November 30, 2022

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Element has published their enlightening 2022 Q4 Trends Report. Macroeconomic trends of great interest to fleets are covered in the report: Sustainability, Acquisition, Fuel and Safety.

Want to earn money from your fleet’s parked EVs? It’s possible. Scott Brierley, Director of Automotive Strategic Partnerships at Fermata Energy tells us how fleet owners and operators can earn revenue from their EVs.

The holiday season is a happy time, but thieves are operating overtime. In case you missed it, here’s an excellent article from Mark Thomas, VP of Marketing and Alliances at Ridecell offering some tips on how to keep your vehicle and cargo secure.

What’s on your mind? FLD Remarketing and FMW have teamed up to offer a bi-weekly Fleet Poll. Read about it here and give us your thoughts. New polls publish every other Wednesday. Here’s the latest poll question.

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

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NAFA 2023 Institute & Expo 2023 NAFA Institute & Expo: Registration is Open!

The future of fleet is at your fingertips during the NAFA 2023 Institute & Expo, April 17-19 in Baltimore, MD.

From incredible keynote presentations that make you question the barriers holding you back, to a state-of-the-art Expo Hall, I&E has something to offer everyone,

Thousands of fleet professionals in every segment including corporate, government, public safety, utility, education, and more will be there. Join them at the premier fleet event of the year by registering today!



Auto Safety Advocates Call for Fix to Pedestrian Detection Flaws as Deaths Soar

With pedestrians dying in traffic collisions at the highest level in 40 years, auto safety advocates say more must be done to give people safety.

They’re calling on the federal government and automakers alike to address the inability of many automatic emergency braking systems to detect pedestrians at night.

Researchers with the IIHS began warning about the problem earlier this year when testing showed many vehicles equipped with pedestrian automatic emergency braking systems, which are designed to brake when a driver does not, failed to stop for a crash dummy in night-time conditions.

via NBC Washington

NTEA Extends Work Truck Week® 2023 Exhibit Hours; New Exhibitor Pavilion Returns

Attendees will have more time to check out the latest commercial vehicles, equipment and technology from 500 companies at Work Truck Week® 2023 thanks to extended Work Truck Show exhibit hours.

Work Truck Week takes place March 7–10, 2023, at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. It encompasses The Work Truck Show®, Green Truck Summit, Ride & Drive, educational conference, and more. Green Truck Summit is March 7.


Solar Provider Sunrun Unveils Ford F-150 Lightning Fleet

Sunrun, the largest solar provider in the US, has revealed its new fleet of Ford F-150 Lightnings. The company plans to transition half of its entire fleet to electric or hybrid by the end of 2025.

Sunrun’s decision to bulk buy multiple Ford F-150 Lightnings won’t come as too much of a surprise to those familiar with the firm. The company has a partnership with the Blue Oval and helped develop Ford Intelligent Backup Power (a combination of the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and Home Integration system).

via InsideEVs

Fleet Tracking

By Kevin Dennehy, Editor, Location Business News

Germany-based PTV Group has entered the U.S. fleet tracking market with a new truck navigation app. CEO Christian Haas says the new PTV Truck Navigator G2 optimally complements the existing tracking systems.

PTV Group will use TomTom [TOM2] to power its maps, truck routing and other functions. PTV Truck Navigator G2 will consider a truck’s size, weight, cargo, road hazard restrictions and tunnels to calculate a route, the company said. Much of the route information comes from TomTom’s database of traffic data, historical traffic patterns and predictions, the company said.

TomTom, which has worked with PTV Group in Europe for 10 years, says the expansion will allow businesses to have more accessible location data. “By making fresh and accurate location easily assessable to businesses, we can create safer and more comfortable experiences for drivers and end-customers,” said Mike Schoofs, TomTom Enterprise managing director, in a statement.



The Fleet Poll

How high will gas prices go in 2023? When will the supply chain return to some semblance of normalcy? And what will it take for vehicle availability to finally pick back up?

By Ted Roberts, President, FMW

These days, there are a lot of important questions circling around fleet. Which is exactly why Fleet Management Weekly has teamed up with FLD Remarketing to introduce The Fleet Poll, a bi-weekly poll that will present questions on topics where fleet professionals want deeper insights.

The poll takes less than 30 seconds to answer two multiple choice questions. If you have a topic or question you’d like to know more about – we’d love to have you as a “guest asker” for a future fleet poll.



