Government Fleet – Issue

March 2018

Cover Story By Bob Stanton
Electric Powertrains Are the Future. Will Fleets Be Ready?

There is a shift away from internal combustion engines and toward electric powertrain engines. How can fleets and automotive students prepare for this change?

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Photo: Getty Images 5 Fleet Management Software Features You Should Be Using

By Bradley Kelley

Graphical user interface-based fleet management information systems are 20 years old. You are using yours for more than just record keeping, right?

Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles. What’s New in Police Motorcycles?

By Roselynne Reyes

For the 2018 model year, fleets have several motorcycle models to choose from. Here are the newest models available, and some insight from a dealer on what fleets should look for when choosing a motorcycle.

Verizon Connect’s executive leadership team includes (L–R) Chief Marketing Officer Jay Jaffin, Chief Technology Officer Peter Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer Andrés Irlando, and Senior Vice President of Product Strategy Jason Koch. Photo courtesy of Verizon. Verizon Combines Telematics Platforms, Rebrands as Verizon Connect

By Tariq Kamal

Verizon Connect unifies three leading telematics providers on a single platform that offers a wide range of scalable and “future-proof” solutions, services, and features to public fleet customers.

Photo: Getty Images One Way to Boost Fleet Efficiency: Create a Consolidated Vendor List

By Thi Dao

Many fleets have a list of vendors they can call for outsourced work. What if this list isn’t enough?

Photo: Getty Images Lessons I Learned During the Great Fire of 2017

By David Worthington

In October 2017, wildfires spread across Northern California, burning through 114,000 acres of land. Here’s what I learned during the fires and recovery period.

Photo: Getty Images What to Do When OEMs Stop Making Your Vehicle

By Shelley Ernst

Step 1: Don’t panic. Step 2: Follow these steps…

Photo courtesy of the Grasshopper Co. Zero-Turn Mower Boosts Efficiency

By Staff

Grasshopper’s Model 900D 1.3L mower is an upgrade of the previous version, improving efficiency in several areas while complying with emission regulations.

Image of BOMAG’s BW 138AD-5 tandem vibratory roller courtesy of BOMAG A Vibratory Roller That Alerts the Operator

By Staff

The Economizer compaction alert system on the BOMAG BW 138AD-5 tandem vibratory roller indicates when optimum compaction is achieved.


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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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
Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

By Facundo Tassara
WheelRight allows vehicles to drive through a specialized lane and captures tire pressure readings on all four tires while also providing tire tread depth within a few seconds and printed receipt.

Improved Communication (There's an App for That)

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

By Mike Antich
The Chevrolet Equinox adds a 1.6L four-cylinder turbo diesel to its lineup of engine choices for 2018. The fuel-efficient turbo diesel generates 137 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed automatic.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown
Fleets are often the beta testers of the vehicle market. That shift away from compact sedans we saw in the fleet market a few years ago is playing out in real time in the retail market right now.

Keep Realistic Fleet Expectations

By Sherb Brown