Vehicle Fuel Management

Fuel is the second largest fleet vehicle expense so its management requires careful scrutiny to take every opportunity for minimizing costs and mitigating risk. Moreover, fleet specialists and managers must understand regional environmental issues and policies associated with fuel. The fleet specialist and manager should also know about alternative fuels, the emerging changes in technologies and local government acts or regulations associated with them. This discipline’s competencies deal with both conventional and alternative fuels in centralized and decentralized operations.

Environmental Issues

In-house fueling is the function of organizations that own and operate their own fueling facilities. In the course of this function, they are required to comply with strict, government environmental regulations.

Commercial Programs

Commercial programs are a fuel management option whereby an outside vendor assists controlling, tracking, reporting and managing a fleet’s use of commercial fuel stations.

Conventional Fuels

Gasoline and diesel fuel are defined as conventional fuels. They are the most widely used fuels in fleet vehicles.

Alternative Fuels

Alternative fuels as defined by the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) include ethanol, natural gas, propane, hydrogen, biodiesel, electricity, methanol, and p-series fuels. The interest in alternative fuels is based on their potential to address three important issues: air quality in urban areas, dependence on imported petroleum, and greenhouse gas emissions.