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December 2007


The year is coming to a close. I expect everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Christmas and Hanukah are around the corner, and I hope everyone will have time to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.

With the end of another year, I would like to take the time and thank my Executive Board for their relentless efforts. With their support the Society has enjoyed some of the finest events. The Society has also made a change in our meeting location and is proving to be a good replacement.

The Society’s Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner is set for January 12, 2008 and for those who have not reserved your table, please give Mike Cordiello a call. I am sure this will again be an evening to remember.

With the New Year on the horizon, I am again looking for help. Anyone with some time who can lend a hand, please give me a call.

Once again, on behalf of the Society’s Executive Board, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukah and am looking forward to seeing you next year.


Happy Holidays to all! Please remember that there is no meeting for December and our next meeting is scheduled for January 16th. We’ve had very good comments on the new meeting place and our meetings will be scheduled there through the May meeting.


We are accepting Bylaw change proposals and have received three Bylaw change proposals to date.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Article III

1. The Membership of the Society shall be composed of (8) eight grades; Member, Associate, Editorial, Honorary, Life, Apprentice Fleet Supervisor, Student Fleet Supervisor and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). (Amended 5/19/04)

1A. Member grade: for purpose of eligibility to run for President, vote, determine percentage of Associate/Member ratio, Member grade will include; Member, Editorial and Life Members. (Added 5/20/92)

2. Member: those actively engaged in the direction, supervision, control, operation, maintenance, of a fleet of motor vehicles; such as a Fleet Maintenance Supervisor, Director of Operations, Director of Fleet Safety or Fleet Safety Engineer and/or Specialists, Consultant (service only) or those solely responsible for service of vehicles within a factory branch or a bonafide factory distributor not actively participating in sales. Any person who is an owner of vehicles in a fleet operation cannot qualify as a Member.

2A. Associate: shall include those who offer and contribute either service, information, materials or parts through sales to the transportation industry and related industries. It shall be noted that the company is the Member, not the individual. (Amended 5/17/95)

2B. Editorial: those Associated with trade periodicals, papers, and magazines.

2C. Honorary: Associate Members whose representative has at least (15) fifteen years Membership and has completely retired from active participation in business may be voted to Honorary Membership in the Society. (Amended 5/16/07)

2D. Life: Members who have completed over (20) twenty years active participation in the Society and retired may be voted to Life Membership in the Society.

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2008 dues invoices have been mailed to all dues paying Members. If you did not receive a dues letter, please contact me at [email protected] or call me at 347.866.0208.

The next time you go on the Internet, please check out the web sites for our Members from HOP Energy at and Parts Authority, Inc. at

Congratulations to the following Members for attending all the regular meetings during 2007:
Member Frank Almona
Member Albert Buehler Jr.
Member Frank Carpenter
Member Richard Chan
Member Leonard Huffmire
Member Robert Lagnese
Member Dennis Roskop
Member Robert Snyder
Life Member Nuno Tardo

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 112
Life Members 17
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 43
Honorary Members 4
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 0
Student Members 18
Total Membership 196

Attendance at the November meeting:
Members 54
Guests 13
Total 67

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 86, 1/97 –
Member George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Member Carl Orza, Advanced Fleet Maintenance – 70, 3/97 – 2/06
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford – 63, 3/89 – 1/97
Member John Cigna, Retired – 50, 2/94 – 3/00
Member Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. – 47, 11/01 –9/07
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Retired – 47, 3/97 –
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison – 44, 10/90 – 2/96
Member John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. – 37, 1/96 – 5/00


Hybrid Technology Overview
Toyota, Honda, GM, Lexus, Ford and Nissan are making a seamless transition into the Hybrid market. The question that we have to ask ourselves, can our repair shops make the same transition. Hybrids are here to stay and will be the bridge strategy to a hydrogen economy. In 1976 the Federal government gave grants to the auto industry to develop the hybrid technology. With that being said, lets take a closer look at what the differences are and how do we handle this paradigm shift.

One of the significant elements of the hybrid vehicles is that it combines the best operating characteristics of the gasoline engine and an electric motor. Generically speaking, the initial propulsion is from the electric motor that provides excellent low end torque to propel the vehicle. The internal combustion (IC) engine then can be used in combination with the electric motor or alone. The engine can be either gasoline or diesel powered and are mostly gasoline. In all designs the engine will drive the generator that will supply the charging of the batteries.

