Government Fleet – Issue

June 2013

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Fuel Management on Any Budget

There are various levels of automation when it comes to fuel management systems, and there’s a system for any reasonable budget. When purchasing a fuel management system, consider the various roll-out methods that work with tight finances, as well as benefits and return on investment.

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Features

Female Faces in Fleet

By Thi Dao

While more women join public fleets on the management side, the number of female technicians remains low. The challenge comes in finding females who have an interest in automotive technology but are just not aware of fleet — and letting them know that whether it’s on the shop floor or in management, there’s a place in the industry for them.

3 Finalists Chosen for 2013 Fleet Manager of the Year Award

By Thi Dao

Government Fleet named three finalists for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award, which honors fleet managers for accomplishments in the prior year.

10 Factors Affecting Fleet Availability Benchmarks

By Steve Riley

If your benchmark numbers for fleet availability don’t seem quite right, consider the following 10 often-overlooked factors that may affect those numbers. While they may seem insignificant, their combined effects can have a dramatic impact on your overall stats.

The Omaha Public Power District fleet consists of 1,441 vehicles and equipment. Mike Donahue, manager of transportation and construction, uses various methods to reduce fuel use. Photo courtesy of OPPD Shutting Off Idling Engines

By Cindy Brauer

In the pursuit of fuel-cost reduction, engine idling is a bulls-eye target. An Omaha utility employs a number of measures to hit that target, including mobile power units and hybrid-electric technology.

The ideal solution for alternative fuels is a mixture that invests in domestic energy resources, increases electric vehicles on the road, and encourages use of alternative fuels. Photo courtesy of Shuttershock Collaboration is Key for the Future of Sustainable Fuels

By Katherine Vigneau, CAFM

Education about the various available fuels and collaboration among research institutions can help advance alternative-fuel vehicle adoption. In the meantime, altering driver behavior can help reduce fuel use.

The Kubota ZP330 liquid-cooled propane-powered engine delivers eco-friendly performance with reduced CO2 emissions compared to gasoline and diesel. Photo courtesy of Kubota Fueling Options for Mowers

By Shelley Mika

Today, mowers come with various fueling options. Find out the benefits and drawbacks of each — and which is right for your organization.

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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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