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Negotiating the Alt-Power Jungle

Sometimes going green is less about the ‘best’ technology and more about where the government puts its money — and fleet buyers with good intentions are caught in the middle. READ MORE

Tags: Alternative-fuel vehicles, Green Fleet Conference, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, November 15, 2010 10:48 AM | » Comments(0)

Industry Realignment: What Now?

Avis is asking the FTC to bless a merger between four out of the seven major brands. Something has to give. READ MORE

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, FTC, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, merger

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:55 AM | » Comments(0)

Key Takeaways from the Green Fleet Conference (Part II)

The author inside a GM van with its new factory-installed CNG fueling system. The box on the floor contains one of four fuel tanks.<br /><br />

More intel culled from the Green Fleet Conference in San Diego, including EV charging, the future of alt fuels and other tidbits. READ MORE

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, October 28, 2010 2:35 PM | » Comments(0)

Key Takeaways from the Green Fleet Conference (Part 1)

Attendees at a Green Fleet Conference presentation

Here’s what you missed in San Diego. READ MORE

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, October 21, 2010 2:21 PM | » Comments(0)

My Ride in the X-Prize Winner (video)

The all-electric E-Tracer and its gas-powered equivalent, the Monotracer, are not practical alternatives to the passenger car. But if you’re interested in a new form of mobility, you can have one for about $80,000 to $100,000. READ MORE

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, October 14, 2010 10:24 AM | » Comments(0)

Chevy Volt Test Ride

When it finally makes it to fleet, drivers will like the Volt’s large (for an EV) cargo space, while the gas-power range-extending capabilities should open up a lot more possibilities for fleet applications. Check out the photos. READ MORE

Tags: Chevrolet, Nissan LEAF, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, October 6, 2010 11:14 AM | » Comments(0)

The Nissan LEAF: an EV, and a Real Car

We took a spin in the Nissan LEAF. The fit-and-finish and drive characteristics are up to North American standards, and the range does not disappoint. READ MORE

Tags: Nissan LEAF, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, September 30, 2010 12:33 PM | » Comments(0)

Avis Releases Car Rental Rate Comparison

Analysis ranks weekend pricing for major brands to show how Hertz competes with Dollar and Thrifty through its AAA rate. Will regulators care? READ MORE

Tags: Hertz, Avis, merger, Avis Budget Group, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, September 24, 2010 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

What is Peer-to-Peer Renting?

Owning a fleet is so 2009. Welcome to the new neighborhood car rental. READ MORE

Tags: Whipcar, RelayRides, Car Sharing, Peer-to-Peer

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, September 23, 2010 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Coping with EV Range Anxiety

Most of us fill our gas tanks when we have 40 miles to ‘Empty.’ With electric vehicles, the fun is just beginning. READ MORE

Tags: Mitsubishi, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 10:44 AM | » Comments(0)

Will the N.Y. Anti-steering Law Work?

Understanding the other side of the claims process can give independent RACs the tools to get more replacement business. READ MORE

Tags: State Laws, independent operators

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, August 30, 2010 9:53 AM | » Comments(1)

Customer Overbooking – A Car Rental Operator’s Nightmare

This letter from a car rental operator provides an on-the-ground view of how one customer can tax system resources to the point of blowing profit right out of the water. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, August 11, 2010 9:43 AM | » Comments(8)

New Ford Explorer Saves Fuel, but What About Capabilities?

Better fuel economy on a truck usually comes with a performance trade off. READ MORE

Tags: Ford Explorer

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 8:36 AM | » Comments(2)

A Few Thoughts on Better Utilization of Fleet Vehicles

Technology is making possible peer-to-peer car sharing, “fleet sharing,” one-way rentals and getting more use out of pool vehicles. READ MORE

Tags: Zipcar, Car Sharing, Car2go, Peer-to-Peer, One-Way Rentals, gps

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Small Fleet Management is not an Afterthought

With so much room for improvement, small fleets can achieve greater savings with better fleet management a lot quicker and easier than their large fleet cousins. READ MORE

Tags: gps, Fleet Management, vehicle depreciation

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, July 7, 2010 5:26 PM | » Comments(1)

Framing the H.R. 4175 Debate

National legislation is needed to eradicate discriminatory excise taxes on motor vehicle rentals. READ MORE

Tags: rental taxes, proposed legislation

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:55 AM | » Comments(0)

More from Chrysler’s Fleet Preview in Detroit

A year after the Fiat partnership, Chrysler is in the midst of a product offensive. READ MORE

Tags: Jeep, Dodge, Pentastar, Chrysler, Ram Truck

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:54 AM | » Comments(0)

Guest Blog: How Car Rental Is not Like the Airlines

The president of ACRA responds to a travel writer's column that takes issue with "whacky" car rental rules. READ MORE

Tags: no-show fee, ACRA

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:32 AM | » Comments(10)

Marchionne Lays out Chrysler’s Future in Detroit

At Chrysler’s annual fleet preview in Detroit last week, Sergio Marchionne, Fiat and Chrysler’s CEO laid out Chrysler’s five-year plan for profitability. What a difference a year makes. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, June 3, 2010 12:22 PM | » Comments(0)

Here We Go Again: Graves Amendment Under Attack

A proposed amendment to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 would overturn existing law preventing vicarious liability of renting and leasing companies. Industry associations claimed a small victory this week—but it may not be over. READ MORE

Tags: vicarious liability, TRALA, motorcoaches, ACRA, Graves Amendment

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, May 21, 2010 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

2010 Audi A3 TDI Test Drive

Driving pleasure and green can coexist. Includes Vincentric fleet lifecycle data. READ MORE

Tags: Audi, Diesel, Diesel Fuel Vehicles, Diesel Emissions

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, May 17, 2010 9:08 AM | » Comments(0)

CRS 2010: Did We Gain Momentum on No-show Fees?

The ACRA panel at the Car Rental Show dug into the issue with the most depth and insight yet in a public forum. With the changing rental car landscape, is there a new willingness to get this done? READ MORE

Tags: no-show fee, ACRA

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:57 AM | » Comments(0)

And Then There Were Three

How will the potential Hertz acquisition of Dollar Thrifty affect franchisees and independents? READ MORE

Tags: Federal Trade Commission, Hertz, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, merger

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, May 4, 2010 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Key Takeaways from NAFA’s 2010 Fleet Management Institute & Expo

North America’s annual gathering of fleet professionals took place this week in Detroit. NAFA FMI is the best place to take the pulse of the fleet industry and look into the future. READ MORE

Tags: Audi, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Legislation, Honda, NAFA, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Alternative Fuels, General Motors

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, April 29, 2010 2:22 PM | » Comments(0)

Key Takeaways from the 2010 Car Rental Show

From Wall Street to Main Street, the renewal of the industry was on display in the conference halls and expo floor. Expect action from ACRA on key issues. READ MORE

Tags: ACRA

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, April 23, 2010 9:23 AM | » Comments(0)

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