Since the global COVID-19 pandemic emerged, fleet-based businesses have faced a number of logistical, operational and monetary challenges.
Focusing on preventing the spread of the virus and keeping employees safe while at the same time trying to stay profitable, or even just afloat, is a real challenge for fleets.
How do you manage a fleet business during pressure situations? How do you keep a fleet business afloat during an emergency? Are your workers, equipment and vehicles truly safe?
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Expansion marks 50+ Booster markets as demand for essential service grows to meet pandemic needs
Booster announced it has expanded to Washington, D.C. The expansion comes as essential services experience a significant increase in the need for contactless, clean mobile fuel on-demand (MFOD) to meet pandemic requests.
“We are thrilled to establish an East Coast presence and launch operations in our nation’s capital,” said Frank Mycroft, Founder and CEO, Booster Fuels. “Given today’s state of affairs, mobile fuel on-demand has become even more essential for getting goods into the hands of people who need them most.”
To improve the electric vehicle (EV) driver experience, EV Connect and Greenlots, a member of the Shell Group, have announced the completion of the driver roaming integration between the companies’ charging networks.
Built on a previously announced agreement for inter-network roaming, users of the EV Connect charging smartphone application will be able to locate, initiate sessions, and pay for charging at Greenlots charge stations and vice-versa, later this year.
“We use open standards to make charging network interoperability a centerpiece of improving range confidence for EV drivers, and this milestone with Greenlots makes a significant contribution to that effort,” said Jordan Ramer, CEO of EV Connect.
This virtual, multi-day conference will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22 through Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.
Attendees can gain insights on upcoming changes to new model work trucks and upfitter integration implications from chassis OEMs. Presenters will share product upgrades and launches, positions on technical issues and key body builder information.
“Since the late 1960s, stakeholders in the work truck industry have attended Truck Product Conference to learn about upcoming commercial vehicles and engage OEM representatives on upfitting-related issues,” said Steve Carey, NTEA president & CEO.
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
Alongside COVID-19, distracted driving is an on-going plague that fleets around the world are struggling to fight.
Among the approaches are changes in fleet policy that prohibit various forms of behind-the-wheel distractions, on-line lessons and videos that educate drivers about the dangers, and even systems that use dashboard cameras to detect and warn a driver when he or she isn’t watching the road.
While these all have demonstrated value and effectiveness, the one thing none of them do is to actually prevent distraction. That’s where cell phone blocking technology steps in. And while it deals with only one form of distraction – the use of mobile devices – the technology has been found in the field to have dramatic results. At least, that’s what a study conducted by Forrester Consulting and commissioned by one cell-blocking system provider, TRUCE Software, last year has documented.
Car and Driver
Let’s say you need to flee civilization, or maybe just outrun the miasma of cable news and social media. Either way, when it’s time to bug out, a vehicle is your ticket to escape from reality.
And of course, once you’re out there, out on the road or in the wild, plenty of things could still go wrong. You’ll need a few skills, just in case.
Do you know how to change a tire? Not just replacing it with a spare, but replacing your worn rubber in a world without Discount Tire. How about siphoning fuel without getting a mouthful? Would you know how to hot-wire your vehicle if you lose your keys?
Read the article at Car and Driver.
Because of COVID-19, many fleets are seeing operational expenses go down because they’re racking up fewer miles, and fleet managers may have more time on their hands than usual.
But once the pandemic passes, that’s all going to reverse, and fleets may be struggling again to find savings in the face of even tighter budgets.
That’s why Verizon Connect, one of the world’s biggest providers of telematics services, is urging fleet managers to take advantage of any new-found downtime to take a closer look for any operational inefficiencies their telematics systems data can reveal.
“According to Kevin Aries, Leader, Product Success, Verizon Connect, ‘Now is the ideal time for fleet owners to constructively take stock of existing processes and establish new procedures to help strengthen the business to emerge stronger in the post-COVID-19 world. Especially for companies that are existing Verizon Connect customers, but aren’t as close to the product as they want to be or want more training to create different reports.'”