If you are managing a large fleet then you have probably found that it is cost-effective to have a fuel storage tank on your property to handle some or all of your fueling needs.
Moving away from oil is something being promoted in many areas. One of the debates is the use and production of alternative fuels. For fleet managers, the decision of whether to purchase alternative fuel vehicles means weighing up cost, reliability, and environmental concern.
There are both advantages and disadvantages to alternative fuels, and some things fleet managers should consider:
We’ve been hearing buzz about autonomous cars for almost a century now, with the dreams of a self-driving car for everyday use showing up in fictional accounts of the future in the 1930’s. As we saw the promises of other once far-fetched inventions come to fruition, we’ve continued to wait for the reality of an autonomous vehicle. Each year it seems that we are given more exciting updates about the encroaching arrival of truly autonomous vehicles on our streets, but so far test vehicles have yet to give way to a functioning consumer product.
If you use propane to power forklifts in your operations, or other alternative fuels in your fleet, there may be an opportunity to file a Federal excise tax claim for a credit or refund related to the fuel used during 2017.
Fuel costs are a major cost of doing business when operating a fleet of any size. Purchasing new vehicles can significantly reduce fuel cost, but can be prohibitive as a capital investment. Most fleet managers are unable to replace their entire fleet and may continue to operate older vehicles for some time. This means that proper maintenance to improve and maintain fuel efficiency is an important, and cost-effective, way of reducing overall costs.
Here are a few things you can do to maintain fuel efficiency in cars and trucks:
Throughout the year, Sokolis Group must update its records for all of the changes made to fuel taxes. It’s a tedious task to sift through the information scattered across the internet for each state. Even though there are web sites that consolidate fuel tax rates in one place, identifying potential exemptions takes more research than just glancing at summarized data. That usually means a visit to a state’s site and digging into their tax regulations.
Traditionally, state governments have funded road construction through taxes on fuel. As vehicles become more efficient, though, the income from fuel tax is affected, with long-term concerns that it might eventually become insufficient. An increase in electric cars – and the introduction of electric trucks (Tesla recently unveiled an electric semi-truck) is starting to cause revenues to drop. With more than 90 percent of federal Highway Trust Fund receipts being collected at the pump, this is a very real concern.
When you’re driving all the time, what seems like ‘perfectly normal’ fuel prices for everyone else can stack up to a really large expense. Fleets with trucks are among the largest fuel consumers in the modern world no matter how much you optimize your vehicles, your policies, and your shipping routes. At that point, it’s up to the drivers to optimize how the truck runs on the road in order to minimize unnecessary fuel usage without reducing the quality of the trip for the driver. Whether you’re on your own dime or your fleet is asking you to improve your mileage, here are six great tips you can apply to every trip to help meet that goal.
Many fleet managers, controllers, and CFOs might be surprised if they discovered they were overpaying fuel invoices because they included line items disguised as government taxes and fees. At Sokolis Group, we‘re not surprised because we see this happen frequently. Prior to becoming a Sokolis Group client, these companies typically just signed off on fuel invoices that contained “special” taxes or environmental fees. These bogus fees are nothing more than an additional revenue stream for the fuel supplier. However, in some other cases, we’ve also discovered legitimate taxes were not charged when the company was actually liable for the tax.
We’ve been in the business of finding savings for fleet managers for 13 years now. And in that time, one thing we’ve heard again and again is that their efforts to find savings is one of the key factors on which they’re assessed.
For some, the ability to cut costs is often what decides whether they get a year-end bonus. That’s why we’ve created our new white paper, “A Fleet Manager’s Guide to Bigger Bonuses,” designed to help managers identify efficiencies and bring down costs, even after they think they’ve tried every possible strategy.