Government Fleet – Issue

March 2017

Cover Story By Roselynne Reyes
Standardizing Vehicles to Streamline Fleet 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.

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 Calif. City 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 maintenance software system involves training technicians on how to input data into the system. Photo: istockphoto.com Key Takeaways in Transitioning to a New Fleet Management Software System

By Thi Dao

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

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

By Roselynne Reyes

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

FleetFAQ

Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
When Are Policies Too Strict?

By Thi Dao
Before writing a policy that will last for years, determine whether it’s the best one. Would a typical employee follow the policy?

What Your Vehicles Say About Your Fleet

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

How Chevrolet's Tahoe PPV Differs From its Retail Relative

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
For the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, tires are added to the vehicles that are capable of handling speeds of up to 134 mph and the brakes are adjusted to handle frequent stopping at high speeds.

Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Vehicle-to-What? — Evolving Vehicle Communication Technologies

By Facundo Tassara
Can vehicle collisions be avoided with vehicle-to-infrastructure or vehicle-to-vehicle technology? Several of the major OEMs think so and are spending billions of dollars a year working on the technology.

Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

By Paul Clinton
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a significantly upgraded van that offers a dizzying array of configurations and meaningful improvements designed to improve productivity for delivering packages or hauling passengers.

2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

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