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With Jim Motavalli, we dove into the part of fleet management most like the everyday cars we drive: light-duty fleets. These fleets include rental cars, small government vehicles and light trucks and SUVs. There are some 8 million light-duty trucks, vans and pickups in the US. The strategies for reducing greenhouse gases include alternative fuels, hybrid drive trains and telematics (for example, remotely directed cruise controls and other governor mechanisms).
There are also more ambitious initiatives, like the Better Place battery-switching systems currently in prototype with Tokyo cabs. We’re also seeing vehicle sharing grow in many cities, from commercial ventures like ZipCar to peer-to-peer local rentals like WhipCar. Noteworthy: one shared car takes 15 to 20 off the road. Insurance companies are starting to sort out the details, while social networking services make it easier to trust potential renters.
Small things matter, too, from improved aerodynamics to tire and battery maintenance. There’s no one magic answer, but efforts on every frontier will create overall improvements.