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January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

First-Ever Biodiesel Fuel Card Offers Nationwide Discounts

By Grace Lauron

The National Biodiesel Foundation offers fleets incentives for going green. Cardholders of the new BioTrucker Fuel Card receive cash price and no transaction fee on fuel at more than 5,000 truck stops and truck-accessible locations across the country.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

How First Alarm Saves with CarChip

By Paul Dexler

The CarChip vehicle monitoring system alerts the fleet manager to individual vehicle servicing needs and often explains why. Partnered with DriveCam, the system has saved First Alarm both time and money. By Paul Dexler

November 2008, Work Truck - Cover Story

Freightliner M2e Hybrid Gets Down to Business

By Grace Lauron

With improved fuel economy, lower emissions, extended brake wear, and reduced idle time, Freightliner’s Business Class M2e Hybrid offers fleets a “clean” way to get the job done.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Freightliner, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

ARI Hosts Fleet Management Workshop in So. Cal.

(L-R) Fleet Manager Roger Wilson, Kings County, sat alongside manufacturer representatives  from Ford, General Motors, and Freightliner.

By Grace Lauron

Thirty-five fleet professionals from 20 agencies participated in a two-day fleet management seminar event, hosted by Automotive Resources International.

Tags: fleet management, CALSTART, Freightliner, ARI, General Motors

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

NTEA Work Truck Show Heads to Chicago

By Cindy Brauer

For the first time, the National Truck Equipment Association will stage its annual conference in the Windy City, offering more than 40 intensive educational programs and the “world’s largest vocational truck show.”

Tags: Truck of the Year, NTEA, Work Truck Show

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

New Work Engines of Tomorrow

By Dan Kratz

From hybrids to electric vehicles, it is important to have the right fuel to drive down fuel costs.

Tags: Emissions, Biodiesel, Natural Gas, UPS, Freightliner, WorkStar, Biomethane, Work Trucks, Hydrogen Fuel, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Vehicle Graphics Do's, Dont's, and Advice

By Lauren Fletcher

Utilized as advertisements or mobile billboards, vehicle graphics can give fleet vehicles an identity. The pros advise not to make designs too busy or complicated, and communicate needs and requirements clearly.

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Pros & Cons: Aluminum vs. FRP Van Bodies

By Sean Lyden

Each material offers benefits and drawbacks. Aluminum may be less expensive, but fiberglass reinforced plywood (FRP) is sturdier. Evaluate your truck application to determine which factors matter most.

Tags: Truck Bodies

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Dodge Debuts First-Ever Ram Crew Cab

By Cindy Brauer

The all-new 2009 Ram is Dodge’s first entry into the largest and fastest-growing part of the market — Crew Cab. The new model offers more than 35 new or improved features, including a new 5.7L Hemi V-8.

Tags: Dodge, Ram Truck

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Ford & Smith Collaborate on All-Electric Vehicles

By Lisajoyce Vergara

Ford and UK-based Smith Electric Vehicles have launched two vehicles based on a Ford chassis. A zero-emissions light-duty van and medium-duty truck are expected to begin U.S. manufacturing by the end of 2008.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Telematics Cuts 200-Truck Fleet Annual Fuel Spend by Nearly $200K

Through a wireless vehicle management system, BLS Trucking can track vehicle locations, forestall vehicle theft, and reduce idling times.

By Daryl Lubinsky

The wireless system helps a lumber transport company prevent unauthorized use, decrease idling time, and avoid maintenance problems.

Tags: Telematics, Networkfleet, Wireless Services

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

New F-150: Lighter, Leaner, and Even Meaner

By Grace Lauron

The new 2009 Ford F-150 remains a strong performer in the full-size pickup market. It now has a lighter frame to boost fuel economy.

Tags: Ford F-150

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Spec'ing Box Truck Bodies to Maximize Productivity

Depending on a truck's application, the basic plywood option is the lowest-cost box interior design. The 3/8-inch plywood protects the aluminum sidewalls.

By Sean Lyden

Improving box truck body specs can boost cost savings and crew productivity. Here are some tips to create a clear plan for each truck, matching the right body specs to the application.

Tags: Spec'ing, Work Trucks

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Ship-To vs. Ship-Thru Ordering: What's Better for Your Fleet?

By Bob Shipp

When dealing with truck upfits, two methods are available to ensure a smooth order-to-delivery process.

Tags: Ship-Thru, Vehicle Ordering, Order to Delivery, Vehicle Modifiers

September 2008, Work Truck - Cover Story

What's New in Medium-Duty Trucks for 2009-MY

By Lauren Fletcher, Grace Lauron, Lisajoyce Vergara

Medium-duty trucks are the heart of many fleet operations. Several manufacturers share what’s new for the 2009 model-year, with lists of vocational opportunities.

Tags: Chevrolet, Dodge, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Workhorse, Freightliner, Sterling, 2009-MY, Medium-Duty Trucks

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

September 2008, Work Truck - Feature

FedEx Implements Green Fleet Initiative

By Joe Bohn

FedEx’s diverse environmental efforts range throughout its operation, with commercial hybrids dominating the company’s attention.

Tags: Green, Isuzu, Eaton, Iveco, EDF, Azure Dynamics, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 2008, Work Truck - Feature

20-Point Checklist for Proper Truck Selection

By Sean Lyden

The challenge in selecting the right truck is to balance sufficient capability with a price point that fits within an ever-tightening budget. Here are 20 suggestions that can be used in proper truck selection.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Trailers

September 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Chrysler & Dodge 'Green' the SUV

By Lauren Fletcher

SUVs are going green, improving city fuel economy by 25 percent. The 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrid vehicles have the amenities of a luxury SUV and still mean business.

Tags: Green, Chrysler

September 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Avoiding the Pitfalls in Spec'ing Powertrains & Transmissions

By Joe Bohn

Fuel prices, engine advances, and more powertrain-related choices have altered the landscape of powertrain spec’ing, complicating the effort to optimize engine, transmission, and axle ratio combinations for given applications.

Tags: Spec'ing, Transmission, Powertrain

September 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Medium-Duty Chassis & Suspension Fundamentals

By Sean Lyden

WIth the myriad options available when spec'ing medium-duty truck chassis and suspensions, stakes are high, leaving fleet managers little room for error.

Tags: Spec'ing, Medium-Duty Trucks

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

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

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Model-Year Versus Calendar-Year Terminology

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By Lauren Fletcher
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Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

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Every fleet is different. Most of the service providers in our market realize this and do their best to tailor their solutions to meet the needs of today’s fleet and purchasing managers. But no one can really understand your organization’s goals better than you.

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