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Fleet FYIs is a podcast for fleet professionals by fleet professionals - tackling topics like budget cuts, dips in the market, new product launches, smarter fleet management strategy and so much more. So many people are on the move – now more than ever. Fleet FYIs by Utilimarc helps you on the go or behind the desk, making fleet management a little easier. We're bringing two-decades worth of data insights and expert analysts together in conversation. Join us every week for a new episode on d ...
 
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Even when the right vehicles for your fleet become available, there is still the question of whether they are truly the better option. Fleet managers must justify that EVs would perform at the same level as their current ICE models. If not, it is hard to justify both a major financial investment and a significant decrease in performance. ---- Show …
 
We all know that energy consumption in the United States is constantly growing as our world becomes more dependent on electronics and advancing technologies. With mass electrification slowly but surely underway, energy suppliers are already thinking forward to the logistics behind charging millions of new EVs on the electric grid. What infrastructu…
 
What are we considering now as a potential solution until EV procurement processes are a little (hopefully a lot) smoother? For some, it’s CNG. While fleets around the world announce comprehensive plans for electrification, charging infrastructure and long-term zero-emission goals, a crucial piece of the puzzle is still missing: the electric vehicl…
 
Over 30 countries have pledged to phase out sales of new gas and diesel cars in upcoming decades. Major automakers Ford and General Motors, among others, will phase out all ICEV production by 2040. Fleets around the world are taking action to cut emissions and meet government-mandated sustainability goals. To say that a global shift and mass electr…
 
By now, we know that each fleet has completely unique needs, roles and policies that affect day-to-day operations. These different characteristics can have major influence on the decisions made when it comes to fleet electrification. For example, fleets with take-home vehicle policies will have to plan for charging infrastructure and strategy on a …
 
Alternative fuels are on the top of many fleet managers’ minds these days. Fleets are increasingly exploring new ways to get the job done while remaining operationally efficient, cost effective and sustainable. As a result, many managers are introducing a mix of electric, hydrogen, and natural gas-powered vehicles into their fleets to work alongsid…
 
Today on the show, I wanted to chat about a question that I’ve been toying around with lately. I’ve been asking this to my colleagues, others across the industry and even those outside of fleet and automotive, each giving a different answer. The question is, when it comes to operational efficiency or sustainability – does it have to be one or the o…
 
We all know, especially in today’s sustainability-charged environment, that electric vehicle range is one of the most important aspects for any driver or fleet manager to consider when adopting EVs. It is imperative when it comes to planning the logistics behind daily vehicle routes and charging schedules, as a lower range will mean shorter, ineffi…
 
Charging infrastructure is a crucial element of electrification that many leave as an afterthought to EV adoption. This can be a big mistake for fleet managers, as installation of EV infrastructure can take up to months depending on the amount and type of stations needed. Before deciding on the equipment needed, fleet managers must consider their c…
 
This episode is rather fitting this week, because over the last few days – myself and the rest of the Utilimarc team have been at the NAFA I&E in Columbus, Ohio. Where, you guessed it – a HUGE topic of conversation was in fact, electric vehicles and EV charging. For fleet managers undergoing the overwhelming endeavor of electrification, there can b…
 
Utilimarc is back at the NAFA Institute & Expo for 2022. Tune in for daily recaps covering the show and what to expect if you're planning to attend in 2023! ---- Show notes for today's episode can be found at: https://www.utilimarc.com/blog Gretchen Reese on LinkedIn Utilimarc on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube #UtilimarcFleetFYIs www.uti…
 
Utilimarc is back at the NAFA Institute & Expo for 2022. Tune in for daily recaps covering the show and what to expect if you're planning to attend in 2023! ---- Show notes for today's episode can be found at: https://www.utilimarc.com/blog Gretchen Reese on LinkedIn Utilimarc on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube #UtilimarcFleetFYIs www.uti…
 
Utilimarc is back at the NAFA Institute & Expo for 2022. Tune in for daily recaps covering the show and what to expect if you're planning to attend in 2023! ---- Show notes for today's episode can be found at: https://www.utilimarc.com/blog Gretchen Reese on LinkedIn Utilimarc on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube #UtilimarcFleetFYIs www.uti…
 
Natural gas is the fastest growing fossil fuel of the past decade and is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to diesel and gasoline. Natural gas occurs naturally, deep below the Earth’s surface, due to the decomposition of plants and animals over millions of years. Over this time, the high pressure and heat change these materials into petr…
 
