Government Fleet – Issue

January 2014

Cover Story By Thi Dao
How the Improving Economy Is Affecting Fleet Budgets

The economy is undoubtedly improving, and oftentimes, public fleet finances are improving along with it. In a Government Fleet survey, 59% of respondents said their fleet finances are back to pre-recession levels and 80% said they’re optimistic about the future, but others still face challenging times and fear their budgets will never get back to “normal.”

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Features

John Deere’s 644K electric-hybrid wheel loader utilizes two sources of energy, diesel and electric, capturing regenerated energy as it is being created and using it to power the machine. Photo courtesy of John Deere. Off-Road Hybrids: Technology & ROI

By Thi Dao

New hybrid off-road equipment promises to reduce fuel consumption, but how long will it take to pay back the added cost?

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will be on sale in 2014. The Colorado is pictured upfitted as a beach patrol vehicle, one of its possible uses. Photos courtesy of GM Chevrolet Colorado An 'Appealing Option' for Government Fleets

By Thi Dao

Public fleet managers are awaiting the return of the mid-size truck, hoping for a lower capital cost and improved fuel efficiency over larger models.

Members of the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance shop work to repair a broken bulldozer in November 2013. They use a portable heater to warm the frozen bulldozer underneath a giant parachute, which traps in heat and helps thaw the vehicle. Jump-starting a frozen battery without first thawing it can cause it to explode, and technicians have to be careful to avoid frostbite while working on vehicles. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Nicole Taylor How to Handle Extreme Weather

By Daryl Lubinsky

Use of heat pads on oil pans and transmission fans, and installation of trickle chargers for battery heat blankets, are a normal part of operations for two Air Force bases in Alaska that routinely confront below-zero temperatures in the winter.

The Big Thompson River, located 80 yards from the City of Loveland, Colo., fleet facility, normally flows at 100 cubic feet per second (cfs) — during the September 2013 floods, this increased to 12,000 cfs. Photo courtesy of City of Loveland Maximizing Your Recovered Costs After a Natural Disaster

By Shelley Mika

When a disaster strikes, there is no controlling Mother Nature. However, with the help of a fleet management information system, fleets can better control how they recover from these events.

Public Fleet Summits Connect Regional Fleets

By Staff

Public Fleet Summits, a partnership between Government Fleet magazine and the Government Solutions Team, are educational events that take place around the country.

Photo courtesy of Verizon Networkfleet Telematics by the Numbers

By Shelley Mika

Telematics devices are increasingly used by government fleets. But with budgets under close scrutiny, are they a wise investment? Four fleets discuss the savings and return on investment associated with their telematics solutions.

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Blog

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
Can EVs Work as Patrol Vehicles?

By Paul Clinton
Adding a fleet of battery-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids to your motor pool is one thing. But giving an electrified sedan to a police officer seems like a trickier proposition.

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara
Goals don’t need to happen next month or right now. I recommend they don’t. In fleet management, things rarely happen overnight. So creating that list of goals might help you keep your eye on the prize.

Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

By Sherb Brown

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao
Whatever your political opinion, there’s no doubt Trump’s agenda on the environment is vastly different from President Obama’s.

How Are Your Customer Interactions?

By Thi Dao

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