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Measuring (and Minimizing) EV Total Cost of Ownership
Upward Pricing Pressuring Fixed and Operating Costs

Upward Pricing Pressuring Fixed and Operating Costs

Fleets are being impacted by a variety of inflationary pressures ranging from higher acquisition prices due to the proliferation of onboard safety equipment, to increased material costs pushing up pricing on parts, upfits, and replacement tires.

December 13, 2019

Overt & Hidden Costs of Extending Truck Replacement

Overt & Hidden Costs of Extending Truck Replacement

Extending truck replacement cycling parameters beyond stated fleet policy is typically a short-term tactic used by senior management to solve a budgetary constraint; however, there are long-term fleet consequences to this strategy.

June 9, 2017

Fleet Budgets Continue to Rise

Fleet Budgets Continue to Rise

Nearly three of four respondents to Government Fleet’s 2016 financial survey said budgets have returned to 2010 levels, and low fuel cost was one of the biggest contributors to operating budget reductions.

January 4, 2016

Report Your Way to Improved Productivity

Report Your Way to Improved Productivity

Whether you're managing the shop, equipment, or the budget, fleet reports can help identify efficiencies and make your job easier in the meantime.

October 20, 2014

13 Bright Ideas to Improve Your Fleet

13 Bright Ideas to Improve Your Fleet

This compilation of “bright ideas” focuses on single, simple ideas aimed to reduce costs, improve operations, improve customer service, and more. Fleet professionals explain how they executed their plan, the challenges they faced, and the results they’ve seen or expect to achieve.

September 3, 2014

Case Study: Water District Reduces Operating Costs with Telematics

Operating Costs Remain Flat in Calendar-Year 2010

Stable fuel prices were the primary reason fleet costs remained flat. Also, national accounts did not increase prices for oil changes and replacement tires. Maintenance costs were up for fleets that extended vehicle cycling.

November 12, 2010

Top 10 Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleets in CY-2011

Top 10 Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleets in CY-2011

Budget is the No.1 challenge facing government fleets. Everything a fleet does revolves around money — equipment, facilities, staff, vehicles, parts, tools, fuel, etc. Other challenges include extended cycling, resources to maintain aging assets, and staff burn-out.

November 8, 2010

Global Economic Recession Cuts Fleet Operating Costs

Fuel costs, the largest fleet operating expense, declined dramatically in the 2009 calendar-year due to a sharp decline in worldwide consumption. Also, many fleets have downsized, which contributed to a lower overall fuel spend.

November 6, 2009

Medium-Duty Operating Costs Increase in 2008-CY

The biggest factor behind the spike in medium-duty operating costs was the increase in diesel prices, which jumped 32 percent from the then-historical high in 2007. Other factors included increased labor rates and higher taxes.

April 22, 2009

Fleet Budgets Squeezed by Decreasing Tax Revenues

Fleet Budgets Squeezed by Decreasing Tax Revenues

As the 2008 holiday season began last November, Government Fleet contacted public sector fleet managers to explore the impact of plummeting economic conditions on their professional responsibilities.

January 9, 2009

Fleet Operating Costs Increase Again in 2008

For calendar-year 2008, the year-to-date cost of fuel has increased 30 percent, the price for replacement tires rose 5-10 percent, and the cost for non-warranty maintenance services was up 5 percent.

November 1, 2008

Lifecycle Costing VS. Low Bid For Equipment Acquisition

Lifecycle Costing VS. Low Bid For Equipment Acquisition

Improved quality and savings make lifecycle costing — a modeling technique that considers all fixed and operating expenses of a vehicle or fleet function from acquisition to disposal — worth the effort for public sector fleets.

July 1, 2008

15 Ways to Save Fuel

15 Ways to Save Fuel

Although fuel prices continue to hit record highs, you can take action to maximize fuel efficiency. Here are 15 suggestions for better fuel economy and best practices from fleet operators.

April 1, 2008

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