Government Fleet – Issue

May 2011

Cover Story By Shelley Mika
Parts Operation: In-House or Outsource

A fleet’s parts inventory is critical to keeping its maintenance and repair process moving forward — and keeping units on the road. Several critical elements to consider are discussed from both the in-house and outsourced perspectives.

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Features

The City of Davenport, Iowa's Public Works fleet facility was programmed and designed by Roger Thompson and Jon Wallenkamp. Planning Facilities for Modern and Future Use

By Thi Dao

When planning a fleet facility, consider site location, prepare it for new or future technologies, and review commonly overlooked issues.

14 Compete for 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

By Lauren Fletcher

The 2011 award, sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services, recognizes the best in public sector fleet management and will be presented at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference in San Diego.

 
According to Joseph Shupe, president of CAP Oil Change Systems, the company has designed oil dispensers to reduce the time it takes to change engine oil and also help keep oils clean and safe. Oil Initiatives Government Fleets Should Consider

By Cheryl Knight

Conducting periodic oil analysis, using re-refined or recycled oil, and revisiting oil filter usage will lessen an operation’s impact on the environment, extend maintenance cycles, and reduce reliance on foreign oil.

GFX 2011 to Focus on Fleet Efficiency

By Staff

Educational presentations, brainstorming sessions, and networking events provide fleet managers the opportunity to learn from industry professionals ways to improve fleet efficiency.

 
A power lift on Grasshopper front mount mowers facilitates accessibility to the underside of the deck for simplified maintenance, as well as space-saving portability and storage. Maximize the Life of Grounds Maintenance Equipment

By Stephen Bennett

Manufacturers recommend maintenance schedules and key maintenance procedures for the pieces they sell to government fleets. Some also offer software programs or online support to help monitor usage, track costs, and budget for replacement.

Model 430D features a 30 hp fuel-efficient, high-torque, liquid-cooled three-cylinder MaxTorque diesel engine. Grounds Maintenance Equipment Roundup

By Staff

View four grounds maintenance equipment models from The Grasshopper Co., John Deere, and Kubota.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao
The degrees of connection within any industry are less than six or four. Choose a handful of random fleet professionals, and I’d bet one of them knows someone you know or have worked with.

What's the Future of Transportation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
How FCA Views the Police Market

By Paul Clinton
Law enforcement agencies continue to purchase Fiat Chrysler's Dodge Charger Pursuit, which appeals to law enforcement officers, who say the vehicle in a violator's rear-view conveys business.

Upgrading the F-150 for Off-Road Patrol

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Rethinking Utilization: Using the Energy in Parked EVs

By Facundo Tassara
Think the return on investment for electric vehicles (EVs) is too long? Vehicle-to-grid technology allows EVs to earn money while parked by utilizing their large batteries to provide energy storage services for buildings, utilities, and the grid. This extra money can reduce the total cost of ownership of EVs.

Perception vs. Facts

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Chevrolet Traverse

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 Traverse enters a crowded and intensely competitive category that pits two-row and three-row offerings in pitched battle. The generational update comes nine years after Chevrolet introduced the Traverse, and following two mid-cycle updates in 2013 and 2015.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

By Stephane Babcock

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Size Matters

By Sherb Brown
There is little doubt that the folks out there with 5,000-10,000 vehicles have a good handle on how much they should be paying; for everything from bucket trucks to sedan floor mats. But some of our recent survey data shows that vast hordes of the fleet market are paying close to retail rates for a lot of products and services.

Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown

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