July 20, 2021

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Building Back Stronger

Matt Dyer took the helm at LeasePlan USA in early 2019 and has adroitly led his company through the COVID-19 crisis. He says, “We are implementing strong plans and are excited with the position that we find ourselves in. One of the upsides for us as a business, as LeasePlan last year, is that we didn’t need to make any furloughs. We didn’t have any redundancies. We were still able to retain employee compensation plans, and we made employee communication and recognition a priority. I think that helped ensure a good tailwind as we moved forward in 2021.”

Ed Pierce interviewed Matt to learn how the global fleet management company is positioned to “build back stronger” and guide its clients to meet today’s and tomorrow’s fleet challenges.

We all know that distracted driving is bad, can even be lethal, but why are we (and our drivers) still doing it and how can we stop? Paul Atchley, Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida and eDriving’s Brain Science advisor has some insight into that conundrum.

Janice Sutton
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VIDEO: Shop Management That’s Smart and Simple

Shopmonkey offers shop management software with a lot of benefits for fleets — from speed to ease of use to support of various workflows.

VIDEO: AFLA in San Antonio

  Emerging Stronger in San Antonio

This year’s AFLA Conference theme is appropriately named “Emerging Stronger,” and it’s happening in San Antonio in early October. Don’t miss your chance to network and learn and reconnect!

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  Request for Zoom Video Interviews

We’re ramping up FMW’s video interviews via Zoom given the times, and are looking to speak with a variety industry experts (and we know that many of you are reading!).

Please feel free to suggest yourself, or someone you know. Any and all timely industry topics will be considered, and we look forward to speaking with you!

Email Ted Roberts to learn more: ted@fleetmanagementweekly.com.


Chassis OEMs Present New Model Year Updates at NTEA’s Truck Product Conference

Nine chassis manufacturers will share the latest commercial vehicle updates from a technical and engineering perspective at NTEA’s 2021 Truck Product Conference.

This in-person event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 21 to Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in a new location at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions (Sandusky, Ohio).

“Installing equipment on a chassis is not a simple task,” said Kevin Koester, NTEA senior director. “Model year changes at the OEM level can have a large impact on the ability to quickly and correctly mount bodies and equipment on a chassis. Truck Product Conference is an opportunity for equipment manufacturers and distributors to directly engage chassis OEMs, gaining important technical insights to help the upfitting process.”


AFLA Coffee Break Discussion: Semiconductor Shortage: Reaction to Supply Chain Impact

July 27, 2021, 2:00 pm CT – Registration is limited to 50 people

Refresh your week and connect with your AFLA colleagues at an upcoming themed Coffee Break Series discussion. Each month we feature a new topic and always leave time for connection with each other.

This month, join us for a panel discussion around the Semiconductor Shortage: Reactions to Supply Chain Impact. Register now and watch your email for more information on who will be joining us around the Remo coffee table.

NAFA Webinar: Reducing Fleet Costs in a COVID-19 World

Right Sizing Strategies for Success — Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET

Webinar Slots are Limited — Register Now

Costs associated with idle vehicles stand out as a significant area of financial waste. What can you do to make sure your fleet costs stay in control while your vehicles slowly return to a “new normal?”

Examine ways to reduce the cost of idle vehicles due to COVID-19 slowdowns and learn strategies for moving forward with a right-sized fleet by attending this webinar.

In this webinar, the fleet experts of Agile Fleet will show you how to:

NETS 2021 Virtual Strength IN Numbers® Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference

Keynote Speakers Announced!

October 19, 2021—October 21, 2021 10:00 AM-5:00 PM ET NETS annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference

Conference participants include NETS member companies from diverse industries, representing a collective global fleet of more than half-a-million vehicles.

  • Share road safety case studies, new research, and emerging issues
  • Review NETS annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Fleet Safety Benchmark Report
  • Gain exclusive access to industry-leading Road Safety Sponsors
  • Network with other conference participants which include NETS member companies

Building Back Stronger

By Ed Pierce, Contributing Editor

In a recent interview with LeasePlan USA CEO and President Matt Dyer, he expressed true excitement about the opportunities for LeasePlan and the industry at the mid-point of 2021.

“Coming out of the pandemic, we are building much stronger and are much more focused on how we want to take a step forward for the future,” Matt notes.

“Even though a year ago, we were facing down this pandemic, we have come out of it better than many other businesses. In fact, we grew by over seven and a half percent in terms of fleet under management last year, and we are on track to exceed that this year.”

Matt chalks up the growth to “working hard to put our customers first and seeking out improvements across the business.”



Crash-Free Culture

By Ed Pierce, Contributing Editor

Paul Atchley, Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida and eDriving’s Brain Science Advisor recently offered insight into the fleet industry’s efforts to combat distracted driving to Fleet Management Weekly.

“It used to be that there were just a few great examples of fleets that were doing the top three things companies must do to address distracted driving – first, develop comprehensive and specific policies; second, enforce those policies, and third, educate drivers about safe driving behaviors,” he recounts.

“Now we are seeing more and more fleets starting to get the message and paying a lot more attention to the issue of distraction. They are looking at their own crash rates. They see fleets with good policies that are experiencing much lower crash rates, often two-thirds lower!

In general, I think today’s fleets are going in the right direction.”



Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership

Editor’s Note: Last week, we published part one of a multipart series. This is the second in the series: Cost: Paying the Price

Everything rises and falls on Leadership

By Mark LeGrand, Certified Business Trainer, Speaker and Coach/Director

Cost: Paying the Price
Cost of the dream is another component of testing your dream.

