August 4, 2020

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The Pandemic Pivot

Fleet professionals have shown themselves many times over to be adept at dealing with challenges, but 2020 has thrown us quite an unexpected curve. The threat of contracting COVID-19 is teaching us new ways to manage our lives and our business responsibilities, all with the ultimate goal of keeping ourselves and those around us safe.

Fittingly, in her video clip this week, noted fleet professional Katherine Vigneau, CAFM, gives us her thoughts on effective ways she has found to deal with the pandemic.

In his latest Call to Action column, Ed Pierce offers sage advice for exhibitors and sponsors on how best to benefit from virtual trade conference participation. Ed says, “Given the ability to ‘attend’ a conference without leaving home, there is every reason to believe that many decision-makers will take advantage of a virtual event, ensuring real value for exhibitors and sponsors.”

Stay safe, everyone. Our hearts go out to our Atlantic Coast friends dealing with the devastating effects of hurricane Isaias.

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”—Christopher Robin to Pooh, A.A. Milne


VIDEO: The 3 P’s in the Pandemic Pivot

There are 3 P’s that are important to consider in the time of the pandemic: the need to Pivot; the need to establish strategic Partnerships; and the need to ensure employee Productivity.

RECORDED WEBINAR


 Managing Distracted Driving in the New Normal
 

In this webinar, eDriving’s Brain Scientist Advisor, Dr. Paul Atchley, explains why distracted driving could be more prevalent in today’s changed world.

Atchley is joined by Jim Noble, eDriving’s Senior VP of Risk Engineering, who offers guidance to help your fleet reduce distracted driving-related collisions.

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The Fleet Spot

Jim Press Joins Work Truck Solutions as Senior Advisor

Press brings extensive retail and OEM experience to drive growth and expand key dealer services

Work Truck Solutions is excited to announce that Jim Press has joined the company as a Senior Advisor, effective July 1. Press has extensive auto industry experience spanning over 50 years serving in senior executive roles for several automotive manufacturers. Work Truck Solutions is an all-in-one bundle of services uniquely focused on the Commercial vehicle market. They serve dealers, upfitters, and OEM’s in serving customer needs and increasing commercial vehicle sales and margins, and Press will help guide that growth.

“Jim’s deep understanding of what it takes to support dealer success will help Work Truck Solutions leverage our comprehensive commercial services platform,” said Kathryn Schifferle, Founder & CEO at Work Truck Solutions.

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NETS Virtual Strength IN Numbers®Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference

Mark your calendar! Join your peers at the only conference focused-exclusively on employer road safety. October 13-15, 2020

NETS annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference convenes each year to bring together Global, Corporate, Government, and Non-profit employers.

Conference participants include NETS member companies from diverse industries, representing a collective global fleet of more than half-a-million vehicles, ~80% passenger vehicles, that travel nearly 11 billion miles annually.

General Conference registration: $349
Government/ Non-profit Organizations: $199

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Escalent Study: Over Half of Commercial and Fleet Vehicle Decision-Makers Actively Shopping for EVs

Latest Fleet Advisory HubTM update indicates decision-makers are willing to make big changes to integrate BEVs

Livonia, Mich., August 4, 2020—Escalent, a top human behavior and analytics firm, has released the second quarter data update to Fleet Advisory HubTM, a platform designed to explore the needs, expectations and emotions of commercial and fleet vehicle decision-makers related to forward-looking technologies in the industry.

The latest fleet decision-maker insights offer new information regarding the battery electric vehicle (BEV) integration process, from the number of decision-makers actively considering such vehicles to their preferred shopping methods and the lengths they will go for BEV integration.

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License Suspensions: A Common & Sometimes Unknown Risk

By Trent Dressen, Director of Sales, SuperVision

In North America, at any given time, 7% of all drivers have a suspended license. Of those drivers, 75% of them continue to drive on a suspended license. When an employee with a suspended license continues to operate a vehicle, the risk to the company grows exponentially.

License suspensions in relation to non-driving offenses are oftentimes unknown and can be missed by employers. It is also not uncommon for a driver to be completely unaware of his or her non-driving license suspension.

Driving-related suspensions are significant red flags that can indicate a risky driver; however, non-driving suspensions do not always imply higher driver risk. Should a fleet manager act on a driver with a non-driving license suspension?

