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Proponents say that bidirectional charging could provide significant backup power during outages – and create a new potential revenue stream for EV owners.
All major automakers have gone all-in on an all-electric future. But can the U.S.’s aging grid handle the upcoming surge in demand for charging? And what about resiliency during power outages when you have less access to fossil-fueled generators? Industry experts point to vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology as a potential solution to help address these concerns […]

Airless tires could give fleets a new twist on tire management over the long haul.

Is the Future of Tires Airless?

Like a lot of technology, airless tires have been two to three years away for the past 15 years. Since 1999, the major tire manufacturers have been developing tires that aren’t inflated with air. At least one of those tires, the Michelin Tweel, has been on the market for some off-road and constru…

Industry experts share tips for covering all your bases.

Crafting a Telematics RFP

Due to the significant financial investment, fleet managers sometimes make the mistake of basing a telematics purchasing decision on cost alone, according to Steven Berube, senior business developm…
Leveraging the full value of PM inspections can score the biggest bang for your buck – both now and later.

Best Practices for Preventive Maintenance

No matter how you slice it, preventive maintenance is about paying now or paying more later. The real driver of vehicle cost efficiency, as well as safety impacts and even fuel economy, is leveragi…

Knowing When Not to Press ‘Send’

A friend asked for my advice. He had received an email from a frustrated customer disputing a six-figure invoice. The lesson I shared to help him resolve the issue can apply to any leader – includi…

Traffic Cones and Flashing Lights

Question: How many traffic cones does it take to stop a speeding car? Yes, the barriers we use are flimsy, and a traffic cone will not stop an errant vehicle from driving into a work zone. But ther…

Electrification: Ambitious Goals, Practical Realities

I spent a few days in June at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. Ann Brown-Hailey, Seth Skydel, the EUFMC board and the entire EUFMC staff put on an amazing e…

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The iPi monthly forum is where you can get answers to questions you have from subject matter experts like David McPeak, Jim Vaughn, Danny Raines and other utility safety and ops professionals like yourself. Forums will include industry specific topics, challenges, trends, and solutions along with best practices in leadership, operations, and safety.
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Smarts Fleets & Technology

Precious metal prices and opportunity have spurred a growth of thefts, but fleets can make it harder for thieves to access their vehicles.

Think Like a Thief to Stop Catalytic Converter Theft

Two factors have contributed to the surge in catalytic converter thefts: the value of the materials in catalytic converters and the increased opportunity for thefts to occur. The costs of three precious metals – platinum, palladium and rhodium – found inside catalytic converters have skyrocket…
Two utility fleet managers share how they’re addressing this pricey issue.

Navigating the Surge in Fuel Costs

High fuel prices have made it increasingly difficult for fleet operations to keep costs low – especially utility fleets, whose essential services require daily travel to job sites. According to Dan Remmert, senior manager of fleet services for Ameren Illinois, “Not only are fuel prices at reco…
Despite manufacturers’ reassurances, vehicle delivery delays are expected.

The State of Electric Vehicle Order-to-Delivery Times

Despite manufacturers’ reassurances, vehicle delivery delays are expected. In February, Ford began deliveries of its E-Transit EV van to fleet customers, one of the earliest of the highly anticipated commercial-grade battery-powered vehicles to have its orders fulfilled. It’s a bright spot in …
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ItemAware Tool and Asset Tracking System

In an effort to provide its customers with new and innovative solutions, Ring Power Utility Equipment has partnered with Aware Innovations to offer a groundbreaking product known as ItemAware. ItemAware is a unique tool and asset tracking system that uses RFID and other technologies to tag too…

Fleet Profiles


Could Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Help Smooth the Transition to All-Electric?

All major automakers have gone all-in on an all-electric future. But can the U.S.’s aging grid handle the upcoming surge in demand for charging? And what about resiliency during power outages when you have less access to fossil-fueled generators? Industry experts point to vehicle-to-grid (V2G) te…

The First All-Electric Bucket Truck Hits the Road

Terex Utilities’ Joe Caywood digs into the details behind the company’s groundbreaking announcement. In June, Terex Utilities introduced the first ever all-electric bucket truck at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The truck combines Navistar’s Internationa…

All-Electric Medium-Duty Trucks Coming to SMUD this Summer

The new Class 5 trucks nudge the utility closer to its goal of zero carbon emissions by 2030. Sacramento Municipal Utility District expects to take delivery of five new all-electric medium-duty trucks this summer that will offer an estimated range of 100 to 150 miles. The vehicles will be built o…
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The State of the All-Electric Pickup Race

The state of the all-electric pickup race has changed considerably in just one year. Last January, the Ohio-based startup Lordstown Motors was poised to take the inside lane to produce the first-ever all-electric pickup with its Endurance truck. But then allegations of fraud in the spring and a s…

The First All-Electric Bucket Truck Hits the Road

Terex Utilities’ Joe Caywood digs into the details behind the company’s groundbreaking announcement. In June, Terex Utilities introduced the first ever all-electric bucket truck at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The truck combines Navistar’s Intern…

All-Electric Medium-Duty Trucks Coming to SMUD this Summer

The new Class 5 trucks nudge the utility closer to its goal of zero carbon emissions by 2030. Sacramento Municipal Utility District expects to take delivery of five new all-electric medium-duty trucks this summer that will offer an estimated range of 100 to 150 miles. The vehicles will be b…
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