Government Fleet – Issue

March 2017

Cover Story By Roselynne Reyes
Standardizing Vehicles to Streamline Operations

Some fleets have been able to save on parts, increase efficiency, and target their technician training by standardizing vehicles. Fleet managers share their experiences and a few best practices.

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Features

The National Crane NBT40-1 Series is designed to improve fleet utilization and provide more versatility in utility work, according to manufacturer Manitowoc. Photo courtesy of Manitowoc Boom Truck Series Offers Two-in-One Versatility

By Staff

National Crane’s dual-rated NBT40-1 Series boom trucks provide a full-capacity crane that can be reconfigured into an aerial lift.

The DT65H Transmission Digger Derrick from Altec is a fully hydraulic derrick that incorporates a high-flow piston pump into the hydraulic system. Maximum flow is available to any function. Photo courtesy of Altec A Digger Derrick That Delivers Smooth Functionality

By Staff

The Altec DT65H Transmission Digger Derrick is a fully hydraulic, pilot-operated derrick that incorporates a high-flow piston pump into the hydraulic system. Because a single variable displacement piston pump provides flow, the maximum flow is available to any function.

In late January and early February, more than 20 inches of rainfall contributed to flooding in the City of Napa, Calif. Photo courtesy of City of Napa Diligent Maintenance Keeps City of Napa on the Road

By Shelley Ernst

Severe droughts in much of California have finally abated — through heavy rain and flooding. Here's how the City of Napa fleet prepared for and responded to California's rare record rainfall.

Chevrolet is rolling out the Bolt EV in waves, starting with California and Oregon. Photo: Paul Clinton Chevrolet Bolt EV Electrifies Public Fleets

By Paul Clinton

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV’s biggest advantages are its 238-mile range and more affordable price point.

With fuel being a major operating cost, reducing purchasing cost by a few cents per gallon can result in big savings. Photo: Vince Taroc Using Cooperative Procurement to Reduce Fuel Costs

By Thi Dao

Neighboring public fleets can work together to cooperatively purchase fuel at lower prices. Two collaborative fuel contracts in Oregon and California have saved public agencies hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Upgrading to a new fleet management system involves training technicians on how to input data into the software. Photo: istockphoto.com Software Switch: Key Takeaways in Transitioning to a New FMIS

By Thi Dao

Switching or upgrading to a new fleet management information system (FMIS) is a time-consuming project that can take up to a year. Here’s what to know before you start.

Illustrations: istockphoto.com What You Need to Know About the Volkswagen Settlement

By Roselynne Reyes

The automaker will spend billions of dollars through its diesel settlement, including buybacks, repairs, and two potential sources of funding that fleets should be aware of.

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Blog

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

Amy Winter-Hercher
2018 Toyota C-HR

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The all-new Toyota C-HR enters the competitive compact SUV market with an eye-catching exterior. Toyota’s Safety Sense System comes standard; it includes safety features like pre-collision and lane-departure alerts and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton

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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