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September 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Can Neighborhood Electric Vehicles Work for Your Fleet?

By Mike Guardabascio & Chris Brown

With environmental benefits, low operating costs, and application flexibility, NEVs may offer a viable alternative for your fleet. Yet there is much to consider before taking the leap to fully battery-powered vehicles.

Tags: Nevs, Battery-Electric Vehicles, ZAP, Miles Electric Vehicles, Modec, Smith Electric Vehicles, Global Electric Motorcars

August 2008, Work Truck - Feature

How Technology Will Change Traditional Fleet Remarketing

By Jim Hallett

At the 2008 Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) in Las Vegas, Jim Hallett of ADESA shared his insights on the future of the remarketing industry, in particular, the impact of technology.

Tags: Remarketing, ADESA, National Auto Auction Association

July 2008, Work Truck - Cover Story

Dodge Ram Chassis Cabs: Making Inroads in the Class 4-5 Markets

By Chad Simon

With several innovative features, more power, and better fuel efficiency, Dodge has forged significant inroads into the chassis cab market and will make further improvements to its Class 4-5 trucks for 2009.

Tags: Dodge, Ambulances, Ram Truck, Medium-Duty Trucks

July 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Cyclng Truck Bodies: Is It a Good or Bad Idea?

By Joe Bohn

As the cost of truck bodies increases due to rising material costs, recycling bodies on new chassis can become more attractive. However, the cost of vehicle downtime to allow for remounting needs to be taken into account.

Tags: Recycling, GE Capital Solutions Fleet Services

July 2008, Work Truck - Feature

The Armadillo's High Profile

By Chad Simon

The HCV van, aka the “Armadillo,” offers more than six feet of headroom, various powertrain options, and Ford and GM servicing infrastructure.

Tags: Chevrolet, Upfitting, Vans, General Motors

July 2008, Work Truck - Feature

ZAP Xebra Electric Trucks Deliver in Urban Settings

The Xebra trucks are fitted with a lockable cargo box for the Coca-Cola delivery service.<br /><br />

By Paul Dexler

The ultra-compact Xebra trucks allow the Coca-Cola Company, Domino’s Pizza, and UPS to get closer to customers while saving fuel and helping the environment.

Tags: ZAP, UPS, Coca-Cola, Battery-Electric Vehicles

July 2008, Work Truck - Feature

How to Select & Specify Service Bodes

By Joe Bohn

Developing an optimum service body specification selection requires considerable forethought. Research available options and utilize end-user input to guide your decision.

Tags: NTEA, Wheels Inc., ARI, Selector Lists

July 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Discover New Technologies to Green Your Truck Fleet

By Grace Lauron

Work Truck is one of three Bobit Business Media publications sponsoring the Green Fleet Conference 2008. The new event offers a forum for truck fleets to learn and discuss green technologies.

Tags: Green, Green Fleet Conference

July 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Hino Aims to Increase Market Share

By Chad Simon

Looking to broaden its vocational applications, Hino Trucks offers several new features for the 2009 model-year, including three new cab configurations, dual steering, and right-hand standup and sit-down.

Tags: Hino, Medium-Duty Trucks

July 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Tackling Diesel Fuel Stabilization & Filtration Issues

By Joe Bohn

Fuel filtration and diesel fuel stabilization are some of the concerns fleets across the country face with infrequently used vehicles.

Tags: Diesel

July 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Industry Groups Address Expanding Biodiesel Use

By Richard Nelson

Government mandates to increase renewable fuels production have prompted a growing use of biodiesel. Industry groups are setting standards for quality and monitoring the fuel’s production, transport, and storage.

Tags: Green, Biodiesel, ASTM, National Biodiesel Board, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels

July 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Have Traffic Violations Disqualified Your CDL Driver(s)?

By Mike Butsch

A CDL holder may be disqualified, if convicted of certain violations, while operating any vehicle. It is important to remember that violations that occur in a driver’s personal vehicle could also result in the loss of a CDL.

July 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Alliant Switches Fleet Vehicles to Biofuels

By Steve Bennett

Fleet operations at Madison, Wis.-based Alliant Energy Corp. uses biofuels to contribute to the company’s larger overall goal of using renewable energy sources as much as possible.

