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
Who Tells Your Story?

By Thi Dao
With so many baby boomers in the fleet management profession, I think about what this generation leaves behind when they retire.

The Data on Data

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
2018 Police Motorcycles Tested in Michigan

By Paul Clinton
Harley-Davidson adds performance-oriented stage kits to its pair of bikes, while Yamaha offers a police version of its FJR1300 sport touring model.

2018 Police Vehicles Tested in Michigan

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Improved Communication (There's an App for That)

By Facundo Tassara
Slack brings all of your communication together in a way that you can sort. Conversations, PDFs, and documents are all be archived and searchable.

Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Toyota Camry XSE V-6

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 Camry has been lowered, widened, and lengthened. A trio of new powertrains also improve fuel economy for America's top-selling sedan.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
New Faces in Safe Places

By Sherb Brown
Conferences like AFLA can provide a space for new faces in the industry to meet and network with experienced peers and suppliers, without being crowded by salespeople.

Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown

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