Government Fleet – Issue

March 2016

Cover Story By Shelley Ernst
How Fleets Can Manage Recalls

With recalls on the rise, it’s hard for fleets to avoid them. But understanding the risk — and creating a process for when they arise — can make handling them manageable.

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Features

The Port St. Lucie Police Department plans to have Derive Efficiency calibrate its current vehicles that are MY-2013 and newer. Photo courtesy of City of Port St. Lucie 5 Ways to Improve Efficiency

By Thi Dao

From adding in-vehicle technologies to incentives in the shop, here are five ways fleets can improve driver, vehicle, and operational efficiency.

Chevin provides a platform that allows fleets to pull together data in a way so they can attack the low hanging fruit to improve efficiency. Image courtesy of Chevin Fleet Management Software Increases Customization

By Daryl Lubinsky

Government fleets continue to look for fleet management information systems to perform tasks geared toward the fleet’s specific needs, which has led to additional trends such as predictive analysis.

In 2015, fleet staff received the City of West Palm Beach’s Team of the Year award. Photo courtesy of City of West Palm Beach Turning Around the West Palm Beach City Fleet

By Thi Dao

The City of West Palm Beach, Fla., has made a significant fleet turnaround with the help of a new fleet manager, new fleet management system, and a newly created replacement fund.

(L-R) Richard Battersby, City of Oakland, Calif.; Pat O’Keefe, Golden Gate Petroleum; and Neville Fernandes from Neste are pictured after the City of Oakland announced its switch to renewable diesel. Photo courtesy of City of Oakland What You Need to Know About Renewable Diesel

By Shelley Ernst

Renewable diesel is sustainable, and many West Coast fleets have been making the switch. But what is it exactly, and where can you get it?

Caterpillar’s B-Series roller uses global navigation satellite system positioning to correlate compaction, frequency, and pass-count data to specific locations. Photo courtesy of Caterpillar Caterpillar Rolls Toward Smarter Asphalt Compaction

By Staff

The manufacturer’s latest B-Series tandem vibratory roller models boast improvements in auto-adjustable compaction and mapping for pass count and temperature.

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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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