July 12, 2023

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Thinking Forward

Sometimes little things can make a big difference. Take Permaseal’s groundbreaking, eco-friendly tire sealant, for example. Co-owner Matt Thomas says, ‘Our product virtually eliminates our clients’ need to replace any tires. We increase the life expectancy and use case of our clients’ tires by 25% and improve their fuel economy by 5%.’ READ MORE

Simplifying Full Lifecycle Vehicle Management

Our top video today features Cox Automotive Mobility Fleet Services’ Kevin Clark explaining how his organization provides fleet owners with full vehicle lifecycle management – from purchasing to ownership and operations to end of life. WATCH IT HERE

Finally, if you are marketing to fleet professionals, please check out our brand acceleration options.

Ted Roberts

VIDEO: Full Lifecycle Vehicle Management, Simplified

From purchasing – to ownership and operations and maintenance – to end of life, Cox Automotive Mobility provides fleet owners with full lifecycle management.

VIDEO: Going Greener

  Helping Fleets Move from Diesel to Something Cleaner

If your fleet is looking to go greener, then consider propane fuel systems that reduce both cost and environmental impact.

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Cox Auto: Fleet Sales Boost Q1 and Q2 Auto Sales Cox Auto: Fleet Sales Boost Q1 and Q2 Auto Sales

According to an early estimate from Cox Automotive, sales into large fleets—excluding sales into dealer and manufacturer fleets—rose 44.6% year over year to 217,572 vehicles in June.

Large rental, commercial, and government fleet combined sales have grown by double digits annually for 12 straight quarters. Sales into rental fleets increased by 85.4%, government fleets were up by 40.9%, and commercial fleets increased by 14.6% year over year.

“The return of fleet was a key driver of the first half new auto sales increase,” said Charlie Chesbrough, senior economist at Cox Automotive.

-via CBT News

Rhythmos, Driivz Partner to Accelerate Fleet Electrification and Increase Grid Reliability Rhythmos, Driivz Partner to Accelerate Fleet Electrification and Increase Grid Reliability

Rhythmos and Driivz are teaming up to optimize EV charging for utilities and fleets, targeting utilities in California to kickstart the partnership.

The Rhythmos utility-deployed solution can more than double charging capacity by optimizing charging schedules pushed through the Driivz EV charging and energy management platform to participating customers.


CerebrumX Survey: AI Adoption Remains a Challenge for Fleet and Insurance Industries CerebrumX Survey: AI Adoption Remains a Challenge for Fleet and Insurance Industries

CerebrumX announced results of a recent industry survey designed to take the pulse of insurance and fleet business leaders who are or might consider using AI.

Respondents said it’s difficult getting the team on-board with adoption, usage strategies. Further, C-level execs are apparently not convinced of AI usage. Budgetary concerns were also a challenge.

“We believe…there is more education needed…in helping them understand how to leverage the right platforms to access and analyze the data needed for today’s AI-powered…programs,” said Sandip Ranjhan, CEO of CerebrumX.


Ranger Design Launches New Light, yet Strong Shelving Solution Ranger Design Launches New Light, Strong Shelving Solution

Ranger Design delivers innovative commercial van storage solutions with the introduction of their Composite Aluminum Shelving.

With the latest in advanced composite materials from powersport and anti-ballistic applications, this new shelving line provides the same load capacity as Ranger Design’s steel shelving with a 25% reduction in weight.

Ranger Design’s new Composite Aluminum Shelving keeps tradesmen and their vehicles organized with the strength they need and the weight they don’t. For more information, click here.


Virtually Eliminate Tire Replacement

By FMW Staff

We recently had the opportunity to interview Matt Thomas, one of the co-owners of Permaseal Global. Permaseal Global is transforming fleet operations with its groundbreaking, eco-friendly tire sealant, hailed as the world’s first of its kind.

Thomas said, “Our product virtually eliminates our clients’ need to replace any tires. We increase the life expectancy and use case of our clients’ tires by 25% and improve their fuel economy by 5%.

“We made sure that we brought to market a program that doesn’t require special tools or equipment, isn’t hazardous, and doesn’t require any specialty cleanup.”



Fleet Management Solutions

By FMW Staff

Roadz’s newest SaaS marketplace is called Fleetstore. The sole aim of the branded marketplace is to bring together curated solutions from a range of top vendors in over 13 critical fleet management categories.

The platform includes solutions to help commercial fleets of all sizes address operating costs, productivity, safety, and regulatory compliance.

Fleetstore helps smaller fleets to leverage otherwise unavailable negotiated and channel pricing. What’s more, the savings are passed along through a single bill for all of the solutions purchased.



Motus Perks

Motus, a leader in mobile workforce reimbursement solutions, announced platform enhancements that offer personalized and localized discounts to mobile workers and powerful custom reporting tools for program administrators.

