From EVs to infrastructure to technicians and fleet operations, check out this Thanksgiving roudup of stories, photos, and videos.   -  Photo: Government Fleet via Canva.com

From EVs to infrastructure to technicians and fleet operations, check out this Thanksgiving roudup of stories, photos, and videos. 

Photo: Government Fleet via Canva.com

Explore the latest in fleet management, featuring essential tools for public sector fleet managers, successful strategies for electrification, winter vehicle prep tips, insights on in-house and outsourced work balance, and more. Gain valuable industry advice and firsthand experiences on automation, electric vehicle facilities, cost savings, and fleet electrification planning.

Shop Tools Essential to Your Operations

A rundown of tools two public sector fleet managers can’t live without, and why you need them in your shop. Plus, tips on organizing your tools and equipment.

Leading the Charge: 3 Ways to Succeed with Fleet Electrification

It’s time to transition away from ICE vehicles and lean into electrification. Here are three key steps to break the process down and get all stakeholders on board.

With chilly months on their way, help keep your vehicle on the road and operating safely with this advice for wheel-ends, air systems, and electronics.  -  Photo: Unsplash/Katie Doherty

With chilly months on their way, help keep your vehicle on the road and operating safely with this advice for wheel-ends, air systems, and electronics.

Photo: Unsplash/Katie Doherty

Top 12 Tips for Bumper-To-Bumper Winter Prep

With chilly months on their way, help keep your vehicle on the road and operating safely with this advice for wheel-ends, air systems, and electronics.

Finding a Balance with In-House and Outsourced Work

A fleet manager shares his thoughts on striking a balance with outsourced work and how expertise, budget, and aging fleets can all contribute.

How Facilities Impact Retention

Finding quality technicians and retaining them is an issue many fleet managers are having across the country. Various techniques have worked for different areas, but the trick that’s been the most effective for one Texas fleet manager who has focused on hiring at the middle pay grade instead of the bottom.

Optimize Fleet Operations Through Automation

Automation can improve services, boost productivity, and reduce downtime — but managing data overload from disparate sources is no easy task. 

Modern parts rooms like this multilevel option with palletized systems and vertical lift modules will be important during transitions, as more parts are needed to maintain multiple types of vehicles.  -  Photo: HDR

Modern parts rooms like this multilevel option with palletized systems and vertical lift modules will be important during transitions, as more parts are needed to maintain multiple types of vehicles.

Photo: HDR

Designing the Fleet Facilities of the Future

Learn about the six key considerations in planning an electric vehicle maintenance facility. 

Rightsizing and Right Typing to Reduce Fleet Capital Costs

Learn what the difference is between the two methods and how understanding them can help you save money.

Many municipalities are making EV conversion plans and beginning to purchase their first EVs and chargers.  -  Photo: Matt Jerome Connor

Many municipalities are making EV conversion plans and beginning to purchase their first EVs and chargers.

Photo: Matt Jerome Connor

How to Calculate EV vs. ICE Vehicle Cost Per Mile

We’ve all heard that fleeting EVs will lower your “fuel” bill considerably compared to an ICE vehicle. But by how much, exactly? Here’s the formula.

Planning for Fleet Electrification through a Distributed Charging Network

Fleets need to view electrification through software and controlling the distribution of power. This then expands into route management using telematics data and other data sources such as weather and topography.

The Gilbert Fire Department just received its Volterra electric pumper. The process to create the vehicle began several years ago, when Pierce Manufacturing reached out to the Madison, Wisconsin, Fire Department and fleet to work with them on creating the vehicle.  -  Photo: Pierce Manufacturing

The Gilbert Fire Department just received its Volterra electric pumper. The process to create the vehicle began several years ago, when Pierce Manufacturing reached out to the Madison, Wisconsin, Fire Department and fleet to work with them on creating the vehicle.

Photo: Pierce Manufacturing

Photos: Push-In Ceremony for Arizona's First Electric Fire Pumper

Gilbert Fire & Rescue received the third Volterra electric pumper made by Pierce Manufacturing.

Talking Challenges, Goals, and the Future of Fleet at FLAGFA

At the 2023 Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators Fall Conference, Government Fleet asked fleet leaders three questions: What are challenges you are facing? What goals are you working toward? And what is your advice for other fleets?

Photos: Ford's Crown Victoria Over the Years

A look at one of Ford's most popular vehicles as it evolved.

Photos: Historic Secret Service Motorcycle Retired

The 2001 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard Police Motorcycle was involved in several historic rides.

Photo: Artem Podrez  -  When it comes to the future of the technician, those in fleet believe that role may look even more different than what it’s evolved into now.

Photo: Artem Podrez

When it comes to the future of the technician, those in fleet believe that role may look even more different than what it’s evolved into now.

Efficiently Approaching Recruitment & Retention

Finding and keeping good employees can be a challenge, especially when it comes to bringing on technicians. Managers are now trying to find more ways to create a pipeline between schools and the fleet while finding the best ways to support individuals in their training.

The State of the Vehicle Market Today

What is the state of the vehicle market today? What are you thinking about when deciding to order vehicles? What might be some of the considerations for vehicle replacement? Find answers to these questions and more on this episode of GovCast.

A Fleet Manager's Rolesharethis sharing button

The role of the fleet manager is ever-changing and issues faced 10 or 20 years ago may look very different now. Mark Stevens, who recently retired from his role as fleet manager for the city of Sacramento talks about his time overseeing a California fleet and what he's learned along the way. We'll cover how the role of fleet manager has changed, what municipalities should do when bringing on new fleet hires, and how those in the fleet industry can stay better connected.

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Nichole Osinski

Nichole Osinski

Executive Editor

Nichole Osinski is the executive editor of Government Fleet magazine. She oversees editorial content for the magazine and the website, selects educational programming for GFX, and manages the brand's awards programs.

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