Now I’m not talking just dollars and cents. Dreams are personal and many people avoid the question, avoid the cost, and inadvertently avoid their dream. What about you? What have you learned about sacrifice in other areas of your life?

How do you answer the Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?



GM to Launch Ultium Charge 360 Fleet Charging Service to Power Commercial EVs


GM and its new EV business unit BrightDrop are launching a fleet charging service branded Ultium Charge 360. 

The business unit offers commercial customers — starting with FedEx — an ecosystem of electric and connected products. BrightDrop has said it will begin with two main products: an electric van called the EV600 with an estimated range of 250 miles and a pod-like electric pallet dubbed EP1.

The company looked at “how to put the right customer experiences together … you know, when you think about fleets these are cars that come home with employees for example, and we’ll have to help those companies and employees figure out charging in their home.”

Read the article at Autoblog.

Toyota Accelerates Automated-Driving Push

The Car Gossip

Through the acquisition of the U.S. high-tech mapping company Carmera Inc., Toyota Motor Corp. expects to get a boost in its pursuit of higher-level autonomous capabilities in the next several years.
Toyota’s in-house automated-driving subsidiary Woven Planet and Carmera have been working on projects together since 2018. Those collaborations laid the groundwork for the acquisition. Carmera’s technology melds existing inexpensive camera technologies to automatically record and upload changes to the highways and byways as vehicles drive by.

Read the article at The Car Gossip.

Longest Range Plug-In Hybrids For 2021


In 2021, automakers are producing more plug-in hybrids than ever. With a highly saturated market, there’s plenty of options available.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime: Electric Range 42 Miles. The Prime can go 42 miles on a single charge, making it the longest range PHEV crossover. It also has a 302 horsepower total output, which can get the Prime to sixty 5.7 seconds. Plus, it’s AWD as standard, and overall, the RAV4 Prime is the most solid option for plug-in hybrid crossovers.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: Electric Range 32 Mile.  A plug-in hybrid minivan is excellent for many reasons, but the most evident is that most in-town driving will be on electric power, and road trips can be on gasoline. With a 520-mile range and the versatility of utilizing both gasoline and electric propulsion, the Pacifica Hybrid may be one of the best new minivan options.

Read the article at InsideEVs.

Presenting Car and Driver’s 2021 EV of the Year

Car and Driver

If an automaker wanted to convert people from EV skeptics to EV evangelists, it’s hard to imagine a better vehicle for the job than the Ford Mustang Mach-E. It arrives in the familiar shape and size of the crossovers Americans love, at a price that competes with gas-powered alternatives, and with a design that gets noticed.

The Mach-E has the range and charging speed to wave off the most common EV criticisms, and thanks to Electrify America’s recent work, there’s a nationwide charging network that makes long interstate trips not just possible but tolerable.

Best of all, the Mach-E is fun. It moves us past the argument that we should drive EVs because they’re better for the environment and proposes a simpler, more fundamental truth: EVs can be as rewarding to drive as their gas counterparts.

Read the article at Car and Driver.

Used Vehicles

CNN Business

A lot of people still think that, once a car has been driven more than 100,000 miles, there’s not much value left in it. That hasn’t really been true for decades, but it’s especially wrong now.

Used car prices have been driven to extremes recently thanks to a combination of demand from consumers wary of taking public transportation and a major shortage in the computer chips needed to make new cars. That superheated market is pushing prices higher, even for cars and trucks with six-digit mileage.

Trucks are showing the biggest increases, something that’s true among used vehicles of all ages and mileages. Average values for Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickups with over 100,000 miles on them increased almost 50% to $27,000 while Ford F-150s of similar age are now worth roughly $26,000, a 43% increase. (These are retail used vehicle values — in other words, what a dealer could sell these trucks for. An owner selling the vehicle directly to another person or to a dealer should not expect to get quite that much.)

Read the article at CNN Business.


Fleet and Human Connection

By Steve Bender, CEO, Fleet Street Remarketing

Heading into 2021, everyone here at Fleet Street – and most likely many of you reading this – was feeling the unfortunate effects of the Covid pandemic.

From devastating business interruptions to uncertainty about the well-being of friends and family, 2020 was a roller coaster full of wild ups and downs. Perhaps worst of all, most of us were forced to go without the vital human connections we all covet as important industry gatherings and trade shows were canceled, business travel curtailed, and the world hunkered down in hopes of staying safe, healthy and Covid free.

And while a year that started out with so much promise ultimately turned out to be an incredible challenge, it appears as though we’ve turned the corner and life is returning to normal.



Safety and Connected Vehicles


There are millions of connected vehicles on the road today, and Ford sees an opportunity to provide a more holistic view of what is happening on city streets with the most up-to-date information on where collisions or incidents occur via connected vehicle event data.

Since late 2020, Ford has been working with Michigan State University (MSU) on an ongoing research project to analyze existing connected vehicle event data, which captures insights around harsh acceleration, harsh braking, and harsh turns, against crash data from 2015–2019 in Southeast Michigan.

At a minimum, Ford and MSU researchers found that connected vehicle event data can be a strong compliment to the existing crash report data, serving as a second source to confirm previous findings or intuitions. The results of this research also point to the prospect of connected vehicle event data being able to inform up to date decision making to potentially help cities save time, money and most importantly, act on hotspots sooner to potentially save lives on the roads.

Read the article at Medium.

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