Take it from Mr. Syms: Top Resources for Alternative Fuels


Sy Syms opened his first men’s clothing store in Manhattan in 1959. As his company grew during the 1960s and ‘70s, Sy appeared in the store’s first TV commercial and debuted Syms’ slogan, “An educated consumer is our best customer.”

While I never shopped in a Syms store, I agree with his slogan – educated consumers are the best customers for alternatively fueled vehicles, too. The more you know, the more you’ll appreciate the benefits alternative fuels offer.

Quick Study
Fortunately, digging deep into the topic of alternative fuels isn’t difficult. With some thoughtful research, you’ll be able to make informed decisions for your fleet.

Here are some top online resources:

Alternative fuel calculators: Learn you how much your fleet could save by investing in alternative fuel vehicles, such as this calculator from PERC, and how much your fleet can reduce emissions calculator, such as this tool from Argonne National Laboratory.
Search “alternative fuels” on Fleet Owner and you’ll find plenty of articles that dive into the topic.

Real Life Resources

You can go old school, too, to find more information on alternative fuels. Talk with your fellow fleet managers about their experiences with alternative fuels. Ask about vehicle performance in your region, day-to-day operating costs and ease of maintenance.

To expand your circle of personal contacts, attend an alternative fuel conference. The Advanced Clean Transportation Expo and Government Fleet Expo are held annually. You can find many events through the Clean Cities Coalition Network and by searching online for national, international and regional meetings.

See the vehicles up close with a tour of a manufacturing facility or a test drive at a local dealer. Getting a closer look or a test drive provides valuable insight for fleet managers.