Facing sticker shock, San Francisco on Thursday pushed off the proposed deadline to replace polluting sedans driven around by city employees with zero-emission electric vehicles until 2022.
The initial 2020 deadline proposed in Supervisor Katy Tang’s electric vehicle requirement legislation was seemingly out of reach, according to a report on the proposal by the budget analyst.
The report found it would cost tens of millions of dollars to buy electric cars and install needed charging stations, and require a significant ramp-up in the offloading and purchasing of fleet vehicles.
Conventional wisdom has kind of assumed that old fogies are afraid of self-driving cars and suffer from crippling range anxiety when it comes to EVs.
Those youngsters, though, are all about autonomous electric cars — computers on wheels, if you will, that chauffeur them about town. But a new massive survey from Driving-Tests.org (DTO, for short) says otherwise. Not about the fogies — they’re still afraid of self-driving electric cars — but about the kids.
They don’t really like them either.
Advisory Board Named for First “Closed Loop” Smartphone Telematics Solution and Industry Risk Measurement Standard
eDriving has released the first, patented, “closed loop” smartphone telematics solution for fleet drivers – Mentor by eDriving. The highly anticipated product measures and scores driving behavior and delivers tailored driver training straight to smartphones, tablets and computers.
The Mentor product launch also marks the debut of a transformational industry standard risk predictor for both businesses and consumers – the FICO® Safe Driving Score.
Partnerships between Wheels and its upfit suppliers have delivered some very positive results.
Donlen that Dennis Straight, CTO, and Tom Sloan, director of telematics and safety products at Donlen, will be two of several panelists at the Autonomous Vehicles and Their Impact on the Fleet Industry session at the 2017 NAFA I&E in Tampa, Florida.
The session will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 4 p.m. EDT.
The 2017 NAFA I&E offers fleet professionals a full week of high quality fleet management education sessions, which are current and relevant to their success.
We think nothing of grabbing an Uber to the airport, but is the car sharing concept, aside from pool vehicles, viable for fleets? For his Fleet Spectator column, Mark Boada interviewed a car sharing pioneer who says that some typical sedan fleets could be reduced by 50% by adopting car sharing. Intriguing?
We publish this week from NAFA’s exciting 2017 Institute & Expo in Tampa and are interviewing many industry leaders and keynote speakers. Stay tuned for video clips and articles from the conference in upcoming Fleet Management Weekly Newsletters and our website: www.fleetmanagementweekly.com
Finally, congratulations to a great guy on his retirement – Tom Keilty has enjoyed an illustrious career with PHH and Element Fleet and we wish him the very best.
Editor in Chief
By Laura Jozwiak, Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Relations, Wheels, Inc
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