The Seattle Fire Department’s vehicle change out is part of the city’s Drive Clean initiative, which calls for adding cleaner fuels and electric cars to the city’s entire fleet.
“Our president wanted to find a way to reduce carbon emissions, but also make people sensitive and aware of the carbon emissions they are putting out, whether it is from lights, air conditioning or vehicle use. The idea was to set the baseline and monitor it over time.”
In addition to a more than 50% reduction in NOx emissions, the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System reduces carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) by 20%, providing immediate benefits for companies aiming to meet sustainability goals.
“We did some research and were impressed with the product,” says Szymczak, general manager of Climatemp Service Group. “We had never used any type of alternative fuel or never had any hybrid vehicles in the fleet.”
Green Fleet of the Month: The choice any fleet makes to go green involves many variables.
Yale University is considering applying its self-imposed carbon tax program to its fleet to measure emissions and penalize heavier users, its fleet manager said. Yale launched the program earlier this year to levy charges against several departments.
See how XL Hybrids helped The City of Seattle use hybrid electric ambulances to replace diesel powered, high-utilization medic/aid vans.
XL Hybrids Inc., has introduced a hybrid-electric, low-floor shuttle bus with ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, and the City of Winston-Salem, N.C., has already placed an order.
XL Link is being used by fleet vehicles operated by the City of Boston, Yale University, AmeriPride Services and Maryland’s Montgomery County, XL says.
You may not see it, but transparency in operating practices at the Central Fleet Management Div. in the City of Boston is driving programs that reduce costs and ultimately deliver better services to residents, businesses and visitors.