October 26, 2022

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Big Vehicles and Big Business

We were alarmed by an article from NBC News about children who are at risk of being killed by a large vehicle like an SUV or pickup (aka fleet vehicles) with a big front blind zone. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. has announced legislation that would make safety features such as front cameras or front sensors mandatory. We can see fleets leading the way here.

President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act is a boon to businesses looking to expand their EV footprint. But what does the IRA mean to fleets? Wheels Donlen VP Maria Neve gives us a comprehensive tutorial.

We love useful apps so when we talked with Stuart Donnelly, President of Mobility at The Miles Consultancy, we were eager to learn about the new super app the company is launching. Stuart tells us all about it.

Is there a topic you would like FMW to explore? If so, please send me an email. We always appreciate our readers’ suggestions.

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: When Should Fleet Managers Think About Regulatory Compliance?

If your organization is experiencing growth and change, then it’s important for your fleet to think about regulatory compliance.

VIDEO: Constant Change

  Fleet Changes Daily, and It’s Exciting to Keep Up

The fleet industry changes daily, and you have to keep up to speed, but all of the challenges and opportunities can be quite exciting.

VIDEO: Stay Safe on the Roads

  Deaths from Distracted Driving are 100% Preventable

What can we, as individuals, do to help save the lives of people involved in crashes caused by distracted driving? For starters, you do not need to pick up that phone, text or message when you are behind the wheel.


Webinar: The Risk of Overlooking Driver Safety Webinar: The Risk of Overlooking Driver Safety

It’s that time of year … the weather will start to change and daylight hours will start to dwindle, while driving distractions, infractions and accidents remain high. What can you do to keep disruptions at bay for your fleet and your drivers?

Did you know that 7% of drivers have a suspended license AND that 75% of suspended drivers continue to drive? The stakes are too high to put your fleet at risk with a ‘Good enough’ approach. Join Solera on Nov 1st for a live webinar on “The Risk of Overlooking Driver Safety”.


America's Cars & Trucks are Getting Bigger and So Are Their Front Blind Zones. Children are Paying the Price America’s Cars & Trucks are Getting Bigger and So Are Their Front Blind Zones. Children are Paying the Price

Every year, many kids get hit and die when their parents can’t see them in their front blind zones. A senator wants to pass a law requiring safety features to prevent these accidents.

An estimated 744 children were killed after being hit by a forward-moving vehicle off of public roads from 2016 to 2020, mostly in driveways and parking lots. In the majority of deaths, the child was hit by an SUV or a pickup truck.

In a demonstration at the Consumer Reports Test Track in Connecticut, it took at least nine elementary school children sitting in a line for someone in the driver’s seat of four different SUVs and pickup trucks to see the top of a single child’s head.

via NBC News

WIFM Webinar Registration Open to All AFLA Members


Problems and conflict are inevitable and greatly exacerbated by stress. Effective leaders skillfully address issues as they arise and create high performance teams and relationships by engaging in tough conversations, holding individuals accountable, and disagreeing productively. Full of immediately implementable strategies, this practical presentation will leave you feeling empowered and equipped to step up and lead more effectively.

Join us on November 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM CT for a webinar on Leading Crucial Conversations, featuring the AFLA 2022 Corporate Fleet Conference WIFM Keynote, Dr. Sherene McHenry.


Introducing The Fleet Poll

When it comes to hot trends and burning questions, there’s plenty going on in the world of fleet. This week we officially launch The Fleet Poll, sponsored by our friends at FLD, so that we can get your take on what is happening out there. We all have our thoughts, opinions and prognostications – and we encourage our readers to participate in the process.

The poll will gauge industry sentiment around five key topics dominating the fleet landscape, including: Vehicle Availability; Supply Chain Issues/Shortages; Gas Prices and Inflation; EV Integration; and Industry Disruption. 

This week’s question is “Are supply chain issues getting better, worse or staying the same?” CLICK HERE to TAKE THE POLL.

The Inflation Reduction Act

By Maria Neve, Vice President, Electrification and Sustainability at Wheels Donlen

The adoption of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is generating a lot of excitement among electric vehicle enthusiasts; however, it is also raising many questions for businesses who were looking to expand their EV footprint.

The good news is that the 200,000-vehicle cap per manufacturer has been lifted. Previously, federal tax credits were capped at 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer.

Also, prior to this bill, there was an IRS tax credit for installation of charging stations for both businesses and residences. The new law increases the maximum credit from $30,000 to $100,000 per location.

These incentives, along with any potential state incentives, are meant to close the gap between the cost of a new EV, versus an ICE vehicle. The credit will apply to any vehicles placed in service after Dec. 31, 2022, through the year 2032.



The Mobility Super App

By FMW Editorial Staff

The Miles Consultancy (TMC) is planning on launching a new super app that will provide mobility transparency for all forms of transportation, all in one convenient place.

We sat down with Stuart Donnelly, the President of Mobility at TMC, to hear more about the launch of the company’s forthcoming app.

For the last eight years, Donnelly has been working to create a new dynamic, flexible way for people to move around. His mission as president of Mobility is to take the company from miles into mobility through the development of a new smart and sustainable mobility “super app.”

