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July 2015, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ford Brings 2016 F-650/F-750 In-House

Box truck versions of the F-650/F-750 are among the vocational upfits available for fleets. Photo: Ford Motor Company

By Chris Wolski

Ford is bringing the vocational-oriented Ford F-650/F-750 back into the fold of Ford’s complete design and manufacturing processes.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2016-MY, Dump Trucks

May 2015, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: Circa 1950s Tel-E-lect International Truck

A circa 1950s Tel-E-Lect International truck with auger transfer bracket. Photo: Terex.

By Chris Wolski

Digger derricks are used today for numerous tasks related to utility line construction. This circa 1950s Tel-E-lect International Truck is an early example of these versatile fleet tools.

Tags: Terex, Fleet History, Digger Derricks, Historical Vehicles

May 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Top 10 Trends in Chassis-Mounted Auxiliary Equipment

Increased use of auxiliary power units (APUs) (above) to power auxiliary equipment, spec’ing auxiliary equipment for weight reduction, and improved packaging have helped significantly improve fuel economy and environmental sustainability. (PHOTO: Fontaine Modification)

By Mike Antich

Key trends in auxiliary equipment specifications focus on driver productivity and idle reduction using telematics, safety enhancements with crash avoidance sensors, and maximizing space using multi-function equipment.

Tags: Cargo Management, Vehicle Spec'ing, Auxiliary Equipment

May 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Colorado Box Delete Offers Fleet Multiple Options

PHOTO: General Motors

By Chris Wolski

With the box-delete and seat-delete options, fleets will have the flexibility to customize the mid-size pickup to meet fleet needs.

Tags: Chevrolet, Colorado, General Motors, Box Delete, Seat Delete

May 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Class 4-7 Truck Resale Trends Holding Steady

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By Black Book

Increased buying opportunities and a favorable economic climate are limiting price growth, and the supply of quality used trucks is expected to increase.

Tags: Black Book, Class 7, Class 4, Truck Resale, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Telematics Improves Safety for Hawaiian Utility

(L-R) Kelvin Kohatsu, Hawaii Electric Light fleet administrator; Joshua Kunimura, Hawaii Electric Light apprentice service lineman; and Clyde Kunimura, Hawaii Electric Light senior service lineman stand on and next to a Kenworth T300 bucket truck. (PHOTO: Zonar)

By Gregory Van Tighem

Hawaii Electric Light Co. relies on its telematics platform to keep employees safe and help reduce operating costs.

Tags: Hawaii, Zonar, Utility Fleets

May 2015, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ram Chassis Cab: Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

PHOTO: RAM TRUCKS

By Chris Wolski

For the second time in five years, the Ram Chassis Cab has been honored as Work Truck’s Medium-Duty Truck of the Year. Ram credits the win to the truck’s reliability and capability.

Tags: Ram Truck, Chassis Cab, Awards, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, Ram 4500

April 2015, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Finding Replacement Tires for Medium-Duty Trucks

(Clockwise from top l.) Goodyear's G661, G731, G949, and G933

By Paul Clinton

Fleet managers opting for new replacement tires instead of retreads for their medium-duty trucks must tailor the tire to not only the specific gross vehicle weight, but also to the application and specific conditions in which the vehicle will operate.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Tires, Retreads, Toyo Tires, Goodyear, Michelin

March 2015, Work Truck - WebXclusive

What to Look For When Spec’ing a Bucket Truck

When procuring more bucket trucks, a good resource can be your linemen. Photo courtesy of Terex Utilities.

By Kelsey Nolan

Doing your research and creating a timeline are important for the purchase of new or replacement bucket trucks. However, that’s only the beginning when it comes to necessary specs.

Tags: Spec'ing, Equipment, Terex, Bucket Trucks, Specialty, Boom Lift, Aerial Devices

March 2015, Work Truck - Feature

State of the Trucking Industry: Mostly Smooth

By Adam Pringle

The trucking industry continues to enjoy very strong revenue and employment growth, although a number of challenges remain, according to a GE Capital, Transportation Finance survey of middle-market trucking companies.

