When John J. Flynn founded Fleet Advantage in 2008, he knew environmental regulations were set to change. He knew technology was improving and the trucking industry would be affected on a large scale, so he wanted to go back into the industry to be on the forefront of the changing views.
Driven by his personal experiences and commitment to the environment, Flynn knew his new truck leasing company — which he heads as president and CEO — would have to help bring awareness to the impact that diesel trucks — particularly older trucks — have on the environment, and strive to create best practices that decrease the environmental footprint left by those trucks.
Flynn’s current project at Fleet Advantage is building a sustainable vehicle. Working with several suppliers, Flynn has helped increase the interval time for service items such as oil changes. Fleet Advantage’s trucks can now go 50,000 miles between oil changes, compared to the previous average of 25,000. Additionally, Flynn has negotiated longer warranty periods for truck parts. The longer warranty periods are the result of working with parts suppliers and truck manufacturers to arrive at the best deal that works to the advantage of both suppliers and manufacturers.
Fleet Advantage also builds lighter trucks by selecting customized parts instead of the stock parts offered by truck manufacturers. Lighter trucks means customers can ship more products, since weight restrictions limit the total weight of each truck on the road — including cargo, fuel and driver — to 80,000 pounds.
The more cargo that can be delivered in a single trip, the longer each truck can be used between maintenance service, the longer the warranty period, the lower the fuel consumption and the better the impact Fleet Advantage has on the environment, as well as on the financial statements of its customers.
How to reach: Fleet Advantage, (954) 615-4400 or www.fleetadvantage.net