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Fleet Marketing


By Ed Pierce, Fleet Industry Marketer

The year 2020 will go into the annals as disruptive for both the fleet industry and fleet industry marketing. One need look no further than the havoc created by the fallout both economically and operationally to companies with fleets, fleet service providers, and relevant trade associations.

Yet, with all of the change, trade associations like NAFA, AFLA, NETS, and others have quickly adapted to the event industry’s new normal to allow marketers to benefit from virtual conference participation.

As mentioned in previous years’ “Call to Action” columns, exhibitor participation can shorten the typically long sales cycle decision-making time. It can help initiate or bolster relationships between sales and multiple sourcing team members. It also provides a unique opportunity for captive-audience product differentiators or user experience demonstrations.

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Crash-Free Culture


By Ed Dubens, Founder/CEO of eDriving

Throughout the world many sales fleets are experiencing dramatic reductions in business mileage while simultaneously service and last mile distribution fleets are operating at holiday peak plus!

With predictions that a large proportion of employees are likely to continue working from home until at least March 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have a significant effect on fleet and driver management planning and resourcing.

If employees officially become home-based workers, they may no longer be eligible for a company vehicle, or having one might not make financial sense. Becoming a home-based worker also affects what constitutes a “business trip”. Even the commute, when it’s made, could become a business trip depending on an employee’s location classification. If company-owned vehicle use decreases, privately-owned vehicle use will almost certainly increase.

What does this mean for organizations? It means exciting new challenges lie ahead!

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Fleet Spectator


How we generate electricity is the biggest problem

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

For many who accept that humans are causing global warming, switching from fossil-fueled transportation to electric vehicles (EVs) is a major, if not the single most important part of the solution. So, we see cities and countries across Europe and Asia setting dates for bans on the sale and driving of vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel, and fleets setting aggressive goals for electrification within the next five to 10 years.

But while studies show that by converting to EVs fleets in North America can make a contribution, and start making it today, they can’t do it alone. Not even the entire transportation sector can do it alone. The reason: “dirty electricity,” electricity generated by the burning of fossil fuels.

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Fleet Trends & Issues

Consumer Reports, IIHS Team Up To Recommend Used Vehicle Options For Teens

IIHS

Teenagers are among the riskiest drivers, but they frequently end up with vehicles that don’t provide adequate protection in a crash.

Often, they find themselves driving old cars that lack modern safety features like side airbags or electronic stability control (ESC). When teenagers do get behind the wheel of a new car, it’s usually one of the smallest models, which don’t protect as well as larger vehicles in crashes.

Consumer Reports (CR) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) are teaming up for the first time to recommend safe, reliable and affordable used vehicles for teenage drivers, with a list of 65 recommended used vehicles, ranging from $5,300 to $19,600, showing that safety can be both affordable and practical.

Read the article at IIHS.

Telenav, Ford Navigation Tech Keeps Routing Even When F-150, Bronco Off-Roaders Exit Cell Coverage

Ford Media Center

As the all-new F-150 pickup and Bronco two- and four-door 4×4 rugged SUVs take customers on ever more extreme adventures, Ford and Telenav are helping ensure their connected navigation technologies continue working on far-off adventures unlike smartphone mapping apps that cease to work outside cellular range.

The available hybrid navigation solution, which stores maps and continues routing if adventures take drivers out of cell coverage, is part of the SYNC 4 technology available in the newly redesigned Ford F-150 and Bronco.

“F-150 and Bronco drivers now can get richer, quicker location search results, tow more confidently with custom routes and keep following off-road trail maps where other navigation systems go dark when cell coverage ends,” said Gary Jablonski, manager, Ford Connected Vehicle Infotainment Systems.

Read the article at Ford Media Center.

General Motors and EVgo Aim to Accelerate Widespread EV Adoption by Adding Fast Chargers Nationwide

EVgo

General Motors and EVgo plan to triple the size of the nation’s largest public fast charging network by adding more than 2,700 new fast chargers over the next five years, a move set to help accelerate widespread electric vehicle adoption.

The two companies will add fast charging stations to cities and suburbs, unlocking new EV customer segments and providing increased charging access to drivers who live in multi-unit homes, rent their homes and can’t install chargers, or might not have access to workplace charging.