Motus Perks brings personalized, relevant discounts for things a mobile workforce needs to stay on the road and at home, while Insights gives vehicle reimbursement program admins a fast and flexible reporting module to manage and optimize their programs.

“We are tuned in to mobile workers and understand the type of resources they’re seeking from employers. A positive employee experience boosts talent retention to help businesses weather economic times, and Motus Perks helps mobile workers maximize every dollar.” said Motus Chief Executive Officer, Phong Nguyen, “Companies want to monitor reimbursement program performance and optimize them when opportunities arise. Insights adds easy to use custom reporting and efficient reporting workflows to our program management tools.”



Blink Charging and AAA Are Pairing Up to Support EV Drivers

Blink Charging and AAA are partnering up, which means EV solutions and charging services are going to expand for AAA members. Blink has already installed onsite EV chargers at “numerous” AAA branch offices, AAA-owned repair facilities, and auto repair shops.

Blink says that 19 AAA clubs and affiliates at over 60,000 locations across the US are going to benefit from the partnership. It will reduce costs for members through a streamlined ordering process and preferred pricing options. By introducing additional EV charging solutions to their facilities and fleets, AAA clubs hope to attract more EV drivers to become members, as the program is going to equip roadside assistance providers with the tools and skills to more effectively serve EVs.

via Electrek

Almost One-Third of Traffic Fatalities Are Speed-Related Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched its “Speeding Wrecks Lives” speeding prevention campaign to address the crisis of deaths on our roadways through its National Roadway Safety Strategy. The campaign will run from July 10-31.

NHTSA released new data on speeding, showing that speeding-related fatalities increased 8% from 2020 to 2021, with 12,330 people killed in 2021 speeding-related crashes. This represents 29% of all traffic fatalities in 2021. Many drivers in speeding-related crashes also engaged in other risky driving behaviors. Drivers in fatal crashes who were speeding were also impaired by alcohol more frequently than drivers who were not speeding.


Right-To-Charge Laws Bring the Promise of EVs to Apartments, Condos and Rentals

More than 3.6 million electric cars are driving around the U.S., but if you live in an apartment, finding an available charger isn’t always easy. Grocery stores and shopping centers might have a few, but charging takes time and the spaces may be taken or inconvenient.

Several states and cities, aiming to expand EV use, are now trying to lift that barrier to ownership with “right to charge” laws. Illinois’ governor signed the latest right-to-charge law in June 2023, requiring that all parking spots at new homes and multiunit dwellings be wired so they’re ready for EV chargers to be installed. Colorado, Florida, New York and other states have passed similar laws in recent years.

AutoTech News

The Cost of Car Repairs is Surging Amid Widespread Shortages

The next time your car breaks down, expect to fork over more money – and wait longer – for repairs. The cost of car repairs was up by 19.7% on an annual basis, according to the latest federal consumer price data.

Multiple shortages combined with higher prices on all types of goods have hiked repair costs, experts say. Consumers should see improvements with part shortages and car availability, but the labor shortage is different. There’s an annual demand for 258,000 new auto techs, but only 48,000 graduate from programs each year. A growing labor shortage of automotive technicians and the complexity of repairs is driving the wait times and can also mean the repair takes longer.

via Axios

Crash-Free Culture

By Sarah Bechtold, SVP Global Driver Risk Management, eDriving

At eDriving, our unwavering focus is to ensure that every driver returns home safely at the end of each day. Achieving this mission requires a fundamental shift in how drivers perceive their actions on the road and the impact they have on themselves and others.

Three critical factors play a pivotal role in expediting and maintaining this mindset shift: effective communication, the power of incentives over penalties, and fostering active engagement.

At eDriving, we have developed Mentor, an innovative smartphone app-based telematics program designed to identify and rectify risky driving behaviors.



FMW Brand Acceleration

By Ed Pierce, Fleet Industry Editorial & Marketing Consultant

FMW Brand Acceleration helps fleet product and service providers continuously build their brands’ value story and generate sales leads, without the hassle of finding and paying a premium for a generalized branding, marketing, or PR firm.

FMW Brand Acceleration supplements editorial coverage with a full array of fleet-focused marketing activities that begin with consulting, branding, marketing, and lead generation strategies.



Work Trucks

Work Truck Solutions®, a leading authority on commercial vehicles, released their Q2, 2023 Commercial Vehicle Market Analysis.

“Our Q2 2023 analysis indicates that the commercial vehicle industry is experiencing significant growth, despite current economic uncertainties,” stated Aaron Johnson, CEO of Work Truck Solutions.

The large influx of inventory hitting lots in Q1 was likely responsible for the increased movement in Q2, as dealers could fulfill more of the pent-up demand for work trucks and vans.


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