March 2015, Work Truck - Feature

How to Make Fleet Trucks More Productive

When spec’ing a truck avoid the temptation to plan to operate it at 100 percent or more all the time. As the above example shows, this will lead to excess wear and tear.(Photo: ©istockphoto.com)

By Sean Lyden

The meaning of maximized productivity differs from fleet to fleet, but the means to maximizing vehicle function can be found using a straightforward approach of measuring, spec’ing, and considering the human factor.

Tags: Productivity, Driver Safety, Spec'ing, Utilization, duty cycle, Fleet Productivity

March 2015, Work Truck - Feature

NPL Construction Company Focuses on Idle Reduction

Through idle-reduction, NPL Construction saved more than $180,000 in fuel costs in six months. (PHOTO: NPL Construction)

By Staff

Through a focus on reducing the fleet’s idling, the pipeline construction company has reduced its CO2 footprint by more than 690,000 pounds in just six months.

Tags: Idle Reduction, Construction Fleets, NPL Construction

March 2015, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: Circa 1950s Milk Trucks

Photo: James Brotz

By Chris Wolski

If there's ever been a quintessential work truck in the history of commercial vehicles, it's probably the milk truck. As these trucks from the 1950s show, the milk truck was also a relatively sophisticated vehicle for its time.

Tags: Fleet History, Historical Vehicles, Delivery Trucks

March 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Delivering Vehicles to the Ebola Hot Zone

Matthews Specialty Vehicles converted three vehicles into bloodmobiles and sent them to West Africa to combat the Ebola virus. (PHOTO: MATTHEWS SPECIALTY VEHICLES)

By Adam Pringle

To help combat the Ebola virus, Matthews Specialty Vehicles converted three of its units into bloodmobiles and sent them to the West African nations of Guinea, Nigeria, and Liberia.

Tags: Specialty Vehicles, Ebola Outbreak, Matthews Specialty Vehicles

March 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Finding More Miles in Today's Fuels

Clark County, Wash.’s fleet of Ford F-550 models (similar to above) improved routing for fuel gains. (PHOTO: Ford Motor Co.)

By Chris Wolski

Even with falling gasoline prices, fleets need to monitor and measure fuel use by drivers. Many of the techniques to increase mileage and, consequently, productivity are tried and true, but there are still new ideas to explore.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, County Fleets, ThyssenKrupp

February 2015, Work Truck - Editorial

What Being a Green Fleet Means Today

Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.

By Sherb Brown

In changing and expanding Green Fleet Conference to the Fleet Technology Expo, group publisher of Automotive Fleet and Green Fleet Sherb Brown, explains how the concept of being “green” has evolved since launching the event about 8 years ago.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Fleet Technology Expo

February 2015, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Keeping Fleet Vehicles on Road During Graphics Installations

Photo: JMR Graphics

By Staff

Many fleets worry about losing revenue when they remove their vehicles from the road. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize losses when installing graphics.

Tags: Vehicle Graphics, JMR Graphics

January 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Arrives for Medium-Duty Trucks

The Celerity system is built on low-pressure, non-humidified stack technology. Photo courtesy of Hydrogenics.

By Adam Pringle

Hydrogenics' new product, Celerity, a hydrogen fuel cell power system built for the medium- and heavy-duty truck and bus markets, is an all-inclusive system designed to reduce total cost of ownership.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogenics, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Westport Offers CNG Transit Demos

Photo courtesy of Westport.

By Chris Wolski

Westport is giving fleets the opportunity to test compressed natural gas Ford Transit vans before they make an investment. The program has rolled been rolled out nationwide.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Westport, Full-Size Vans, Vehicle Modifiers

January 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Auto Truck Group Dedicates KC Facility

Photo by Chris Wolski.

By Chris Wolski

The new facility combines the company's former Kansas City locations into one centralized hub. The location will handle unique, complex upfits as well as serve as a ship-thru facility for the Ford Transit and F-150.

