August 3, 2022

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Kudos to RTA Fleet for an impressive achievement. Not only were they Certified™ by Great Place to Work®, 100% of their employees agreed!

FMW congratulates the newly elected members of the AFLA Board! We are eager to meet everyone in Tucson in October.

In A Systemic Safety Strategy for the Future: VISION ZERO, CEO Ed Dubens asks: “What if a future with zero collision-related injuries and fatalities was within our power to create?”

If your responsibility involves fleet safety and you have not yet registered for the NETS 2022 Strength in Numbers Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference, there is still time to do so. FMW will be there.

We have changed FMW’s Newsletter’s send date to Wednesday. We like Lee Fox Williams quote: “Wednesdays are like Mondays in the middle of the Week”

Drive Safety,

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: Educating Future Fleet Leaders

The team at RTA is focused on how to improve leadership in the fleet industry for today and for tomorrow.

VIDEO: EV Charging

  Guaranteed EV Charging for Fleets: On Time, Every Time

AMPLY is keenly focused on delivering fleet charging in a guaranteed way – so that it’s on time, every time.

PODCAST: A Global Epidemic of Road Crash Fatalities and Disabilities


NETS has assembled leading global road safety experts to discuss the latest in road safety technology, innovations, and best practices.

We were especially impressed by the timeliness of this podcast titled “A Global Epidemic of Road Crash Fatalities and Disabilities”


AFLA Announces New Board Leaders AFLA Announces New Board Leaders

The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) recently elected new board members and officers to serve on the 2022-2023 Board of Directors.

Karyna Zarate was elected to serve as Secretary; SuYvonne Bell, was re-elected to the position of Director, Fleet; Jennifer Costabile was re-elected to serve a second term as Director, Manufacturers; Brenda Davis will hold the office of Director, Fleet Management Companies; Lori Olson was re-elected to serve a second term as Director-at-Large; and Peter Young was elected to the position of Director, Strategy.

AFLA’s new leaders will officially begin their terms at the close of the AFLA 2022 Corporate Fleet Conference, Forward Together, which will be held October 10-13, 2022 in Tucson, AZ.


Holman, Electrada, Ferguson Launch Groundbreaking Electric Vehicle Program Holman, Electrada, Ferguson Launch Groundbreaking Electric Vehicle Program

Through a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Ferguson, a leading North American distributor of plumbing and HVAC supplies, Holman, a global automotive services organization, and Electrada, an electric fuel solutions company, announce a fleet electrification pilot.

This groundbreaking effort delivers a turnkey fleet management and electrification solution enabling Ferguson to deploy medium- and heavy-duty all-electric vehicles throughout California while streamlining the development of the necessary charging and energy management infrastructure.


RTA Certified as Great Place to Work RTA Earns 2022 Great Place to Work Certification™

RTA: The Fleet Success Company is proud to be Certified™ by Great Place to Work®.

The prestigious award is based entirely on what current employees say about their experience working at RTA.

This year, 100% of employees said it’s a great place to work – 43 points higher than the average U.S. company.


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.


Fleet Marketing

By Ed Pierce, Fleet Industry Marketing Consultant

Google Analytics has been the centerpiece of website performance reporting for years.

Now, however, significant changes are underway with the launch of Google Analytics 4 (GA4), which brings much more insight into website performance through AI to achieve greater visitor insight, predictive traffic capability, and more meaningful metrics than ever before.

The new Google Analytics 4 application takes a quantum leap forward in performance tracking to supplement many of the key Google Analytics features.



Crash-Free Culture

By Ed Dubens, CEO/Founder of eDriving

The driver risk management and safety industry has long encouraged messaging centered around changing driving behavior to reduce incidents and collisions in an effort to reduce the growing number of serious collision-related injuries and fatalities.

At the same time, the world at large has largely accepted road traffic collisions and fatalities as an inevitable side effect of sharing the roads and an acceptable price for the freedom driving affords.

But, what if a future with zero collision-related injuries and fatalities was within our power to create?



OnStar and Alexa

GM has partnered with Amazon to make OnStar Guardian available via Alexa, the very popular cloud-based voice service.

OnStar Guardian has become one of the many Alexa ‘skills’ or apps available on Amazon’s flagship at-home communication device.

Customers requesting assistance, as in “Alexa, please call for help,” will be connected to an OnStar Certified Advisor, who are trained to offer help beyond roadside repair or rescue.

On GM’s website, Jeff Wajer, the head of OnStar Guardian Home, relates a very personal story of how he believes the simplicity of accessing OnStar Guardian via Alexa brings a greater sense of security into the home, especially since it can be utilized by his son, Hunter, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD.



