January 5, 2023

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Looking Forward to 2023!

The FMW Team wishes you a Happy New Year! This is an exciting and pivotal time in the fleet industry, and we are happy to be on this journey with you.

The Future of Driver Risk Management

Are you looking to implement a driver risk management program in 2023? Or upgrade an existing one? If so, read this article from Ed Dubens on 8 trends to keep in mind.

Are You Marketing to Fleet Professionals?

If so, there’s no better way to wrap up last month’s column, “Negotiating a High-Wire Marketing Balancing Act,” by Ed Pierce than with these key marketing goals you should be pursuing in 2023.

Also, please be aware that Fleet Management Weekly has some excellent and affordable options when it comes to marketing to fleet professionals. Email me to find out more.

Ted Roberts

VIDEO: On Demand Mobile Service for Your Fleet Vehicles

Spiffy offers fleets the convenience of 100% mobile service that’s on-demand and comes to you.

VIDEO: Regulatory Compliance

  Managing Regulatory Compliance After Rapid Fleet Growth

Are you managing regulatory compliance after rapid fleet growth? If yes, it’s important to obtain as much information as possible.

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  Request for Zoom Video Interviews

We’re ramping up FMW’s video interviews via Zoom given the times, and are looking to speak with a variety industry experts (and we know that many of you are reading!).

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!

Email Ted Roberts to learn more: [email protected].


Solera Webinar: Improve Your Routing & Dispatching Team

As we enter the throes of the extremely busy holiday season, last mile fleets are experiencing more pressure than ever to deliver goods and services quickly, accurately, and efficiently.

In addition to operating at maximum efficiency to control costs, companies must also work to optimize customer satisfaction and the driver experience to ensure overall business success.

In this live webinar on January 11, our Last Mile experts will share how to improve the daily life of routing and dispatch teams.



WIFM Member Profile: Karyna Zarate

Fleet Management Weekly is pleased to introduce a new feature series, WIFM Member Profiles, to introduce our readers to Women in Fleet Management (WIFM) members.

In this first column, Karyna Zarate, CAFM, Corporate Fleet & Equipment Manager for Jacobs, the global technical consulting company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, answers a series of questions beginning with her start of her professional career through her views on the industry today.


2023 IRS Business Mileage Rate Based on Motus Cost Data 2023 IRS Business Mileage Rate Based on Motus Cost Data

Vehicle Ownership and Operating Cost Analyses Reveals Inflation Underpinning New Mileage Rate, Provides Guidance on Vehicle Reimbursement Best Practices

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the 2023 business mileage standard rate of 65.5 cents, calculated with data provided by Motus.[i]

The 2023 business mileage standard rate increased to 65.5 cents from the 2022 mid-year adjustment of 62.5 cents and will go into effect January 1, 2023.


Fleet Success Summit 2023: Why It’s a Must for Fleet Professionals

By Steve Saltzgiver

Wow! It’s hard to believe we’re coming up on another year since the inaugural Fleet Success Summit was held in Mesa, AZ!

However, I’m really looking forward to our second event March 21-22, 2023, at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas! This year the slogan of ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’ will be violated as attendees will take back some priceless fleet management gems and best practices to significantly improve their operations.


Crash-Free Culture

Fleet managers are facing more pressure than ever to adapt and modernize their fleet in all ways — from reducing emissions to upgrading vehicles, to optimizing routes and keeping their drivers and communities in which they work safe.

By Ed Dubens, CEO/Founder, eDriving

Driver risk management initiatives are more likely to produce sustainable results with a comprehensive program that identifies risk at the driver and fleet level and provides multi-faceted remediation measures to mitigate them.

Are you looking to implement a driver risk management program in 2023? Or upgrade an existing one? If so, keep these 8 trends in mind.



Fleet Marketing

By Ed Pierce, FMW Brand Acceleration

Happy New Year!

There’s no better way to wrap up last month’s column, “Negotiating a High-Wire Marketing Balancing Act,” than with some key marketing goals you should be pursuing in 2023.

According to McKinsey & Company, “clear KPIs, such as a volume of new customers or specific revenue goals, ensure that everything is measured and evaluated.” 