Tags: Upfitting, Auto Truck Group, Van Equipment

January 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Schwan's Gains Economic Benefits From Propane Autogas

Photo courtesy of Schwan's Home Service.

By Shelley Mika

Schwan's Home Service prevented the emission of a cumulative 31,450 tons of greenhouse gases in one year by using propane autogas.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Greenhouse Gas, Preventative Maintenance, Schwan's

January 2015, Work Truck - Feature

A Closer Look at Schwan's Preventive Maintenance Plan

Photo courtesy of Schwan's Home Service.

By Shelley Mika

Schwan's Home Service's in-house preventive maintenance program keeps costs low and trucks on the road delivering home-style food to customers in 48 states.

Tags: Preventative Maintenance, Delivery Fleets, Schwan's, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 2015, Work Truck - Cover Story

Reinventing the F-150 Truck with Aluminum

Photo by Chris Wolski.

By Lauren Fletcher

The decision to lightweight the Ford F-150 with an aluminum body was not reached lightly, and numerous challenges faced the automaker in making this risky change to its best-selling pickup truck.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Aluminum, Ford F-Series, 2015-MY

January 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Best Practices in Truck Maintenance

Photo of F-350 courtesy of Ford.

By Staff

Maintenance continues to be among the most expensive aspects of running a Class 3-7 truck fleet. But, there are ways to control these costs and remain efficient.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Preventative Maintenance

January 2015, Work Truck - Editorial

Forecast for the 2015 Medium-Duty Truck Resale Market

Illustration by Armie Bautista.

By Ricky Beggs

The ongoing economic recovery has fueled slightly higher depreciation for medium-duty trucks. It is expected that overall depreciation for 2015 will be 15.5-16.5 percent.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Forecast, Trends, Used Truck Sales

December 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: Chain Driven Upfit Circa 1930s

Photo: The Auto Truck Group

By Chris Wolski

Before the development of hydraulics, chain-driven mechanisms were the upfitting norm as this photo from the 1930s demonstrates. While it may not be as efficient as the modern technology, the evidence shows that it still got the job done.

Tags: Fleet History, The Auto Truck Group, Historic Vehicles

December 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: Circa 1950s Tow Truck

Photo: The Auto Truck Group

By Chris Wolski

Tow trucks are a ubiquitous part of the vehicle landscape, but this Harry H. Knaack Motors truck from the 1950s must have made an impression.

Tags: Fleet History, Historical Vehicles, The Auto Truck Group, Tow Trucks

November 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: 1956 Ford 600 Fuel Truck

Photo: The Auto Truck Group

By Chris Wolski

Today's fuel trucks are a marvel of engineering, and they were no less so more than half-a-century ago as this 1956 Blufire Oil Co. truck upfitted by the Auto Truck Group attests.

Tags: Fleet History, Historical Vehicles, The Auto Truck Group, Fuel Truck

November 2014, Work Truck - Feature

How to Cost-Effectively Manage a High-Mileage Truck Fleet

Utilizing telematics can help extend a vehicle’s lifecycle by helping ensure optimal vehicle utilization. (SOURCE: VERIZON NETWORKFLEET)

By Sean Lyden

Better vehicle quality and the economic crisis of 2008-2009 have both impacted what most view as the traditional lifecycle for a truck fleet.

Tags: Vehicle Mileage, Truck Specs, Mileage Reports, PM Schedule, Preventive Maintenance

November 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Aerial Device Safety: Dos and Don’ts

Photo courtesy of EntergyRisks in operating boom trucks can be minimized with proper worker training and equipment maintenance.

By Grace Suizo

Knowledge, preparation, and implementation of key safety principles such as following OSHA guidelines when operating aerial devices can prevent unnecessary on-the-job injuries and fatalities.

