Volvo is using the launch of its new XC40 Recharge EV to commit to a 40% reduction in its carbon footprint, from factory operations to the on-road performance of its cars and SUVs.
The corporate sustainability target is to be met by 2025 and that, longer-term, Volvo’s operations will be 100% carbon neutral by 2040.
Hitting these targets requires increased use of renewable electricity at its auto-assembly plants in Europe, China and the U.S. and greater reuse of recycled materials, from steel, aluminum and plastics to cobalt from spent consumer market lithium-ion batteries.
Read the article at Forbes.
Shared Mobility might seem much more a part of the B2C world right now, but it’s going to matter more to the fleet industry soon enough — and Ridecell’s shared mobility platform can help you put all of that in better perspective.
A New Mexico jury awarded a family more than $40 million in a lawsuit involving a Werner Enterprises driver.
The jury found Werner, one of its drivers and the driver’s instructor all negligent in a fatal crash. The driver was on his eighth day of driving since graduating from Werner’s Roadmaster Drivers School when the crash occurred.
According to the complaint, investigations into other student drivers shows that it is not uncommon for instructors to be sleeping while students are driving. The lawsuit also claims that drivers can become trainers as early as three months after receiving their CDL.
Read the article at Land Line.
Working with EV charging companies Greenlots and Electrify America, Ford has created what it calls the FordPass Charging Network, the largest North American network of electric vehicle chargers of any automaker, including Tesla.
Next year, Ford will begin selling its first electric vehicle - a crossover SUV with styling based on the Ford Mustang. The FordPass network will include more than 12,000 charging stations with a total of 35,000 plugs in the US and some parts of Canada.
Unlike Tesla's charging network, chargers in the FordPass network will work with most other electric cars. Users will be directed to one of the network's chargers using an app or in the vehicle's central touch screen. Only Ford drivers will be able to use the FordPass app.
Read the article at CNN.
Ted Roberts is excited to report that he's visiting Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, and Munich this week, learning a lot about German innovations in mobility and the automotive industry. Watch for his reports and some new video clips from his trip in upcoming issues of FMW!
Save the date
"Transformation from Fleet to Mobility" is the theme of the 7th annual International Fleet Meeting to be held in Geneva, Switzerland. The one-day event will take place on March 4, 2020, in conjunction with the Geneva International Motor Show. More details will follow in the coming weeks.
FMW is a long-standing media partner for this exciting annual event. If you are involved with global fleet management, this is a terrific venue to network with your peers. Not so incidentally, the Geneva International Motor Show is stunning!
Implementing an Effective Global Fleet Safety Strategy is the topic of a Geotab-sponsored NAFA webinar tomorrow, October 23. There is still time to register!
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