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Wheels, Inc. was selected by International Data Group’s CIO as a recipient of the 2018 CIO 100 award for the second consecutive year.
This prestigious award recognizes 100 organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).
Wheels was honored for its Mobile Assistant app that enables drivers of company-provided fleet vehicles to view important fleet-related records and activities, record business mileage, contact roadside assistance, and more on their mobile devices.
Merchants Fleet Management is continuing to grow its sales team. The two newest members are Andrew Camp, and John “Rocky” Petrone.
The move comes as part of Merchants Fleet Management’s commitment to double in size again over the next several years, as part of Merchants CEO Brendan P. Keegan’s multiyear plan.
Andrew Camp, in his role of Reginal Sales Manager, will cover central and northern California. Camp previously worked as the Vice President of Business Development at Donlen. Camp has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cal State University, San Bernardino and will report to Jeff Thomas, Director of Sales West Region.
Also joining the Merchants team is Rocky Petrone. Petrone will lead the Merchants GuaranteedTRAC resale program. Petrone joins Merchants after six years with ARI. Petrone has an MBA from Drexel University, and is a 2002 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Rocky will report to Tom Caffey, VP of Sales & Marketing.
“We’re excited to welcome both Andrew and Rocky,” said Tom Coffey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Merchants Fleet Management. “Andrew will help strengthen our presence in California, and Rocky’s expertise is an invaluable asset. Both have proven track records, and their additions will help support our present and projected growth.”
Widespread adoption of electric vehicles nationwide will likely increase air pollution compared with new internal combustion vehicles. Electric cars are only as "clean" as America's mix of power sources - natural gas and coal.
Evaluating the benefits of electric vehicle subsidies and mandates should be based on the comparison between an electric car and a new gas car - new internal combustion engines are really clean, emitting only about 1% of the pollution that they did in the 1960's.
"So, if electric-vehicle subsidies don’t help the environment, what—or who—do they help? Most electric-vehicle buyers are far wealthier than average Americans. A nationwide survey in 2017 found that 56% had household incomes of at least $100,000 and 17% had household incomes of at least $200,000. (In 2016, median household income for the US as a whole was less than $58,000.) So it’s fair to say the subsidies disproportionately benefit the wealthy at the expense of the poor, who cannot afford to buy even subsidized electric vehicles or live in their own homes to take advantage of residential chargers or solar panels."
Read the article at Politico.
Donlen has announced that Greg Hawes has joined Donlen as senior vice president, sales and client relations.
Hawes will oversee the strategy for new business development, client retention, and sales force effectiveness.
“We are excited to bring Greg on board and we look forward to him leading his team’s strategy for contributing to Donlen’s rapid growth,” said Donlen president, Tom Callahan.
In this function, Matthias Engel will be responsible for the development of new customer relations in close collaboration with the Group's global partner network.
Prior to joining fleetcompetence Group, Engel was responsible for sales in the Germany-Austria-Switzerland region for ARI Fleet Services. He has been active in the German and international fleet management industry for almost 25 years.
Fatal highway crashes have increased in the past three years to around 40,000 annually, with phone use being the second-highest reason as the cause.
Research by the American Psychological Association determined that multitasking in or out of the car has been shown in many psychological experiments to divide attention and limit working memory — both essential to safe driving.
"But phone use on the road centers around more than just having verbal conversations. Notifications from apps such as fake news, social media bias confirmation bubbles and inflammatory messaging add to the problem."
Read the article at The Detroit News.
More than two dozen people have been killed, and dozens of others have been injured by carbon monoxide nationwide since 2006 after a keyless-ignition vehicle was inadvertently left running in a garage.
Instead of turning and removing a physical key to shut the newer, quieter vehicles off, drivers can mistakenly leave the motor running using the new keyless-ignition fob technology.
Seven years ago the Society of Automotive Engineers called for features like a series of beeps to alert drivers that cars were still running without the key fob in or near the car, and in some cases to shut the engine off automatically. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed a federal regulation based on that idea, a software change that it said could be accomplished for pennies per vehicle. In the face of auto industry opposition, the agency let the plan languish, though it says a rule is still under consideration.
Read the article at The New York Times.