July 19, 2022

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Striking a Balance

We are always striving to find a healthy balance in our lives and in our work. Today many fleet managers are striving to find a balance between electrification and other challenges, as Paul Lauria articulates so nicely in today’s top video.

Speaking of balancing priorities, Safety is always top of mind in this industry. Art Liggio outlines How to Produce a Fleet of Well-Trained, Competent Drivers who can keep your fleet as safe as possible!

Used EV Prices Surge
Have you noticed that used EV prices are soaring? In fact, they’ve outpaced the price increases in used cars by 12% in the last quarter. Mike Sheldrick explains why we should pay attention in his article today.

Ted Roberts

VIDEO: Balancing Electrification with Other Fleet Challenges

Yes, there’s a lot of excitement and a lot of great opportunities, but fleet electrification needs to be balanced with a myriad of other fleet challenges.

VIDEO: Leadership

  Leadership: Even the Little Things Matter

When it comes to leadership, even the little things matter … and it’s also very important to love what you do.

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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!

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IIHS Urges Quick Adoption of Speed Limiter Requirement for Trucks

The FMCSA requested comments on a proposal to require devices that limit the top speed on commercial vehicles with a GVW rating over 26,000 pounds. 

Excessive speed was a factor in nearly a third of all U.S. crash deaths in 2020. But limiting speed is especially important for large trucks, Eric Teoh, IIHS director of statistical services, wrote in the comment.

Because of their greater mass, trucks have more momentum and thus require longer stopping distances than smaller vehicles. They also do more damage in the event of a crash.

via IIHS

Agile Fleet Releases Free 10-Year Fleet Cost Savings Calculator Agile Fleet Releases Free 10-Year Fleet Cost Savings Calculator

By Ed Smith, President, Agile Fleet

In over 22 years of working with hundreds of fleets of all types and sizes, we’ve never seen anything more effective at producing savings than by right-sizing a fleet with automated vehicle sharing.

Why? Because idle vehicles cost money… lots of money. Improving how you share vehicles allows you to eliminate vehicles from your fleet while continuing to provide drivers with the access they need.

To put this into perspective, the following example illustrates that for each fleet vehicle that you eliminate, you can save more than $50,000 over ten years.


The Corporate Fleet Manager As Change Agent The Corporate Fleet Manager As Change Agent

By Ed Pierce, Contributing Editor

With the many concurrent changes affecting business fleets these days, how has the role of corporate fleet manager changed?

More than ever, the successful fleet manager is now an agent of change, not a victim of change.

Rather than being whipsawed by higher fuel operating costs, for example, while dealing with vehicle management direction to tamp down expenses due to market conditions, today’s fleet manager must stay on top of the economic, market, customer, competitive, and internal goings-on as thoroughly as they manage fleet operations using advanced fleet analytics.


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.


Safety & Risk

By Art Liggio, Chairman, Driving Dynamics

From a safety perspective, the goal of seeking “Understanding” is to transform a driver from an “Unconscious Incompetent” to a “Conscious Competent.”

I’ll get to this in a minute but first, we all know that our national crash statistics, including fatalities, are rapidly getting worse. So, what’s going on?

Depending on who you talk to or the research you examine, you quickly come up with a multitude of answers identifying the issues that are contributing to this dilemma.

Fleet and safety professionals have been actively pursuing and implementing fixes, but it always seems, especially in recent years, that it’s difficult to push through and obtain tangible, lasting results.



Used EVs

By Mike Sheldrick, Senior Editor

It’s virtually all but certain that EVs will constitute the majority of auto sales in a decade or so — maybe even dominate.

Adoption will take longer because many owners, quite naturally, will hold on to their ICs as long as cost the cost of ownership remains lower. For example, gasoline prices could fall as demand falls.

The changeover to EVs may happen a lot faster among fleets. Why?

Because the TCO of EVs will eventually outperform ICs — by a lot.



Telematics and Fuel Economy

In case you missed it: This article was originally published in late March, 2022. While fuel prices are just beginning to ease in most areas of the US, many predict that the global fuel market will continue to be roiled throughout the balance of the year.

By Mayank Sharma, Head of Global Product Management and UX, Teletrac Navman

Gas prices have hit record highs across the nation, and fuel-hungry fleets are feeling the sting at the pump.

Prices have raised to an average of over $4 per gallon in the U.S. with an unprecedented high of $6.99 per gallon in some corners of the nation.

With prices being slow to trickle down, fuel economy has become more important than ever for fleets looking to avoid mounting financial pressure.

Utilizing the power of AI and thorough data collection, telematics can be a major source of savings by optimizing the less visible drags on fuel economy.

