AfMA Fleetdrive Issue 18 | Page 2

Executive Summary Mace Hartley Executive Director As we head deep into August, one can only hope that the worst of winter is hopefully behind us! Here at AfMA we’ve used the cooler months as an opportunity to connect with many of you at our various Professional Development Forums held in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and most recently in Auckland, New Zealand. We always treasure these opportunities to connect with members and guests around some of the key issues affecting fleet professionals and automotive industry leaders. We encourage you to join us again in October and November for our end-of- year gatherings as we return to the Australian cities mentioned above alongside Adelaide and Hobart. AfMA is excited to be embarking shortly to Phoenix, Arizona for the American Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) 50th Anniversary Corporate Fleet Conference in mid-September. This conference will bring together fleet professionals from right around the globe for a variety of topics, including a Women In Fleet Management keynote session. We look forward to sharing with you some of the highlights of this conference in our next issue, as we consider what overseas fleet trends might soon be impacting the Australasian market. In this edition of FleetDrive we consider what our fleets might look like in the future and how it could affect our roles moving forward, we catch up with AEVA Secretary Chris Jones and discuss all things electric vehicles, plus provide you with featured pieces on the ongoing Takata airbag recall, the importance of weight when towing, and have some fun with our regular Around The World mini-stories. If you have an important fleet story or issue that you think might be of interest to other members for a 2 ISSUE 18 2019 / WWW.AFMA.NET.AU future edition of FleetDrive or for AfMA News please don’t hesitate to contact AfMA’s Daniel Braid directly at [email protected] to get the ball rolling. For the remainder of 2019 AfMA is continuing our work to support Charge Together Fleets (CTF) – a program funded in partnership by Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena), Evenergi and NRMA and facilitated by the Electric Vehicle Council and Evenergi. The aim of the program is to develop an online platform to assist fleet and sustainability managers transition to electric vehicles and future mobility models. The online platform with consist of three areas, a learning management system, fleet toolbox and communications centre. CTF is all about getting interested stakeholders involved so please click here to find out more. It’s a scary prospect to even think about 2020, but nominations for our next Fleet Awards are already open in our regular 3 categories of Fleet Manager of the Year (sponsored in 2020 by BP Australia), Fleet Environment Award (sponsored in 2020 by Hyundai Motor Company Australia) and Fleet Safety Award (sponsorship vacant). This is a significant chance to recognise the work of an organisation or an individual for their contributions to the fleet industry so think about who you could nominate or even self-nominate. We would once again like to congratulate our 2018/19 winners John Barlow, Meridian Energy and New Zealand Racing Board on their outstanding achievements and to this year’s sponsors, BP Australia, Hyundai Motor Company Australia, ANCAP Safety & Teletrac Navman.