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April 20, 2016


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

A Night to Remember!

We are excited to be in Austin at the NAFA 2016 Institute & Expo, and are delighted to extend our congratulations to the fleet professionals honored at the Fourth Annual Fleet Excellence (FLEXY) Awards Gala on Tuesday night.

2016 Fleet Excellence Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Fleet Management: Nikit Rajendran, Solar City, San Francisco, CA

Outstanding Achievement in Public Fleet Management: Jeff Meggitt, CAFM, Regional Municipality of York, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Excellence in Corporate Fleet Sustainability: George Survant, Time Warner Cable, Charlotte, NC

Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability: Keith Kerman, NYC Fleet, City of New York, NY

Excellence in Corporate Fleet Safety: Erin Gilchrist, Safelite Autoglass, Columbus, OH

Excellence in Public Fleet Safety: Dalton Pratt, Texas DOT, Austin, TX

Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Fleet Management: Nikith Rajendran, Solar City, San Francisco, CA

Outstanding Achievement in Public Fleet Management: Jeff Meggitt, CAFM, Regional Municipality of York, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Excellence in Fleet Leadership: Robert Stine, CAFM, Hillsborough County, FL

NAFA Affiliate of the Year: Tony DiBrino
NAFA Member of the Year: Sheryl Grossman
Honorary Membership Award: Tim Llewellyn, City of Kirkland, WA
Distinguished Service Award: Claude Masters, CAFM

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief…and proud 2014 Affiliate of the Year!


VIDEO: Fleet Sector Vehicle Sales are Booming

Fleet and commercial vehicle sales are currently outpacing retail sales, and the van sector of the market is doing extremely well right now.

VIDEO: Managing Vehicle Delivery Expectations
  Reducing Vehicle Delivery Delays

Vehicle ordering and delivery can be a tricky business, but the experts at Donlen have a variety of ways to manage expectations and reduce delays.

VIDEO: Avoiding Bad Driving Situations
  Safety Course Focuses on Real-Time AwarenessSafety Course Focuses on Real-Time Awareness

The Level II safety course from Driving Dynamics uses a simulator to further refine techniques drivers can use to avoid getting into a bad situation – by creating a real-time awareness of what’s around them.

The Fleet Spot

donlen-star Donlen Offers Advanced Preview of Real-Time Upfit Status Tool at NAFA 2016 Institute & Expo

Donlen will offer an advanced preview of their upcoming Real-Time Upfit Status tool at their booth (#1419) during NAFA 2016 I&E in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, April 20, and Thursday, April 21, 2016.

The new Upfit Status tool in FleetWeb® will give fleet professionals the ability to see exactly where their vehicles are at during the upfit process. This functionality will be released soon as part of a larger release that effectively manages the order to delivery process so customers have true-to-the-minute information on the progress of their vehicle from order to build to upfit.


Ken Latzko CEI’s Ken Latzko to Speak on Innovations in Preventing Fleet Accidents at NAFA I&E 2016

Cutting edge methods to change fleet driver behavior to prevent accidents is the focus of a presentation Ken Latzko, senior director of sales for the CEI Group, Inc. , will make to attendees at the NAFA Institute and Exposition in Austin, TX, on Wednesday, April 20, at 1:15 P.M., CST.

Mr. Latzko will be part of a two-member panel addressing “The Root Cause of Crashes: Actions Fleet Managers Must Take.” The other panel member will be Phillip Moser, vice president at Advanced Driver Training Services.


ARI Logo ARI to Discuss Transforming Your Fleet Data at the 2016 NAFA I&E

ARI will once again exhibit at the annual NAFA Institute & Expo, scheduled for April 19-22, 2016, in Austin, Texas.

ARI’s team of fleet and information technology experts will be on hand in Booth #601 to discuss how the company’s latest proprietary technology will help fleet managers collect, understand, and act on Big Data.


element-square Element Fleet Management Experts to Lead Educational Sessions at NAFA 2016 Institute and Expo

Fleet Industry Leaders Will Provide Consulting Know-How at Expo Booth #741

At NAFA 2016, Element will focus on helping enable fleet managers to achieve an advantage today and confidently take on future challenges. Element, which will exhibit on Wednesday and Thursday in booth #741, will feature representatives from the company’s Strategic Consulting group who focus on identifying hard-dollar savings and improving driver and vehicle productivity. Attendees are encouraged to visit the booth to discuss needs specific to their fleet.


Safety & Risk

By Art Liggio, President, Driving Dynamics

In one year it was reported that more than 5,000 people were killed and nearly a half million people were injured in crashes involving some form of distracted driving.

To help you and your drivers address this issue ahead on, provided is a PASS ALONG communication to share with your fleet in our mutual fight against distracted driving. It includes information about the different types of distracted driving, links to two highly effective Driving Dynamics’ safety tip videos and a copy of our “Be Dynamic Behind The Wheel, Not Distractedpledge sheet.


Seven eLements of Leadership

The company’s president and CEO will introduce his new book, “Seven eLements of Leadership for a New Breed of Leader,” at the upcoming NAFA I&E.