Donnelly explained that while he joined TMC back in May 2022, he has been working in the automotive fleet leasing and corporate travel world for 25 years.

During his time, he saw that for many fleets, sustainability was their number one mission objective. While many people are talking about decarbonizing their fleets, the challenge is how to get there.



Remarketing Activity

by Wade Carson, Head of Automotive Product for Wolters Kluwer

The fluctuating used vehicle market is expected to bring an increase in remarketing activity for both corporate and rental fleets over the next several quarters.

eVault technology is designed to help fleets and remarketers better manage the onslaught of documentation management and processing, and also reduce the risk of error and compliance issues throughout the process.

Prior to the pandemic, it was commonplace for automotive transactions to be paper based with documents housed in a physical repository. However, as lenders move to digitize their fleet-facing processes, an eVault solution is a vital component to providing fully compliant and contactless digital loan solutions.



Toyota Struggles with EV Shift, Considers Changing Plans Due to Tesla

Toyota is struggling with its shift to electric vehicles, and it is reportedly considering major changes in its EV plans driven by Tesla’s manufacturing strategy.

Toyota has continued to be highly critical of going all-in in battery-electric vehicles despite announcing its own plan last year to bring 30 battery EV models to market by 2030. The plan is only a year old, at least publicly, and yet, Toyota is reportedly considering a major overhaul of its EV plan.

Toyota has been seen as a leader in manufacturing in the auto industry. While Tesla’s manufacturing has been criticized in the past, in the EV shift, there’s no denying that the company is emerging as a leader.

via electrek

GM Dealer Installs First Chargers As Part Of Extensive Community Program

General Motors has been touting its big EV push for some time now, and one primary facet of the automaker’s electric future is its Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem.

As the manufacturer’s brands begin to ramp up EV production, GM is also planning to expand EV charging infrastructure to reduce range anxiety and ensure that all US car shoppers can own an EV if they choose.

GM is partnering with its franchised dealers to install its own Ultium Level 2 charging stations. While some charging points will be installed at the dealership itself, in other cases, the dealers are working with GM to determine nearby places in the community to house the infrastructure, such as apartments, condos, schools, businesses, and the like.

via InsideEVs

Are EV Fleets The Answer?

The expected cost reductions for electric vehicle purchases have not eventuated yet. So, are fleets the answer? A recent note from AVERE suggests that the decarbonization of fleet vehicle purchases may accelerate the availability of used electric vehicles in the European market.

“The European Association for Electromobility (AVERE) is the association that promotes electromobility and sustainable transport across Europe. Within these Associations, there are more than 2,600 industry members, ranging from SME’s, OEMs, and other companies with a commercial interest in electromobility and more than 150,000+ EV users.”

They are currently supporting the European Commission’s commitment to introducing regulation in 2023 for the decarbonization of corporate fleets.

via CleanTechnica

Catalytic Converter, Are You There? ‘Virtual Lift’ Camera Can Check

The Virtual Lift from ACV lets auto-auction shoppers and car dealers get a look under vehicles, and lately their priority is to make sure this frequently stolen item is still under there.

Anyone worried about buying a used car that’s had its catalytic converter stolen might have started checking out listings with pictures taken from under the car. One provider of simplified undercarriage images is the Virtual Lift hardware and software package from ACV, which just updated the machine learning software so that it can confirm if catalytic converters are where they’re supposed to be.

via Car and Driver

The Transition to EVs

In December 2021, the Biden Administration issued an Executive Order calling for most federal vehicle purchases to be zero-emission vehicles (such as electric vehicles) by 2035.

This order affects about 380,000 federal vehicles as they need to be replaced.

Agencies may need to acquire about 30,000 zero-emission vehicles each year to meet future fleet requirements.

To support widespread electric vehicle use, the federal government may also need over 100,000 charging ports. As of August 2022, federal agencies owned and operated only about 4,000 charging ports.



Smart Fleet Software

Fleet management software lets your operation keep all of its information in one place.

This means no random spreadsheets scattered around with important information like when vehicle registrations are due, when driver’s licenses need to be renewed, and more.

Storing this information in your FMIS lets you easily access the information and know that it’s stored in a safe location.

More and more you might be asked for specific information about your fleet’s productivity. This can be easily accessed through an FMIS. You can run reports on a variety of issues, from vehicle downtime to Total Cost of Ownership, to technician productivity, and much more.



The AFLA Conference

by Richard Mallek, Director of Business Development, FLD Remarketing

Like most of fleet, the team here at FLD was eager to attend last week’s AFLA Conference in Tucson – especially given that this would be the first time the full AFLA family would be together since the dawn of Covid.

And while we were unsure what to expect, this year’s conference turned out to be a well-attended affair with – by unofficial accounts – more than five hundred attendees, a near 40% increase over 2021.

It also turned out to be a highly productive, fast-paced event with attendees going from one informative session to the next from sunup to sundown.

No matter whether you’re a fleet management company, an upfitter, a remarketer, or one of the scores of allied service providers, there are five topics that are dominating the discussion and dictating your approach to business.


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