August 10, 2022

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What Is the Biggest Challenge Facing Fleet?

We would like to encourage everyone to take FLD Remarketing’s weekly one-question poll featured in their weekly banner ads.

Last week’s poll on where gas prices will end the year drew an interesting response with roughly 67% of respondents predicting the price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline will fall between $3 and $4 a gallon.

We are equally curious to see the response to this week’s question asking voters to identify the biggest challenge facing fleet.

You can see the results of last week’s poll – and take the new poll – every week at https://www.fldinc.com/poll.

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Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: Come to the NETS Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference

If you are concerned about road safety, please consider attending the annual NETS Strength In Numbers Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference in Ann Arbor in October. It’s a great place to both learn and network.

Learn more about NETS here.

Become a NETS member here.

VIDEO: Fleets and ESG

  How Fleet Professionals Can Help with the Social Aspects of ESG

The social aspects of ESG need to be addressed both internally and externally.

VIDEO: Material Handling

  Improving Systems and Processes Around Material Handling

To improve systems and processes around Material Handling, you need to make sure that you are optimizing labor and using actionable data that will point you in the right direction.


The Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles of 2021

Thanks to data collected by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), we can see how the lack of supply has affected the world of automotive thieving.

Ranking at the top of the list were Chevrolet full-size pickup trucks, with 48,206 trucks stolen last year. Ford came in number two, a major change from two years of being on top, with 47,999 full-size trucks stolen in 2021.

Other predictable models were included in the list, including the Toyota Camry and Corolla as well as the Nissan Altima and Honda CR-V. There is a new addition to the list, an SUV that was stolen at high rates in 2021: Jeep’s Cherokee and Grand Cherokee models. The rugged SUV was stolen 13,210 times across the nation.

via Car and Driver

Electric F-150 Lightnings Save the Day with Power in Kentucky Flood Response Electric F-150 Lightnings Save the Day with Power in Kentucky Flood Response

Ford has sent two electric F-150 Lightnings to help with the Kentucky flood response, providing mobile power for crews to help get 10-15 families back in their homes per day.

Electric vehicles reduce carbon emissions from transportation, which helps to reduce human impact on our climate. If all transportation is electrified, severe weather events like these will be less common than if we continue burning fossil fuels for transportation.

But that’s not the only way EVs are helping to clean up these disasters. As recovery efforts have started to shape up, power outages mean that disaster response crews must find a way to bring their own power to sites. And the new F-150 Lightning has provided that for some crews.

via electrek

J+ Booster 2 Portable EV Charger Juice Americas Launches ‘J+ Booster 2’ Portable EV Charger

Juice Americas Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Swiss-based Juice Technology AG, announced the availability of its portable two-in-one EV charger, J+ Booster 2, in the North American Market.

J+ Booster 2 enables EV owners to take their EV charger on the road to charge their EV from any conventional power socket-outlet.

Portable charging stations enable drivers to charge their electric cars wherever they park habitually for extended periods of time – during the day at the workplace, or nights at home. This compensates for the irregular spatial distribution of charging infrastructure and facilitates EV adoption.


Join Industry Leaders at 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.


Distracted Driving

By Dave Bean, Associate Editor

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that rear-end crash rates in Washington and Oregon dropped significantly when laws went into place banning any holding of cellphones by drivers, even when vehicles are stopped.

California, however, did not experience this same downturn.

In 2017, all three Western states expanded laws that more specifically spelled out the dos and don’ts of cellphone usage by drivers. So why didn’t California’s rear-end crash rate improve?

While Washington and Oregon explicitly placed a total ban on holding cellphones while behind-the-wheel, California’s law was more ambiguous, leaving open the possibility of drivers using their phones while stopped at a light or idling in traffic.



Service Vans

For any tradesmen or small delivery fleet owner, service vans are a key component in organizing your trade business and an essential element for your day-to-day operations.

Your company’s van is a core business purchase that helps defines the kind of work you carry out, the type of customers you serve, and the sort of employees you hire.

A versatile and cost-effective addition to your trade business, service vans help you carry your tools and workers to and from job sites, serve as a mobile office and offer safe equipment storage space.

