Sustainability in Village Fleet

Ongoing Sustainability Initiatives 
A major goal of the Village of Arlington Heights is the reduction of vehicle emissions and improved air quality. The Fleet Services Unit fully supports this initiative and participates in several programs dedicated to achieving this goal. We currently hold memberships in the following:
  • Chicago Area Clean Cities
  • Illinois Green Fleet
  • Illinois Soybean Association B20 Club (in partnership with the American Lung Association)
  • USEPA Pollution Prevention Program
co2 reductions vahDrive Clean Chicago is an innovative incentive program aimed at creating a roadmap for a greater alternative fuel transportation network for Chicago. Given the fluctuation in fuel costs, vehicle emissions and the lack of infrastructure for alternative fuels, Drive Clean Chicago provides important incentives to help Chicago fleet owners purchase cleaner vehicles that are better for business and the environment. The Fleet Services Unit used this program to purchase a hybrid aerial truck from Altec Industries. The Altec JEMS (Jobsite Energy Management System) is an integrated plug-in system that uses stored electrical energy to power the aerial device, tools and exportable power, and provides cab comfort. The energy storage system is recharged by plugging into shore power or by the truck’s internal combustion engine. This innovative, patented technology:
  • Reduces fuel consumption
  • Eliminates idle time at the job site
  • Lessens noise pollution
  • Decreases carbon footprint and tailpipe emissions
  • Minimizes impact on payload
  • Offers reliable performance with automatic stationary recharge
  • Reduces maintenance costs
  • Complies with anti-idle legislation
  • Is approved by the EPA
The Village recently purchased four Police Interceptor Utility Hybrids. The hope is they will reduce fuel consumption and emissions without impacting operations. They are averaging close to 16 MPG while the non-hybrid squads are on average below 10 MPG, a more than a 60% increase in fuel economy.

The Village also owns an Advance CS7000 LPG-Hybrid sweeper-scrubber for cleaning the parking garages.  For indoor and outdoor operational versatility with unlimited runtime and high efficiency, the CS7000 LPG-Hybrid can save thousands in fuel costs with an operational runtime of up to 5.5 hours per 32 lb. (14.5 kg) LPG tank, up to 45% lower CO2 emissions per square foot*, and much lower operation costs compared to a standard gasoline or diesel-powered machine.

In 2019 the Village of Arlington Heights was recognized as one of the Top 25 Green Fleets by Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine.

Fleet Sustainability Accomplishments