LeasePlan USA President and CEO, Michael A. Pitcher, will be at LeasePlan’s coffee lounge during next week’s NAFA Institute and Expo to discuss and sign copies of his new book, “Seven eLements of Leadership for a New Breed of Leader.”

Under Pitcher’s leadership, LeasePlan USA has been recognized as a top workplace for its Atlanta and Chicago locations every year since 2010. According to his book, the seven elements — Laugh, Learn, Listen, Language, Lagniappe, Legacy and Love — are essential for leaders to succeed.


Beverly Hills Takes the Lead?

The Hollywood Reporter

The Beverly Hills City Council voted unanimously this week to adopt a resolution to develop driverless vehicles that will provide public transportation throughout the city.

The program is part of Beverly Hills mayor John Mirisch’s plan for a municipally owned fleet of autonomous vehicles that would function as an on-demand car shuttle service to and from any address in the city.

Because it comprises only 5.7 square miles, “Beverly Hills is the perfect community to take the lead and make this technology a reality,” Mirisch said in a statement announcing the program. “It is now both feasible and safe for autonomous cars to be on the road.”


Fleet Trends & Issues

Finally, Auto Industry Starts to Admit: Electric Vehicles are Better

Green Car Reports

Electric cars are often touted for their financial and environmental benefits, but there’s another major perk they offer to consumers.

They’re very nice to drive.

Many drivers have been won over by electric cars’ near-silent operation and instant torque delivery.

Now, there’s at least a glimmer of hope that carmakers may finally begin promoting those qualities as they seek to sell more electric cars.


Zipcar Launches New Fleet Management Service ‘Local Motion by Zipcar’

Zipcar has announced the launch of a new fleet management service called Local Motion by Zipcar, a comprehensive vehicle hardware and software platform that allows operators of large fleets to share vehicles effortlessly, increase utilization and streamline operations.

This technology solution is now available to support corporate, government and university fleet management customers.

The launch of Local Motion by Zipcar enhances Zipcar’s portfolio of simple and effective mobility solutions. Designed for customer-owned and-operated fleets, Local Motion by Zipcar makes it easy for employee-drivers to access shared vehicles through a variety of enhanced features.


Automakers Revisit Tactics That Hurt Them Before Recession

The New York Times

When the car industry collapsed in the recession, automakers pulled back sharply on aggressive leasing deals and other financial incentives that had artificially increased their sales for years.

But now, with carmakers under pressure to maintain last year’s record numbers, they are once again turning to the same tactics that got them into trouble a decade ago.

Automakers are offering increasing discounts on economy cars and luxury models alike, relying more on sales to fleets like rental-car companies and bloating dealers’ inventories. More and more auto loans are being stretched out over longer periods of time.


Arizona Public Service Going All-Electric with 2,100 Vehicle Fleet

Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona Public Service Co. is going all-electric, a bit at a time.

The power company is swapping out its more than 2,100 cars, SUVs and trucks with electric vehicles over its replacement cycle. A specific completion date has not be specified.

“Just as we’ve worked to modernize our grid and provide cleaner energy, we are now modernizing our fleet to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Donna Easterly, vice president and chief procurement officer with APS.

“The fleet will be more efficient and last longer, and our bucket trucks will operate more quietly which makes inspecting and repairing power lines safer for our linemen and less disruptive for our customers.”


Cell Phone Hacking

The Car Connection

The name Cellebrite might not ring any bells, but you’ve probably heard about the company.

It’s the Israeli firm that’s rumored to have helped the FBI hack into the iPhone 5c involved in the shootings that took place last December in San Bernardino, California.

Whether or not those rumors are true, it’s clear that Cellebrite does have another project in the works — one that could help law enforcement examine the activity on mobile phones involved in traffic accidents.


China and Autonomous Cars

By Michael Sheldrick, Executive Editor

In just over 50 years, China has transformed itself to a highly industrialized urbanized powerhouse. Along with that, it has afflicted itself with what is arguably the world’s worst urban congestion and pollution, not to mention the world’s leading greenhouse gas emitter.

But these problems may provide the incentive to aggressively tackle them. That, along with a rising spirit of entrepreneurialism in China — and a more powerful command-and-control government than in the democratic industrialized countries — could, in the view of some observers, propel China to leadership in developing autonomous cars.

Xavier Mosquet of the Boston Consulting Group told The New York Times that China could be the largest market for autonomous vehicles, and sees taxis as leading the trend. “It’s not that people are more willing to use the cars in Beijing or Shanghai, it’s that the economic value is much higher in China than in the U.S.,” he told the Times, adding that air pollution could be as much a catalyst as bad traffic.


Will Oil Prices Stay Low?

Detroit Bureau

Oil exporting nations, including non-OPEC Russia, gathered in Doha to ratify a deal to stabilize output at January levels until October.

The collapse of the talks, which were aimed at slowing down oil production around the globe, renewed the downward pressure on the price of crude oil, which eased the upward pressure on the price of gasoline across the U.S. despite rising demand.

However, despite the fact that the outline of the deal had been approved by negotiators in advance, it still fell apart.


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