January 29, 2019

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Bring the Future Into Focus at NAFA I&E

We ran into mobility expert Lukas Neckermann in the UK last week. We took the chance meeting to chat about the upcoming NAFA I&E in Louisville, Kentucky, where Lukas will be a keynote speaker. There is so much new this year, beginning with a compact, three-day format.

To learn more, read NAFA’s 2019 Institute & Expo Brings Future Insights with Keynote Presentations. One of the many new features we’re excited about is an educational track customized for suppliers. We often talk with new suppliers to the fleet industry and see enormous value here.

Now, if you haven’t yet registered, do so by Thursday, January 31st, for a discounted rate!

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

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VIDEO: The Dawn of a New Era at CEI

Industry leader CEI is starting a variety of new initiatives – with a goal of zero cycle time, zero down time and accident prevention.


VIDEO: Transmissions and More

 Transmissions – and So Much More

AAMCO Transmissions has been the world’s leading transmission specialist for over 50 years. Their technicians are highly skilled in complex repair, handling everything from transmission rebuilds to preventive maintenance.

VIDEO: NAFA I&E in Louisville

 NAFA’s I&E Registration Is Now Open!

NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo is the perfect opportunity to increase your networking power, I&E is the largest community of fleet professionals who attend year after year because they experience I&E’s hands-on value. Attend I&E to get real money-saving, time-saving value!

The Fleet Spot

NAFA I&E Early Bird Pricing Ends Thursday!

If you’re on the fence about attending NAFA’s 2019 I&E, early-bird pricing might be just what you need to take that leap…but the early-bird discounts end this Thursday, January 31.

NAFA I&E is the premier fleet event in the industry. Superb educational seminars, dynamic keynote speakers, an exposition showcasing the latest products and services, the best networking opportunities, and so much more!

Register now

Work Truck Solutions Adds Bernie Brenner to Board of Directors

Industry veteran joins team focused on new revenue

Work Truck Solutions announced that Bernie Brenner has joined their board of directors. His extensive experience in automotive and mature market disruption will provide the company with key strategic guidance.


The Missing Piece in Fleet Management: Motor Pools

By Amanda Lam, INVERS Mobility Solutions

Whether or not you are an experienced fleet manager, you have probably figured out what areas are easier to manage than others.

Many tools and resources are focused on asset management, whether that be for heavy duty vehicles or fuel usage. But what do you do when it comes to managing people’s transportation needs?


Distracted Driving Study Shows Less Talking, More Fiddling Around on Hand-Held Phones

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Manipulating a cellphone was a contributing factor in more than 800 crash deaths on U.S. roads during 2017 amid a marked increase in the percentage of drivers observed interacting with cellphones, new IIHS research indicates.

The estimated number of deaths, however, still represents a fraction of the overall crash death toll.

Read the article at Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Managing the Reimbursed Fleet

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

Think you have to compromise on safety when you’re a reimbursement fleet?

Not if you’re a customer of Motus, the Boston-based giant in vehicle management and reimbursement.

Over the past 10 to 15 years, fleets have been discovering that fleet safety is the last great frontier for reducing fleet expenses. Since then, industry suppliers of fleet management services have been competing with one another to broaden and deepen their array of offerings that prevent accidents, protect drivers and the public, and reduce the associated costs of collisions.

The aim for fleet management companies has been to become a one-stop shop for all fleet services by bundling driver safety services with all of their other offerings, and a number of FMCs have come a long way to fulfilling that role. By contrast, reimbursement fleet service companies have lagged behind that trend. Now Motus is not only meeting the challenge, but it in some respects is surpassing some FMCs in the bundled safety race.



Keynote Speakers at NAFA I&E

NAFA’s all-new Institute & Expo (I&E), taking place April 15-17, will feature two dynamic presentations from Chris Riddell and Lukas Neckermann that will bring the future into focus for all attendees. Full details and registration for I&E can be found at www.nafainstitute.org.

On Monday, April 15, Chris Riddell, an award-winning global futurist and industry-recognized keynote speaker on the future of humanity and digital, presents a glimpse into what’s ahead for us all, both behind the wheel and out in the world.

On Wednesday, April 17, mobility expert Lukas Neckermann, Managing Director at Neckermann Strategic Advisors, kicks off a full day devoted to the new frontier of transportation.



