April 12, 2022

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Live from Columbus!

This week we’re coming to you from NAFA I&E in Columbus, Ohio, where we are having a fantastic time! The sessions are thought-provoking, the exhibit floor is busy and we are just incredibly happy to see so many of our fleet friends (and meet a few new ones). We will be coming away from the conference with a lot of great new videos (and other content), which will we begin featuring next week.

In this issue we highlight RTA’s impressive example of how to make fleets succeed through innovative software, which you can check out here. By the way, we are very much looking forward to their Fleet Success Summit next week in Phoenix!


We’ve also got a great article from Ed Pierce on how “no company has worked with light and medium-fleet businesses to comprehensively tackle all of the requirements for electrification—until Inspiration,” according to Inspiration Mobility CEO Josh Green. You can read it here.

Ted Roberts

VIDEO: Automated Inspections Can Catch 96% of Issues That Could Ground a Vehicle

It’s possible for automated inspections to catch up to 96% of issues that could ground a vehicle, compared to 24% for manual inspections. That means your vehicles will be much safer and lets your drivers focus on their jobs.

VIDEO: Fleet Remarketing

  Have Excess Used Vehicles? It’s Still a Great Time to Sell.

If you have excess vehicles in your fleet, this is still a great time to sell. The hot used vehicle market is expected to last at least through the summer.

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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.


Flying Under the Radar: Finding the Hidden Risks in Your Fleet

Based on client experience in the real world of fleet, The CEI Group will be reviewing some of the areas where driver risk can go unnoticed, until an accident happens.

By attending, you will learn how to find out if unsafe drivers are hiding in your fleet, and effective ways to improve their behaviors so you can retain a productive employee without increasing your risk.

Thursday, April 21 from 1:00 – 1:30 EDT. REGISTER NOW.

LA Has Sights Set on a Fleet of 10,000 Electric City-Owned Vehicles

April 7, 2022The Los Angeles City Council this week approved an Electric Vehicle Master Plan aimed at developing an entirely electric fleet of more than 10,000 city-owned vehicles and deploying EV charging infrastructure across the city.

The motion was introduced by Councilmen Mitch O’Farrell and Paul Krekorian, who announced the plan outside City Hall on Wednesday morning, ahead of its passage by a 12-0 vote.

The city’s current electric vehicle fleet consists of 124 electric sedans, 46 plug-in electric hybrids and two hybrid electric street sweepers. Four light-duty electric trucks are also expected to arrive in Los Angeles this year. Over the last five years, the city has installed 350 electric vehicle chargers, 140 for the city fleet and 210 for the public and city employees at 19 facilities across the city.

via NBC Los Angeles

San Diego Vehicle Fleets Making Big Switch to Electric

April 7, 2022 –  With sky-high gas prices, more and more companies are thinking about switching to electric including bigger fleets of vehicles for businesses, cities, and school districts. EV Fleet Day was a one-stop shop showcasing some of the latest electric vehicle technology, giving customers all the tools they need to make the big switch to electrify their fleet.

“We have a fully electric waste-hauling truck,” said Natasha Contreras with SDGE’s ‘Clean Transportation Group. “We have a fully electric school bus, some big rig trucks, a shuttle delivery van,” said Contreras.

They’re transitioning to electric school buses using grant money from the state. They’ll be receiving 18 E-buses in June and plan to have them up and running this fall.

via CBS8

WIFM Mentorship Program: Sign Up Now

The WIFM Mentorship Program pairs various levels of experienced professionals who are hoping to gain knowledge and perspective.

This engaging program pairs mentors and mentees based on identified areas of focus submitted in the sign-up process. All AFLA members are both welcomed and encouraged to participate.

The next pairing deadline is May 13, 2022. If you would like to be paired before the next deadline, click here


The Fleet Success Summit

Pictured: Scott Devore, Steve Saltzgiver, Jeff Jenkins

By Fleet Management Weekly Staff

RTA is a fleet management software company that uniquely designs and delivers software to keep fleet managers in control of fleet performance metrics.

As a long-time fleet industry leader, RTA is particularly proud to be hosting the ‘Fleet Success Summit,’ a fleet-focused, educational summit from April 20-21 in the Phoenix area.

In an interview with Josh Turley, RTA’s CEO, he spoke about the company and also about the summit. He began the conversation by noting that since its founding in 1979, RTA focused on helping fleet managers keep track of maintenance operations.

Today, their innovative software solutions help track their asset life cycles, PM schedules, and more in order to things of that nature, to stay on top of all operational costs.




By Bill Bishop

Four times a year, the team here at FLD compiles what we call our quarterly White Metal Market Report, or WMMR for short.

And like any analyst following basically any industry on the planet, trying to get a beat on the medium duty white metal market the last two years has been nothing short of an exercise in frustration. Just when it seemed like there might be an opportunity to break from the grips of pandemic induced malaise, a new challenge would rear its ugly head.

From chip and supply chain shortages that have persisted since just shortly after the dawn of Covid to transportation, supply chain and labor shortages, almost nothing has gone according to plan for, well, pretty much the last two years.



Moving to EVs

By Ed Pierce, Contributing Editor

Making the transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) can be daunting for many fleet operators.

