Government Fleet – Issue

October 2014

Cover Story By Thi Dao
How to Streamline the Procurement Process

New tools and technologies have made fleet procurement faster and more streamlined. Fleet and procurement professionals discuss how their organizations have worked to improve fleet purchasing.

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Features

While online training has its benefits for experienced technicians that need either a refresher or a look at a manufacturer's updated products, it will never replace the need for hands-on training both in the classroom and at the shop. Photo via istock.com. Keeping Up With Off-Road Training

By Stephane Babcock

While the basics are as fundamental of the tools they use, technicians need to continuously train to keep ahead of the technological curve, at work, at home and anywhere they can connect.

Photo courtesy of  iStockphoto.com. Report Your Way to Improved Productivity

By Shelley Mika

Whether you're managing the shop, equipment, or the budget, fleet reports can help identify efficiencies and make your job easier in the meantime.

At a fleet meeting, John Hunt, CPFP, the city’s fleet manager, awards Dan Adamson, a vehicle and equipment technician, with a Safety Recognition Award. Photo courtesy of the City of Portland. Portland Fleet Certification Makes it the Service Provider of Choice

By Kelsey Nolan

By making several adjustments over eight years, the City of Portland, Ore., was able to become a Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO), improve efficiency, and make the organization shine.

The City of Anaheim, Calif., fleet became certified in June, becoming more efficient and reducing costs for taxpayers. Photo courtesy of the City of Anaheim.  Anaheim’s CFMO Certification Saves Taxpayer Money

By Kelsey Nolan

By becoming a Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO), the City of Anaheim, Calif., was able to create a motor pool and save $300,000 annually.

Photo by Vince Taroc. Ram ProMaster City: An Option for Right-sizing

By Staff

With eight different configurations for the newest and smallest Ram van offering, the 2015 ProMaster city can be used by agencies looking to right-size and reduce costs.

Taking the right steps when embarking on a CNG fleet project can lead to success and a return on investment. The site pictured here shows a well-designed fueling station. A Case Study in CNG: What Not to Do

By Anonymous Author

While CNG can be a cost-efficient alternative fuel, it's also an expensive investment that needs to be implemented correctly. Here, a fleet manager discusses lessons learned from mistakes made with a real CNG fleet implementation and the expensive results of the these mistakes.

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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

Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton
Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now.

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

By Mike Antich

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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