Tags: Green, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Flex-Fuel Vehicles, Biofuels

May 2008, Work Truck - Cover Story

DuraStar Does the Job Green

By Grace Lauron

To combat volatile diesel fuel prices, Navistar offers truck fleets a greener alternative with the International DuraStar medium-duty diesel hybrid electric truck — offering up to 60 percent more fuel economy than traditional diesel engines.

Tags: DuraStar, Navistar, FPL, HTUF

May 2008, Work Truck - Feature

F-Series Super Duty Named 2008 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Len DeLuca (left), director of Ford Commercial Trucks, accepts the Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award from Work Truck magazine Associate Publisher Bob Brown at the National Truck Equipment Association&amp;rsquo;s 2008 Work Truck Show in Atlanta.

By Cindy Brauer

In online balloting, fleet professionals choose the Ford workhorse from among 20 Class 4-6 vehicles and vehicle series for the first-ever Work Truck award.

Tags: F-Series, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Ford Super Duty, Medium-Duty Trucks, Awards

May 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Gas vs. Diesel

Gas many be the more economical choice for vehicles that will run 25,000 miles or less annually.

By Sean Lyden

Which is best for your fleet? Several factors must be considered when deciding between gas or diesel. The following information will help guide your decision.

Tags: Diesel

May 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Fleets Search for Effective Anti-Idling Solutions

By Joe Bohn

Fleets large and small investigate wireless technologies and changing driver habits to reduce the fuel costs and environmental impact caused by excessive and unnecessary truck idling.

Tags: GPS, Qualcomm, Xata

May 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Bakery Goes Green to Save Green

Charles Feder, owner of Rossmoor Pastries, found his dedicated compressed natural gas vehicles at auto auctions.

By Joan Shim

For Rossmoor Pastries, converting from gasoline-powered delivery vans to a fleet fueled by clean-burning compressed natural gas is saving the company $4,000 per month.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles

May 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Slip Seating: Can it Benefit Your Fleet?

By Paul Dexler

Slip seating means rotating drivers through trucks as vehicles are available, rather than assigning a specific driver to a specific unit. In some cases, it can be a public relations as well as financial advantage.

May 2008, Work Truck - Feature

How to Ace a DOT Safety Review

By Joe Bohn

Federal regulators are pushing stricter enforcement of complex vehicle safety regulations. Staying up-to-date with the mandates help commercial fleets avoid heavy fines or shut-downs for noncompliance.

Tags: U.S. DOT

May 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Mobile Workspace Increases with eCoupled Technology

By Connor Izzett

Working on the go just became easier with Leggett’s eCoupled technology, a wireless system that powers devices without the hassle of messy cords.

Tags: Leggett & Platt, eCoupled technology

May 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Truck Designs Produce a Concrete Winner

By Paul Dexler

Tresca Brothers uses lively paint schemes and public service posters to brighten and attract attention to its ready-mix delivery trucks.

March 2008, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ford Gets Tougher with the 2008 Super Duty

By Cindy Brauer

The full-size pickup boasts a new 6.4L V-8 turbodiesel engine, refined chassis and suspension, industry-leading towing capacity in the F-450, improved cargo-handling flexibility, and a quiet, more functional interior.

Tags: V8 engine, Large Pickups, Ford Super Duty

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Top Truck Fleets by Vehicle Segment

ServiceMaster’s staff manages an 18,096-unit fleet, predominantly light- and medium-duty trucks.

By Lauren Colin

The fastest growing fleet segments are light- and medium-duty trucks, vans, and SUVs. Here are the top 25 fleets in each segment.

Tags: Top Fleets, PG&E, ServiceMaster, Industry Research

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

GeoFencing Adds to Your Truck Security Arsenal

By Paul Dexler

It’s 2 p.m. Do you know where your trucks are, and, more importantly, what they are doing there? New technology can help you find out. But there can be employee relations downsides.

Tags: GPS

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Re-rating GVWR: Why and How it's Done

If the GVW is rated below 26,000 lbs., the driver does not need a commercial driver’s license.

By Paul Dexler

Sometimes, it is not in a fleet’s best interests to have a vehicle at a given GVWR. Changing the GVWR to a special value can be done, but the process is complicated.

Tags: CDL

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Medium-Duty Truck Operating Costs Increase (Again)

By Mike Antich

The key reason for the increase was the cost of fuel, in particular, diesel fuel. This has also led to price increases for other oil-based products such as tires, which increased 4-7 percent in the past year. Other PM costs remained flat.

