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Driven by the desire to do more: The 2018 Freightliner New Cascadia

As the demand for more fuel efficiency, and less emissions to help sustain and rebuild the environment, Freightliner has done amazing works by increasing fuel efficiency by eight percent. Hoping to reach the goal of five percent, the engineers at Freightliner have surpassed their own expectations. With updates in design and mechanical layout has made this the prime choice when hauling from state to state.

Driven by the desire to do more: The 2018 Freightliner New Cascadia

Driverless Cars to Shrink Insurance Premiums

Driverless Cars should shrink insurance premiums by 20 to 40% by 2050, according to a report, even if there is only limited adoption of driverless cars. This would like be due to accident repair claims falling. The forecast assumes claim frequency would decline by 81%. This could greatly increase insurance industry volatility.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to a report from insurance analyst Aon Benfield, the cost of insuring an autonomous vehicle should fall 20% below current levels and may fall by as much as 40% by 2050.
  • Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk has said his vehicles will include fully autonomous capability by 2018.
  • Personal motor vehicle policies account for 47% of the global insurance premium.

“The cost of insuring an autonomous vehicle should fall 20% below current levels and may fall by as much as 40% by 2050, according to a new report from insurance analyst Aon Benfield.”

http://www.automotive-fleet.com/channel/safety-accident-management/news/story/2016/09/driverless-cars-to-shrink-insurance-premiums.aspx

VW May Cease Sales of Diesel Models

Volkswagen installed emissions software on more than a half-million diesel cars in the U.S.—and roughly 10.5 million more worldwide—that allows them to sense the unique parameters of an emissions drive cycle set by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the EPA and the California Air Resources Board, who were tipped off by researchers in 2014, these so-called “defeat devices” detect steering, throttle, and other inputs used in the test to switch between two distinct operating modes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Volkswagen may not resume sales of diesel models in the U.S. and plans to focus on electrified powertrains and SUVs in the coming years.
  • Diesel-powered Passat mid-size sedans made up 65% of Volkswagen’s sales, while diesel-powered Golf SportWagen cars made up 90% of sales.
  • Volkswagen will launch two new SUVs, including a three-row mid-size SUV and a long wheelbase version of the Tiguan, that will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

“Volkswagen may not resume sales of diesel models in the U.S. and plans to focus on electrified powertrains and SUVs in the coming years, the company’s head of North American operations told fleet managers on Sept. 15.”

http://www.businessfleet.com/channel/vehicle-research/news/story/2016/09/vw-may-cease-sales-of-diesel-models.aspx

Audit: FBI Overspent on Premium Fuel

As the US general public continues to have their doubts about its government, a new article comes out exploiting the misuse of funds by the FBI for premium fuel. Auditors checked the books of the FBI to find discrepancies of fifty seven thousand dollars. This comes as a shock and suggestions to the FBI are to ensure contracts for 87 octane fuel be put in place.

Audit: FBI Overspent on Premium Fuel

Calif. Legislators Pass Ignition Interlock Bill

The California legislature has passed a bill that would require DUI offenders to install alcohol ignition interlock devices on their vehicles in order to have their drivers license reinstated. If signed by governor Jerry Brown, the law would take effect in January 2019. Four California counties already require DUI offenders to install ignition interlock devices. The new legislation requires the interlock to be installed for progressively longer periods of time based on the severity of the offense. A sliding scale fee structure would be offered to low-income offenders for the installation and maintenance costs.

Calif. Legislators Pass Ignition Interlock Bill

Personal Use Charges Rise to $132 in 2016

Personal use charges have increased in 2016 up $4.00 to $132.00. The numbers point to various changes throughout the fleet. A few of these changes are assignments of company owned vehicles, and use of these vehicles when not working, safety and concerns about liability have also contributed to this increase. The personal use of company vehicles seems that it will always be a challenge of the fleet company.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fleets’ average monthly personal-use charges increased in 2016 by $4 to $132. Over the past five years, personal-use charges have increased $16 per month from $112.
  • In 2015, 70% of respondents indicated job function as the top reason employees received a vehicle. Still the top reason in 2016, the job function category jumped a whopping 13 points to 83%.
  • Of the fleet managers responding to the 2016 personal use survey, 43% no longer allow anyone other than the employee to drive a company vehicle for personal reasons, up from 28% in 2015.

“Fleets’ average monthly personal-use charges increased in 2016 by $4 to $132. Over the past five years, personal-use charges have increased $16 per month from $112.”

http://www.automotive-fleet.com/channel/operations/article/story/2016/09/personal-use-charges-rise-to-132-in-2016.aspx

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