Fleet Discipline Certificate: Vehicle Fuel Management
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Vehicle Fuel Management
Fuel is the second largest fleet vehicle expense, so its management requires scrutiny to take every opportunity for minimizing costs and mitigating risk.
Moreover, fleet specialists must understand regional environmental issues and policies associated with fuel. The fleet professional 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. During 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.
Vehicle Fuel Management is one of eight Fleet Certificate Programs that NAFA offers. Learn more about all eight fleet disciplines.