Electric Vehicles


Electric vehicles continue to grow in popularity, though not as quickly as electricity providers would like.

Cost, range anxiety, driver understanding and dealer understanding need to be addressed in order to overcome the barriers.

“Some people believe—to some extent because of how popular Teslas are—that only wealthy people can afford electric vehicles,” said Caroline Quazzo, a manager for EZ-EV, an Exelon subsidiary that offers software and services to utilities to help them promote EV adoption.

“And that’s very much not true. There’s obviously a ton of different vehicles out there and with rebates and with lifetime cost of ownership, there are actually a lot of reasons why overall costs—reduced maintenance, not having to buy gas ever—can make electric vehicles significantly cheaper than the comparable internal-combustion engine vehicle.”

Read the article at Forbes.

Fleet Trends & Issues

Ford’s Vision of New Products Promises Big Changes After Blunted 2018


When Ford’s CEO Jim Hackett took over in 2017, the vehicle lineup in 2018 was not competitive.

Hackett and his leadership team promise that will change this year as the automaker spends the next 24 months updating 75 percent of the lineup. And while cars are going away, more crossovers and trucks are in the works, many of them with batteries and electric motors.

Read the article at MSN.

Europe’s Drivers are Ditching Diesel Cars in Favor of Gasoline


The oil market is handing European drivers something of a lucky break as they ditch diesel cars.

As the great switch gathers pace, the price premium for gasoline across Europe has tumbled to the lowest since 2008.

Read the article at Bloomberg.

Is Hydrogen “Incredibly Dumb”?

By Andrew Boada, Editor At Large

Most OEMs are funding research and development of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), but their collective efforts have been dwarfed by their on-going investment in battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Is that because hydrogen-fueled vehicles, as Elon Musk once put it, are “an incredibly dumb idea”? If not, then what’s behind the apparent relative lack of interest in FCVs in the auto industry?


Study Says Electric Scooters Send More People to the Hospital than Bicycles and Walking

The Washington Post

Over a one-year period in two Los Angeles emergency departments, more people were injured while riding standing electric scooters than by riding bicycles or traveling on foot, according to the results of a groundbreaking study.

Of the 249 patients who received treatment for scooter-related injuries, nearly 28 percent suffered contusions, sprains and lacerations. About 30 percent had fractures, and just over 40 percent were treated for head injuries, the study found.

Read the article at The Washington Post.

GM Might Add an Electric Pickup

The Detroit Bureau

General Motors is “considering” options for adding an electric pickup to its line-up, a move that would see it join an expanding list of other manufacturers who are developing all-electric trucks.

“They wouldn’t be saying this if they weren’t really confident about doing it,” said David Cole, director-emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, noting that GM is increasingly serious about shifting to electric propulsion across the board.

After a recent tour of the automaker’s battery lab, Cole said, he is convinced “they are moving beyond hybrids…and want to be at the forefront of battery-electric technology.”

Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.


Future Vehicles

The Verge

Google has spent the last few years working on an Android-based operating system for cars that doesn’t require the use of a smartphone.

Built on Android P, it’s meant to be far more advanced than the existing version of Android Auto, which simply projects a phone interface onto a car’s infotainment screen.

Google has struck deals with Volvo and Audi to start rolling out these systems in 2020.

It will tap into a car’s system-level operations, meaning you could ask Google Assistant to turn on the heat, turn off the seat warmers, or even book maintenance appointments. The system is also customizable to suit carmakers’ differing styles, giving them more control than they get with projected Android Auto (or Apple’s CarPlay, for that matter).

Read the article at The Verge.


Safety & Risk

By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics

Have you ever read the technology disclaimers that come with the vehicles put into your fleet selectors?

Are drivers being advised to review this important, maybe lifesaving information? Or are they getting the keys to their fleet vehicles along with an assumption that the vehicles’ technology will keep them safe?

Imagine this scenario: One of your drivers, in a vehicle equipped with an Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) system, is following an SUV on a multi-lane highway and traveling at a reasonable speed of 35 miles per hour. Suddenly, the SUV in front moves into an adjacent lane and ahead is a stopped vehicle. What was the outcome?


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