Tags: Bucket Trucks, Aerial Devices, OSHA, Driver Training, Fatal Accidents

November 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Determining the Optimal Lifecycle for Truck Fleets

Lifecycle cost tools, such as the one illustrated here by E3 fleet, can help fleet managers determine the optimal replacement time frame for trucks, based on important factors. (SOURCE: FRASER BASIN COUNCIL 2006)

By Staff

Waiting too long can result in unnecessary wear-and-tear, expense, and lost productivity. Making the decision too soon can result in higher capital expenses and depreciation costs. The key is finding the perfect balance.

Tags: Lifecycle Costs, Vehicle Spec'ing, Truck Lifecycle, Truck Resale

November 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: Bushing Ice & Coal Co. Fuel Truck Circa 1950

Photo: Auto Truck Group

By Chris Wolski

Fleet vehicles have always been called on to perform specialized tasks, as this upfit truck circa 1950 illustrates. The Bushing Ice & Coal Co. truck was upfit to act as fuel truck for customers in the Chicago area.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Truck Fleet, Fleet History, Historical Vehicles

November 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

5 Considerations When Selecting a Trenching Service Body

Photos courtesy of Royal Truck BodyAn automotive-style finish maximizes gloss retention and durability. Acrylic-urethane enamels provide resistance to chipping, corrosion, UV and chemicals.

By Dudley DeZonia, Royal Truck Body

Knowing the details of service body design and construction pays off for underground and trenching work in terms of utility, durability and professional appearance.

Tags: Upfitting, Truck Bodies, Service Bodies, Service Fleets, International Line Builders

November 2014, Work Truck - Feature

UPS Sets Aggressive Emissions-Reduction Goals

By Staff

Reaching its emissions-reduction goals of 10 percent three years early, the parcel delivery fleet has upped its goals to achieve a 20-percent reduction by 2020.

Tags: UPS, CNG, Propane Autogas, Delivery Fleets

November 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Avoid the 'If-it-Fits-it-Ships' Trap

While an extreme example of an overloaded truck, fleet managers must be aware of the obvious dangers of carrying too much material.

By Sean Lyden

Overloading can have serious consequences for truck fleets ranging from accidents to increased maintenance costs to DOT citations. Make sure fleet trucks are properly spec’d and that drivers avoid “pack-ratting” tools and other supplies.

Tags: Truck Specs, Tongue Weight, Overloading

November 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Top Fleet Trends for Class 5-6 Trucks

Photo of 2015-MY Freightliner M2106 courtesy of Daimler.

By Mike Antich

The Class 5-6 truck market is very similar to the Class 3-4 market and shares many of the same trends. Among the key trends driving this market are fuel spend, downsizing, the growing receptivity to telematics devices, and funding.

Tags: Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 5

November 2014, Work Truck - Cover Story

The State of the Market for Class 3-4 Trucks, Vans

File photo

By Mike Antich

The forecast is for Class 3-4 truck sales in CY-2015 to remain strong. Many fleets are increasing order volumes, moving away from past slow replacement schedules. The debut of 2015 products promises to further stimulate growth.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 3, Class 4, Full-Size Vans

November 2014, Work Truck - Department

Innovation Spotlight: Reversing the Food Truck Concept

Emptying the truck of all interior storage helped allow more room for food. An awning was added, as well as a window to accept donations and a metal table was installed for anyone working the donation window. (PHOTO: FINNEGANS REVERSE FOOD TRUCK)

By Lauren Fletcher

One business took innovation to a new level with a fresh take on an old favorite. Utilizing a 1983 Chevrolet Step Van had its challenges, but the end result was worth the effort.

Tags: Charity, Food Trucks, Donations

October 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: 1920s Edwin F. Daniels & Co. Truck Auto Car

Photo: The

By Chris Wolski

Trucks have certainly changed in style and use over the years, and this auto car from the 1920s shows how far technology and comfort have come over the past 90 or so years.

Tags: Truck Fleet, Fleet History, Historical Vehicles, The Auto Truck Group

October 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Acing Your Bucket Truck Inspection

Photo courtesy of Clark Public Utilities.

