August 30, 2023

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The Big Secret in Life

Now on the cusp of Labor Day, we cheer for our kids going back to school and are worried for the safety of our family, friends, and colleagues in the path of Hurricane Idalia.

Scientists tell us that this summer has been the hottest on record. This is what climate change looks like and it’s going to continue apace. In this week’s FMW newsletter we feature insightful articles about companies that are offering solutions that energy-conscious fleets are seeking now.

Apropos of Labor Day, we love this quote from Oprah Winfrey: “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”

Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend,

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

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VIDEO: Sustainable Fleets

  NAFA Relaunches Sustainable Fleet Certificate Program

NAFA is in the midst of relaunching its successful Sustainable Fleet Certificate Program, with options for both online and in-person learning.

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We now conduct the majority of our interviews via Zoom, 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].


NHTSA Urges Automakers to Enhance Seat Belt Warnings for Passengers NHTSA Urges Automakers to Enhance Seat Belt Warnings for Passengers

By Dave Bean, FMW Associate Editor

NHTSA is recommending a statute that would require vehicle manufacturers to include a warning system specifically directed at riders in both the front and rear seats.

Under the rule, NHTSA would require a visual alert lasting a minimum of 60 seconds be activated when a passenger in the rear has failed to buckle up on start-up. Another 30-second audio and visual alert would be triggered if a rear passenger unbuckles once the vehicle is in motion.

The primary reason for the NHTSA proposal is that, despite the fact that overall seat belt usage is markedly higher than it was ten years ago, usage in the rear seat continues to lag.


EVs & Reducing Emissions at AFLA 2023 EVs & Reducing Emissions at AFLA 2023

The transition to EVs may not be in the immediate future for every fleet. At AFLA 2023, our EV Alternative Strategies session will outline what fleets can do in the meantime to reduce emissions.

No matter where your fleet is on the transition journey, attending the EV 2.0 session will address both the opportunities and hurdles fleets will encounter on the road to electrification.

View the full schedule of topics and events on the AFLA website, and register to join us this October! To learn more and/or register, click here.


NAFA Seminar in New Orleans: Essentials of Fleet Management NAFA Seminar in New Orleans: Essentials of Fleet Management

NAFA’s one-stop training program, the Essentials of Fleet Management Seminar, returns as a live experience this October in New Orleans! If you are new to fleet, or growing in your role, this immersive program will guide you through the latest best-practices, strategies, key skills, and resources for managing your fleet.

Early Bird rates are available! Reserve your spot today. Essentials of Fleet Management Seminar • October 16-18 • New Orleans, LA. Click here to register


Why ‘Upsourcing’ Fleet Marketing Services Makes Sense Why ‘Upsourcing’ Fleet Marketing Services Makes Sense

By Hannah Lamont-Schonely, Inertia Public Relations

Though it may not be an official term in the dictionary, ‘Upsourcing’ is the best way to define how your business can exceed expectations and take them to the next level.

Consider putting outsourcing on the back burner and turning up the ‘upsourcing’ heat. There are advantages to bringing on an existing marketing team.

FMW Brand Acceleration is the first fleet industry-only marketing team and the only ‘upsourced’ solution for any fleet services provider looking to build a brand and generate more leads.


Charging at Home

By Kate Harrison, MoveEV

The global shift towards electric vehicles (EVs) is reshaping the automotive industry and the increasing number of EV options. However, this transition comes with its own set of challenges. One significant hurdle is ensuring a reliable and convenient charging infrastructure.

While installing charging stations on-site is an option, it can be costly and time-intensive. A more pragmatic and cost-effective solution is to introduce a charging at home program for employees who drive EVs.

From enhanced convenience for employees to cost savings, reduced downtime, talent attraction, and amplified environmental impact, the benefits are undeniable.



Greening Your Fleet

By Ted Roberts, President, Fleet Management Weekly*

These days we are constantly hearing about EV adoption strategies for fleets, but it’s important to remember that there are other ways — beyond and in addition to electrification – to ‘green’ your fleet.

“While EV implementation is great for ESG goals, there are still certain aspects that need to be considered in the cost of adoption, including vehicle price, charging infrastructure and management, range, and more.” — Pam Hackett, Account Manager, BBL Fleet

“Electric is just one type of energy. There are also different fuel types and sourcing, as well as fleet management and telematics that can help you green your fleet.” — Alain Samaha, President, Alternative Energy & Sustainable Fleets, Vontier

Article originally published in July 2023 Edition of Fleet Insight, AFLA’s Member Newsletter.




