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What are the different types of electric vehicles?

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Nov 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

The number of electric vehicles (EV's) on the road is continuing to rise from about 1 million at the end of 2018 to a projected 18.7 million by 2030. Concurrently, fleet management organizations are promoting the incorporation of EV's into their clients' fleets more than ever before. So what should you know about vehicles that run on electricity? 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, GreenTechnology, Driving Suggestions, Driving Green, Acquisition

Industry Insiders: The Crossover

Posted by Kyle Forbush on May 1, 2019 10:12:55 AM

We are living in a century of farewells to many reliable, traditional methods of living. The U.S. Postal Service is slowly becoming defunct as e-mail, text messaging and social media take its place with unsurpassed speed & convenience. Cinemas are suffering because of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime (Blockbuster & friends are already long-gone). In a more relevant occurrence, the American "sedan" is losing popularity and U.S. automakers are abandoning its production. Coming to take its place? Well, we'll get to that. 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, Driving Suggestions

The Best Compact Fleet Vehicles of 2019 - E-Book

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Apr 5, 2019 12:11:42 PM

With the new year has come a fresh line-up of vehicles and an increased, nation-wide focus on driver safety. At the NAFA (North American Fleet Association) conference that preceded the 2019 Milwaukee Auto Show, every manufacturer representative made sure to highlight the ways in which their organization has prioritized safety and explained the advanced safety features that come with their 2019 models. 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, Driving Suggestions, Acquisition

How to sell your fleet vehicles for more money

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 19, 2019 2:23:00 PM

"My minivan sold for how much?" My client asked, flashing a look of delight, surprise and slight disbelief. We politely reassured her that, yes, her para-transit minivan was sold at the previous week's Manheim Auto Auction for twice the sale price we anticipated. The minivan was originally acquired for $40,000, and the Mannheim Auction's "Condition Report" came back with some minor maintenance issues. This put our expectations at somewhere between $6,000 and $8,000. At the end of the day, Fleet Services received an e-mail from Manheim stating that the proposed highest big was $14,600. Our client gladly accepted the offer. 

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Topics: Remarketing, Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations, Fleet Discounts

When & How To "Go Electric"

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 14, 2019 3:40:07 PM

With more auto manufacturers producing cost-efficient electric-vehicles and a growing national investment in the EV industry, the addition of EV's into one's fleet is becoming an enticing opportunity.The question is becoming less, "Should I go electric?" and more "When and how do I incorporate electric vehicles into my fleet?" 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, GreenTechnology, Driving Green

When Should You Replace Vehicles In Your Fleet?

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 13, 2019 10:54:34 AM

Automobiles are vital assets that inevitably depreciate over time. Our latest brief serves as a guide to help you determine the optimal point to replace any vehicle in your fleet. Knowing the replacement process will allow your organization to grow & prosper rather than suffer economic losses. Click on the link below to learn more!

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Topics: Remarketing, Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

Brief: Volume Fleet Incentives

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 18, 2019 2:52:06 PM

The process of acquiring new vehicles can sometimes make you feel like the victim of high-way robbery (pun intended). Luckily, there are manufacturers who actually strive to help cut costs in many ways, especially if you operate a fleet. Many car companies offer volume incentives and VIP programs, which greatly reduce not only the acquisition cost but also the life-cycle cost of every vehicle in your fleet. 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations, Fleet Discounts

Driver Safety Tips: Automatic Parallel Parking

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 12, 2019 11:35:40 AM

There is nothing more embarrassing than failing to parallel park on a crowded street in the summer, when pedestrians stop to laugh and point while other drivers scorn you for taking up the road. Fear not, for those days are nearly behind us! Groundbreaking developments in car sensor technology has allowed manufacturers to offer Automatic Parallel Parking as a feature in a handful of newer model vehicles. However, like any other computerized mechanism, it will only work if you know how to use it. 

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Washington & Colorado Strive Towards Zero Emissions

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 1, 2019 1:27:28 PM

Hybrid and electric vehicles can both relieve the burden of hefty fuel costs and reduce your fleet's carbon "tire-mark" -- so to speak. However, perhaps the safest way to estimate the potential benefits of going electric is to watch the ones who are already doing it. Recent developments in Washington state and Colorado, for example, have shown that the trend towards electric and hybrid vehicles is growing in legislative and business-minded popularity. 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, GreenTechnology, Fleet Discounts, Driving Green

Driver Safety Tips: Navigating Roundabouts

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 23, 2019 2:06:49 PM

Everyone remembers the first roundabout they encountered. You're driving down a straight road that suddenly collides with a massive, paved circle, painted with white lines and dotted with bright, yellow yield signs. Enclosed in the center of the circle is an island of grass and some shrubbery. For some, it was like driving for the first time. However, if you follow the signage and know the rules of the road within a roundabout, you can actually make it safely to your destination in less time and with a dramatically smaller chance of collision. 