Depending on manufacturer, full hybrids use a battery pack i.e., Prius (07) that is made up of cells with 1.2 volts and six cells in each module. There are 28 modules with a total battery voltage of 201.6 volts. Caution must be used as the voltage is high enough to be fatal. There are two methods of charging the batteries a) engine driving the generator b) regenerative braking which is a standard feature on all hybrids. Regenerative braking plays a critical role in improving the fuel economy. By reclaiming the kinetic energy on deceleration that would normally be given up as heat through the brakes, the generator charges the batteries while the engine is off. When applying the brakes at 60 mph the regenerative braking is 90% by generator and 10 % by the base brakes. The inverse is applicable when the base brakes are used at low speeds.

Advantages of Hybrids
• Optimize Fuel Economy
• Environmental Concerns
• Independence from Foreign Oil
• Depletion of Oil Reserves
• Recover Kinetic Energy
• HOV Lane

Disadvantages of Hybrids
• High Initial Cost
• Perceived Reliability Concern
• Cost Issues on Repairs
• Safety – High Voltage

Types of Hybrid Vehicles

Series Hybrid System
In a series hybrid the sole propulsion is by the electric motor. The internal combustion (IC) engine never drives the wheels. IC engine is used to power the generator to charge the battery or the electric motor (transit bus).

Parallel Hybrid System
In a parallel hybrid, multiple propulsion sources are used to power the vehicle. Both are connected to a transmission and either the IC engine or the electric motor can drive the vehicle alone. In the combined mode the IC engine and the electric motor both power the transmissions simultaneously. Uses smaller battery pack and electric motor can charge batteries or from external source.

Series-Parallel Hybrid System
Series-Parallel combine the functions of the series and parallel designs. Initially the vehicle will be propelled by the electric motor and then the IC engine is started. The computer system will determine the amount of series (electric motor) or parallel (combination) to achieve superior fuel economy. This system is popular with Toyota and Ford.

Battery Alternator Starter (Mild Hybrid)
The Battery Alternator Starter (BAS) system is the least expensive hybrid system and offers minimal fuel economy improvements. The vehicle alternator is replaced with a generator / motor and a 36 volt battery pack. When the vehicle comes to a stop, the engine is shut down and then restarted by the generator / motor belt. The vehicle starts off in creep mode and the engine takes over. The electric motor can apply minimal assist on acceleration. Engine operation and regenerative braking is used to recharge the battery pack. This technology can be found on the Saturn Vue.

Hybrid Training
It is strongly recommend that if you plan on servicing hybrid vehicles to attend a training program. High voltage wires on a hybrids are identified by the color orange and is an industry standard. Shop equipment has to be CAT 111 rated to handle the 1000 volts AC. Additionally, rubber linemen gloves must be worn with a leather outer glove rated for 1000 volts when coming in contact with the high voltage systems. There are prescribed safety procedures for inspecting the gloves prior to use from the manufacturers. Furthermore, a fiberglass rescue pole must be in the work area in the event of an incident.

Servicing of the high voltage system can be done safely after the service plug is removed. You will need to wait 5- 15 minutes depending on the system for the capacitors to power down. Verify that there is no voltage with a CAT 111 meter before servicing the high voltage system.

If your shop needs training there is a company called CAT that provides hybrid training in our area. Society Members receive a discount on their 8 hour hybrid program. For additional information on hybrid training, give me a call and I can assist you (516) 521-8892.

In upcoming newsletters, I will continue to provide information on hybrid vehicles in an effort to help Society Members make the seamless transition.


The Journal Ad Committee wishes to thank all of this year’s contributors for making this years Journal honoring our very worthy Member of the Year, John Costantin the success that it is.

We wish you all Happy Holidays and look forward to seeing you at this year’s Gala in January.


Appeals Court Ruling May Lead to Tighter Fuel Standards for Light Trucks
A federal court last Thursday ruled that the Bush administration must write tougher fuel economy standards for SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks in order to address greenhouse gas emissions.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals took issue with a federal loophole that lets such vehicles get fewer miles per gallon than passenger cars. This was the third time this year that a federal court has ruled in favor of state governments and environmental groups challenging the Bush administration's fuel efficiency regulations.

