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January 2008, Business Fleet - Feature

Can Neighborhood Electric Vehicles Work for Your Fleet?

The GEM model eS features six 12-volt flooded electrolyte batteries for a range of up to 30 miles on a charge and a 39" x 48" bed with a 330-pound cargo capacity.

By Chris Brown, Mike Guardabascio

With environmental benefits, low operating costs and flexibility of use, NEVs could offer a viable alternative in your fleet. Yet there is much to consider before taking the leap to fully battery-powered vehicles.

Tags: Green, Fleet Management, Nevs, neighborhood electric vehicles, Global Electric Motorcars, Battery-Electric Vehicles

July 2007, Business Fleet - Feature

Thinking Electric?

By Daryl Lubinsky

For on-facility or warehouse driving, neighborhood electric vehicles are available now to help you save money and the environment. Several production freeway-ready EVs are coming in the near future.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Nevs, Global Electric Motorcars, ZAP, Emissions, environmentally friendly, neighborhood electric vehicles

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI Sedan

By Paul Clinton
It comes as no surprise to learn that the Volkswagen Passat TDI clean diesel has become a top fleet vehicle for the automaker, when you discover its nearly 700-mile range on a single take of fuel.

2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Van

By Stephane Babcock
The 2014 Sprinter features a 2.1L four-cylinder BlueTEC diesel engine as standard equipment, which quickly picked up to highway speeds as soon as I made my way onto Southern California's San Diego (405) Freeway.

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sedan

By Chris Wolski

Market Trends

Mike Antich
The Curse of Running a Well-Managed Fleet

By Mike Antich
A fleet manager’s capabilities and expertise can be easily overlooked by executive management, especially when a fleet is well run. When fleet runs smoothly, it tends not to be on the radar of senior management, who, often, are not aware of the required behind-the-scenes expertise. However, the biggest curse to running a well-run fleet is that it sometimes breeds complacency. Here's how to avoid it.

OTD Concerns Due to Surge of Oil Shipped by Rail

By Mike Antich
The railroad industry is the primary long-distance shipper of automobiles from assembly plants to dealers, which represents almost 9 percent of total rail freight. However, the auto industry is not the only railroad customer, and it competes with other shippers for scarce rail resources. Such is the case with petroleum companies shipping crude oil by rail, which is putting heavy demand on finite rail resources. What impact will this have on fleet OTD?

Using Service Vehicles as Employee Recruiting, Retention Tools

By Mike Antich

Using ‘Gainsharing’ to Achieve Sustainability Goals

By Mike Antich

Auto Focus

Chris Brown
A Call for Recall Preparedness

By Chris Brown
In light of the massive recent automotive recalls, car rental companies should prepare for the Big One by acting out a “recall fire drill.”

What I Learned at the 2014 Car Rental Show

By Chris Brown
If the Car Rental Show is an indicator of the health of the industry, the North American market is doing well — while the "growth markets" are really taking off.

Remembering Elaine Litwer

By Chris Brown

6 Market Predictors for 2014

By Chris Brown

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Business Fleet - January/February 2014

In This Issue:
Here are some of the Highlights:

  • Got Compliance
  • Vehicle Valuation 101
  • Cabovers Gain Popularity in Medium-Duty Truck Fleets
    And much more…