Federal Best Practices: Core Principles of Sustainable Fleet Management

Julian Bentley, Cabell Hodge

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This document is designed to help agency fleet managers understand and implement optimal petroleum reduction strategies for each fleet location by evaluating the most appropriate combination of the four core principles of sustainable fleet management: Right-sizing the fleet to agency mission by implementing a vehicle allocation methodology study; Minimizing vehicle miles traveled; Increasing fleet fuel efficiency by replacing inefficient vehicles with more fuel-efficient vehicles, maintaining vehicles, driving more efficiently, and avoiding excessive idling; Optimizing cost-effective alternative fuel use, including maximizing utilization of existing alternative fuel infrastructure, installing alternative fuel infrastructure where practical (including electric vehicle charging stations), and aligning deployment of alternative fuel vehicles with fueling infrastructure.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages46
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5400-77788


  • alternative fuel
  • core principles
  • federal fleet
  • fuel efficiency
  • right-sizing


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