Tesla has launched a new webpage to promote corporate fleet sales in North America, the latest effort by the automaker to diversify its revenue stream.
The new webpage, which markets the Model S sedan and Model X sport utility vehicle as the "perfect company car," follows a similar sales effort that started last year in Europe and the hiring of Michael Stafford in August to head up a corporate fleet program. Hat tip to Teslarati for first noting the new corporate sales page.
Tesla's corporate sales webpage includes basic information on the cost and savings of owning an electric vehicle, testimonials, and links to scheduling a test drive. The company says it will even make an onsite visit "for all of your colleagues to experience a Tesla."
By Mark Boada, Senior Editor
Like the typical American, I believe I’m an above-average driver. Which means I’m probably overconfident, at least occasionally complacent and not as good as I think I am. It also means I’m probably not much different from a lot of fleet drivers.
So, it was with mixed feelings that I headed out to Driving Dynamics’ all-day, behind-the-wheel driver training course. What, I thought, did it have to teach me? After all, I’ve been driving for nearly 50 years, and have driven hundreds of thousands of miles as a professional driver (during college and between jobs I’d been a limousine service driver), during which time I never once had an accident, not even in mid-town Manhattan during rush hour and on the treacherous Belt and Southern State parkways, with their shoulder-less, too-narrow lanes, sewer grates, potholes and crazy-fast drivers.
But then again, there was that rear-ender I caused a few years ago, fiddling with my new toy, a shiny new GPS.
Would you change how you get to work for $10 a month? $50? How about $100?
As dense cities struggle with packed roads and choking smog, officials are on the hunt for ways to get people out of cars and onto their feet, bikes, or public transit. One idea? Paying them off. And Washington, DC is thinking about doing just that.
A bill before the city council would compel employers who provide free parking to offer transit benefits (like a pre-tax bus pass) or a cash payment to workers who find another way to the office. The goal here isn’t to stamp out cars, but to let the non-drivers “cash out” the value of “free” parking.
“One-hundred deaths every day should outrage us. Why are we O.K. with this? Complacency is killing us.”
By Art Liggio, President, Driving Dynamics
According to a recent report by the National Safety Council, for the first time in 10 years there were more than 40,000 traffic fatalities in the United States. This 2016 statistic represents a 6 percent increase over 2015 and sadly, 2015’s increase in fatalities was 7.2 percent above 2014. Another sobering fact related to 2015 is that the increase that year was the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years.
Many articles seem to suggest that a contributing factor to this upward trend is that Americans are driving more than in previous years. On the surface this seems logical, however, when you look at further analyses compiled by NHTSA, which includes the equalizing measurement of fatality crashes per million miles, the story does not get any better.
The new tool gives companies the power to manage exceptions faster than ever before, which saves time and money.
Any fleet manager’s job would be exponentially easier if there was a way to have eyes on each of the company’s vehicles at all times so that any service or logistical issues could be addressed immediately.
Recognizing that time is money when it comes to significant events that impact a fleet, ARI® has introduced ARI WatchList®, a new tool available via the ARI insights® portal to ARI clients currently using its Accident Management and Telematics programs.
By Wendy Eichenbaum
We’ve all been there. The deadline for your document is looming. You start a new blank document in MS Word, type a few sentences, but don’t know what to write next. After staring at that white screen for a while, you walk away, hoping something will come to you later.
This is an all too familiar scenario for many people. We sit down and expect to start writing. Why is that? In school, we were taught to research a topic, and then write an essay that met a certain format. But when it came time to put pen to paper, we froze up trying to make sense out of our disparate pieces of research.
Writer’s block is not your inability to compose a sentence. Instead, it’s a sign that you have not given yourself the time to consider, analyze, and organize your research. If we give ourselves the time to brainstorm and organize, then writing the sentences will feel like a natural progression.
How to Make Big Data Practical for Your Fleet will be presented by Bernie Kavanagh, SVP & General Manager for North American Large Fleet, WEX Inc., Katherine Ferguson, VP, Marketing, WEX Inc., and Kurt Thearling, VP, Analytics, WEX Inc.
Big Data and analytics are changing the way fleet managers run their fleets. Rich data provided by companies through the use of analytics programs, GPS tracking solutions, and mobile applications allow fleet managers to measure how their fleet’s vehicles are performing in real time. These data points are altering the fleet industry on a massive scale.
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises.
In a photo posted on Twitter, one of Uber’s Volvo self-driving SUVs is pictured on its side next to another car with dents and smashed windows.
An Uber spokeswoman confirmed the incident, and the veracity of the photo, and added that the ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh operations.