FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
May 31, 2017


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Take a Stand — Be a Leader

In Fleet Spectator, Mark Boada examines why hybrid sedans have not gained traction with fleets. Tricia Stecklair, senior business consultant at Element Fleet, says that until gasoline costs more than $4 a gallon, they likely don’t make sense in terms of TCO. Fleets that do employ hybrids and EVs in spite of the extra cost are paying attention to their carbon footprint.

Here’s a question to corporate America: If Trump refuses to endorse the Paris climate accord, will U.S.-based corporate fleets be less inclined to limit harmful emissions? Or will they, as their counterparts in 195 countries which are signatories to the agreement, embrace sustainability because of our shared responsibility for the very life of our planet?

We are solidly behind NAFA’s Sustainable Fleet initiatives, offering fleets expert guidance to becoming sustainable. Take a Stand — Be a Leader!

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

Thought Leadership

Fleet Marketing – Guiding principles for fleet providers to improve marketing and increase sales.

Fleet Asset Management – Best practices for work truck management.

Globally Speaking — Perspectives on the Multinational Fleets

Customer Driven — Engage your organization to create customer loyalty, trust, and superior service

On Fleet Driver Management Solutions to improve your fleet’s accident rate and cut costs on collision repairs

Safety & Risk — Impactful driver safety and risk management tools and techniques.

The Fleet CX Toolbox – Solid steps to implementing and improving fleet customer experience.

BIG Data. BIG Results. BIG Future– Harnessing big data to achieve big results using cutting edge technology.

Talent Management – Smart guidelines to help you manage the talent in your workplace.

VIDEO: Mobile App Brings Huge Benefits for Vehicle Relocation

PARS’ mobile app provides a host of benefits for customers and drivers – including real-time condition reports – and they are now seeing that over 90% of their orders take advantage of the app.

VIDEO: Driver Lifecycle Management

  A Complete View of Driver Risk Profiles

Driver lifecycle management allows you to assess risk and compliance from before the moment you hire a driver – as well as on an ongoing basis.

VIDEO: Turning Insights Into Action
  Changing and Improving Driver Behavior

With ClearView Advance from WEX, you can turn insights into action – correcting and improving driver behaviors such as misspending on fuel cards.

The Fleet Spot

CEI Promotes Bob Glose to Senior Vice President

The CEI Group, Inc. announced the promotion of Bob Glose to Senior Vice President. 

He has been with CEI for over 15 years and has served in several different roles, including overseeing the company’s data network and infrastructure, as well as client services.  He was promoted to Vice President in 2015, overseeing the planning and implementation of a new enterprise customer relationship management system and development of the just-introduced CEI DriverCare Mobile app.


Wheels Wins Silver Stevie® Award for Sales and Customer Service

Wheels, Inc. was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the 15th annual American Business Awards.

Wheels’ Integration Services team was honored in the Customer Service Team of the Year category for its innovative quality-engineered approach to onboarding new and existing clients.

In 2016 the team transformed client onboarding into a customized process that embraces client goals and objectives while proactively driving quality improvements that set the stage for long-term success.


Cox Automotive and Holman Enterprises Announce Joint Venture with Flexdrive

Two automotive industry leaders combine efforts to transform consumer mobility.

Cox Automotive, the same company that brings consumers Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, announced a new joint venture with Holman Enterprises.

Both automotive companies are now shared owners of Flexdrive, a new mobility company that enables consumers to subscribe to a vehicle, rather than buying or leasing it.


Con Edison Joins The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety Board of Directors

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is pleased to announce Consolidated Edison of New York (Con Edison) has joined the organization’s Board of Directors.

Con Edison’s fleet encompasses diverse functions, in diverse vehicles, in both urban and rural New York environments.

The company serves more than 3 million customers in an extremely populous 660 square miles making up the city of New York.


Fleet Spectator

By Mark Boada, Senior Editor

At the SmartDriving Summit at Princeton University this past month, host Professor Alain Kornhauser asked why Americans weren’t buying more hybrid vehicles: “Their fuel efficiency and their resale values are better, so where are all the hybrids?”

The question is justified. Since they were introduced into the U.S. market in 1999, hybrid vehicles have accounted for a bit more than 2 percent of the passenger cars sold. This is despite the fact that for the consumer who keeps his or her new car for 6.5 years (the national average), a hybrid makes financial sense. Its better fuel economy can save the owner thousands of dollars over that period compared to a gasoline-fueled car, and hybrids retain their value better when resold. Combined, these factors more than offset a hybrid’s higher initial price.

But for sedan fleets, it’s a different story.


