May 24, 2022

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EVs Powering Transformation

While the fleet industry is decidedly bullish on EVs, in The Realities of Remarketing in the Age of EVs, FLD’s Richard Mallek asserts that widespread resales of EVs are likely still years away. We were intrigued by some of the unique issues surrounding the EV remarketing process. For example, how will these vehicles be transported and stored safely?

Coincidentally, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released their yearly Global Electric Vehicle Outlook this week. While global EV sales are wildly surging, supply chain challenges are taking their toll.

Ford Pro’s survey of U.S. fleet purchasing decision makers revealed that a strong majority of fleets are considering EVs within the next few years. Their story of how they’re helping two very different fleets transition to electric is an interesting read.

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Janice Sutton
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Forward Together: AFLA 2022 Corporate Fleet Conference

Register by June 1st for Early Bird Pricing!

Join AFLA for its 2022 Corporate Fleet Conference in beautiful Tucson, Arizona

The conference will begin Monday, October 10, 2022 with networking opportunities that evening. All sessions will begin on Tuesday, October 11th with the conference concluding at 12pm on Thursday, October 13th. Mark your calendars now to join AFLA for “Forward Together.”


Mentor by eDriving Wins Silver Stevie Award

eDrivingSM, a Solera company, has been named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the “Governance, Risk & Compliance Solution” category in The 20th Annual American Business Awards®.

“We’re absolutely delighted and incredibly proud to have now won four American Business Awards and four International Business Awards since 2019 for our comprehensive driver risk solution, Mentor by eDriving,” said Ed Dubens, Founder/CEO of eDriving. Our ultimate goal is to ensure drivers return home safely to their loved ones at the end of each day and we are now helping more than one million at work drivers in 125 countries do exactly that!”


Registration Now Open for NETS Hybrid Conference Event ~ October 5-6, 2022

Mark your calendar! Plan to join NETS on October 5 & 6, 2022 at the beautiful Marriott at Eagle Crest, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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 that travel nearly 11 billion miles annually.

NETS’ 2022 Conference will be a hybrid event so you can join in person or join us virtually via Whova.


Solera's SmartDrive Protect: Video Safety Solution Solera’s SmartDrive Protect: A Video Safety Solution

Solera Holdings, LLC, today unveiled SmartDrive Protect at Solera Outlook 2022 in New Orleans.

SmartDrive Protect, the newest addition to the Solera SmartDrive product suite, is a video-based safety solution for small fleets that provides accident exoneration, rewards safe driving, and offers the tools to coach and correct unsafe driving habits.

Research studies show that car drivers are principally at-fault in approximately three-quarters (70-75%) of fatal car-truck crashes. With shrinking margins due to increasing fuel and labor costs, driver shortages, and the high costs associated with accident settlements, fleets are just one accident away from closing their doors. Video of driving events is critical not only for exoneration but also commendation when commercial drivers drive defensively and save lives.


Remarketing Today

By Richard Mallek, Director of Business Development/ FLD Remarketing

As most fleet professionals know, the excitement around electric vehicles has been building steadily throughout our industry over the past few years.

As a leader and pioneer in fleet remarketing for 45 years, the team here at FLD has definitely taken notice of the proliferation of EVs. And while many service providers are starting to shift their business models to include elements of electrification, it’s likely going to be several years before we become actively involved in remarketing this new age of vehicles.

So, while most of the fleet world is nothing short of giddy about the introduction of electric vehicles, many substantive questions remain around EV remarketing.



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Ford Pro

Uncharted territory means dealing with unknowns, as commercial customers are learning to move their fleets toward battery electric vehicles. Ford Pro™ is helping manage the anxieties this kind of uncertainty brings by helping to make the transition to an electric future easy, bundling vehicles with charging solutions and telematics software to offer a one-stop shop for businesses to accelerate productivity.

A Ford Pro survey* of U.S. fleet purchasing decision makers reveals nearly three-quarters of these commercial customers from small businesses to large fleets feel pressure to adopt electric vehicles, while more than 60% considering electric vehicles planning to adopt the technology within two years.

Wilbur-Ellis, a global distribution leader in sustainable agriculture products and consulting, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, California’s leading electricity provider serving northern and central California, are announcing plans to add Ford battery electric trucks and vans, Ford Pro Charging solutions, charging software and Ford Pro E-Telematics† to their fleets.



Global EV Outlook

Electric passenger car sales remain solid worldwide in 2022

According to the Global Electric Vehicle Outlook, a yearly report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), sales of fully electric and plug-in hybrid cars continue to be strong this year, despite international supply chain worries.

The first quarter of 2022 saw 2 million electric cars sold worldwide, an uptick of 75% from the same period last year. Further, there are now more EVs purchased each week than were sold in all of 2012.

In 2021, China was responsible for nearly one-half of all worldwide EV sales, totaling 3.3 million. Europe totaled 2.3 million, a surge of almost three-quarters from the previous year. The US sold roughly 630,000 EVs, which was more than double its 2020 output.



