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January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Purolator Courier Goes 'Green' with New Electric Delivery Vehicle

The Quicksider EV delivery van displays its kneeling capabilities during its introduction.

By Paul Dexler

Urban package delivery routes usually include lots of stops and starts, but require relatively little long-range driving. Purolator Courier is developing the Quicksider EV, an electric green solution.

Tags: Purolator, delivery, Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

What is the Safety Value of Cargo Partitions in Vans?

Safety partitions help prevent driver and passenger injury caused by shifting cargo loads during a crash or sudden stop.

By Joe Bohn

Cargo partitions add safety and security to fleet vans and can be utilized to turn the front of the cab into a work space.

Tags: Vans

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Turn-Key Ready Delivery Helps Increase Productivity and Revenue

Process Flow From Truck Manufacturer to Delivery: A new delivery process, as re-engineered by AmeriFleet, delivers vehicles direct from upfitters to the end-user, reducing delivery time from 25 days to just 12 days.

By Staff

The process shortens delivery time and helps truck fleets get vehicles on the road faster, providing real bottom-line benefits. Vehicles reach end users inspected, titled, plated, cleaned, and ready to use.

Tags: Upfitting, Amerifleet

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Hybrid Lift Truck Helps Utilities Clean the Air

Odyne partnered with utility equipment manufacturer Dueco to develop an electric-powered aerial lift truck that can operate up to eight hours on one charge.

By Staff

On the job, lift trucks often have to spend the day idling. A plug-in hybrid lift truck can cut much of that fuel use and emissions, while maintaining complete usability.

Tags: Odyne, Bucket Trucks, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Dueco

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Propane Cleans Up Medium-Duty Trucks

Medium-duty trucks such as this GMC Topkick can be ordered with the LPI fuel system.

By Paul Dexler

Not only does propane offer lower capital costs than diesel power, but tax credits are also available for the resulting low-emission vehicles.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Propane Autogas

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

What Fleet Managers Should Know About Diesel Particulate Filters

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By Sean Lyden

Developed to achieve government-mandated diesel emissions levels, DPF operation requires little driver involvement. The units are designed for long life, but must be properly maintained.

Tags: Maintenance, Diesel

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

One Year Later: 2007 Diesel Emission Standards Implications for Fleet Operators

By GE Capital Solutions Fleet Services

What are the considerations for your fleet today, when it comes to 2007 diesel emission standards?

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

GM Enhances Safety in Full-Size Vans for 2008

By Chris Brown

Head curtain side airbags and enhanced technology glass (ETG) are standard on passenger vans. ETG is a special three-layer glass designed to reduce the risk of ejection during a crash.

Tags: Vans, General Motors

November 2007, Work Truck - Cover Story

Mitsubishi Fuso Returns to the Class 3 Market with the 2008 FE 125

By Lisajoyce Vergara

After a two-year hiatus, Mitsubishi Fuso has reentered the Class 3 market with a new low-cab forward medium-duty work truck.

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Fuel Management RFP Musts

By Editor

Fleet managers should treat the RFP as an introduction to their fleet and implement a checklist of must-haves so the basics don't fall through the cracks.

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

DOT Compliance: Have You Reviewed Your Program Lately?

By Mike Butsch

Following a program compliance may be challenging, but it is doable. Key areas of focus are highlighted.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. DOT, Compliance, Alcohol Testing, Drug Testing, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

DOT Mandates May Apply When Using Trailers

By Joe Bohn

Extra weight from trailer add-ons may push otherwise underweight vehicles over the DOT-exempt weight limit.

Tags: DOT

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Converting to Biodiesel: A Green Case Study

By Daryl Lubinsky

A contractor for a major mall renovation has switched to 100-percent biodiesel in his vehicles.

Tags: Biodiesel

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Trends in Truck Electric Power Systems

If the drain becomes too severe, the RVC system automatically boosts the engine idle speed and/or reduces specific electrical loads on the vehicle in order to protect the battery.

By Joe Bohn

The increased electrical loads on new trucks from advanced engine, transmission, and brake systems have given rise to the need for new battery technology.

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

One Year Later: The Impact of ULSD on Diesel Engines

Chevy’s 2008 Duramax Diesel 6.6L V8 Turbo

By Joe Bohn

It’s been a year since stricter EPA regulations aimed at reducing sulfur content in diesel fuel became effective. Most fleets surveyed report no problems, although cold weather and vehicle age may present issues.

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Top 5 Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

By Staff

A PHH FirstFleet study found a ‘sweet spot’ where fuel efficiency and performance are maximized. The research highlighted other fuel-economizing steps.

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Eliminating the Waste

Junk removal service, 1-800-Trash-It! used TomTom WORK Web-based fleet management system to improve operations and cut costs.

By Shelley Ernst

How an environmentally-conscious trash collection company trashed inefficiency – and collected the profits.

