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 fleet fuel management systems for government fleets, 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.

FleetFAQ

Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
When Are Policies Too Strict?

By Thi Dao
Before writing a policy that will last for years, determine whether it’s the best one. Would a typical employee follow the policy?

What Your Vehicles Say About Your Fleet

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

How Chevrolet's Tahoe PPV Differs From its Retail Relative

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
For the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, tires are added to the vehicles that are capable of handling speeds of up to 134 mph and the brakes are adjusted to handle frequent stopping at high speeds.

Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Vehicle-to-What? — Evolving Vehicle Communication Technologies

By Facundo Tassara
Can vehicle collisions be avoided with vehicle-to-infrastructure or vehicle-to-vehicle technology? Several of the major OEMs think so and are spending billions of dollars a year working on the technology.

Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich
The EcoSport is Ford’s first-ever subcompact SUV sold in North America, one of the region’s fastest growing vehicle segments. The EcoSport is sold globally by Ford and the updated U.S. model is imported from Ford India.

2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

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