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Driver Safety Tips: Automatic Emergency Braking

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 22, 2019 3:24:52 PM

Sticking with the theme of our last blog article about Adaptive Cruise Control, I will compare the intelligence of emerging auto technology to the proliferation of computer IQ in The Matrix. Many embrace the invention of cars that sense and even think for us to some extent, while others fear that it takes too much responsibility out of our own hands. And if the Matrix trilogy taught us anything, it is to avoid self-aware mechanisms. 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Driver Safety Tips: Adaptive Cruise Control

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 18, 2019 1:05:37 PM

I-Robot came out in 2004 and introduced its audiences to a dark vision of our future where cars drive themselves, robots are utilized by humans for nearly everything, and Lake Michigan has dried up. Luckily, we're nowhere near the latter two circumstances, but the first was already being realized when the film came out.

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The Battery-Electric Vehicle Market of 2019

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 11, 2019 1:59:38 PM

In our world of the Internet, capitalistic competition and perpetual technological innovation, it is easy to feel a bit of sensory overload when searching the market for a new vehicle. Furthermore, it is even harder to discern which vehicles will save you the most money over their respective life-cycles.

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations, GreenTechnology, Driving Green

Another Surge in the Electric Vehicle Industry

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 3, 2019 11:48:00 PM

The year is now 2019, and we live in an era of innovative technology that is generally designed to make our lives easier. The electric car, for example, can save a consumer hundreds of dollars a year on gas and maintenance. It is important to consider that EV’s are best used as short-range vehicles, but for someone with a short commute and casual trips around town, they can be ideal.

Because of their limited range, EV's aren't always feasible for those who have longer commutes or take road trips. Not to mention the fact that, up until recently, public charging stations were hard to find. This led most people to charge their Electric Vehicle’s at home, which can take up to 22 hours. The public DC Fast Charging Stations can charge your car in as little as fifteen minutes--while you’re grocery shopping, or sipping a latte.

Recently, an organization called Electrify America made a move to make charging stations more accessible to the public, installing a large number of their own DC Fast Charging Stations along highways and throughout six major metropolitan areas in California. The following article details the company’s large investment in a program designed to bolster the popularity and practicality of EV’s, as they lead the industry towards cost-efficient and eco-friendly alternatives to the traditional pump.

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Driver Safety, GreenTechnology, Driving Green

Tesla's New (More Affordable) Model 3...

Posted by Jody Johnson on Jun 22, 2016 12:17:22 PM

Tesla just revealed their new $35,000 Model 3 on March 31, 2016, and already by April 15th, reservations had risen to almost 400,000, according to Tesla’s Vice President of Business Development, Diarmuid O’Connell.

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 Tesla Model 3 Unveil Event on March 31, 2016

(to watch the event, click on Tesla Model 3 Unveil)

Tesla's founder Elon Musk had promised to produce this more affordable all-electric vehicle, compared to his previous models, the $71,000 Model S and the $81,000 Model X, as part of fulfilling his goal to "accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market as soon as possible."

To read more about the new Tesla Model 3 from an article in Popular Mechanics, click on popularmechanics.com.

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The Future of Driving is Here Today!

Posted by Kristina Kurzweil on Nov 23, 2015 10:40:00 AM

Operating a motorized vehicle in and of itself, is a huge responsibility. We have to be completely aware of our surroundings by checking three different mirrors all at once, using turn signals to change lanes, reading caution and directional road signs, checking to be sure there's enough fuel in the tank, that we stay within the speed limit, and the list goes on. Now, think about all we do beyond these normalities.  Are you ever running late for work and attempt to simultaneously make a phone call, eat breakfast, sip coffee, tie your tie, and drive all at once?  While performing these daily rituals we rarely stop to think about the dangers we're exposing ourselves to. Well, what if there was a way to safely and effectively drive while completing our side tasks?  The answer: Autonomous Cars!

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Top 5 Green Cars of 2015

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Nov 19, 2015 10:16:11 AM

How can you sort through all of the information on hybrid and electric vehicles to figure out which are the best choices for your fleet? Check out the leading online resource for everything you need to know about Green auto technology at greenercars.org. Here you'll find a website dedicated to providing research based product ratings and comparisons of all "green" vehicles going back 15 years. So, what are the greenest cars on the market today?

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Topics: GreenTechnology

2016 Nissan Leaf

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Oct 13, 2015 2:53:00 PM

We love our upgrades! We love to upgrade our phones, our clothes, our toys, and we especially love to upgrade our cars. The release of the 2016 models means that everyone has the chance to update their models to gain a variety of new features. Nissan released their update to the Leaf, their fully electric car,  which has a variety of cool new features.

