Alternative Fuel Vehicles: ROI, Trends, Comparisons

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Donlen-Alternative-Fuel-VehiclesHave you considered alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) for your fleet? When you begin to analyze the total cost of ownership of today’s hybrids, CNG vehicles, and propane options, it can be a viable solution for many fleets.

Donlen’s Amy Blaine, VP Consulting, Analytics and Sustainability, presented her AFV lifecycle analysis findings at the 2013 ACT Expo (Alternative Clean Transportation), and we’ve made her informative presentation available for free download.

AFVs in Your Fleet: ROI, Trends, and Comparisons

  • Hybrids: TCO Analysis
  • CNG: Infrastructure and ROI
  • Propane: Lifecycle details
  • Advantages and challenges of AFVs

> Download now

If you’d like to discuss how AFVs can work for your fleet, Amy can be reached at 847-412-5384.

Strategic Consulting Scorecard Customization Recognitions

With our fleet Scorecard, Donlen Strategic Consultants provide insights into fleet performance and then give recommendations to help reduce costs and develop short- and long-term goals. In 2012, consultants, working with the Donlen IT group, automated the Scorecard to improve internal productivity, and provide additional features and benefits to customers.

“I really love the ability to customize the Scorecard to the customer’s requirements,” said Tom Sloan, Donlen Director, Analytical Product Management. “For instance, if we see a spike in March maintenance spend, we can see what’s behind those numbers right away, create a chart which shows the reason for the spend, and then use it to have a discussion with the customer. Conversely, if there’s a chart that is not as meaningful for a customer, we can easily exclude that from their Scorecard. It’s totally tailored to what is important to them.”

> Keep Score to Lower Fleet Cost: Donlen Scorecard

Congratulations to the Strategic Consulting team on their recognition at the 2013 Hertz Global Leadership Conference for the automation of our Scorecard. Each year, Hertz recognizes top-performing locations, teams and individuals who have accomplished the highest level of success for the company. Jim Kachidurian, Donlen SVP of Client Services, accepted the award on behalf of the Strategic Consulting team. (Photo, left to right, Tom Callahan, Donlen President, Kachidurian, Mark Frissora, Hertz Chairman and CEO.)

Previously, the Strategic Consulting Scorecard automation project led to Donlen being named to the Information Week 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology.

If you’d like more information on our Scorecard, Tom can be reached at 847-412-4991.

FleetWeb® Tips

If you’re on our Scorecard program, did you know that you can see a deeper breakdown of your data from any graph with the click of one button?

  • Select “Scorecard” from the “Reporting” tab found at the top of the FleetWeb menu
  • Click on any of the scorecard categories such as acquisitions, remarketing, equity and cycling, maintenance, or fuel
  • Click on “+ Supporting Data Tables” found at the bottom of the chart
  • Detailed data will display providing a complete picture of fleet trending


Hertz Value Lease® Deal of the Week

donlen-hertz-value-lease-chevy-captiva-06132012 Chevy Captiva LS*

  • Estimated Mileage: 28,754
  • Exterior Color: White
  • Hertz Value Lease Base Price: $16,089

*Vehicle was available at the time of posting to FridayFleet. The exact vehicle may not be available after this date. Photo of vehicle is for illustrative purposes only. Contact your Donlen Account Manager to learn more about Hertz Value Lease vehicles that may be right for your application.

Driver’s Corner

Many parts of the country are experiencing extreme heat – which is causing some concrete roadways to buckle under the severe temps. Some states are finding it necessary to shut down traffic to repair roadways. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. According to AAA, “under-inflated tires not only affect handling and braking of your vehicle, it also can cause tires to overheat and increase the likelihood of a blowout. This problem becomes even more of a concern when road temperatures are extremely high.”

And finally…

And finally, cars have always played a large part of the movie-going experience. Mention certain movie titles, and the car in it is almost as (or in some cases, more) memorable as the actor involved. Bonnie and Clyde. Back to the Future. Roman Holiday. Every James Bond movie. Spanish illustrator Jesús Prudencio gives us his interpretation of some of Hollywood’s most iconic pairings, creating a series of posters about cars and films − and we love them! Check out the full series here >

Have a nice weekend. Safe travels.

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Originally appeared in FridayFleet on July 12, 2013

About Donlen
Donlen is the industry’s leading provider of integrated financing and management solutions for corporate fleets. Utilizing a highly consultative and strategic approach, Donlen helps fleets reduce cost, improve utilization, and increase driver productivity. Donlen’s innovation has been honored with the Computerworld “2012 Honors Laureate for Economic Development” and the “2012 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America.” Their workplace excellence has been recognized on the IAOP “The Global Outsourcing 100®” list for seven of the last eight years, and as one of the “101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For in Chicago” each year from 2007-2012. Founded in 1965 and headquartered in Northbrook, IL, Donlen is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ). For more information about Donlen, visit