The lawsuit was filed by California, 10 other states and the cities of New York and Washington against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA is responsible for setting vehicle mileage requirements.

The lawsuit argued that the new federal mpg standards announced in March 2006, which seek to raise average mileage for light trucks to 23.5 mpg by 2010, were far too lax. The change was called "trivial." Automakers are now required to achieve an average fuel economy of 22.2 mpg for these popular vehicles.

The court ruled that the NHTSA set standards that were "arbitrary and capricious" because they failed to address the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment and economy. The court also ruled that it was unfair to hold light trucks to less strict standards than passenger cars.

The Bush administration said it is reviewing options and hasn't decided yet to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. If the appeals court decision isn't stayed, the U.S. Department of Transportation will be required to write new fuel economy rules, the Times reported.

5 Ways to a Greener Fleet Using GPS Tracking
A growing awareness of global warming and other important (and potentially harmful) environmental trends is causing many companies with mobile workforces to start thinking about their “carbon footprint.” A new article from Navtrak, “5 Ways to a Greener Fleet,” offers fleet owners and managers five inherently “green” out-of-the-box benefits that GPS-based fleet management services such as Navtrak provide.

Navtrak’s “5 Ways to a Greener Fleet“ details the ways a properly implemented and managed GPS tracking system can make a mobile operation “greener.” Areas addressed include:
* Reduced fuel usage.
* Reduced engine idling.
* More efficient routing and driving.
* Maintenance management.
* Access to relevant data.
For a free download of the entire list, visit:

Auto Glass Group Adopts Certification Program, Stresses Importance of Proper Installation
The Independent Glass Association (IGA) has introduced a new registered training and certification program for professionals in the auto glass field.

The program is based on Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards and American National Standards Institute standards.

According to the IGA, many drivers are unaware how important vehicle glass is to ensure that other safety features work properly.

For example, the windshield is a critical determinant of proper airbag timing. "In a crash, an improperly installed windshield may cause an airbag to deploy too early or too late," the IGA said. "In either case, the safety of the occupants may be compromised."

Upon impact, the windshield acts as a brace to support the passenger side airbag. If the windshield separates, the airbag doesn't have a constrained space and isn't effective in protecting the occupant.

The windshield also helps keep unrestrained occupants inside the vehicle. "In a crash, an improperly installed windshield may fail to hold and detach from its frame, allowing any passengers in the vehicle to be ejected, which increases each occupant's chances for serious or even fatal injuries," the IGA explained.

The windshield is also an important part of a vehicle's energy management systems, which direct crash energy around the occupant compartment. "If the windshield is improperly installed, the vehicle may crumple differently than the manufacturer intended, which may jeopardize occupants," the IGA said.

In a rollover accident, the windshield provides strength by helping to keep the roof from crushing in on any vehicle occupants. In some model designs, the windshield supplies up to 50 percent of the vehicle's rollover strength.

Fleet Managers to Determine Commercial Hybrid Growth
In the commercial vehicle world, fleet managers will determine the growth rate of hybrid vehicles, according to ABI Research.

These fleet managers face a tough business question: will the total cost of ownership of a vehicle equipped with hybrid technology be less than that of an equivalent conventional vehicle?

There is a steadily growing list of hybrid systems available for commercial vehicles. The cost of these vehicles is expected to come down as the technology matures and the volumes grow, but that will not happen until purchasing managers have greater confidence in the operational characteristics.

Fuel savings and reduced emissions are being measured, and maintenance logs show lower costs, especially for brakes. Yet, ABI Research cautions that the results are very specific to duty cycle, and there have been instances where hybrid drive technology has proved to be less appropriate than conventional diesel engine power.

Insurance Crime Bureau Launches Database of Stolen VIN Numbers
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has launched a database of unrecovered stolen vehicles as a free service to the public.

Over 1 million vehicles have been stolen annually in the United States since 1986. With an annual average recovery rate of just 63 percent, several million vehicles remain unaccounted for and could possibly end up being purchased by unsuspecting consumers.

Anyone can now run a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) through this database and determine if it has been reported stolen by one of NICB's over 1,000 member insurance companies.

To check a vehicle, visit the NICB website ( and follow the on-screen directions.