By Shelley Mika

Bucket and crane trucks pose greater safety risks than some other fleet equipment. Because employees’ lives may be at risk, careful inspection and maintenance of these vehicles are essential.

Tags: Cranes, Bucket Trucks, Inspections, Utility Fleets, Preventive Maintenance, Medium-Duty Trucks, Vocational

September 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Retrofitting Your Maintenance Shop for CNG

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By Becky May

Retrofitting your fleet's maintenance garage so you can service compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles may seem like a daunting task, but Green Fleet Conference speaker Mark Ellis debunks these misconceptions.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Retrofitting, LNG Fueling Station, CNG Fueling Stations

September 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Saving Time & Money at Auctions

Through the use of online marketplaces, such as TruckPlanet, fleets can buy and sell vehicles from the convenience of their offices, saving time and reducing expenses. Sellers are able to reach a larger audience, while buyers find more selection than at a physical auction. (PHOTO: TruckPlanet)

By Shelley Mika

Remarketing commercial trucks online can save fleets time and money typically spent transporting trucks to physical auctions.

Tags: Auction, TruckPlanet, Truck Auction

September 2014, Work Truck - Feature

25 Ways to Save Fuel in Medium-Duty Trucks

Photo via iStockPhoto.com.

By HDT Magazine Staff

From the equipment you spec and maintain to the fuel you buy to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: 1909 Coca-Cola Delivery Truck

By Chris Wolski

Over the past 100-plus years, trucks have evolved as this 1909 Coca-Cola delivery truck attests.

Tags: Truck Fleet, Fleet History, Historical Vehicles

September 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Q&A: Green Fleet Conference Speaker John Viera

John Viera, Director Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford: Photo via Ford.

By Steven Martinez

Closing the Green Fleet Conference this year is John Viera, the Director of Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford. This year he'll be making a case that not only is going green achievable for fleets, it's good business.

Tags: Sustainability, Ford F-150, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, Ford

September 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Medium-Duty Fleets Look for Alternative Drivetrain 'Holy Grail'

By Grant Gerke & Lauren Fletcher

Following early deployments of pure electrics or hybrids, fleets examine new medium-duty hybrid plug-in vehicles for the “right fit.”

Tags: Odyne, ALTe, Navigant Research, EDTA

September 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Forecast of Class 4-7 Truck Resale Market: Status Quo

By Charles Pannunzio

After a steeper decline to start 2014, depreciation is expected to settle into the range of 1 percent to 1.5 percent per month for the rest of the year.

Tags: Black Book, Class 7, Truck Resale, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 4

September 2014, Work Truck - Cover Story

2015-MY Trucks are Upping the Performance Ante

By Chris Wolski

For the 2015 model-year, fleets will continue to have a wide range of truck types to choose from to meet their specific vehicle needs. Among the trends for the upcoming model year are increased towing and payload capacities and more fuel efficiency.

Tags: Toyota, Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Nissan, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Chrysler, Ram Truck, Ford, General Motors

September 2014, Work Truck - Department

Innovation Spotlight: Silver Moon Brewing

The vehicle graphics on the Moon Rover are bold and eye-catching, working to serve as a mobile billboard when the vehicle hits the road for local events, including fund-raisers and races. (PHOTO: Silver Moon Brewing)

By Lauren Fletcher

The front-wheel-drive, full-size cargo van is ideal for the small brewery’s goal of shaking things up, and is the foundation of a one-of-a-kind upfit.

Tags: Upfitting, Ram ProMaster, Innovation Spotlight, Silver Moon Brewing

September 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Rightsizing for Regulatory Purposes

By Lauren Fletcher

Any fleet that operates vehicles rated above 10,000-pounds GVWR is being impacted by regulatory compliance concerns. As always, fleet managers are finding creative ways to make it all work.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Spring Clean Your Operations

By Lauren Fletcher
When spring is in the air, we often think of spring cleaning our garages at home, but do you ever spring clean your fleet operation? From offices to maintenance bays, spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up!

Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

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

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