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

SureXpress Rents Trucks from Enterprise

By Lisajoyce Vergara

Oklahoma City-based SureXpress uses an alternative approach in providing freight services to help drive down operating costs. One alternative has been renting trucks from Enterprise Commercial Trucks to lower the fleet CPM.

Tags: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

High Cost of Fuel Increases Operating Costs

By Mike Antich

Fleet operating costs have increased, but at a slower pace than 2006. Across all vehicle segments, this increase was directly attributable to increased fuel costs, with a domino effect for other oil-based products such as tires.

Tags: Operating Costs

September 2007, Work Truck - Cover Story

Isuzu Introduces Redesigned 2008 N-Series LCF

The new N-Series offers wheelbases from 109 to 212 inches, allowing a wide range of service body types and sizes.

By Tariq Kamal

The all-new 2008 N-Series features a larger, more comfortable cab, more powerful engines, and a range of wheelbases to accommodate nearly all applications.

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Good Predictive Maintenance Begins with Tracking Vehicles & Components

By Dave Williams

A system to identify vehicles and components helps fleet managers analyze performance.The VMRS code system, designed by the American Trucking Associations, is an industry-accepted tool to make the job easier.

Tags: Preventative Maintenance

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

10 Ways to Improve Fleet Safety

By Lauren Colin

Many companies use methods such as videos and behind-the-wheel training to get the safety message across to drivers. Motor vehicle record (MVR) checks and incentives are also effective.

Tags: How-to Guides, Driver Training, Online Training

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Using Telematics to Manage Truck Fleets

By Tariq Kamal

Fleet managers describe how the ability to track vehicle location, gas consumption, and preventive maintenance has benefited their fleets.

Tags: Telematics, Maintenance, Fuel Savings

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Super Size Me: 2007 Dodge Sprinter

The 2007 Dodge Sprinter is longer, wider, taller, and more spacious than its predecessor, and offers more choices and features than ever before.

By Staff

"The taller they are, the harder they grip the road." Sprinter’s all-new adaptive Electronic Stability Program (ESP) features additional sensors that now account for vehicle payload. Advanced ESP uses a self-learning algorithm to determine center of gravity of the vehicle based on acceleration, speed, accelerator pedal position and brake pressure.

Tags: Dodge Sprinter, 2007-MY, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Mistakes to Avoid When Spec’ing a Medium-Duty Chassis

By Sean Lyden

Even the most seasoned fleet managers occasionally misjudge truck specs. Following are the eight most common offenses committed and how to correct them before it’s too late.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

What You Should Know About Nitrogen-Filled Tires

By Sean Lyden

According to proponents, nitrogen-inflated tires maintain tire pressure longer, resist heat buildup better, and reduce the potential of freezing in high altitudes.

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

How to Determine a Truck’s Maximum Net Payload

By Staff

With increased upfitting of trucks to specific job applications, fleet managers may have a more difficult time selecting the right chassis to handle the load. A simple formula can help avoid this difficulty.

Tags: Payload, Vehicle Spec'ing, GVW

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

What UPS Can Teach Fleets About Driver Safety

Driver safety has been a priority for UPS throughout its nearly 100-year history. In 2007, the company will invest $38 million in safety training.

By Travis Yates

The delivery company, celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year, has made safety a core value, investing $38 million dollars and 1.3 million hours on safety training in 2007 alone.

Tags: UPS, Driver Behavior, Corporate Culture

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Using Data-Centric Predictive Analytics to Improve Driver Safety

By Alex Popov and Dico Akseraylian

Current tactics to analyze driver risk are reactionary, targeting drivers with already-proven unsafe behaviors. New data sources provide more comprehensive metrics for intelligent forecasting of high-risk drivers.

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Getting a Lift

By Paul Dexler

When the job requires being up high or having to pick up a heavy item off the ground, lift trucks, crane trucks, and bucket trucks make it far easier and safer to get the work done without muscle strain or worse hazards.

Tags: Lift

July 2007, Work Truck - Cover Story

Sterling Fires a Silver Bullet

The all-new Sterling Bullet Class 4-5 work truck will be available at select Sterling dealerships in late fall 2007.

By Christine Erice

The 2008 Sterling Bullet, the new Class 4-5 truck from Sterling Corp., is engineered and vocationally specific enough to handle the toughest jobs.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

6 Steps to Selecting the Right Medium-Duty Trucks for Your Fleet

By Sean Lyden

There are several options to consider when choosing the right truck. Eliminating unwanted costs, targeting specific needs, and calculating mpg are all ways you can help determine the right truck for your fleet needs.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Top 10 Steps to Developing Better Chassis Specifications

By Bob Johnson

The ultimate goal in chassis specification is a vehicle that’s right for its intended application. An orderly approach to the process begins with identifying upfitting requirements, performance criteria, and design constraints.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Could Your Next Work Truck be a Hybrid?