In recent months, NICB special agents have identified numerous stolen vehicles that were in the process of being sold by auto dealers or restored by collectors.

Penske Expects To Sell 25,000 Smart Cars in U.S.
Penske Automotive Group expects to sell up to 25,000 two-seat Smart cars in the United States next year, as the dealership chain remains on track to launch the car in the first quarter of 2008, Reuters reports.

Penske Automotive Chairman and Chief Executive Roger Penske recently said the retailer had 35,400 reservations for the Smart car, produced by the Mercedes division of German automaker Daimler AG.

Penske currently expects to sell between 20,000 and 25,000 vehicles in 2008.

There is capacity to make 130,000 to 140,000 cars annually, but Penske reports it is only making cars after taking orders for them.

The basic Smart car will start at $11,590, while the convertible's base price would be $16,590, Penske said. The first cars will be in U.S. showrooms in December.

According to Reuters, the company said target customers for the Smart car include: first-time car buyers, urban sophisticates, baby boomers looking for a second car, and "empty-nest" parents.


A great big thank you goes out to Ed Hall, Business Development Manager for Cummins Metropower of Newark, NJ and John Taylor, Regional Representative for Cummins Inc. for their presentation on particulate matter filtration and retrofitting for diesel engines. Thank you to Cummins Metropower for sponsoring the cocktail hour.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Student Member Alin Szabo of Farmingdale University.


On behalf of our Membership Committee I would like to wish all our Members a very Happy Holiday.

We are continuing to reach out to our membership and other areas for ways of increasing our membership. If you know of anyone who may be interested or a fleet that we can contact please give me a call or email and I will follow up.

I encourage all Members to speak to their co- workers, friends, customers and anyone in the industry who may benefit from joining the Society.

Also, we are looking for recommendations for Member of the Month. If you know of anyone who has showed outstanding performance in the Industry you should send their name to me or Richard Chan.

Remember being a member is important, but we must attend meetings to support the Society.

Thank you very much

Inducted at the November meeting:
Antonio Ceville, Supervisor/Manager for CDM Fleet Services, Inc. of College Point, NY as a Member. Tony oversees the maintenance and service for over 150 vehicles.

Joel Horvath, Sales Manager for Parts Authority, Inc. of Queens Village, NY as an Associate Member.

Members on the move:
Member Robert Spiotto is now with Mondial Automotive of Flushing, NY as a Sales Representative.


Clarification of the OEM member definition was submitted for board approval. Changes for the definition are pending by a Bylaw change to be submitted and approval. An effort to stimulate new OEM membership by restructuring dues requirements was proposed and declined by the board. New programs to attract OEM members will be evaluated.

Suggested New OEM Definition:
Article III
2F. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM): shall include those companies which produce a finished vehicle, chassis, or body. Manufacturers of product which are installed by the OEM, are also defined as OEMs. Manufacturers, not distributors nor dealers, shall be considered an OEM. It shall be noted that the company is the Member, not the individual.


The 2007 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship is now closed for accepting applications. All applications are being reviewed and eligible scholarships will be awarded at the Scholarships Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at Leonard’s of Great Neck. Have a great holiday season and see you in January.


I hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday and a prosperous New Year. I also would like to see everyone attend our Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner at Leonard’s of Great Neck on Saturday, January 12 for a fantastic evening. Don’t forget to purchase your 10,000 Bricks raffle ticket.


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Lorraine Ferraro, wife of Member George Ferraro for a hospitalized stay.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
1/02 Martin Mandel
1/02 Edward Williams
1/07 Rose Lee Calise (Michael)
1/07 John Logerfo
1/12 Peter Domante
1/12 Mark Kodner
1/12 Carol Mirabella (William)
1/20 Henry Consiglio
1/20 Robert Fauci
1/21 Margaret Rogers (Michael)
1/22 Antonio Ceville
1/22 John Collura
1/23 John Davis
1/23 Arlene Konig (Matthew)
1/24 Victor Araujo
1/24 Marie Collura (John)
1/24 Edward Sauchelli
1/25 Julia Macaluso (Salvatore)
1/26 Patricia Davis (John)
1/28 Patricia Dejana (James)
1/28 Pasquale Taddeo
1/29 Carl Orza
1/30 Matthew Konig
1/31 Keith Bancke
1/31 Robert Crandall


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