In order to electrify your fleet, you need to procure the right EVs, ensure a consistent and reliable charging infrastructure that supports your business and drivers, and learn how to operate a new class of vehicle with its own distinct rules.

While many companies offer solutions for one or some of these challenges, no company has worked with light and medium-fleet businesses to comprehensively tackle all of the requirements for electrification—until Inspiration, says Inspiration Mobility CEO Josh Green.



Surge in Car-Crash Deaths Could Be Magnified by New Breed of EVs

April 9, 2022Battery-powered cars and trucks tend to be far heavier than their gas-burning counterparts.

That extra bulk translates into a mixed bag of benefits and concerns, especially when it comes to safety.

The occupants of heavy vehicles tend to fare better in an accident. Despite the extra pounds, most of the current crop of electric vehicles decelerate at distances in line with – and sometimes better than – similarly sized gas vehicles.

via Autoblog

What NHTSA’s New Fuel Economy Rules Will Mean to Drivers

April 10, 2022The improved efficiency requirements announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are looking to result in a fleetwide average for new cars and light trucks of 49 miles per gallon by model year 2026.

NHTSA estimates that its updated rules will mean the average 2029-model-year vehicle would cost $960 more than the average car today but the lifetime gains through fuel savings would be $1280, which means that buyers will save an average of $320 thanks to these more efficient vehicles.

Another way to think about it, as described by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, is that if you’re filling up four times a month today, you’d only have to stop at a gas station three times a month if you’re driving one of these more-efficient vehicles.

via Car and Driver

Revealed: The Music Choices That Can Affect EV Battery Range

April 7, 2022 Extensive real-world testing by Kia reveals how your choice of music can directly affect electric car battery range. Using a leading authority in psychoacoustics and sound science, Kia discovered which genres of music make for maximum EV miles.

With a variety of categories ranging from up-tempo pop to classical, Kia has uncovered a genre of music that can make EV drivers four times more efficient. The study was overseen by Dr Duncan Williams, a lecturer at the University of Salford, and saw participants wearing a device to record biometric measurements.

The playlist included Kanye West, Adele and Beethoven’s ‘Symphony No. 9 in D Minor’. In fact, Beethoven produced the most efficient driving of all from the test participants. Despite accounting for 32.5 percent of the playlist, only 7.7 percent of the EV6’s battery range was used while listening to the choral symphony.

via Motoring Electric

2022 Top Safety Pick Awards: Volvo, Genesis Ace IIHS tests

April 7, 2022 For the 2022 model year, more automakers built their cars to better withstand and avoid crashes, according to the latest ratings announced Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A total of 69 models earned a 2022 Top Safety Pick+ designation, which is considered the most rigorous independent safety rating in the automotive industry. Last year at this time, 49 models earned the accolade. Another 36 models in 2022 testing earned the next highest rating of Top Safety Pick, to bring the total to 105 models out of about 220 tested.

Every 2022 Volvo and Genesis model earned a TSP+, marking a rare sweep for the brands, though it’s easier to accomplish with lineups that consist of only five key models. Hyundai Motor Group, parent company of Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis, earned the most total safety picks, with 11 TSP+ and 10 TSP awards.

via The Car Connection

Fuel Prices

April 11, 2022Average national gasoline prices dropped to $4.11 a gallon on Sunday, the lowest level since the average hit $4.33 on March 6, according to auto club AAA. The last time a losing streak endured for this long was in September 2020.

Lower fuel costs offer some relief to American consumers who have been grappling with higher prices from food to housing amid decades-high inflation. The Biden administration’s decision at the end of last month to order the largest oil release in history from its reserves, amounting to a million barrels of oil a day for six months, has helped cool prices.

Pump prices could pull back to the $3.50-$4 a gallon range by Memorial Day, said Bob Yawger, director of the futures division at Mizuho Securities. The decline would correlate to West Texas Intermediate crude futures trading in the $85-100 a barrel range, he said.

via Autoblog


Fleet Marketing

By Ed Pierce, Director of Stakeholder Relations, Inertia Marketing

“Digital selling is taking over…are you prepared?” “Identify the existing gaps in the desired sales experience.” “Dealing with scale in a digital-first future.”

As a fleet marketer, you have surely seen the steady stream of alarming online opinions from generalist research firms and one-dimensional product vendors. They start by fearmongering — “Change is coming!” …duh – and offer snake oil salesmen-like promises of technology that can remedy every symptom.

As any fleet marketer knows, the road to a future-proof marketing nirvana is littered with unknowns; unforeseen economic conditions; unavailable application-specific proof, untried integrations with existing technologies, unbudgeted expenses that won’t see the light of day in budget-constrained businesses, and many other reasons the journey can come all undone.



Crash-Free Culture

Distracted driving isn’t just bad for people, it’s bad for business

By Paul Atchley, PhD, eDriving’s Brain Science Advisor

Distracted Driving Awareness Month (April) is a good time to take stock of the current status of road safety in the United States, think about progress toward zero fatalities on our roads, and examine how we are doing as we tackle threats to safety, old and new.

This March, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its analysis of motor vehicle crash data from 2020, which provides us a good look at where we are. The results are not encouraging.


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