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

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
The Data on Data

By Thi Dao
With fleet management becoming more technology-­driven and automated, there is an increasing amount of data available.

How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
The Efficiency of the CHP's Vehicle Assembly Line

By Paul Clinton
The California Highway Patrol uses an assembly line similar to one found in an automaker's factory to add auxiliary equipment to about 1,000 vehicles per year.

How FCA Views the Police Market

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels brings the gas station to your vehicles for the same price as a gas station. Its team members will fill up vehicles overnight or at a requested time and bill weekly. This could be a solution for fleets with old, expensive fueling infrastructure.

Rethinking Utilization: Using the Energy in Parked EVs

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2018 Toyota C-HR

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The all-new Toyota C-HR enters the competitive compact SUV market with an eye-catching exterior. Toyota’s Safety Sense System comes standard; it includes safety features like pre-collision and lane-departure alerts and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

By Sherb Brown

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