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Fleet Readers Respond to Electrification, Cycle and Supply Times (and Shortages), Business Models, & More
Commodity Prices Increase as Geopolitical Forces Constrain Supply
5 Factors Driving Higher Maintenance Costs

5 Factors Driving Higher Maintenance Costs

Many factors continue to exert upward pressure on fleet maintenance costs (with longer service lives as the primary driver). Also, we’ll look ahead to how these maintenance trends will play out for the balance of CY-2022.

May 11, 2022

Geopolitical Frictions Create New Supply Disruptions

Geopolitical Frictions Create New Supply Disruptions

Globally, Russia is the fourth largest producer of finished aluminum. Today’s geopolitical tensions caused by the Russo-Ukraine War will exacerbate pre-existing constraints for commodities such as aluminum and natural gas.

March 30, 2022

Forecast: Fleet Costs Will Continue to Escalate

Forecast: Fleet Costs Will Continue to Escalate

Fleet fixed and operating costs are increasing across the board, in particular fuel prices, higher acquisition costs, lower incentives, and unscheduled maintenance expenses. The forecast is for fleet expenses to increase for the next three years.

March 29, 2022

Supply Chain Shortages is the No. 1 Issue Facing Fleets

Supply Chain Shortages is the No. 1 Issue Facing Fleets

The biggest consequence to supply chain disruptions has been longer OTD and difficulty sourcing replacement units, forcing fleet managers to extend the service lives of their vehicles until the next order cycle.

March 29, 2022

Two Top-Rated Fleet Managers Retire from the Industry
The "Great Resignation" and Covid Amplify Existing Labor Shortages
The Challenge with Fleet Electrification is the Execution

The Challenge with Fleet Electrification is the Execution

Many fleets have to meet aggressive corporate sustainability goals requiring the transition from ICE vehicles to EV assets, but are inhibited by sourcing constraints of slow EV rollouts and inadequate recharging infrastructure.

March 29, 2022

Inflationary Price Pressures Increase Maintenance Costs

Inflationary Price Pressures Increase Maintenance Costs

Among the factors contributing to increased maintenance expenses has been increased miles driven, supply chain constraint, parts shortages, longer downtime, and a tech shortage exerting inflationary pressures on labor rates.

March 7, 2022

Readers Sound Off on Residual Values, Electric Vehicle Ordering Times, and Several 2022 Predictions
Tackling Global Fleet Management Issues

Tackling Global Fleet Management Issues

Managing a multinational organization’s fleet across the world’s many regions presents complex challenges. Three experienced global fleet managers address data reporting, sustainability, and other topics.

February 22, 2022

Skillsets Needed to be a Best-in-Class Fleet Manager

Skillsets Needed to be a Best-in-Class Fleet Manager

What are the skillsets necessary to become a best-in-class fleet manager? To find out, AF surveyed more than 200 seasoned fleet professionals, including fleet managers and fleet suppliers. They identified these 50 skillsets.

February 22, 2022

Chris Hoehner Retires from Almost 20 Years at Volkswagen of America
Charlie Schott Named Fleet Director for Rollins Inc.
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