EV Charging

Vehicle-to-everything turns an EV charging system into a revenue center

By Scott Brierley, Director of Automotive and Strategic Partnerships, Fermata Energy

The conversation around EVs is evolving rapidly, giving fleet managers a new way to measure their fleet’s positive impact on their company’s bottom line. What’s the change? EVs are batteries on wheels that enable fleet owners and operators to earn revenue from their local utility while their EVs are parked.

Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) bidirectional charging systems is the technology that makes this possible. This means that EV charging stations for fleet owners and operators are shifting from a cost center to a revenue generator, reducing the cost of acquiring, owning, and operating EVs.



Tips to Help Maximize the Range of Your F-150 Lightning in Cold Weather During its First Winter

As F-150 Lightning customers begin their first winter with their new electric pickup, Ford wants to help make them aware that in low temperatures they could see a significant reduction in range, which is normal.

All-electric vehicles experience energy decreases in cold temperatures due to battery cell chemistry. Temperatures below 40°F cause the electrolyte fluid to become sluggish, limiting how much power is available to discharge and how quickly the vehicle’s battery can charge.

To help maximize your F-150 Lightning range in winter, here are some tips:

More tips at Ford

Gas and Oil Prices at Lowest Levels in Nearly a Year

The average price of a gallon of gas is now sitting at $3.55, according to AAA. That’s just about the lowest price we have seen since February of this year.

Average prices are down 11 cents in just one week. The price for a barrel of oil is hovering right around $74. That’s down 35 percent since June alone. Protests in China over Covid-19 lockdowns and global economic slowdowns are being fingered as the reasons for the downturn in prices.

To help matters even more, the Energy Information Administration says gas demand actually fell last week from 8.74 million to 8.33 million barrels. At the same time, total domestic gasoline stock rose more than 3 million barrels to 211 million.

via Jalopnik

VinFast Exports First Electric Cars from Vietnam to the US

On November 25, VinFast held a ceremony to mark its first batch of exports of all-electric cars to international markets. The Vietnamese brand sent a total of 999 units of the VF 8 model to the US.

Previously, the VinFast VF 8 was available only in Vietnam. The next step, following the US market launch, will be the export of the VF 8 to Canada and Europe, as well as other international markets in the Q1

VinFast reports that so far it collected roughly 65,000 global orders for the VF 8 and VF 9 electric SUVs (the VF 9 will be launched in Vietnam and international markets in Q1 2023).

via InsideEVs

How BlackBerry Moved From Iconic Cellphones to Cybersecurity

In 2010, almost half of smartphone subscribers in the U.S. used BlackBerrys. After its phones fell out of favor with users, BlackBerry altered its course, taking some of the cornerstones of the business with it.

“After a few years, we realized that we would never get the volume up — and it’s a volume game,” said John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry. “And so we made that pivotal shift to a software-only company and focus on security and cyber and things of that sort.”

Its cybersecurity unit focuses on securing things such as smartphone applications and mobile banking websites.

via CNBC

Fleet Trends

The ongoing war in the Ukraine has negatively impacted energy markets in a significant way for the unforeseeable future.

Such a scenario coupled with all-time high inflation rates will continue to contribute to volatile prices and make evaluations around trends such as fuel, acquisition, and supply chain even more critical to keep fleets running profitably.

Keeping up with evolving market developments and being agile will position your business to manage fleet costs amidst uncertainty.

Download the 2022 Q4 Trends Report brought to you by Element.



Stopping Cargo Theft

by Mark Thomas, VP of Marketing and Alliances, Ridecell

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the holiday shipping season is upon us. But while your customers are hoping that their special holiday deliveries arrive on time, more thieves are on the lookout for unattended vehicles and cargo.

Holiday theft can be incredibly costly. Between December 23, 2021, and January 2, 2022, the average cost of a single stolen shipment was $151,199. The primary targets? Electronics, televisions, and major appliances.

With digital key technology, you can enhance your fleet protection by improving theft deterrence and detection and speeding up recovery if it does occur—and enjoy a more peaceful holiday season knowing your fleet will never get away from you.



Dangerous Roads

It seems like every region has its own idea of what constitutes dangerous roads. AAA recently released its list of the United States’ most dangerous roads, and some of the top picks may surprise you.

Officially known as U.S. Route 550, local legend says Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway got its moniker after an early traveler proclaimed she’d have to be paid $1 million to drive it again.

Florida doesn’t have Colorado’s mountains, but it does have another lurking danger: It’s one of roughly half the country’s states without a full ban on using a handheld cellphone while driving. That might help explain why a recent study found that 17 of the 100 deadliest roads in America were in the Sunshine State, the most in the country.

via Autoblog

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