Customers will have access to some of the fastest charging capabilities at the places they regularly frequent, like grocery stores, retail outlets, entertainment centers and other high-traffic locations. With fast charging available where people typically spend 15-30 minutes, customers can charge their vehicles in the time it takes to run their errands.

Read the article at EVgo.

Average U.S. Auto Older Than Ever; Buyers Delay Trading In Due to Pandemic

The Detroit Bureau

U.S. motorists are holding onto their vehicles longer than ever, according to a new study, and the COVID-19 pandemic is getting much of the blame.

The typical car, truck and crossover is now a record 11.9 years old, reports IHS Markit, a month older than they were in 2019. The fact that cars are lasting longer and longer on the road should be a positive side effect for the aftermarket, as the majority of repairs for older vehicles come through the aftermarket channel.

The possibility of new lockdowns to halt the spread of the disease is one factor. But the surge in unemployment and the broader hit to the economy are likely to have an even more significant factor. Studies show many buyers, worried about their future, holding off on high-ticket purchases, including automobiles.

Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.

Shared Mobility


McKinsey & Company

With the “firefighting” phases of the first weeks and months of the crisis now in the past, mobility-service providers must rethink their strategies and focus on partnerships, portfolio optimization, and enhanced vehicle design to enable safe mobility going forward

Consumers may not always remain averse to shared mobility. In fact, people who want to avoid COVID-19 might eventually come to view ridesharing as a good alternative to more congested forms of mobility that make physical distancing difficult, such as public transportation.

OEMs and suppliers have an opportunity to work with mobility-service providers to promote thoughtful design of purpose-built vehicles that are safer for passengers. Some of the rideshare cars’ design changes, such as new, more hygienic interior materials, might also be desirable in private vehicles.

Read the article at McKinsey & Company.

 

Lyft and Sixt


Reuters

Lyft Inc has partnered with the U.S. unit of German rental car group Sixt SE to expand its in-app rental business to carless city dwellers eager to take a trip.

Users can book a designated car through the ride-hailing app, add insurance and extras and directly pick up the car from the rental lot without waiting at the counter. Lyft already runs a limited rental car program in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area without the involvement of any car rental companies.

While rental car demand has plummeted across the country as a result of the pandemic and driven several companies, including Hertz Global Holdings Inc, into bankruptcy, demand in large cities with lower car ownership rates has boomed. In New York City, many rental locations have run out of cars and prices skyrocketed as residents seek to escape on extended trips.

Read the article at Reuters.

 

The Future of Cities?


Forbes

While Covid-19 cases are currently spiking and leading to the re-closing of segments of the economy, the full extent of the damage the pandemic has caused is still unknown: the future of live-work-play “downtowns” may never be the same, or at least not for some time.

Experiments like closing streets to traffic and finding other uses for public roadways make sense while such roads and spaces are being underutilized. If the work-from-home movement for most non-essential workers becomes permanent, downtowns will lose their luster as economic epicenters and some city streets may have so little traffic that closing certain corridors can be made permanent with little impact on congestion.

If working from home on a large scale is short-lived, but people generally continue to avoid public transportation, automobile use could explode further making measures like congestion pricing popular. There is still too much uncertainty facing the post-Covid-19 world to predict what the future will hold.

Read the article at Forbes.





Fleet Management Resources

 

AFLA
The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association. Advancing corporate fleet worldwide.

eDriving
eDriving partners with its clients to engage with drivers and their managers to create a culture that supports lasting behavioral change to reduce collisions, injuries, license violations as well as a fleet’s total cost of ownership.

SuperVision
SuperVision is a fleet driver management solution for MVR & license monitoring, fleet management, fleet safety oversight and driver performance and retention.

The CEI Group Inc.
CEI is North America’s largest provider of fully integrated fleet accident management, driver safety and risk management services.

NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location, or fleet composition.

WEX
WEX fuel cards and fleet management solutions give you powerful tools to reduce spending — for any business, any fleet, any size.

Driving Dynamics
Driving Dynamics was established to help corporate fleet drivers develop expert, safe driving skills using proven, advanced driving techniques.

PARS
PARS’ mission is to provide you with high-quality service at competitive prices for all of your transportation needs.

Wheels, Inc.
First in fleet for 80 years. Wheels helps you build tomorrow’s fleet today.




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