coolfleets.com was developed to assist commercial, government and municipal fleets in modeling vehicle alternatives to gain a better understanding of both their carbon output and lifecycle costs. Car and truck fleets are significant contributors to greenhouse gases and the selection of vehicles that are more fuel efficient can not only reduce CO2 but can also result in lowering the total costs of fleet operations.
Last month, after the 9th Circuit upheld regulations directing public fleets to purchase low-emission or alternative fuel cars in Engine Manufacturers v. South Coast Air Quality Mgmt. Dist., we defended the decision against industry criticism by noting the long-term cost effectiveness of such measures. Jeff's write-up goes into excellent detail about the practical applications of this new web tool for anyone looking to maximize both energy efficiency and cost efficiency, including this tidbit about economics where one could easily substitute "cash-strapped local governments" for "business."
Those of us who are passionate about environmental protection tend to argue in [sustainability-based] terms, as they're meaningful to us. But business people, however green they may be, need the business case, and the Cool Fleets tool looks like it does a nice job of offering just that. Fleet managers can have their green cred without breaking the bank... what better example of a "win-win?"