In the age of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to find ways to connect with and learn from other fleet professionals - like AFLA’s monthly virtual coffee break series, for example. If you’re not currently a member of AFLA, it’s definitely worth your consideration!
How we generate electricity is the biggest problem
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
For many who accept that humans are causing global warming, switching from fossil-fueled transportation to electric vehicles (EVs) is a major, if not the single most important part of the solution. So, we see cities and countries across Europe and Asia setting dates for bans on the sale and driving of vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel, and fleets setting aggressive goals for electrification within the next five to 10 years.
But while studies show that by converting to EVs fleets in North America can make a contribution, and start making it today, they can’t do it alone. Not even the entire transportation sector can do it alone. The reason: “dirty electricity,” electricity generated by the burning of fossil fuels.
In her Customer Driven column, Wheels’ executive Laura Jozwiak writes about our pre-pandemic goals and how many of them have been upended as we are adjusting to new routines and restrictions. Laura says, “Let’s go back in time to set the stage for moving forward with a customer driven mindset.”
Do you have to offer your employees money to motivate them? Robert Martinez, deputy commissioner for support services for NYPD, wrote a paper for Harvard Kennedy School of Government on that very subject. In Motivating Government Fleet Employees Without Using Money, we publish edited excerpts from that paper which presents the management principles Martinez continues to stand by and to which he credits much of his success.
NAFA 2020 Virtual Institute & Expo is just a month away – September 14-17. If you’re considering exhibiting, fleet marketer Ed Pierce penned an excellent column about how to benefit from virtual conference participation. We sure will miss seeing our friends in person, but we’re excited about the conference. Learn from the best in the comfort of our own homes!
Stay safe, everyone!
Editor in Chief
Latest Fleet Advisory HubTM update indicates decision-makers are willing to make big changes to integrate BEVs
Livonia, Mich., August 4, 2020—Escalent, a top human behavior and analytics firm, has released the second quarter data update to Fleet Advisory HubTM, a platform designed to explore the needs, expectations and emotions of commercial and fleet vehicle decision-makers related to forward-looking technologies in the industry.
The latest fleet decision-maker insights offer new information regarding the battery electric vehicle (BEV) integration process, from the number of decision-makers actively considering such vehicles to their preferred shopping methods and the lengths they will go for BEV integration.
Press brings extensive retail and OEM experience to drive growth and expand key dealer services
Work Truck Solutions is excited to announce that Jim Press has joined the company as a Senior Advisor, effective July 1. Press has extensive auto industry experience spanning over 50 years serving in senior executive roles for several automotive manufacturers. Work Truck Solutions is an all-in-one bundle of services uniquely focused on the Commercial vehicle market. They serve dealers, upfitters, and OEM’s in serving customer needs and increasing commercial vehicle sales and margins, and Press will help guide that growth.
"Jim's deep understanding of what it takes to support dealer success will help Work Truck Solutions leverage our comprehensive commercial services platform,” said Kathryn Schifferle, Founder & CEO at Work Truck Solutions.