It seems like every fleet today is searching for a simple answer to their sustainability concerns. Whether that be exploring alternative fuels, using data analytics to minimize waste, or phasing out internal combustion engine vehicles - it’s pretty clear that there is no quick fix. Especially as each fleet is unique in its operation and needs. And …
 
Is it possible to merge the digital universe and drivers on the road? Depending on the type of technology, as well as who you’re speaking with, it can sometimes have a bit of a negative connotation. Think tracking cookies on web browsers, data privacy issues and the lot. However, it can also be an incredibly helpful bridge towards better optimizati…
 
I’m really excited to bring today’s panel to the show – as you might have guessed, it has to do with the trans-Atlantic bridge between North America (so United States and Canada) and the UK. We’re delving into sustainability, international trends, safety and more – but the super exciting piece is that I’m joined today by some of the speakers from t…
 
If you remember a few episodes back, I was on again about low-emissions zones – what they were, how large they were, when they were implemented and why. We were also chatting about when, if ever, we would see them begin to pop up in the United States…well, have I got news for you! It’s happening now! For a bit of a refresher, Low emission zones (LE…
 
Today we are tackling one of my favourite topics – and no, it’s not another episode soley based on a well-balanced, multi-faceted sustainability strategy. Rather, we’re digging deep into business intelligence. I’ve brought a special guest on the show today to chat through the truth about business intelligence and why exactly industry leading fleets…
 
If you haven’t guessed by now – we’re talking about sustainability again, or rather, why organizations world-wide are choosing to focus on this right now, foot to the floor. We all know that sustainability and climate change have become increasingly pressing issues for all types of businesses and organizations. There is more internal and external p…
 
Today we’re chatting about, what I think, is a rather interesting topic. And I’m surprised that the conversation surrounding this particular thing isn’t more common – or as some might say, “mainstream”. As you could probably tell from the title of this episode, we’re talking about microgrids. What they are, what the history surrounding them is, as …
 
Happy new year and welcome back to the official start of the third season of the Fleet FYIs podcast. When it comes to vehicle range, operating in what are considered to be suboptimal weather conditions has an inevitable and rather significant effect. Now this includes both extreme cold winter conditions as well as scorching hot summer temperatures …
 
It is nearly the end of 2021, we’re all ready to move on to the new year and experience everything that comes with it. And so, in the spirit of the new year, I figured we’d do a short little recap of all of the amazing things that we’ve been able to do and be a part of here at Utilimarc in 2021. ----- Show notes for today's episode can be found at:…
 
Sustainability and climate change have become pressing issues for all types of businesses and organizations. There is more pressure than ever before for organizations to make their practices sustainable and to report the results publicly. The initial step for making businesses greener is often reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted through…
 
We are back again with twelve days of Fleet FYIs, and today, we’re moving into a Utilimarc-favourite topic. What is that you may ask? It’s right-sizing. And more specifically, what the benefits are when it comes to undertaking a rightsizing initiative for fleets today. Fleets are actively aiming to reduce costs. Ask any fleet manager today, and the…
 
If you own an electric vehicle or you’re considering buying one, you’ve likely heard stories of people whose battery charge ran out in the middle of the day. An EV isn’t like a gas-powered car, where you can just stop at a fueling station and fill your tank in under five minutes. Batteries can take hours to charge. If you run out whilst you’re on y…
 
I’m sure that at this point, we’ve all heard of the 12 days of Christmas, right? Well, I figured that we’d do our own spin – thus we have the twelve days of Fleet FYIs leading up to the holidays next week. Let’s begin with the first up on the list. What exactly is the difference between the natural gasses CNG, LNG and LPG? Natural gas is the fastes…
 
If you remember, not too long ago, I recorded an episode about low emissions zones – specifically those in London (over in the UK), Norway and even the few that are starting to pop up here in the states. The so-named Green Zones operate in Santa Monica ahead of the, I believe, 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles – and right now, I think it only affects la…
 
To give you a bit of a general overview - business intelligence seems to be one of those buzzwords that companies throw around when talking strategy and future-proofing solutions, but many find it hard to define – at least in a way that makes sense to the masses. Is it a system? A service? A strategic approach? Yes. To all of the above. But it’s ac…
 
Today I wanted to dig into a topic that I’ve been noticing many people ask in many forums, comment sections and new launch announcements worldwide – and that is, will electric vehicles really have that much of an impact on the environment? We’ve all been told that a zero tailpipe emissions vehicle may be the solution to climate action mandates and …
 