Here are some of our top tips for cutting down fuel costs:



Studies Find States, Cities, Car Brands with Safest, Worst Drivers

July 17, 2022Insurify and QuoteWizard, online insurance shopping tools, regularly conduct studies on driver safety, and a few of their most recent surveys yielded interesting results.

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont are among the states with the best drivers. Cities with the best drivers include Louisville, Ky., at No. 1, Hartford, Conn., at No. 2 and Little Rock, Ark., in third place. Most of the cities on the top 10 worst list are in California, with Baton Rouge, La., Jacksonville, Fla., and Salt Lake City, Utah, rounding it out.

Volvo is the brand with the safest drivers – just 5.81% have had an at-fault accident, a full 37% lower than the national average. In contrast, Ram truck drivers have the largest percentage of at-fault accidents, followed closely by Subaru. Volkswagen, Mazda and Hyundai.

via Autoblog

The Real Reason Joe Manchin is Sabotaging the US Clean Energy Plan

July 14, 2022Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Thursday that he would not support funding for climate or clean energy programs, thus, along with the Republican Party, effectively torpedoing chances of addressing the climate emergency under this current government.

So, what in the heck is going on with Manchin? Is he worried, as his fellow West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said, that the program is “designed to ultimately eliminate coal and natural gas from our electricity mix, and would be absolutely devastating for my state”?

via Electrek

Why Can’t Smart Cars Do Anything about the Sun in Your Eyes?

July 17, 2022Walk up to your car nowadays, and it recognizes your key fob and unlocks the door. It might also set the seat in your preferred position and wirelessly connect to your phone. But what about visibility?

The sun has been the enemy of travelers since the first person had to head westward in the afternoon. Sunglasses can auto-darken. Is the auto­motive industry comfortable with being out-teched by a $200 pair of Ray-Bans?

Several car companies use electrochromic tech in their glass roofs to adjust from clear to frosted. Couldn’t we do the same on the windows? There are rules about tinting, but what if the windshield could track the hot spot and just darken that? What if the whole window went dark while the car is parked to keep the interior cool?

via Car and Driver

Hertz Faces Lawsuit From 47 Customers Claiming False Arrests

July 15, 202247 Hertz customers have filed a lawsuit against the rental company that describes horror stories after they were allegedly falsely reported as having stolen its rental cars, and in some cases even jailed.

The lawsuit alleges systematic flaws in Hertz’s reporting of thefts, including not recording rental extensions, falsely claiming customers haven’t paid, failing to track its own vehicle inventory and failing to correct false reports to police.

“We are reviewing and considering each claim brought against Hertz on its individual merits,” Hertz spokesman Jonathan Stern said. “We have begun extending settlement offers to dozens of claimants and will continue to do so on a case-by-case basis.”

via CNN

How We Work Now

Some employees, who have spent the last two years working almost entirely remotely, are wondering why they need to return to in-person work at all. Gas prices are high. Covid infections are on the rise (again). 

Earlier this year, a survey from Pew found that among workers who have an office outside of their home, 61% said they are choosing not to go in to their workplace. Whether it’s a hybrid model or requiring employees to come in five days a week, employers need to show the value of asking workers to commute into the office again if workers have been successfully working from home for two years.

Offering back-up child or elder care to employees can help with the transition. Smaller perks like paying for podcast subscriptions to make the commute more enjoyable, free meals in the office, in-person learning sessions and social gatherings can also help entice workers to come back.

via CNN


Soft Skills

When applying for a job, there are many ways to optimize your resume. You can check the listing to see where the employer’s priorities lie in terms of experience, and make sure to highlight what’s most important to them. 

One group of skills career experts say is crucial to include is your soft skills. Soft skills include a wide array of abilities: communication, customer service, scheduling, time management, project management, analytical thinking, ability to work independently and flexibility.

When it comes to flexibility, “people really have to be able to turn left, turn right on a dime, join the Zoom, be able to manage their own instant messages coming in,” says Kristin Kelley, chief marketing officer at CareerBuilder. There’s an element of ease with multitasking and being able to switch what you’re doing at a moment’s notice that has heightened since the pandemic and as so many people continue to work from home.

via CNBC


Fleet Trends

Element Fleet Management has released its Trends by Element Fleet Q2 2022 Insights.

Focusing on such key issues as safety, supply chain, remarketing and rising fuel costs, the report offers a number of actionable recommendations designed to alleviate the many challenges of managing a vehicle fleet during this tumultuous era.

Supply chain challenges are affecting all industries and that’s no different for auto manufacturers, who predict this to continue well into 2023.

The used vehicle market remains hotter than ever. This trend will likely subside once new vehicle production kicks into higher gear, as predicted by the report for later this year. The situation is not without its upside for fleet managers.


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