If you are thinking about purchasing a service van, here are six advantages to consider:



Ford E-Transit

FedEx Office, in collaboration with Ford Pro, is piloting ten Ford E-Transit vans across its FedEx SameDay City network as part of the goal to transition its entire pickup and delivery fleet to zero tailpipe emission vehicles by 2040 in alignment with the overall fleet electrification goal for FedEx.

The vehicles are being tested in nine markets coast-to-coast to assess performance in different road and weather conditions: Chandler, Ariz., Newark, Calif., Boca Raton, Fla., Clearwater, Fla., Plantation, Fla., Chicago, Ill., Madison Heights, Mich., Allen, Texas and Frisco, Texas.

The Ford E-Transit has a targeted range of 126 miles on a single charge, making it an ideal vehicle for local courier delivery. FedEx Office has installed charging stations dedicated to these vehicles at each van’s home location and will supplement with remote charging stations in each market as needed to meet charging needs along courier routes.

By reducing emissions and waste, replacing older technologies and vehicles, and revolutionizing facilities and packaging, FedEx Office is taking significant action to advance its environmental stewardship.

via Business Wire


2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Adds Range and Hefty Price Increases

August 9, 2022Ford is reopening ordering for the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, with a few updates including the base battery option.

It picks up 10 more miles for a total estimated range of 240 miles.

Depending on the trim level and configuration, the F-150 Lightning has increased in price between $6,000 and $8,500. The base Pro model now starts at $48,769, counting the $1,795 destination charge.

via Autoblog

Few Midsize Cars Excel in Updated Side Crash Test

August 4, 2022Only three of seven midsize cars tested earn good or acceptable ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s updated side crash test. The Subaru Outback is the only midsize car to earn a good rating.

Overall, this initial group of midsize cars did not perform as well as the first batches of small and midsize SUVs evaluated earlier. One reason could be their lower ride height.

“With vehicles that sit lower to the ground, the striking barrier hits higher on the door panel,” says IIHS President David Harkey. “That potentially puts sedans and wagons at a disadvantage in this evaluation but reflects what happens in a real-world crash when these vehicles are struck by a higher-riding pickup or SUV.”


How to Use the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning’s Onboard Scales and Other Cool Apps

August 8, 2022 The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning’s 15.5-inch touchscreen is full of features and apps designed to make life both easier and more fun.

Most pickup truck owners know how much payload they can haul in their vehicle’s beds but don’t know how much their load actually weighs. The onboard scales take guesswork off the table, informing you just how much of the electric Ford’s 1,606 pounds of payload you’re eating up.

The Smart Hitch helps ensure you don’t have too much tongue weight on the truck and helps walk you through safety checks. The Towing function lets you create a profile for your trailer; it uses your trailer’s length, width, height, and brake type to calculate how much your towing will affect your range.

via MotorTrend

UPS Refuses to Install Air Conditioning in 150-Degree Delivery Trucks

There’s a human cost behind all those cardboard boxes showing up at your door every day, and with record-breaking heat waves around the globe, package delivery drivers are suffering through inhumane working conditions.

UPS is unusual in the package-delivery industry; most competitors have air-conditioned delivery vehicles. Retrofitting the familiar company-owned brown trucks with A/C would be time-consuming and expensive, but it’s something UPS employees and their union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Package Division, have been requesting for years.

Currently, the company has no plans to install A/C in its delivery vehicles, and drivers have to individually submit a request to have a fan installed.

via Jalopnik

EV Tax Credits

The Senate has voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act.

The main portion of the bill is the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit, which is renewed starting in January 2023 and will last a decade – until the end of 2032.

The new credit makes quite a few changes, the largest of which is to remove that cap at the start of 2023. Now, all manufacturers have access to unlimited credits as long as they fulfill the other requirements of the bill.

Also, the credit can be applied upfront at the point of sale if purchased from a dealer, rather than needing to file for it on your taxes in the following April – a welcome change.

New requirements include that the cars must be assembled in North America and that materials and “critical minerals” in the battery must come from the US or a country with a free trade agreement with the US.

via Electrek


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?



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.


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