How Tulsa’s City Fleet Navigated a Ransomware Attack

May 19, 2022The City of Tulsa had received a message on its server that said, “We have compromised your server, contact us on the dark web at this address so we can negotiate terms for you to pay a ransom.” The message linked to images that showed hackers had access to their data.

It took three weeks for FBI officials, Microsoft teams and internal IT professionals to identify the hackers and months to fix the problems they caused. Fleet Maintenance Manager Mike Wallace’s team shifted to a paper-based system in the meantime.

Most fleets have a disaster recovery plan for floods, tornadoes, other natural disasters, and now even for pandemics. But most still lack data recovery plans, he adds. “I wouldn’t want any other fleet to go through this. It was an interesting couple of months,” Wallace concludes. “Put things in place to be ready for it.”

via HDT Trucking Info

Push is on to Make Stealing a Catalytic Converter a Federal Crime

May 19, 2022In 2018, there were 1,298 catalytic converter thefts for which a claim was filed. In 2019, it was 3,389 thefts with a claim. In 2020, catalytic converter theft claims jumped massively to 14,433, a 325% increase in a single year.

The “Preventing Auto Recycling Theft Act,” or PART Act, is the first congressional bill to address the growing national problem of catalytic converter thefts, which are costing businesses and vehicle owners millions of dollars annually, according to NADA, which notes the bill has support from both Democrats and Republicans.

The PART Act will require that new vehicles have unique identifying numbers stamped on catalytic converters during assembly, as well as establishes a federal criminal penalty for the theft, sale, trafficking or known purchase of stolen catalytic convertor, supporters of the bill noted.

via The Detroit Bureau

Women Are Almost Twice as Likely to be Trapped in a Car After a Crash

May 18, 2022A new study out of the UK found that women are almost twice as likely as men to be trapped in a vehicle after a crash. Women suffered more hip and spinal injuries, whereas men sustained more head, face, chest and limb injuries.

Researchers say this also may be linked to why women are more likely to be trapped in a vehicle as injuries to the pelvis can make it harder to escape a wreck by oneself.

via CTVNews

EVs Are Dangerously Fast for the Average Driver

May 22, 2022Everybody loves powerful cars, although not everybody has the skills required to tame a supercar.

Looking at Tesla’s lineup, the Model 3 RWD, with a 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) acceleration time of 5.8 seconds. Kia EV6, in its least powerful version, makes 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 6.2 seconds. Electric trucks are more or less the same, with the slowest of them making 0-60 in under 5 seconds.

Even if everybody has incredible driving skills today, this will not last. Eyesight diminishes with age, the field of view narrows, and the reaction times get longer. There will be a growing discrepancy between driving skills and car performance, leading to more problems.

via AutoEvolution

Minimizing Traffic Deaths

May 18, 2022The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released preliminary data on the traffic fatalities recorded across the country in 2021. Fatalities rose to nearly 43,000 in 2021, a 10.5-percent increase over 2020.

Over 90 percent of Americans use a seatbelt – the remaining 10 percent make up nearly half of those who die in crashes. The technology exists to force drivers to obey the speed limit. It’s existed for as long as cars have been around and admittedly, drivers hate the very idea. Requiring breathalyzers in every newly-built vehicle could take decades to truly make a difference in road deaths.

The uncomfortable truth is, we could all but eliminate deaths via drunk driving, speeding and lax seat belt use — nearly half of all car crash fatalities — with technology that has been readily available for decades. But we don’t, because they present, at worst, a mild inconvenience.

via Jalopnik


Automated Driver Assistance Systems

By Art Liggio, Chairman, Driving Dynamics

Numerous reports and warnings regarding the efficacy of Automated Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to keep drivers safe have been published over the past few years by leading road safety groups such as U.S.-based AAA Traffic Safety Foundation and Thatcham Research in Europe.

Unfortunately, the cautionary messages, pointing out the shortcomings and failure points, of ADAS seem to have been overshadowed by the persuasive and persistent marketing campaigns suggesting that operating a vehicle can be more effortless than ever and will require little to no driver interaction.

For example, a recent television commercial showed the driver and passengers playing a game, with everyone clapping hands while executing a pass of another vehicle.

Seriously, is this how any driver should be encouraged to operate a vehicle?



IoT Connectivity

By Ben Forgan, CEO, Hologram, Inc.

Managing fleets can be like juggling chainsaws – a bit stressful! It means balancing costs, keeping drivers and vehicles operating safely, and ensuring compliance.

However, introducing IoT (or the Internet of Things) into the management mix can alleviate some of the challenges and risks that fleet managers face.

While the details can get complicated, the overall concept of IoT for fleet management is pretty straightforward: IoT is technology that enables hardware (telematics systems) and software (remote applications) to exchange information that helps fleet managers assess situations and make adjustments.

In simplest terms, what’s needed to employ IoT?


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