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Getting an handle on EV options

May 23, 2011
One fundamental question that dogs many fleets seeking to dig up information on alternative fuel options for their operations is this: where does one start looking? There are many association websites, of course – NGVAmerica for natural gas ...

One fundamental question that dogs many fleets seeking to dig up information on alternative fuel options for their operations is this: where does one start looking?

There are many association websites, of course – NGVAmerica for natural gas vehicles is on that springs to my mind – but ones that give a quick snap-read concerning electric vehicle (EV) options out there are far and few between.

That’s changing, however – and GE Capital Fleet Services provides a great example. The company recently launched what it’s dubbed an “Eco Website” dedicated to reviewing EVs and various services associated with these vehicles.

GE Capital said its website provides information, tools and educational materials to serve as a resource to help companies with greening their vehicle fleets – along with sections dedicated to what it calls “Business Solutions” and “Driver Solutions” to educate fleets and drivers on alternative vehicles and environmental performance.

The “Business Solution” section, by the way, is designed to offer strategies, solutions and tools to fleets including a Fleet Manager Guide, Eco Monitor and an Electric Vehicle Summary, GE Capital said.

The Fleet Manager Guide offers steps on developing a plan to reduce a fleet’s fuel consumption and carbon emissions, while the Eco Monitor is a quarterly update on current environmental topics and trends, according to the company – allowing fleet managers to stay informed about new and upcoming EV offerings.

Within the “Driver Solution” are tips, tools and strategies are offered to fleets in order to help them improve driving habits and environmental efficiency, GE Capital noted. Tools available include a Driver Eco Guide, to help increase awareness of environmentally inefficient driving habits such as rapid acceleration and excessive idle time, the company added

There’s even a safety guide as well, which offers alternative vehicle maintenance tips in addition to relevant safety information for operating battery-powered vehicles.

All of this information helps fleets make better decisions about what could work – and what would NOT work – for their operations. And that spares everyone a lot of headaches (not to mention money), which is always a good thing.

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Sean Kilcarr 1 | Senior Editor

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