Government Fleet – Issue

March 2014

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Can Green Fleets Survive Without Government Funding?

Federal funding for alternative fuels may be slowing down. How will this affect government fleet adoption of alternative fuels?

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Features

According to Club Car’s Mike Cotter, the manufacturer’s aircraft-grade aluminum frames are rustproof and corrosion-resistant. Pictured is the Carryall 500. Photo courtesy of Club Car. The Utility Vehicle Buyer’s Checklist

By Shelley Mika

Utility vehicles fill a unique niche in a government's fleet — they can operate on rugged terrain, transport people while also performing work, and navigate tighter spaces than a traditional vehicle, whether inside a facility or out in the woods.

Indirect vs. Direct Labor: How to Hit the Magic 70%

By Daryl Lubinsky

Direct labor can be summed up as time on task, or any time spent doing a specific task or repair. The work order is open, and as soon as the technician clocks in to perform preventive maintenance, for example, that counts as direct labor. The issue of monitoring and managing indirect labor costs is important because time is so important to fleet management.

Photo courtesy of Ford
 6 Questions About the 2015 Ford F-150

By Thi Dao

The truck's body is made of high-strength, military-­grade aluminum alloy, which Ford says will not only reduce weight but also improve payload, towing, and fuel efficiency.

NGVi’s Heavy-Duty Maintenance and Diagnostics training class is a three-day intensive course for experienced diesel technicians who will be diagnosing and maintaining heavy-duty natural gas vehicles. Photo courtesy of NGVi. Technician Training Solutions for Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

By Barbara Bonansinga

Fleet managers must consider how the addition of alternative-fuel vehicles changes fleet maintenance and repair. For those deciding to keep this in-house, there are various options available for technician training.

Law enforcement agencies seize a wide variety of vehicles including trucks, SUVs, and classic muscle cars. Photo courtesy of DEA Driving a Drug Dealer’s Car

By Paul Clinton

Law enforcement agencies can use asset forfeiture to snare unmarked narcotics cars.

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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

Paul Clinton
Upgrading the F-150's Capability for Off-Road Patrol

By Paul Clinton
Ford took the wraps off its 2018 F-150 Police Responder earlier this month and showed police agencies its latest tool for officers who need to pursue a suspect on more rugged terrain. Early feedback indicates that the truck will find a place in the fleets of rural patrol agencies.

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

By Patrick Oliver and Samuel Kirchhoff

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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