Tags: Operating Costs, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Telematics Solutions Help Fleets Improve Productivity & Trim Costs

With Vericom’s MRM solution, Paul J. Rach Co.’s fleet management  reduced overtime, fuel cost, and nonallowed vehicle use.

By Cindy Brauer

Mobile resource management (MRM) systems allow fleet managers to track fuel transactions, streamline routing, monitor driver behavior, automate maintenance alerts, and implement other efficiency-producing functions.

Tags: Maintenance, Telematics, GPS, Driver Behavior, Vericom Technologies, GPS Insight

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

The NTEA Revs Up for The Work Truck Show 2008

A record 534 exhibitors will present their products and services during The Work Show 2008 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

By Lisajoyce Vergara

The National Truck Equipment Association’s annual convention is a ‘one-stop’ marketplace for industry professionals seeking all aspects of work truck equipment, solutions, and training.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

GM Moves to Fill the Cutaway Gap

By Paul Dexler

A new 14,200-lb. GVWR G-Van diesel cutaway chassis expands the platform’s capabilities in the commercial market. Potential uses include commercial trucks, ambulances, and shuttle buses.

Tags: Chevrolet, General Motors

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

RFID Technology Can Help Manage Fleet Loads

By Paul Dexler

Adding tiny RFID tags to incoming and outgoing cargo in trucks can help the driver and the distribution office keep track of items.

Tags: RFID, Cargo Management

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Onstar Enhances Fleet Driver Safety & Productivity

With the push of the OnStar button, drivers can obtain turn-by-turn directions, summon roadside assistance, or initiate a vehicle diagnostics check.

By Cheryl Knight

Available on 27 GM truck, van, and SUV models, OnStar helps keep fleet drivers on the road and heading in the right direction. In the event of an accident, help is summoned automatically or is just one button-press away.

Tags: OnStar, Driver Safety, Vehicle Diagnostics, General Motors

February 2008, Work Truck - Cover Story

Does Telematics Provide a Good ROI?

After a four-step process including analyzing current routes, re-sequencing routes, re-assigning deliveries, and reducing the routes, one fleet reduced costs 30 percent.

By Lauren Fletcher

Telematics is currently a hot button with fleets. Will the return be worth the initial investment? Many fleets are finding that when used properly, telematics can save a fleet money and pay for itself.

Tags: Telematics, Cox Enterprises, Telargo, GE Capital, PHH

January 2008, Work Truck - Cover Story

Hino Trucks are Ready to Run Cleaner

Hino 338 medium-duty model with dump body.

By Cindy Brauer

Hino’s 2008-MY lineup meets EPA emissions standards with a diesel particulate reduction system based on technology proven on more than 1.2 billion miles.

Tags: Hino, Light-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks

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

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Best Practices for Asset Management Functions

By Michael Lewis

Best practices in asset management, including truck acquisition, maintenance, and other asset management services can make the difference between a productive, cost-effective fleet and a costly mistake.

Tags: Maintenance, Telematics, Asset Management, Risk Management, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

The Fleet Manager's Guide to Comparing Fuel Economy

By Sean Lyden

Vehicles 8,500-lbs. GVWR or more are exempt from federal fuel economy requirements, making it more challenging to project fuel economy for vehicles such as 3/4-and 1-ton pickups, vans, and medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Materials of Trade - Are You Sure You Know the Limits?

By Mike Butsch

Hazmat fines can cost your company tens of thousands of dollars. Familiarity with key areas of the MOT can save time, money, and confusion.

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

How to Maximize Fuel Efficiency

High fuel prices have taken an especially hard toll on fleets, in which larger vehicles consume more gasoline. Various efforts to maximize fuel are discussed.

By Joe Bohn

Truck fleet fuel saving strategies include right-sized vehicles, alt-fuel use, and driver education.

Tags: FPL, Rightsizing, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

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

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

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

By Mike Antich
When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
When a Supplier Goes Under

By Lauren Fletcher
What happens when your supplier goes out of business? How does this impact your current business operations? What happens if something breaks, needs maintenance, or you have questions?

The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown
The advantages of tracking driver spending can't be overstated, as the data provided can help fleet managers assess if drivers are efficiently purchasing fuel, as well as identify high-performing vehicles and drivers who can serve as examples to the rest of the fleet.

Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown

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