Government Fleet – Issue

January 2015

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Fleet Vehicles Go Higher Tech

As new in-car technologies trickle into public fleets, they’re changing the way fleet managers handle purchasing, maintenance, and driver training.

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Features

Photo courtesy of Terex Working in a Winter Wonderland

By Stephane Babcock

Working in winter weather may not be pleasant, but if your off-road equipment is ready to handle the situation, you’re a step ahead in the game.

Photo courtesy of City of Moline Public Fleets Become Cooperative to Save on Parts

By Daryl Lubinsky

Fleets are obtaining substantial discounts on tires, filters, wiper blades, and various additional parts through cooperative purchasing.

Palm Beach County (Fla.) Apparatus Committee members stand in front of two of the Fire Department’s rescue trucks. Photo courtesy of PBCFR. Refurbishing Equipment: The Ultimate Recycling Program

By Tim Calhoun, CAFM

By remounting a refurbished rescue truck body to a new chassis, Palm Beach County (Fla.) Fire and Rescue Department saved about $75,000 over purchasing a new truck.

Photo courtesy of Ford Going Big: SUVs for Patrol

By David Griffith

Because police operations now require much more equipment, many law enforcement agencies have decided the pursuit SUV is the ideal patrol vehicle.

During the November 2014 snowstorm, the city enacted a driving ban so plows could get through. Photo courtesy of City of Buffalo Battling the Snowstorm in Buffalo

By Stephane Babcock

When Western New York saw six feet of snow dumped on the ground the week before Thanksgiving 2014, the City of Buffalo was ready to handle the mess with a fleet that was prepped and ready.

Photo via Flickr/Seattle Municipal Archives. Is Technical Experience Necessary for Fleet Managers?

By Thi Dao

Despite not having technical backgrounds, fleet managers with administrative experience bring a variety of advantages to their departments.

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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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