One Fleet's Journey to EVs, Part 5

May 24, 2024
Are there weight and fire concerns?

Manatee County, Florida, a five-time Construction Equipment and AEMP Fleet Masters winner, has begun its EV journey with Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickups.  

In this series, senior editor Frank Raczon explores the county's electric acquisitions, applications, measurement, maintenance, and more, with fleet manager Matt Case, CEM.

Part 5 addresses EV safety concerns and includes final thoughts from Case on a fleet manager's responsibilities for the electric journey.

Truck editor Tom Berg evaluates the Lightning after his test drive.

Part 4 covered the county's preparations in the event the grid goes down and the possibility of acquiring electric earthmovers and heavier trucks.

In Part 3, Case revealed the county's PM strategy along with discussing findings on tire wear, a potential concern with EVs.

Part 2: Will the county order more electric pickups? What about the Tesla Cybertruck? Case also talked about what the public thinks.

Part 1 of the series talked about acquisition, acceptance, and the county's method for tracking performance.

About the Author

Frank Raczon

Raczon’s writing career spans nearly 25 years, including magazine publishing and public relations work with some of the industry’s major equipment manufacturers. He has won numerous awards in his career, including nods from the Construction Writers Association, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and BtoB magazine. He is responsible for the magazine's Buying Files.