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Peapod adds hydraulic

hybrids to its fleet Peapod’s Midwest fleet of 130 vehicles operates from four places and serves 3 states: Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. (Photo by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner) Peapod LLC added 2 gasoline-powered Workhorse walk-in shipment vans equipped with the Lightning Hybrids energy healing system (EMERGENCY ROOMS) to its Midwest fleet of 130 cars this week; the current alternative propulsion endeavor for the online grocery shipment service. “& ldquo; Peapod, by design,” is a green service, & rdquo; kept in mind Claudia Fikert, transportation fleet administrator of the Midwest area for Peapod, in a declaration. “& ldquo; Every Peapod truck on the roadway removes the need for approximately 20 passenger cars to drive to the supermarket,” & rdquo; she said. & ldquo; The addition of these hydraulic hybrid trucks to the Peapod fleet even more increases the advantage and reduces our carbon footprint.” & rdquo; Fikert determined Fleet Owner at the 2016 Green Drives Conference and Exposition this week that when the service decided to paint the exterior of its trucks green five years earlier, work started on making the “& ldquo; inside of the trucks green also.” & rdquo; Popular NowHeartland to purchase Great Coastal ExpressCaterpillar, Navistar both gain from dealWhat’s New in: Onboard scales To date Peapod’& rsquo; s Midwest fleet operates 16 propane-powered walk-in cans, 2 by compressed natural gas (CNG) with 5 more on the order board for 2017, and now 2 hydraulic hybrids. The Lightning Hybrids system utilizes hydraulic fluid to “& ldquo; capture & rdquo; and store energy when the automobile’& rsquo; s brakes are utilized. That energy is then utilized to help “& ldquo; launch & rdquo; the car, reducing the power needs on the engine and hence conserving fuel. Advanced VTech of Buffalo Grove, IL, installed the Lightning Hybrids hydraulic bundle as a retrofit onto the two Peapod vans and together with saving fuel, the technology is anticipated to cut emissions by 50%. “& ldquo; The ERS system that we installed provides a quick roi due to out …
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Fleet Owner Dozen: Karen Rasmussen Home owner from all strolls of life find their way to the trucking industry. For Karen Rasmussen, president & CEO of AID Inc., it was a job with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Dept. of Public Security that caused exactly what would become her passion in life: truck safety. “& ldquo; I have a great love and passion for the industry,” & rdquo; she states. & ldquo; My biggest passion, though, is for truck safety.” & rdquo; Serving in a public relations function, Rasmussen had the op­& shy; portunity to work with the Oklahoma Trucking Assn. Through that work, she established a gratitude for the truck market’& rsquo; s security focus and also met Vince Robison, who was president of the Oklahoma Trucking Assn. When Rasmussen decided to transfer to California, it was Robison who recommended she get in touch with Tom Schumacher, a long-time executive with the California Trucking Assn. (CTA). In the fall of 1984, Rasmussen was worked with to deal with communications for CTA. Ultimately, over a 13-year profession with CTA, Rasmussen worked her way as much as vice president. She eventually proceeded to work at Ryder System, once again focusing on safety programs as director of federal government relations as well as on tax and environmental problems. While at Ryder, she belonged to an internal Ryder group, functioning as vice-chair of the Ryder Women’& rsquo; s Management Assn. from 1999-2000. All of that was a precursor to her next career stop, which was as president & CEO of the Arizona Trucking Assn. from July 2001 through November 2012. Throughout this time, Rasmussen was called the winner of the President’& rsquo; s Award for Exceptional State Trucking Association Executive in 2005. Leading the Arizona association indirectly caused her existing position at ASSISTANCE Inc., a nonprofit public/private partnership organization devoted to market security. “& ldquo; Part of my job in Arizona was to be the agent to the private sector with the ASSISTANCE board,” & rdquo; Rasmussen relates. Click to see a list of all the Fleet Owner Dozen honorees She has actually led AID given that Novemb …
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