By Terry Parkhurst

Medium- and heavy-duty hybrid truck tests show promise in stop-and- go situations and those that require auxiliary power generation in urban environments. But will costs come down enough to make them feasible for general use?

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

40 Ways to Reduce Truck Fleet Costs

Managing and containing fleet costs is a central part of a fleet managers job. job. By taking a long and hard look at tires, driver behavior, specs, maintenance, management, and safety, truck fleet managers can find plenty of ideas for reducing fleet costs.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Truck Fleet Uses Telematics to Improve Operations

By Joe Bohn

Less-than-truckload carrier, A. Duie Pyle, invests in proactive technology as part of an ongoing strategy to compete in an industry struggling with consolidation and overcapacity.

Tags: Telematics, Qualcomm

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

20 Ways to Increase Cargo Security

Not all vehicles or fleet policies are equal when providing cargo security. Minimizing temptation for would-be thieves is the key to eliminating vehicle content theft problems.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

How to Determine Tire Load Ratings

By Mike Mavrigian

They need to be followed when selecting a custom tire and wheel package. The tire must safely support a given amount of vehicle weight. If the load rating is insufficient, the tire may become overheated and can self destruct.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Understanding Tire Dimensions

By Mike Mavrigian

Information imprinted on a tire sidewall provides complete identification data, serving much like an owner’s manual for that specific tire.

July 2007, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Call of Duty

By Chris Brown

Ford’s newly redesigned F-Series Super Duty lineup gets the job done with power, style, and a host of new features.

May 2007, Work Truck - Cover Story

GM's New Heavy Duty Workhorses

2007 Chevrolet Silverado

By Chad Simon

Offering a host of configurations and displaying class-leading power and torque ratings, GM’s new 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD pickups thrive in tough terrain and hard work applications.

Tags: 2007-MY, General Motors, Chevrolet SIlverado HD, GMC Sierra HD

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

What to Expect From the New Diesel Motor Oil

By Chris Brown

The new 2007 ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel handles high temperatures while minimizing harmful emissions.

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

What's the Early Report on the New 2008 Diesel Engines?

By Joe Bohn

Questions linger regarding the reliability and serviceability of the new powertrain’s emissions systems.However, the technology isn’t all that new; with a proven history of reliability, it is designed to minimally impact drivers and serviceability.

Tags: Diesel Engines, International Trucks, Diesel Particulate Filter, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

DCX Launches Full-Service Truck Leasing

By Cindy Brauer

The new package, aimed at small business owners in the vocational segment, offers a one-stop source for acquisition, financing, fleet management, maintenance support, and vehicle disposal.

Tags: Leasing

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Your New Title: Environment Manager

By Daryl Lubinsky

By switching its fleet to biodiesel, Oakhurst Dairy helps opened. save the environment, and some money, as well.

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Propane-Powered Ford F-150s Offer Alt-Fuel Option

By Joe Bohn

Livonia, Mich.-based Roush Industries developed a dedicated propane system for the Ford pickups.The new versions have solved the weather-related starting issues that plagued previous-generation propane models.

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

City & County Anti-Idling Regulations

By Lauren Colin

Here's a chart of anti-idling regulations in various cities and counties.

Tags: Anti-Idling, Regulations

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

State-By-State Anti-Idling Regulations

By Lauren Colin

Several states, counties, and cities have instituted anti-idling regulations to address issues ranging from environmental concerns to economic costs associated with vehicle emissions.

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

FordLink In-Vehicle Computer System Goes Mobile

By Chad Simon

Designed to operate in remote environments, the FordLink in-vehicle mobile computer offers Ford truck fleet drivers the convenience of Internet, Microsoft Office, Bluetooth, software installation, and GPS capabilities right when they need it.

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Not Just an Idle Problem

By Paul Dexler

A food distribution company’s trucks are burning up their engines and too much fuel from continuous idling.Here’s how the fleet manager is attacking the problem.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Why the Fleet Manager Should be the Gatekeeper to Procurement

By Mike Antich
The strategic procurement process typically involves a multifunctional sourcing team. This cross-functional team often designates a “gatekeeper” responsible for controlling the flow of information to the group. When selecting a fleet supplier, I strongly believe the fleet manager needs to be the gatekeeper. Here are the arguments supporting this assertion.

Cost Control is Constrained Without Driver Buy-in

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown
We asked over 750 fleet professionals questions about the prevalence of each provider in the market and their brand recognition.

How Fleet Size Dictates Telematics Needs

By Dylan Brown

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

By Lauren Fletcher
Take the time now to research future solutions to reduce fuel expenditures. If at the end of the year there is some cushion leftover in your fleet’s fuel budget, you are armed and ready to utilize what you can to help ensure future cost savings.

Driven to Continuous Improvement

By Lauren Fletcher

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