Smart Fleet Participants

NC Smart Fleet is an opportunity to join with other fleets across North Carolina to quantify, aggregate and celebrate all that NC fleets are doing for air quality and fuel efficiency. Annual fuel use and CO2 reductions are the primary metrics for evaluation. Additional clean transportation activities are necessary to achieve the Champion level.

Champions
    • EPES Transport System is a transportation logistics company based in Greensboro that provides contract hauling services for a variety of corporate clients on trucks they own and operate. Though over the past three years their fleet has grown 48 percent from 650 to over 1,100 their diesel use has only increased by 16 percent. The resulting mile per gallon reduction in CO2  has been accomplished through technology changes such as equipping all sleeper tractors with auxiliary power units that only use 1 quarter of fuel overnight versus an idling diesel engine which consumes approximately one gallon of fuel per hour. EPES also has a fleet procurement policy that focuses on purchasing the most efficient advanced vehicle components, tires and aerodynamics available to enhance fuel economy. In 2014, EPES has started to use compressed natural gas in two trucks with plans to expand to three more.

 

    • The Town of Chapel Hill has a fleet of 489 vehicles and while they have increased their fleet size three percent over the past three years they have decreased their gasoline use by over nine percent. They have increased their use of E85 in police vehicles and fleet use of hybrid electric vehicles. The Town Council adopted the Green Fleets Policy in 2005 with the stated goal to reduce emissions from its fleets and improve energy efficiency and has been a long time user of B20, utilizing over 100,000 gallons B20 in 2013. Rounding out their use of low carbon fuels, the Town utilizes CNG in bi-fuel vehicles and has one neighborhood electric vehicle for parking services and maintenance duties. The town has implemented a teleconferencing strategy that enables employees to host meetings between locations as opposed to traveling from site to site and has also implemented a comprehensive idle reduction policy.

 

    • The fast growing UNC- Charlotte campus has absorbed over 45 percent of the growth in the 17 campus University of North Carolina System yet they continued to grow their alternative fuel vehicle fleet from 28 percent to 39 percent of their total vehicle fleet over the past 3 years. UNC has over 85 battery powered street legal neighborhood electric vehicles that are used for a variety of campus service including housing and maintenance. UNC Charlotte is also in the process of installing 18 public electric vehicle charging stations throughout the campus for students and visitors and has been a longtime supporter of the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition.

 

    • BuildSense provides full service architecture and construction services to the Triangle community. Over the past three years their fleet has grown from 7 to 10 vehicles and that are now 100 percent alternatively power. They utilize a 99 percent biodiesel blend in their 3 diesel vehicles and compressed natural gas to power seven work vehicles. Buildsense is committed to energy efficient building as their business and also provides educational opportunities by offering tours of their natural gas fueling station and using vehicle signage that indicates their use of alternative fuels. Buildsense is also an active member in the Triangle Clean Cities coalition.

 

Leaders
      • City of Fayetteville has offset 279 metric tons of carbon dioxide and reduced petroleum fuel use by 25,170 gallons between January 1, 2011 and December 30, 2012.
      • Gaston County  offset an estimated 26 lbs of carbon dioxide between 2013 and  2014.
      • Greenleaf Nursery has displaced 3496 gallons gallons of diesel fuel.
      • Orange County has used over 60,000 gallons of FlexFuel and reduced its fleet’s CO2 emissions by 616 metric tons.
      • Piedmont Biofuels has increased biofuels use by 55,000 gallons between 2011 and 2013.
      • Town of Cary has offset 3603 metric tons of carbon dioxide since 2011 and reduced petroleum fuel use by 105733 gallons in the past year

 

Supporters
        • City of Charlotte- Solid Waste
        • City of Greensboro
        • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
        • City of Concord, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
        • Piedmont Natural Gas
        • Piedmont Triad Regional Council
        • Town of Apex
        • Town of Kernersville
        • Town of Knightdale

 

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