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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

Ellis

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, Kenworth, Nissan, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Chrysler, Ram Truck, Ford, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, General Motors, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America

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

July 2014, Work Truck - Cover Story

GM's Three-Truck Strategy

GM's all-new three-truck strategy was launched to offer each customer the right truck for their specific needs, according to the automaker. (PHOTO: GM)

By Lauren Fletcher

Both Chevrolet and GMC have introduced three all-new pickups to offer fleets a variety of options for their variety of needs.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Sierra, General Motors, Mid-Size Pickups

August 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: Circa 1920s Ford Model T

Photo: Hallock's

By Chris Wolski

While considered a relatively modern creation, these photos show that commercial fleets have existed for nearly 100 years.

Tags: Fleet History, Ford, Historical Vehicles

August 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: GAZ ZIS-5V

Photo: GAZ Group

By Chris Wolski

Recently the GAZ Group marked the 70th anniversary of its first production truck at its Ural Vehicle Plant. On July 8, 1944, the first military version of ZIS-5V vehicle was delivered from the production line of the Plant.

Tags: Russia, GAZ Group, Historical Vehicles, Truck

July 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Upfits Designed with Ergonomics in Mind

Fleet managers can take advantage of various upfit options, such as a roll out cargo bed (pictured above), to help driver employees safely do their jobs after they get to the job site. (P{HOTO: BEDSLIDE)

By Staff

When spec’ing a truck, fleet managers must also keep in mind the health and well-being of the driver while on the road and at a jobsite. Protecting drivers from musculoskeletal injuries will keep them on the job and the fleet running smoothly.

Tags: Ergonomics, Leggett & Platt, Masterack, BEDSLIDE, MAXON Lift Corp.

July 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: Circa 1911 Franklin Commercial Truck

By Chris Wolski

As this circa 1911 advertisement shows, OEMs have been highlighting the benefits of efficiency and reliability. Other issues touched on in the advertisement sound surprisingly modern, including TCO, maintenance, concerns about depreciation, and an emphasis on safety.

Tags: Commercial Trucks, Fleet History, Franklin Commercial Truck

July 2014, Work Truck - Feature

The Need for Speed

PHOTO: Auto Truck Group

By Sean Lyden

Truck upfitters are implementing new processes and technologies to improve responsiveness and accelerate order- to-delivery cycles.

Tags: Upfitting, Auto Truck Group, Reading Truck Body, Order to Delivery, ETI

July 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: Circa 1918 Dodge Tire Service Truck

Photo Courtesy of Chris Wolski

By Chris Wolski

Automotive services are not a new phenomenon as this circa 1918 Dodge service truck attests. The truck was operated by Peter Dziadik's Tire Shop in Peekskill, N.Y., from about 1918 to the late 1920s.

Tags: Replacement Tires, Fleet History, Dodge Truck, Service Fleets

July 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: Circa 1954 RCA Victor Truck

Photo: ARI

By Chris Wolski

The 1950s was period of prosperity for the country following Depression era of the 1930s and the war years of the 1940s. By the middle-1950s, U.S. consumers had returned to pursuing leisure activities as evidenced by this circa 1954 RCA Victor truck.

Tags: Truck Fleet, Fleet History, Historical Vehicles

July 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Impact of FMCSA Regulations on Medium-Duty Fleets

When it rolled out the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, the U.S. Department of Transportation developed a new operational model for enforcement.

By Chris Wolski

While not every medium-duty fleet is affected by the federal regulations, those that need to comply have found that the benefits outweigh the challenges.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Vehicle Safety Regulations

July 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Cox Looks to Sprinter & Hybrid Vans for Better MPG

Cox has invested in the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and, over the past year, replaced more than 1,500 Chevrolet Express and Ford E-Series models with the diesel van. (PHOTO: Cox Enterprises)

By Joanne Tucker

Replacing more than 1,500 vans with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has helped the media company achieve an 85-percent increase in miles per gallon.

Tags: Cox Enterprises, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Cox Conserves, Hybrid Vans

July 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Improving Driver Safety with Technology

By Stephane Babcock

Fleet managers are combining training and technology to ensure drivers are creating a safe environment in the cab and on the road.

