LeasePlan USA Blog

Fuel costs are like death and taxes; they’re going to happen no matter what you do. And you have no control over them. So what can you do to reduce fuel spend?
We recently added Felipe Smolka to our leadership team as senior vice president and transformation leader for LeasePlan USA.  We had the opportunity to sit down with him to learn more about his vision for What’s next.
When it comes to gas-powered cars, everyone over the driving age knows how and where to fuel their car. But if you’ve been thinking of making the switch to a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), you need to know how and where to charge it up so you can get out and have some driving fun!
As we undoubtedly move into a new era of battery electric vehicles (BEVs or EVs), it’s important to know these differences in driving and what options are available for your fleet.
A key part of prioritizing customer service rests on empowering our field teams with the technology and processes they need to maximize their daily productivity and output. For many companies this means integrating their Telematics with Salesforce.
For many of us, school bus safety seems to be a no-brainer. But there may be a few tips that you aren’t aware of and may just be the difference in a safe ride to or from school for students.
Have you ever thought about the weaknesses of 'traditional telematics'? Typically, telematics benefits are discussed solely in terms of cost savings - overlooking many of the core benefits to be gained from the product.  While cost savings may be a wonderful benefit, if that's your organization's only goal, you may not be unlocking the full potential of telematics.
Research from LeasePlan UK, part of the world’s largest vehicle management group, shows that Britain is a nation of trusting lovers, with over half of motorists (58%) saying they would put their full trust in their partner to drive their car compared to just 7% who said they would only trust themselves.
There has been more news in the United States on electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure in the last three months than in the past three years. As time progresses, it is obvious that this is not just a trend, but rather the future of mobility.
This week sees the annual gathering of key decision makers at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos – and one of the big topics they will be discussing is climate change.
Like many of you, I am pretty connected to work through various forms of technology. According to my iTunes account, I have downloaded 174 apps. This number surprised me quite a bit as I only use a handful of them on a regular basis. But one of those apps has made it to my short list lately, and I'll tell you why.
The role of a fleet manager is a very important one – albeit time consuming. With so many day-to-day tasks, it can be easy to get lost in the details of managing a fleet and lose sight of the bigger picture.
When I was working in business development at a fleet management company back in the ‘80s, I had an interesting experience with a vehicle delivery – or lack thereof.
When it comes to managing your fleet vehicles, do you sometimes feel like you’re just getting by? Or are you managing it like a pro? Either way, it’s a difficult job. And one that’s even harder to master, especially when it comes to finding ways to cut costs.
In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” And when it comes to taxes, having a company car is no exception.
Rent or own a house? Lease or purchase a vehicle? Since the advent of landlords, and lessors, these questions synonymously became intertwined for the usually confused consumer.
LeasePlan recently had the opportunity to drive the brand-new Nissan Leaf, which boasts impressive features, including semi-autonomous capability. How did it stack up against the previous model?
Your company just hired a new employee and you need to get a vehicle - and fast. But with all of the order cut-off dates passed, what can you do? Especially when you have to make sure you get the car you need without having to wait or pay exorbitantly high prices.
In my past life as a vehicle appraiser and inspector for a major used car retailer, I think that I came close to appraising every make and model available. During that time, I also appraised and inspected cars that were maintained in every way imaginable. People would bring in cars that were scratched and/or dented, stinky, and just not taken care of – and they always expected top dollar for it!
With the end of 2017 swiftly approaching, businesses are busy preparing and looking ahead to the upcoming year. In the midst of future planning, though, don't overlook the deadlines that come before the new year. The coming weeks bring numerous compliance deadlines for fleets. Are you and your fleet prepared? Check out the information below to make sure you have everything checked off your list in time.
It seems like everyone in the industry is talking about fuel fraud suddenly. So why is it such a hot topic?
Accomplishing your fleet goals might seem like a daunting task, especially while planning for the upcoming year. The end of the year can seem light years away at times, making it difficult to stay on track for objectives.We’re here to help you plan your fleet goals and give you an action plan for how to stay focused and achieve them.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida, it’s estimated that as many as 1 million vehicles will need to be replaced, according to Automotive Fleet. Many of those are fleet vehicles, which means it’s probably up to you to figure out how to replace them…and fast!
At some point, business vs. personal mileage has got to be a no-brainer in fleet management. Fleet managers are under constant pressure to find savings in their fleet. And personal use is a commonly untapped area.
You may have read in the news that LeasePlan USA is in the midst of a transformation. It’s true, and it’s exciting.
Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, you can expect to encounter higher than usual prices at the gas pump. In preparation for Irma, gas in Florida increased to $2.73--the highest it's been since 2014. With prices on the rise, be on the lookout for fuel fraud and ways to combat it. Here are a few best practices, courtesy of WEX Fraud Services and LeasePlan, to get started.
Is soliciting a Request for Proposal (RFP) the best way to find a fleet partner? That’s a very personal question. The fleet management RFP process can take months, sometimes over a year, to go through each stage. It’s a lot of work to go through an RFP! So is it the best approach to finding a fleet partner?
I often say: Sometimes, coming up with a vehicle replacement strategy is all it takes to save money on your fleet. I recently partnered with one of my clients to see this put into action — and it did not disappoint.
A few weeks ago, I flew out to Salt Lake City to join VW and Audi City for their 2018 Fleet Preview. The theme of this event was “Go Big,” and they definitely lived up to it - from the first night at Utah Olympic Park to the “closing ceremonies” at the Grand American Hotel. The event was BIG.
The Optimum Replacement Analysis recommends replacement cycles that will allow your fleet to operate at the lowest monthly expense on the lifecycle cost curve.
Imagine this: By making changes to small chunks of the pie chart that is your operating costs, you can uncover savings that add up big time. Of course, we all know this is completely possible, because the components that make up the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a vehicle ultimately affect each other. But just how much can you save from each of these categories?
For companies with fleets that operate in several countries, there can be so many headaches to deal with that a global fleet program might seem too difficult to implement. Fortunately, a little planning can go a long way in implementing a successful program.
After visiting with the Toyota fleet team at the Camry Ride and Drive last month, I thought I would share the highlights for those of you who are planning your order cycle.
Fuel fraud is a sad reality for any company operating a fleet. However, there are still some prevalent misconceptions about this topic.
We are less than six months away from implementation of the new ELD mandate, which goes into effect on December 18, 2017. That means, now is the time to prepare! Here are some commonly asked questions about how these new rules pertain to fleet managers.
Recently, there's been much talk around the United States' decision to exit the Paris Climate Accord agreement. However, many companies have taken the initiative to establish or move forward with their own sustainability goals. Here's a summary on this landmark agreement and how you can leverage your fleet to meet your company's sustainability goals.
You may have seen we recently rolled out a new logo. But that’s not all. LeasePlan introduced a new brand promise and a new attitude to go with it.
In May, I hit the road for GM's 2018 Solutions Summit in Las Vegas, hosted by the Fleet and Commercial team. The event was both exciting and educational as fleet professionals got to test drive the 2018 lineup and learn about hot new features from safety to technology and infotainment.