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

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Second-Gen Fleet Professionals

By Thi Dao
I’ve often wondered how much of an influence the parents of second-­generation fleet professionals had on their careers.

Addressing the Recruiting Problem

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

By Paul Clinton
In law enforcement, police chiefs, sheriffs, and other top brass have been known to request higher trim grades and other vehicle upgrades, which can present challenges to the public fleet manager who must repurpose the vehicle after the chief switches into a new vehicle.

How Ford's Hybrid Patrol Car Is Different

By Paul Clinton

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
BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

By Paul Clinton
BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Who’s Up Next?

By Sherb Brown
Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown

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