Government Fleet – Issue

June 2016

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Should Fleets Worry About Vehicle Hacking?

Is vehicle hacking a real threat? Here’s a look at what the industry is doing to protect vehicles from hackers.

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Features

The Terramac RT14R features a 360-degree rotatable frame along with a 28,000-lb. carrying capacity bed that can dump at any position. Photo courtesy of Terramac Terramac's Crawler Carrier Provides 360-Degree Rotation

By Staff

The new Terramac RT14R crawler carrier uses its spinning ability and rubber track technology to make offloading materials more efficient and safe.

At the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) in Oregon, 80% of employees in the fleet department have retired in the past five years, and another 10% took other higher paying positions within EWEB. Photo courtesy of EWEB What to Do About Mass Technician Retirements

By Shelley Ernst

Technicians are retiring, and sometimes en masse. With the loss of manpower — and knowledge — how can fleets recover? Fleet managers who have survived technician shortages share their creative strategies.

Unique Fleet Vehicles

By Thi Dao

You won’t find these vehicles at many fleets! We asked fleets about the unusual vehicles their agencies own and operate. Here are a few of their unique fleet units.

Photos of 2016 Explorer (l.) and 2016 Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford. Police Interceptor Utility vs. Ford Explorer

By Paul Clinton

Ford's P.I. Utility and Explorer mid-size SUV may be built at the same Chicago assembly plant, but a closer look at the vehicles reveals plenty of differences.

The redesigned Toro Groundsmaster 5900/5910 large-area mower boasts a 16-foot cutting width, allowing the operator to mow more than 100 acres per day. Photo courtesy of Toro Toro Refreshes Groundsmaster 5900/5910 Mower

By Staff

The new Tier 4 Final-compliant model is more fuel efficient and promotes greater productivity for operators of all skill levels.

Q&A with the Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists

By Thi Dao

This year’s Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year finalists discuss the most challenging aspects of their jobs, their biggest accomplishments, and what they’re most excited about this year.

The City of Long Beach, Calif., is testing out a Mirai to determine practicality and operating cost. Photo courtesy of City of Long Beach Calif. Fleets Add Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Sedans

By Thi Dao

Think fuel cell vehicles are too expensive for government fleets? That’s not the case for some California agencies.

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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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