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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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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Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Don’t Expect Different Results with the Same Strategies

By Facundo Tassara
I would argue we have all faced this at some point in our careers: We get stuck, and the underlying problem is that we take the same approach and expect different results.

Recognizing Your Success

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown


Thi Dao
Rethink Existing Policies & Procedures

By Thi Dao
Is something done a certain way because it was always done this way? Was a policy created due to one negative event, and is it still necessary or has it become too restrictive?

Cheering the Industry On

By Thi Dao