Green Fleet Challenge

 
 
           Vehicle emissions account for a large share of the state's greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to smog formation and the ​deposition of air pollutants in bodies of water like the Chesapeake Bay.  Maryland Green Registry members have been doing their part to minimize the impacts of transportation and have reported reducing more than 9 million vehicle miles annually through telecommuting, walking, biking, ridesharing, and mass transit.
 
         So while we know that the cleanest mile of transportation is the one avoided, the use of vehicles is still necessary in many cases to transport products, deliver services and get employees to and from work.  The Green Your Fleet Challenge focuses on how we can green those miles.
 
         Enter Here and share at least one of the following green fleet-friendly practices that your organization has in place and you’ll be entered into a prize drawing at the 2019 Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards event.  Does your organization have onsite charging for electric vehicles?  Let us know so that we can indicate that on the list below.  
 

 
Purchasing
  • Does your organization purchase fuel efficient and/or clean alternative-fueled vehicles?

    After considering the most appropriate size and type of vehicle for your fleet and commute needs, review the list of EPA-certified SmartWay vehicles, which includes conventional, hybrid and alternative fuel* cars and trucks that emit fewer greenhouse gas and smog-forming tail pipe emissions and can save you money at the gas pump.

    * Alternative fuel vehicles include those that run on methanol, ethanol (and blends of 85% or more of alcohol with gasoline), natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (propane), hydrogen, biodiesel, P-Series fuels and electric.

    The infrastructure to support these vehicles continues to expand along with a number of generous incentives for both businesses and individuals:

Fleet Management
  • Does your organization maximize the efficiency of its fleet through smart driving and maintenance practices?

    Assess your fleet's needs (on/off road, city/highway, hauling/passenger transport, short/long distance, idling time, and other conditions) in order to ensure that the most efficient vehicle is being assigned to a task.

    Use telematics analysis to improve fleet utilization.

    Train employees on safe and efficient driving speeds and idle reduction (see Maryland law on idling)

    Sign up for air quality alerts and limit driving and refueling on Code Red Ozone days. 

    Maintain fleet vehicles in good operating condition including proper tire pressure and alignment to ensure maximum efficiency.

Freight Carrier Efficiency
  • Is your organization certified by SmartWay or use carriers that are part of the SmartWay Partner Program?

    Learn more about how the SmartWay program and how it promotes and recognizes freight carrier efficiency.

EV Charging and Alternative Fuel Refilling
  • Does your organization offer onsite electric vehicle charging or alternative fuel refilling?

    The Maryland Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program provides grants to businesses to install natural gas, propane, ethanol, hydrogen and electric refilling/charging stations.

    There are three options when it comes to electric vehicle charging: Level I, Level 2 and DC Fast Charge. Charging units can also be networked or non-networked depending on whether you want to offer charging for free or for a fee.  Level I charging, which involves the standard 120 volt AC outlet, is a viable option for businesses and residences that have outlets in a garage or exterior location.

Employee Incentives
  • Does your organization offer incentives to employees to purchase green vehicles?

    Examples include financial incentives and loans for green vehicles, preferred parking or parking discounts for green vehicles, and EV workplace charging policies that make it easier and more predictable for employees to charge vehicles during work hours.

Outreach
  • Does your organization disseminate information about the benefits of fuel efficient/alternative fuel vehicles?

    Examples include providing charging information to guests before they arrive at your facility, providing EV charging/alternative fuel refilling information for your geographic area, hosting or participating in National Drive Electric events and providing general messaging about the value of green vehicles. 

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= Has an on-site EV charging station ​
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
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