class 8 truck. At other fleets, it's all about right-sizing the fleet and vehicles and route optimization, or haul- ing more freight in the same number of trailers. We asked fleets, through e-mails, posts on social media, stories on Truckinginfo.com and in our daily Headline News e-newsletter, to fill out a short online survey about their vehicles, alternative fuels and other green initiatives. We also considered other fleets that were clearly leaders in the field. All had to operate at least some heavy-duty trucks, but many have large numbers of medium- and even light-duty vehicles as well. We wanted to highlight fleets that are ahead of the curve in their sustainability efforts, and we gave extra attention to activities in the past year. We did not include leasing fleets, but want to note that leasing companies such as Ryder and PacLease have been instrumental in helping many fleets make the move into alternative fuels and develop the most fuel-efficient specs. Our goal was to incorporate a wide variety of sizes, types and vocations of fleets, as well as a broad spectrum of "green" strategies. Sizes range from the for-hire mega-fleet Schneider down to the 45-truck private fleet Performance Transportation LLC. Green facilities also played into the results this year, with recycling programs, energy-efficient lighting, solar panels and more. HDT honored many of this year's winners in a ceremony during the Green Fleet Conference last month in Schaumburg, Ill. In alphabetical order, here are HDT 's Top 50 Green Fleets for 2015. AMERIPRIDE SERVICES Minnetonka, Minn. Private fleet With a 2,000-plus fleet with vehicles of all sizes covering the U.S. and Canada, the textile rental company says there's no single alternative fuel that fits all situa- tions. It has tested CNG, propane, hybrid electric, biodiesel, hydraulic hybrid and pure electric vehicles and will be buying all of the tested technologies over the next three to five years. Idle reduction program- ming for diesel vehicles newer than 2008 and idle control devices for gasoline-powered step vans newer than 2011 have saved more than $2 million in excess idling over the past three years. Trailer skirting has been added to all trailers that travel over 50 miles per trip, and double-decker trailers increase shuttle payloads by 60%. ANHEUSER-BUSCH St. Louis, Mo. Private fleet Anheuser-Busch last year laid out a five-year path to sustain- ability, and its private fleet, which has more than 600 vehicles, is part of that plan. By 2017, its goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in logistics operations globally by 15% per hectoliter from a 2013 base- line. It's collaborating with part- ners to share fleets in the U.S. and Brazil to reduce empty mileage on return trips and take advantage of complementary supply chains and customer footprints. The company Anheuser-Busch is using natu- ral gas as part of an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goal.

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