 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, GreenTechnology

Driver Safety Technology, Article #5 - Fleet Management

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 11, 2015 5:23:46 PM

Wow! There are so many new safety features in these 2016 models!  Automakers are introducing new, cutting-edge vehicles with innovative features, and we're also seeing major advancements in familiar features that we rely on every day such as your car's headlights and brakes. Today's article from our “Your Car Can Do What” series is here to inform you about the advancements in familiar technologies.

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Topics: Driver Safety

Driver Safety Technology, Article #4 - Fleet Management

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 8, 2015 3:36:22 PM

Do you have to drive long-distance often? Do you ever find yourself becoming a bit uncomfortable during those long rides for work or vacation? Car companies have been working hard to make their cars more comfortable for us, and they seem to offer new and improved features every time their new models come out that promise greater comfort and smoother driving. If you find it challenging to keep up with all the new features, then our“My Car Can Do What” series can help you. Check out this week's article on Adaptive & Active Suspension, and Adaptive Cruise Control . . .

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Driver Safety Technology, Article #3 - Fleet Management

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 8, 2015 3:34:59 PM

Our “Your Car Can Do What” series has been created to keep you up to date on the latest safety features in new cars. The new safety features are interesting, but what about the safety features that have been around for a few years? Maybe you have an idea of what they do, but don’t really understand how they work?  Take a look . . .

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Topics: Driver Safety

Your Car Can Do What . . . Article #2 of a 10-part series

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 1, 2015 4:22:51 PM

 

What are all these new safety features I’m hearing about? New safety technology in cars is advancing so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with all the changes. Well, we’re here to help with our “Your Car Can Do What?” blog series.

Here are some new vehicle safety features for 2016:  

Forward Collision Warning- Sensors have been placed in the front of cars with this feature. The sensors detect cars, and in some cases objects, in front of you and will alert you in case you are too close to the car. This feature is only to alert drivers of a potential hazard and should no be relied on to completely prevent a collision.

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Topics: Driver Safety

New Driver Safety Technology - Fleet Management

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Aug 28, 2015 4:07:51 PM

Article #1 of a 10-part series on Driver Safety
Have you heard of all the new advanced safety features that are now available on 2016 model cars? To gain a sense of just how far safety technology in new cars has evolved in the past five years, take a look at your smartphone. Now think of the cell phone you carried 10 years ago. What kind of cell phone did you have 20 years ago? Right! Today's new cars are just as advanced as today's smartphones, and one area where technology is having a major positive impact is in keeping drivers safe. Sure, new cars are quieter, more aerodynamic, they get better fuel economy, and offer more features for your comfort and convenience like Bluetooth and Navigation systems. All of this is certainly impressive, but automakers truly deserve a standing ovation for investing billions of dollars to make our cars safer to drive. 

I have to admit, until I started doing some research, I hadn't even heard of many of the new driver safety features, and I sure didn't know how they actually work? It's really hard to keep up with all of this information.  So, to make it easier for the average consumer to stay informed, the National Safety Council launched a campaign on a new website called, My Car Does What.org where you'll find brief videos and info-grapghics that provide very engaging and easy-to-understand explanations of vehicle safety features for drivers like me who don't have a degree in physics.

Here's a preview of three new vehicle safety features for 2016:

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Topics: Driver Safety

New Vehicle Safety Features for 2016

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Aug 20, 2015 1:44:00 PM

Fleet Management update! If keeping your drivers safe is a high priority, then you'll be interested in learning about some of the new safety technology that auto companies are introducing for the 2016 model year. Let's consider several General Motors 2016 models for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. These GM brands will offer 22 improved active safety technology features. The improvements will assist drivers in critical situations. “Our comprehensive safety strategy of helping customers before, during and after a crash continues,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM global vehicle safety. Examples of some of these safety features include:

 

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Topics: Driver Safety

Only Seven Vehicles Are Truly American-Made . . . Really?

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jul 28, 2015 6:13:00 PM

You'll probably find this hard to believe, but "American-made" autos are quickly becoming a thing of the past unless something changes.  As the U.S. auto industry becomes more globalized, fewer and fewer cars meet the standard to be labeled American-made, and today there are only seven that make the list. I found this a bit shocking, so I did some digging to find out just who came up with this list and how are they defining "American-made?" 
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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Cars Of The Future Are Here!

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jul 28, 2015 5:21:00 PM

We are all one step closer to driving cars of the future thanks to the University of Michigan, which just opened what they are calling "M City."  Situated on 32 acres, "M City" is a simulated town designed specifically to allow for the testing of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles.  The facility includes realistic traffic features such as merge lanes, stop lights, intersections, roundabouts, road signage, a railroad crossing, building facades, construction barriers and mechanical pedestrians. 

