Commonwealth’s Fuel Saving Efforts Mentioned on MSNBC

Posted on November 14, 2007 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

BOSTON — Commonwealth Worldwide, a company that recently added hybrids to its fleet, was mentioned in an article on MSNBC.com for its additional methods of fuel economy. Commonwealth has started using nitrogen instead of oxygen to fill the tires of its fleet vehicles.

Read the full story below:

Hey OPEC, My Dog is Freezing By Eve Tahmincioglu

It’s getting less worth it for me to drive to business meetings in New York from my home in Wilmington, Delaware. Amtrak has been seeing a lot of me lately.

And it’s been freezing in my home office because I refuse to turn up the heat. I don’t care if the dog is shivering.

I don’t know about you guys but I’ve been trying to change my habits to deal with rising energy prices. Not that it’s making much of a difference.

No matter how hard small business owners try, it’s typically not enough to offset being gouged at the pump or by utilities, or the rise in vendor prices, caused by higher fuel costs. The increases inevitably lead to a big bite out of the bottom line.

A survey by the National Federation of Independent Business found that about 75% of small businesses deal with rising energy costs by lowering earnings or profits.

It’s not that entrepreneurs aren’t trying to be green. About 57% of those polled said reducing energy consumption and conservation efforts are also on the list.

But more often than not, business will take the hit. Nearly 30% of small businesses will raise their prices to deal with the hikes; 27% will cut or delay business investments; 13% will take the axe out and cut employees or not fill openings; and the same amount say they'll freeze or cut employee wages and benefits to deal with the problem.

I decided to put a call out to small businesses around the country to find out some of the innovative ways they’re handling this latest fuel crisis.

Here are some of their answers:

* Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation has started using nitrogen rather than oxygen to inflate the tires of its fleet. Nitrogen has a longer life, so to speak, than oxygen does. As it breaks down less frequently it keeps the tires inflated at the proper pressure longer, which leads to better fuel mileage. Commonwealth is using nitrogen in its fleet of cars at the Boston offices, and will be implementing it at its New York offices when nitrogen becomes available for use there. Commonwealth has also gone out and purchased a small fleet of Toyota Prius and some flex-fuel vehicles to combat the rising price in gasoline.

* With no options for environmentally-friendly moving trucks, President Ram Katalan of NorthStar Moving Corporation has to seek out other ways to deal with rising energy prices. He purchases his gas exclusively from Alliance Fleet, a company that has one of the most comprehensive inventories, representing Exxon Mobil and Petro Canada brand bulk lubricants and oil products and as a result, sells gasoline at a low price—they also offer biodiesel. Ram also ensures that his team of movers refrains from idling between projects and makes truck maintenance a high priority for efficiency.

* To combat higher gas prices and to reduce pollution Advance Commercial Movers/Molloy Bros Moving and Storage has purchased trucks that have powerful batteries that allow the trucks to operate lift gates when the trucks are off. This saves many gallons of gas, especially during large moves and there is also an environmental benefit. When the engines are not needed to power the lifts the can be turned off and this limits air pollution, particularly beneficial in urban areas like New York City.

What are you all doing to mitigate the fuel hell?


View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Go Riteway Celebrates 60 Years In Bus Business

The Wisconsin company started with just four school buses and now has 1,000 vehicles serving several ground transportation sectors.

Colorado Operator Buys Affiliate To Widen Service Region

eNews Exclusive: B-Line Express in Vail will now cover even more ground in the retail-heavy state.

Why Uber Can't Be Fixed And Must Be Shut Down

Analysis: The TNC's lower costs brought lower prices, with resulting popularity and growth. But its use of noncommercial cars was unlawful from the start.

Empire CLS Featured In Meetings + Events Magazine

The article describes the chauffeured transportation provider's newest additions to its fleet: 56-passenger motorcoaches.

Unique II Brings Its Luxury Service To Florida FBO

The New Jersey company expands its chauffeured experience to  private charter jet clientele at Opa-locka.

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment



See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - July 2017 $12.95 COVER STORY: * Why These Titans Work So Hard to Give it Away * *


Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close