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The Electric Drive Bellwether?

FedEx Express on lessons learned from global electric vehicle deployment.

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Vehicle Trends & Maintenance Costs Survey Report

This survey report analyzed the parts and labor costs of fleets in North America, with an emphasis on alternative fuel vehicles such as the fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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Electric Utility Fleet Best Practices Survey Report

This report provides an overview of electric utility fleet managers’ practices with regards to preventive maintenance, testing of aerial equipment, and training of fleet technicians. This survey was conducted for the 2012 Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference and results were presented at the conference.

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Technician Apprenticeship Case Study

Continually facing the need to recruit and train new technicians for their maintenance operations, utility fleet managers in some operations are finding that apprenticeship programs provide the highest quality staff. Technician Apprenticeship programs are varied based on each fleet’s needs and its operation. In some, the programs involve training seasoned technicians while other fleets provide opportunities exclusively for new hires. Some fleets also work with local schools to find, recruit and train apprentice technicians, and to support educational offerings for potential candidates. Based on projections covering the number of open positions a fleet maintenance operation will need to fill, apprenticeship program openings are usually limited, enabling fleets to fill those spots with the highest caliber candidates. The approaches being taken to train technician apprentices are illustrated by the programs now in place at three of the nation’s leading utility fleets.

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Equipment Rental Process

Read about how utility fleets manage their equipment rental process such as ownership, responsibility behind the rental process, and percentage of annual budget spent on renting equipment and vehicles.

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Recap Tire Programs Survey Report

Learn the effectiveness of a recap tire program versus purchasing new tires.

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Tires Case Study

Tires and tire related maintenance remain one of the highest single costs for fleets of all types and sizes. To address that ongoing challenge, fleet managers are continually focusing on tire specification, purchasing, maintenance and management programs that are most effective for their particular operations.

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Effective Vehicle Remarketing Case Study

When making effective choices for vehicle remarketing, fleet managers are able to consider a variety of alternatives for disposing of used equipment. To employ best practices for their fleets and realize the highest possible resale value, they take into account a number of factors, including available remarketing services and markets for used equipment.

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Parts Management Case Study

For three leading utility fleets, technology has played a key role in streamlining the process of purchasing and managing parts. At the same time, while all three are clearly realizing success in meeting the challenges they have faced in this area of fleet management, they are also finding that carefully chosen but different approaches work most effectively for different types of operations.

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Right Sizing Case Study

State fleet operations are not immune to budgetary pressures that state governments are facing. Fleet managers at these operations, in turn, are closely addressing the need to “right size” fleets by reviewing and changing vehicle acquisition strategies, and evaluating trade cycles and factors that impact purchasing programs. Four state fleet managers address how they are working to field fleets that meet operational needs within budgetary constraints.

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