According to the online news source, Automotive Fleet, M City is a joint project between the University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center,the Michigan Department of Transportation, and several major automakers including Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Navistar are closely involved in this groundbreaking initiative. 

So, do you think our roads and highways are ready for "autonomous vehicles?"  Are they right for you?  

Read the full article here.

 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Should you use “driverless vehicles” in your fleet?

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 12, 2015 2:18:00 PM

The cars of the future are here! At least they will be in the coming decade. Google is paving the way for autonomous car technology with its fleet of Toyota Prius hybrids. The cars have recorded a combined 700,000 miles with few reports of accidents, and each accident that occurred was the result of human error from the other cars involved.  Many of the latest car models already offer several autonomous driving features including:


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Is an Electric Vehicle Right for You?

Posted by Sarah Huber on May 19, 2015 2:05:00 PM

For part two of our series on alternative fuel sources we are focusing on the pros and cons of electric powered vehicles.  Plug-in electric vehicle technology has continued to improve over the last few years.  Because of these technological advances alternative fuel source vehicles are more attractive to environmentally conscious consumers. Electric vehicles are perfect for someone who works in the same city as they live, or someone who doesn’t put a ton of miles on their vehicle. 

 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, GreenTechnology

Vehicle Depreciation Factors and Lifecycle Cost

Posted by Jerry Condon on May 12, 2015 2:22:00 PM

When computing the life-cycle cost of a vehicle,  deprecation is the single biggest fa ctor to keeping the  cost low.  Depreciation should be on a fleet manager’s mind or on the mind of anyone who regularly buys new cars. According to Phillip Reed, senior consumer editor at Edmunds.com, a vehicle can lose 30 percent of its’ value in the first year and as much of 50 percent in the first three years. Given these numbers, it is important to look at what factors can affect resale value and ultimately vehicle depreciation. Read More

Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations

My minivan sold for how much?

Posted by Doug Reading on May 8, 2015 3:53:00 PM

paratransit-conversion-10628Most people consider the initial cost of purchasing a vehicle, however not everyone thinks about the potential savings when an individual tries tresell their used vehicles.  Vehicle remarketing is an important part of your vehicles Life-Cycle-Cost.  An experienced fleet manager can handle all of the different steps of the remarketing process such as: coordinating used vehicle pick up, establishing a fair market value, and determining the best channel for resale.  How do you determine the value of your vehicle and how much time you will spend with this remarketing process?  The following story is one example of when a van recently sold for much more than expected, highlighting the importance of professional vehicle remarketing.

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Chevrolet helps small business owners stay mobile

Posted by Anthony Larsen on Apr 28, 2015 10:16:00 AM

Chevrolet has been helping small business owners get their products to their customers for the last 79 years.  The tradition started in 1936 with the Chevrolet Canopy Express vehicle.  This was followed up thirteen years later with the Chevrolet Canopy.  Both models allowed entrepreneurs to quickly and easily get products to their customers, such as fresh produce and baked goods, to their city neighborhoods around the country.

 

 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

Can diesel power be used to green your fleet?

Posted by Sarah Huber on Apr 16, 2015 5:45:00 PM

In the last few years, car companies focused on becoming more environmentally friendly and there are many alternative fuel source vehicle options readily available for the everyday consumer.   Today, I would like to highlight both the benefits and the downsides of having a car with a diesel engine.  This is the first in a series of articles comparing alternative fuel sources and the impact they can have on your fleet's overall performance.

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, GreenTechnology

To lease or to buy your fleet vehicles . . . it depends.

Posted by Jerry Condon on Apr 9, 2015 2:11:00 PM

...And the answer to the age old question of leasing verus purchasing vehicles is: it depends!  The answer also has a significant impact on your capital resources  Both options have merit depending on your specific financial goals, so we at Fleet Services would like to provide some basic guidelines to help make your decision a little easier.

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

How much is your old car really worth?

Posted by Beatrice Maynor on Feb 11, 2015 2:38:00 PM


Last week a rare 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, forgotten for years in a garage on a rural French estate, sold at auction for $18.5 million. Not every "barn find" makes the news, but uncovering a past treasure or even a particular car that has personal nostalgia, can be just as emotionally gratifying if not financially rewarding.

 

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Topics: Remarketing

Maximize Vehicle Resale Value & Minimize Your Aggravation

Posted by Brad Forbush on Oct 13, 2014 11:22:00 AM

How much is a car really worth?

When a Detroit news reporter once asked the great American icon and automotive pioneer, Henry Ford, how he determined the selling price of a Ford automobile, he replied, “an automobile is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.” The reporter started scratching his head, then he looked back at Mr. Ford and asked, “well, how do you know what someone will pay?”

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Which fleet cars have the best resale value?

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Apr 29, 2014 11:00:00 AM

 
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