Government Fleet – Issue

March 2013

Cover Story By Shelley Mika
Exploring the Total Cost of CNG

Vehicle retrofits and fueling station construction aren’t the only expenses when switching to compressed natural gas (CNG). However, even when considering the total cost of CNG, the payback period can be as short as three years.

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Features

The City crew stands next to a new solid waste CNG vehicle with Tampa’s Mayor Bob Buckhorn. CNG Use Expands Among Government Agencies

By Greg Basich & Thi Dao

The high cost of gasoline and diesel and a desire to reduce vehicle emissions have led many government agencies to purchase vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). From fleets just starting their investment in the alternative fuel to long-time users looking to expand their CNG fleet, these agencies explain how and why natural gas works for them.

By testing the Toyota FCHV-adv fuel-cell cars, UCLA helps boost awareness for the technology. A Hydrogen-Fueled Future? UCLA's Hydrogen Vehicle Testing

By Thi Dao

In having staff test hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in commuting applications and planning the installation of a publicly available fueling station, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is helping in the development of an emerging alternative-fuel vehicle.

The State of Illinois distributed its Mitsubishi i-MiEV vehicles to agencies with large campuses.
Photo courtesy of State of Illinois Illinois Expects Fuel Cost Savings with Electric Vehicles

By Thi Dao

The State of Illinois took delivery of 15 battery-electric vehicles last year as part of efforts to “green” state fleet operations.

KCDOT has 20 fleet vehicles that run on propane autogas. These include Ford F-250 and F-350 work trucks and E-Series vans. Developing Fueling Infrastructure for Propane Autogas

By Mike Taylor

The State of Indiana and King County, Wash., transportation departments leverage diverse on-site refueling methods for their propane-autogas vehicles. From a centralized fueling facility to a network of more than 100 stations statewide, these fleets have invested in fueling infrastructure and are seeing significant fuel savings.

SmartDrive’s 2012 driver behavior study showed the top five distractions drivers new to the study were most likely to engage in while on the road.
Data courtesy of SmartDrive. Distracted Driving Trends and Prevention

By Brittni Rubin

While many laws are in place to prevent on-road collisions, driver distraction — caused by everything from eating to mobile device usage — still remains a weighty Concern within fleets. However, reviewing current trends and tips can help fleets gain a better understanding in order to help mitigate the problem.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Addressing the Recruiting Problem

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Fleet managers are taking steps to combat the technician recruiting problem, and these steps are adding up to results.

Fleet Greening in Trump's America

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Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
A Sure Bet for Reducing Distracted Police Driving

By Paul Clinton
While shootouts and ambush killings of police officers provide high-profile examples of the hazards of police work, more often than not officers lose their lives while driving patrol vehicles.

A Closer Look at GM's Police Strategy

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Perception vs. Facts

By Facundo Tassara
As I am sure everyone has seen in the last several months, perception versus facts (even alternative facts) have been all around us. Unfortunately, it seems fact’s stock has taken a hit and perception, as a mechanism for making decisions, has gone up.

New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

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