As with any business organization, cost reduction and efficiency are key objectives in year-to-year strategy. Fleet managers are actively aiming to keep costs at a minimum, especially with how quickly they can add up when dealing with high-value assets. In order to know where costs can be cut, it is essential to fully understand each vehicles’ tota…
 
We all know how intrigued I am by the electrification of fleets. Although I’ve stated multiple times on this show that I think moving forward, electric will not be the only solution – it will have to be a balance – it’s still a topic that’s front and center of mind more often than not. Fleet electrification is well underway within many different se…
 
We’ve all heard of the term telematics data right? It seems to be one of those things that as you enter the fleet industry – or actually, I should probably say the automotive industry at this point – it’s engrained in you from day one. But what actually is it aside from the collection of data points from a vehicle? Why is it useful? Why is it still…
 
In this last year where many events have been virtual – now that the world seems to be opening back up, we’re finding that any in-person event is being smushed into the latter couple months of this year. This year at Fleet Forward, I think you could tell that most people were happy to be back at an in-person event rather than virtual. It was amazin…
 
Manufacturers have recognized the value of data in today’s world. For better fleet management, profitable decisions and pinpointing waste reduction opportunities, managers rely on accurate insights collected directly from their vehicles. Before OEMs launched their own telematics options, there was a lost opportunity for both manufacturers and custo…
 
I’m headed to California next week for the Fleet Forward Conference, which is kind of fitting considering our guest for this show is located in Silicon Valley. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly this sustainability movement for vehicles – both fleets and consumers – means going forward, you’re not alone. There’s a lot of conflicting messaging out…
 
For as long as I’ve been in the fleet industry, I’ve been twiddling around with this question. Can fleets really be sustainable without EVs? With a major lack of electric vehicle options to replace medium- and heavy-duty ICE trucks, EVs are unfortunately not a viable option for many utility fleets around the world…yet. As manufacturers continue to …
 
To mark the spookiest, scariest day of the year, we’re bringing you the first ever Fleet FYIs Spooktacular special – Fleet HORROR STORIES. A huge thank you to everyone that submitted ideas for this show - hopefully you enjoy our fun, light-hearted take on the spooky side of the fleet industry. Happy Halloween! ---- Show notes for today's episode ca…
 
Have you ever wondered what the big ruckus is surrounding greenhouse gases and carbon emissions? Or perhaps, why fleets should be wary of how much they put out in their day to day operations? Greenhouse gases - such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and certain synthetic chemicals - trap some of the Earth's outgoing energy, which in turn r…
 
In today’s episode of Fleet FYIs shorts – we’re tackling a pretty common “tool”, I guess you could call it, for fleets. We’re talking about fuel cards. More specifically, the history behind fuel cards, why they’re used for fleets and how they first began to become a popular tool. A fuel card or fleet card is used as a payment card typically for all…
 
I just got back from London, a city that – if you’re a frequent listener of our show – you’ll know is a city that is quickly electrifying. Trains, busses, subways and vehicles alike. And it got me thinking – in order to power all of these electric assets, you of course need batteries. A term that’s been floating around a lot lately in the industry …
 
There’s a ton of questions circulating in the industry that many people just like you want answers to. I mean, that’s true anywhere – it’s not just fleet. The thing with the fleet industry though, is that we’re in the middle of a massive evolutionary movement for the technology that many of us use to complete our jobs on a daily/weekly basis. Yes, …
 
I wanted to dedicate an entire episode to EVs – in part, because we’ve been speaking about them pretty frequently here on this show, but also because there’s a lot surrounding this technology that sometimes is breezed over when it comes to new launches and sometimes controversial implementation policies and adoption mandates. It’s complicated – I k…
 
Day Three - The Final Day of The Utility Expo in Louisville, Kentucky is in the books! Join Gretchen and Michael at the conference by following along with their 'daily recaps' of each day during the three-day expo. Day three saw a mass of new vehicles, plenty of new and familiar faces, equipment demos and plenty of education on some of the most pop…
 
Day Two of The Utility Expo in Louisville, Kentucky is in the books! Join Gretchen and Michael at the conference by following along with their 'daily recaps' of each day during the three-day expo. Day two saw a mass of new vehicles, plenty of new and familiar faces, equipment demos and plenty of education on some of the most popular and innovative …
 
The Utility Expo in Louisville, Kentucky is finally upon us! Join Gretchen and Michael at the conference by following along with their 'daily recaps' of each day during the three-day expo. Day one saw a mass of new technology, visiting some familiar Fleet FYIs guests in their respective booths and sending Michael up in a ReachMaster Aerial Lift - t…
 
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