Tesla Vehicles are Increasing Hertz’s Customer Satisfaction, Still Adding More EVs to the Fleet

August 1, 2022Last year, Hertz announced an important effort to electrify its fleet of rental cars, led by a massive purchase of 100,000 Tesla Model 3 vehicles. More recently, the company added Model Y vehicles to the order.

Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr confirmed that it has rented Tesla vehicles for 160,000 days already, and customers renting Tesla vehicles from Hertz are rating them much higher than if they rent other vehicles from them. Scherr said that we should expect them to announce more large purchases of electric vehicles in the near future.

In April, Hertz announced that it is also adding up to 65,000 electric vehicles from Polestar to its fleet over the next five years. The rental car company said that it expects to have all 100,000 Tesla vehicles by the end of 2022 – though Tesla didn’t seem to be completely on board with that timeline.

via Electrek

Hyundai, Kia Models at Higher Risk of Theft, and Of Course It’s on TikTok

August 2, 2022Law enforcement officials are asking owners of some Hyundai and Kia models to take extra precautions when parking due to a rise in thefts attributed to a recent trend on social media called “Kia Boyz.” 

It’s stunningly easy to steal some late-model Hyundai and Kia cars that are not equipped with a push-button ignition. The thieves break into the car, remove the trim under the steering column to access the ignition, and use pliers or a USB charging cord to start the engine.

The affected models are not equipped with an immobilizer, a device which prevents the engine from being started unless the right key is recognized. Kia said that it started installing an immobilizer in all of its cars regardless of trim level during the 2022 model year.

via Autoblog

Federal EV Tax Credits Revived on Capitol Hill

August 1, 2022Democrats and the Biden administration revived parts of the old Build Back Better agenda, specifically EV tax credits, in the Inflation Reduction Act, dubbed the IRA.

The bill removes the caps on the numbers of vehicles. Companies such as Tesla and General Motors had reached the previously 200,000-unit limit and Ford and Toyota are close to doing so as well. The $7,500 credit for a new EV is only available to individual buyers with an income of less than $150,000 or family income of less than $300,000. Customers with larger incomes would not be eligible for the credit.

Used battery-electric vehicles would be eligible for $4,000 tax credits, helping foster a market for used EVs. The tax credits are limited to individuals with incomes of less than $75,000 or family income of $150,000 for those filing joint returns.

via The Detroit Bureau

EV Buyers Want Tech, Green Benefits an Afterthought

August 1, 2022Earlier studies found a direct link between the desire to help the planet and the purchase of a battery-electric vehicle. But that has begun to shift as the technology grows beyond an early niche to start moving into the mainstream.

Other studies have cited a variety of additional reasons why motorists say they’re buying EVs, including design, roomier interiors — and, in some communities, as a way to foster an image of being hip and cool.

“The idea of luxury being defined by what’s ‘under the hood’ has been replaced in the electric era with the prioritization of seamless connectivity, integration into existing digital ecosystems, and good UX design,” said Gregor Hembrough, head of Polestar North America. “People are switching to electric cars for more than just environmental reasons.”

via The Detroit Bureau

Drunk Driving

Kea Wilson, StreetblogUSA

A new bill from three Senate Republicans would repeal a hard-fought law aimed to eliminate all drunk driving — and advocates are pushing for the existing legislation to be implemented quickly.

Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) drew the ire of Vision Zero leaders Thursday when they quietly introduced a new bill to overturn a key provision in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that requires automakers to install passive drunk-driving detection mechanisms on all new cars by 2024.

The senators, none of whom responded to a request for comment from Streetsblog, did not publicly explain why they introduced the bill, which would roll back what some have called the most significant wins for street safety in decades. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has estimated that passive alcohol detection systems could prevent as much as 94 percent of alcohol-related crash fatalities.



How We Work

August 1, 2022For the past eight weeks, thousands of people in the United Kingdom have tested a four-day schedule – with no cut to their pay – that could help usher in a new era of work. Already, some workers have said they feel happier, healthier and are doing better in their jobs.

The extra day has made space for many workers to take up new hobbies, fulfill longstanding ambitions, or simply invest more time in their relationships. Workers on the trial have taken up cooking classes, piano lessons, volunteering, fishing and roller-skating, their bosses told CNN Business.

Researchers will measure the impact the new working pattern will have on productivity levels, gender equality, the environment as well as worker well-being. At the end of November, companies can decide whether or not to stick with the new schedule.

via CNN Business



By Bill Bishop, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, FLD Remarketing

Fleet not only learned to survive the constant stream of never-ending challenges, but it also found ways to thrive despite them.

And while the industry appears to be a ways from returning to the carefree days before the pandemic, it appears the worst may very well be behind us. While that’s hardly a promise that things can’t take a step back, several indicators lead us to believe that won’t be the case.

In all likelihood, used wholesale prices will stay flat to slightly higher through the rest of 2022, and that they’ve already fallen as far as they will.


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