No matter what marketing goals you set, it’s important to have a plan for how you’ll achieve them. Depending on your marketing goal, you may have a range of strategy types to choose from.



Predictive Maintenance

VMRS is a well-established coding convention (like area codes and zip codes) that offers a universal communication channel for describing the nature of a repair or maintenance service in a shop facility.

It is a universal maintenance language that enables fleet management to produce reports easily, look for trends, and conduct cost and reliability analyses.

Pitstop is a fleet maintenance platform based in Toronto, Canada, that enables fleets to simplify their maintenance strategy by leveraging the abundance of data available from their vehicles.



Here’s How Oregon Will Phase Out Gas Cars, Trucks, and SUVs

Oregon formally adopts Clean Cars II, setting a target date of 2035 to phase out sales of new gas- and diesel-engine cars, light trucks, and SUVs, with interim targets until 2035.

California and Washington have already cemented plans to phase out sales of new internal-combustion-engine cars, light trucks, and SUVs, with Washington being the earliest with a 2030 target year.

Several other U.S. states have now adopted California’s Clean Cars II framework but face a number of challenges in expanding EV infrastructure.

via Car and Driver

CarFax Says Odometer Rollbacks Up 7% Year-Over-Year

Carfax, the company that compiles vehicle history reports from various touchpoints in a car’s life, says its research shows more than 1.9 million vehicles on the road have had their odometers tampered with.

Percentage-wise, the fraud climbed most in Texas (15%), Florida and Arizona (12% each), North Carolina (7%), and Illinois and Pennsylvania (5% each). California, New York, Georgia, and Virginia finish the top 10 with less than 5% upticks.

Last year, the NHTSA told the New York Times, “Odometer fraud is a serious crime that costs Americans more than $1 billion annually.”

via autoblog

A Partial List of EVs That Qualify for the New $7,500 Tax Credit

As of January 1st, 2023, a bunch of electric vehicles became newly eligible for the $7,500 tax credit, which passed into law as part of the $430 billion Inflation Reduction Act a year ago.

Some models new to the list had lost their eligibility when their manufacturer hit the previous credit’s sales cap of 200,000 vehicles (Tesla models, Chevy Bolts). Others have recently shifted their production to North America, meeting one of the crucial requirements (VW ID.4).

Bottom line: if you’re unsure whether the new EV you’re eyeing qualifies for the credit, talk to an accountant.

-See the list and full article at The Verge

Norwegians Replaced A Fifth Of Their Cars With All-Electric Ones

One-third of Norway’s entire car fleet is expected to be zero-emission by 2025

Norway is at the forefront of electrification and just achieved another milestone on its road towards zero-emission transportation.

According to Bloomberg, already 20 percent (or one in five) passenger cars in the country are all-electric. In Norwegian capital Oslo, the share of battery-electric cars (BEV) is even higher at over 33 percent.

via InsideEVs

Customer Driven

By Laura Jozwiak

It is December. In the Midwest, that means the weather turns cold, the sky turns steel grey, and the ground will most likely turn white with the falling snow.

It’s the time that we cover our patio furniture and tuck away the gardening tools.

For me, it’s also the time to reflect, give closure to the year, and start looking forward to the possibilities of the next 365 days

I have always appreciated this part of the cycle — this annual time of reflection, renewal, and focus.

Like a seed that is hibernating underground in the winter until the soil warms up and takes root to flourish in the spring, so do our thoughts.



EVs in Winter

Fleet Management Weekly asked Gina Bonini, VP and GM of Advanced Thermal Systems at Modine, about the challenges of keeping Electric Vehicles (EVs) up and running in wintry weather.

Modine is a company with a long history of automotive thermal management; how did you make the transition from ICE to EV?

Modine has focused on innovation in thermal management from the company’s beginning in 1916, when our founder, Arthur B. Modine, set out to make the perfect radiator. A few years later, in 1925, we scaled up to provide the radiator for the Model T Ford. Fast forward nearly 100 years, and we started to see our customers electrifying, initially with buses, trucks and specialty vehicles.



EVs and Public Transit

In a future where EVs become the norm rather than the exception, public transit agencies will face a range of new variables they will need to juggle.

The transportation sector presents a particularly attractive opportunity to make rapid progress in the fight against climate change through electrification.

via Mass Transit

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