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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FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao
The degrees of connection within any industry are less than six or four. Choose a handful of random fleet professionals, and I’d bet one of them knows someone you know or have worked with.

What's the Future of Transportation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

By Patrick Oliver and Samuel Kirchhoff
Pursuits can be deadly for everyone involved, but they can't be prohibited in all cases. So agencies need to have policies and procedures in place to reduce the danger.

How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

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
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

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