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3 key areas to improve fleet fuel economy

Source: FleetAnswers Outside of vehicle acquisition, fuel expenses are one of the largest parts of your fleet's overall budget, taking up as much as 30 percent of a fleet's cost. If you are looking to lower that cost, you can take a few measures to improve your fleet's fuel economy. Each of these three changes can make a small impact, and those small changes add up to big improvements with time.

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Diesel vehicles and alternative fuel - What has changed?

Source: FleetAnswers  Electric and other alternative fuel vehicles are here to stay, and for many commercial fleets these alternative fuel vehicles have changed the face of their fleets. Yet for the fleet that runs on primarily diesel engines, these changes are not quite as far-reaching. Still, the rise in alternative fuel vehicles and a growing desire to "go green" among fleets of all types has changed the diesel fleet landscape slightly, with a focus on making diesel fuel more eco-friendly.

Fleet Benchmarking study: Digger derrick

Source: Utilimarc This report is derived from the data of over 50 utility and municipal fleet benchmarking clients and their active Digger Derricks. The sample included nearly 12,000 vehicles weighing less than or equal to 55,000 GVWR. This data represents the patterns Utilimarc has seen from the industry average of the selected sample.

This graph shows the operating cost (all parts and labor) net of fuel per mile for the Digger Derrick. As the graph indicates, as a Digger Derrick ages, the operating cost per 1,000 miles also increases.

Budgeting trends and strategies for municipal fleet in 2016

Source: Utilimarc Since the recession of the past decade, many municipalities have struggled with shrinking budgets as they work to continue to meet needs with less tax revenue due to the employment struggles of those they serve. This article covers the priorities and decisions that fleet managers are facing as they prepare for the 2016 budget - Aging fleets in need of replacement, shifting focus on maintenance, managing fuel consumption, and right sizing fleets. Read more.

Top challenges facing public-sector fleet managers

Source: FleetAnswers For fleet managers who are in charge of public sector fleets, the demands they face are unique because of the type of fleet they service and the people that fleet serves. Here are some of the challenges unique to public sector fleets.

1. Budgets That Don't Grow

Fleets using a variety of products to increase driver retention

Source: CCJ This article highlights a new wave of products and services that aim to address perceptions and motivation behaviors, factors that have been identified as contributing to driver turnover. The products ranges from rewards programs to satisfaction assessment tools and predictive modeling. Read more.

Energy department awards nearly $55 million to advance fuel efficient vehicle technologies

Source: Energy.gov The Energy Department announced an investment of nearly $55 million for 24 projects to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that will strengthen the US clean energy economy. These technologies will play a role in increasing fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption. Read more.

Reasons why truck navigation is growing

Source: CCJ Truck navigation system has been available for over a decade and has become one of the most popular additions to the core fleet management applications. The article lists and describes five reasons for their popularity such as compatibility, customizable, rapid deployment, journey management, and availability. Read more.

Roll out of 2017 Chevy Volt expected

Source: GreenCarReports The 2017 Chevy Volt will be available nationwide early next spring although the 2016 model will be available in limited markets only. The launch of the 2017 model will pushed up because Chevy plans to add more content to the Volt. Read more.

Fleet benchmarking study: Heavy duty bucket truck

Source: Utilimarc This report is derived from the data of over 50 utility and municipal fleets and their active heavy-duty bucket trucks. The data being used represents the patterns Utilimarc has seen from the industry average of the selected sample, which included over 23,600 vehicles between 33,000 and 55,000 GVWR.

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