Emission Standards

The Detroit News

Michigan’s Democratic senators have signed onto a bill that allows automakers to apply credits for model years as far back as 2009 to help comply with federal auto emission rules that require automakers to produce car and truck fleets that average around 41 miles per gallon by 2021.

Backers of the measure say the change will help “streamline” federal emission standards by addressing conflicts in existing rules that are enforced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Environmentalists and consumer advocates argue the measure would weaken U.S. gas mileage rules by allowing automakers to get credit for previously achieved mileage improvements.


Diesel Cheating Accusations

The New York Times

A Seattle law firm that specializes in suing automakers has filed a class-action lawsuit against General Motors, accusing the company of programming some of its heavy-duty pickup trucks to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

News of the lawsuit was enough to send the company’s shares down almost 2 percent on Thursday. It is the latest sign of the intense scrutiny of the methods that automakers have devised to meet stringent diesel-emissions regulations, an issue that has led to major legal cases against Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler.

General Motors denied the allegations. “These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves,” it said in a statement.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Doubts Grow Over Fully Autonomous Car Tech, Study Finds

Consumer Reports

Americans like their high-tech driver-assistance features, but more are growing uncomfortable with the concept of giving full control to a self-driving vehicle, a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology study has found.

Survey respondents reported feeling much more comfortable with technology that assists drivers, such as automatic emergency braking, rather than the idea of fully self-driving technology—and the confidence gap between the two is widening.

Drivers were asked the maximum level of automation they’d be comfortable with, and 59 percent said “features that actively help the driver, while the driver remains in control.” That’s up from 40 percent in last year’s survey.


Insuring Autonomous Vehicles

Property Casualty 360

The U.K. is ahead of the U.S. in preparing for driverless cars

Since the creation of the first personal auto policy more than 100 years ago, auto insurance policies have all had similar goals: to protect the vehicle owner and driver in the event of an accident, theft or other damage to the vehicle.

With the invention and innovation of self-driving cars, the entire transportation system must adjust to humans as passengers only, and not drivers. The question arises: What sort of insurance will be required to cover incidents involving self-driving vehicles?


Here’s Why Ford is Panicking in Self-Driving Cars: Alphabet is Years Ahead of Everybody


The recent CEO shuffle at Ford suggests it’s getting serious about self-driving cars: On Monday, it promoted its head of “Smart Mobility,” Jim Hackett, to the CEO role.

But statistics show that Ford — and every other car maker — is way behind Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet, when it comes to testing autonomous cars on real roads.

In the year that ended on Nov. 30, 60 Waymo cars drove more than 635,000 miles in autonomous mode on public roads in California.


Nevada Rolls Out First Statewide V2V Network


The Nevada Centre for Advanced Mobility (Nevada CAM) and tech firm Nexar have today announced a strategic partnership that will create the first statewide vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) network in the US.

Nexar connects cars in the world’s largest open vehicle-to-vehicle network. The collaboration is designed to enhance safety on Nevada’s roads and highways, spur economic development and job creation, and introduce a series of smart transportation systems.

The latter will optimise infrastructure management, regional planning and inform policy throughout the state.


Small Cars and Collisions

The Detroit Bureau

Drivers of small cars have long known that they are at greater risk when involved in collisions with larger vehicles.

However, the risk is increasing, according to a new study.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report suggests that traffic fatality rates are on the rise overall, but noted that of the top 10 vehicles involved in fatal crashes, five are minicars and three are small cars. The vehicle at the top of the list if the Hyundai Accent.


Change is Coming


Look inside a modern car, and you’ll see many of the same materials that formed the earliest automobiles.

Leather, wood, metal, and cloth convey a sense of luxury, a connection to the beloved way things were. You may see synthetic stuff too, materials born of the jet and space ages.

Radical and often questionable ersatz substances like vinyl, Fiberglas™, wood grain veneer, velour, and injected plastics climbed into the car as symbols of technological sophistication and durability.


Taking Responsibility

How we handle our mistakes is critical, and we often agonize over them. We especially like this Forbes article, not because it’s political, but because the author reminds us of how to expertly take responsibility and move on.


My advice to President Trump – as well as to anyone who has made a mistake (which includes all adults) — is to recall the words that Ronald Reagan used in closing to his TV address on Iran-Contra.

“Now, what should happen when you make a mistake is this: You take your knocks, you learn your lessons, and then you move on. That’s the healthiest way to deal with a problem… You know, by the time you reach my age, you’ve made plenty of mistakes. And if you’ve lived your life properly — so, you learn. You put things in perspective. You pull your energies together. You change. You go forward.”

No tweets. No excuses. Accept responsibility. Make amends and move on.


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