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Fleet Acquisition Woes

Finding vehicles is an ongoing challenge. One thing that fleets have in common right now, both North and South of the border, is the struggle to…

Enhancements to CAFM

Adding value to one of NAFA’s staple programs. One of NAFA’s most popular initiatives is the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) program. It’s been a staple…

Higher Prices, Greater Considerations 

With everything costing more, fleet efficiency takes on a new meaning. Inflation will be the stand-out memory of 2022 for me and many other fleet managers.…

Prioritizing Fleet Replacement

A points system for existing assets be a huge asset in times of supply shortages. As operations return to ‘normal’ after two years of unprecedented challenges,…

Navigating the EV Path

There is no question that electric vehicles are the hot topic right now. At NAFA I&E earlier this year, immersion into the EV technology space was…
Chris Hill fleet manager

GM Issues Fully Subscribed Fleet Memo

Supply constraints mean orders may be delayed for fleet customers. To open, I would like to applaud General Motors for rebranding their Buick electric vehicles with…

Trim Budgets, Not Safety!

When inflation is hitting an all-time high, that’s going to impact you and your customers. Now’s the time to be doing something about it, and make…

NAFA 2022: Moving Forward

New initiatives and structure are designed to help NAFA better serve its membership and the industry. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAFA was in the midst…
Chris Hill fleet manager

Gas: Paying More

I recall that not too long ago, I was complaining that it cost $50 to fill the gas tank in my car.  Last week, $50 only…
Kate Vigneau

Preparing for EV Conversion

Careful planning is key to achieving long-term objectives. Many organizations are questioning whether this is the time to electrify their fleet. They want to be proactive…

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Management column from fleet industry experts

With so many moving parts, fleet management has always been a challenge. Recently, however, fleet managers have been dealing with situations and challenges that have stretched both their abilities, as well as their budgets. From labour and material shortages to the unprecedented increase in the price of used vehicles, fleet managers have their hands full. In addition, these fleet management professionals have to deal with the challenges that electric cars, the EV charger networks they require, as well as the industry’s move towards hybrid vehicles and an electric vehicle fleet. Now, more than ever, fleet management professionals need insight and advice. That’s why so many fleet managers count on our team of dedicated industry experts and columnists to keep them up-to-date and informed. Our team tackles all the tough topics, from best practices when using fossil fuels to battery charging infrastructures for EVs, and everything in between. In short, our team is here to help.

Electrification

There can be no doubt that our industry is moving towards electrification. A few years ago, who would have believed that we would see electric pickup trucks and that fleets would be looking at fast charging as an option for some applications? Car ownership has changed dramatically, and fleet vehicles no longer fit a traditional mold. The automotive market is changing, and fleet vehicles are along for the ride. Auto makers are charging ahead with new vehicles, new vehicle battery technologies. From electrified passenger cars to electric buses, energy efficiency is paramount as organizations strive to combat climate change, and as they focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Vehicle maintenance & vehicle repair

As fleets undergo a modern EV conversion, and as we rely less on traditional internal combustion engines, fleet management professionals face new challenges. Switching from one fuel to another isn’t as easy as flipping a switch. Many questions need to be addressed and answered, especially when fleets reduce emissions, and when the traditional fleet owner enters a new world that’s more aligned with the views and priorities we normally see as the domain of EV owners. For instance, if fleet vehicles no longer run on diesel or gasoline, are fuel cards still necessary? How should vehicle expenses be calculated? Should fleets invest in their own battery charging infrastructure, or should they rely on public charging stations? And what will tomorrow’s vehicle preventive maintenance schedule look like? Oil changes may no longer be necessary, but what kind of EV charging and maintenance items will still be a must? While organizations like NAFA Fleet Management Association or the Supply Chain Management Association can shed light on these questions, our team of columnists and industry experts is here to make sense of all the opinions and best practices.

Fleet efficiency

Fleet efficiency has always been, and always will be, a key issue for fleet managers. Our industry is moving from traditional fossil fuels to a world where fleets can take advantage of electric cargo vans and EV heavy-duty trucks. Let us help you with this transition. The automotive world may be changing, but fleet management professionals can continue to depend on us to provide them with the informative insights they have come to expect from our team of industry experts and columnists.