Tags: driver safety, PG&E, Driver Training, NPL Construction

July 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Time Capsule: Alkire-Naylor Cigar Co. Fleet Truck Circa 1913

By Chris Wolski

A fleet vehicle figured prominently in a 1913 advertisement for the Alkire-Naylor Cigar Co. of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tags: Truck Fleet, Fleet History, Historical Vehicles

July 2014, Work Truck - Feature

California Water Utility Weighs Leasing

Photos courtesy of Rancho California Water District.RCWD’s fleet mostly consists of light- and medium-duty vehicles, with a few heavier pieces of equipment for pipeline maintenance as well as a vactor truck.

By Joanne Tucker

In a push to decrease maintenance costs and increase the fleet’s overall MPG — and with the help of telematics data — this public utility’s fleet manager is putting a proposal together that would move the owned fleet to a full lease program.

Tags: Utilization, Riverside County, Enterprise Fleet Management, In-house Maintenance, Verizon Networkfleet, Motor Pools

June 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Fleets Test VIA Motors' Plug-in Hybrids

Photos courtesy of VIA Motors. PG&E has been testing the plug-in hybrid pickups and is likely to make additional purchases to the four vehicles already in fleet.

By Paul Clinton

A major utility company and a telecommunications provider are testing the plug-in hybrid trucks and vans, of which the vehicle modifier is expanding production to meet the growing demand from fleets.

Tags: PG&E, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Verizon, VIA Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2014, Work Truck - Feature

CNG Tank Tech: NW Natural to Test ‘Adsorbed’ Storage Systems

Photo courtesy of NW Natural.NW Natural will test new CNG tank technology from EnerG2 to see whether it’s viable in real-world scenarios, particularly for fleet applications.

By Joanne Tucker

Natural gas tanks and compressors have been fairly standardized in the last couple years because of the pressure needed to fill an on-board tank. But in a new tank technology, adsorbed natural gas storage systems could drastically change the market, allowing tanks to be filled at lower pressures thereby changing the shape of the tank entirely, and its future.

Tags: CNG, NW Natural, CNG Tanks

May 2014, Work Truck - Feature

State of Alternative Fuels in Fleet Industry

Ethanol usage has led the pack year over year, with acceptance more than doubling since 2007. Total fuel consumed is measured in gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGE).

By Lauren Fletcher

With advancements coming in leaps and bounds across all advanced and alternative fuels used in fleets, look at a snapshot of the main fuel types. Learn about how these fuels started, where they are at today, and forecasts and predictions for the future.

Tags: Diesel, Biodiesel, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Natural Gas, Renewable Fuel, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Switching to Natural Gas in Medium-Duty Trucks

When identifying ideal candidates for natural gas conversion within a medium-duty fleet, fleet managers should look for applications suitable for natural gas.

By Sean Lyden

Fleet managers must consider a wide range of options when deciding on converting their truck fleet to natural gas.

Tags: Ryder, Freightliner, Medium-Duty Trucks, GE Capital Fleet Services, Natural Gas Vehicles, Clean Energy, Cummins Westport, Navigant Research

May 2014, Work Truck - Feature

AT&T Conserves Water, Fuel Through Fleet

AT&T recently put its scheduled vehicle washing program on hiatus for the more than 15,000 fleet vehicles located in California until the drought declaration is lifted. Photo courtesy of AT&T.

By Stephane Babcock

AT&T has lowered its water and fuel usage, with a focus in drought-ridden California, by reducing its non-essential water use and continuing its expansion of alternative fuel adoption.

Tags: AT&T, California, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, CNG

May 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Showcase of Vocational & Auxiliary Vehicles

Among the improvements that Ford made to the MY-2016 F-650/F-750 is a clean cab-to-axle to better position the gasoline and DEF tanks. (PHOTO: FORD MOTOR CO.)

By Chris Wolski & Stephane Babcock

Truck OEMs across the board are offering fleet managers a solution for nearly every vocational need whether they’re in Atlanta or the Arctic Circle.

Tags: Work Trucks, Vocational Trucks

May 2014, Work Truck - Cover Story

International TerraStar 4x4 Named 2014 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

The 2014 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year was first introduced in 2010 as a 4x2 version. The 4x4 model was introduced at the 2013 Work Truck Show, winning the prestigious truck of the year award just one year later.

By Lauren Fletcher

The Class 4-5 medium-duty truck features an Allison Optimized 1000 transmission, Fabco TC-28 gear-driven transfer case, and Diamond Logic electrical system.

Tags: Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, International, TerraStar 4X4



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