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
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

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

By Patrick Oliver and Samuel Kirchhoff
Pursuits can be deadly for everyone involved, but they can't be prohibited in all cases. So agencies need to have policies and procedures in place to reduce the danger.

How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

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

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

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