By Fleet Management Weekly Staff

EROAD’s fleet management platform helps fleets enhance driver safety, automate tax and compliance initiatives and streamline maintenance, while lowering their carbon footprint through a connected telematics platform.

To learn more about how EROAD is helping fleets reach their sustainability goals, we sat down with Craig Marris, EROAD’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President of Transportation and Cold Chain.

“We have a team of well-qualified data scientists and also work closely with our customers to get the operational lens, then curate the information using smart predictive algorithms. Part of being effective in AI comes down to the dataset. It’s about understanding the information…”



Do Safety Features in Cars Actually Reduce Car Accidents?

Do cars with advanced safety systems really make everything safer? Most studies suggest they do. For example, the crash involvement rate for vehicles with blind-spot monitoring was 14% lower than the same models without the equipment, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

“The same study suggested that if every vehicle sold in the United States in 2015 was equipped with blind-spot monitoring, 50,000 crashes and 16,000 crash injuries might have been prevented,” says David Braunstein, president of Together For Safer Roads, a coalition of companies dedicated to better road safety.

via Forbes

EV Fees: 8 States That Charge Electric Car Owners $200 or More Every Year

State EV fees are often comparable with how much owners of traditional gas-powered cars pay in gas taxes. A driver of a typical 2021 model year vehicle covering 15,000 miles annually pays about $227 in state gas taxes in Ohio or $184 in Georgia.

The states charging the highest annual EV fees are Washington ($225), Georgia ($211) and Alabama ($203), Money’s analysis found. Four other states charge $200 extra annually from EV owners: Arkansas, Ohio, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Most (but not all) of the states with the highest EV fees are red or red-leaning politically. In total, more than 30 states have extra fees for EV drivers, and the list will surely grow as states like Kentucky implement fees in the future.

via The News Observer

Mercedes-Benz Shares Progress Update of New Global EV Charging Network

Back in early January, Mercedes-Benz announced plans for the new network of fast charging hubs. The plans are part of a collaboration between seven global automakers to implement a universal charging network. The stations will deliver charge rates up to 400kW and offer a variety of plugs to fit any EV, dependent on the region of course.

Per an update from Mercedes, its first branded Charging Hubs will begin operations this October, starting with three locations: Atlanta, Chengdu, China, and Mannheim, Germany. By the end of next year, the German automaker intends for its global network to expand to over 2,000 points and open over 2,000 Charging Hubs by 2030.

via Electrek

Electric Car Charging Speeds: Why They’re Still a Pain Point for Owners

Charging electric vehicles with our current technology and infrastructure requires significantly more effort than traditional gas vehicles.

Almost 30% of all EVSE ports are located in California, meaning drivers have fewer options in other states to recharge. This carries several risks for all kinds of drivers.

For example, a driver hoping to use their electric vehicle across states may struggle to find fast charging points and end up staying overnight in an unfamiliar place. Or worse, drivers may encounter detours or traffic and realize they’re not charged enough for their entire trip with no charger.

via SlashGear

Ranger Design

The disappearance of small cargo vans like the Ford Transit Connect, Ram ProMaster City, or Mercedes-Benz Metris has led many fleet companies to face yet another challenge: explore alternative options to meet their needs.

“We’re starting to see a trend where more traditional passenger vehicles, not really considered commercial vehicles until now, are having to fit the void left by the small cargo vans.” says Michael Diaz, Director of Fleet Upfit Solutions for Ranger Design.

As EV technology advances, fleets are considering electric cargo vans as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative, providing both environmental benefits and operational savings in the long run.



Technology and Customer Service

By Tim O’Hara, Chief Information Officer, Wheels

From streamlining fleet operations to improving customer service, embracing technological advancements has become a hallmark of success.

The fusion of machine learning and human expertise is transforming the way decisions are made.

At Wheels, we are committed to enhancing the service we provide to our customers by using both tried and tested technologies, as well as newer cutting-edge solutions.

Machine learning, OCR and RPA are just a few of the technologies we are using and investing in to improve the way we serve our customers. We foster a culture of innovation and are committed to leveraging advanced technologies to deliver exceptional service to our clients and their drivers.



A Culture of Safety First

Did you know that over 6 million motor vehicle accidents happen in the U.S. every year, with human error accounting for a staggering 94% of all incidents?

Protecting your fleet and drivers is essential, but it’s not just about reacting to accidents; it’s about proactively mitigating risk.

Discover the proven strategies to reduce accidents and enhance safety through driver training.

By implementing the right training program, you can foster a safety-first culture and dramatically cut down on accidents.

SuperVision has put together an insightful eBook that delves into how to achieve just that!


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