President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on European cars that has made the prospect of an all-out trade war more and more of a possibility.
A trade war would almost certainly raise the prices of cars for all consumers, not just European cars, since American companies would have an incentive to raise their own prices if they were competing with companies whose prices were forced higher by tariffs.
"Trump’s new attack on European automakers is mostly a direct threat at Germany, which exported $23 billion in cars to the United States in 2016, according to data aggregated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But large German automakers also have a sizable presence in the United States, with BMW employing thousands of workers in South Carolina and Volkswagen employing thousands more in Tennessee. Those manufacturers produce hundreds of thousands of cars in the United States each year, many of which are later exported to buyers in Asia and Europe."
Read the article at Jalopnik.
There are going to be heroes in this revolution. My advice to government fleet managers everywhere is to embrace it, because there’s no stopping it. Your choice is simple: get on board or be left behind!
By Robert S. Martinez, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Police Department
Over the past 12 months, the all-electric vehicle revolution has accelerated to the point that there should be little doubt in anybody’s mind that EV’s are the future of government fleets, if not the world’s. Now, it’s time that every government fleet consider getting on board. What makes me say that? Four game-changing news items since the beginning of last year:
Fleet managers are ideally positioned to be change agents for mobility, and NAFA is ready to help make that happen.
Unlike most other upfitters, Dejana is in multiple verticals and has an impressive depth of experience with manufacturing and process improvement.
Wheels’ Integration Services team was honored in the Customer Service Department of the Year category for its client-centric approach to managing Custom Process Requests.
The team strengthened its process for implementing customized requests received by clients during onboarding. This resulted in the creation of a strategic framework that supports clients’ business objectives and sets the stage for long-term success.
Integration Services focused on two areas of improvement: organizational alignment and data quality. The team shifted resources and centralized ownership of the cross-functional process in order to improve coordination, consistency and alignment throughout the organization. Incorporating sophisticated data maintenance practices and new reporting workflows enabled the team to ensure data accuracy, and better track key metrics in order to drive continuous improvement.
Back in 2010, Congress demanded that automakers add identifying sounds to their EVs (and hybrid-powered models in EV-only mode) when operating at up to 18.6 miles per hour.
The DOT is allowing automakers to request the ability to build multiple sounds into the system, with the driver selecting how he or she wants his EV to resonate on that particular day.
"The quiet car rules will reportedly to cost automakers about $40 million a year. While that sounds like a lot of money to equip the nation’s burgeoning fleet of EVs to play what can be expected to be little more than video game sounds when they slow down to a crawl, much of the cost will be going into adding especially durable external speakers that will be able to stand up to rain, snow, and road salt without skipping a beat."
Read the article at Forbes.
The Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association (AFLA) announced the formation of a task force to plan for the 50th Anniversary celebration at the AFLA 2019 Corporate Fleet Conference.
Katie Keeton, AFLA Secretary, who will chair the 2019 Corporate Fleet Conference, said “The AFLA Board has agreed that it’s important to start planning for our golden anniversary right now. We are seeking a task force chair and members to assist with a number of important duties.” The 50th Anniversary Task Force Charter is available online with more information. AFLA members are encouraged to volunteer and are reminded that this task force may be limited based on the interest level of AFLA members.
The organization holds an annual conference, hosts educational webinars, releases industry whitepapers, global fleet market data and offers opportunities for members to network with key leaders throughout the fleet industry. For more information on everything AFLA has to offer, please visit www.afla.org.
AT&T* is expanding its Internet of Things (IoT) Fleet Management solutions portfolio as a full-service provider. We’re now working to meet the needs of small business, enterprise and government customers.
We’ve integrated Geotab’s fleet tracking platform with our IoT platforms to launch a comprehensive solution. AT&T Fleet Management for Enterprise and AT&T Fleet Management for Government will help boost productivity, control costs, improve safety and manage compliance for our customers.
“Geotab’s award-winning telematics solution with our IoT platforms and nationwide data network is a winning combination for fleets of all sizes. We use it for our own fleet of company vehicles,” said Chris Penrose, president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “Now we can help businesses and government customers look holistically at vehicles, assets and mobile workers from a single analytics-based platform.”