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November 2009, Work Truck - Cover Story

Fleets Deploy Kenworth T370 Hybrid as Green Work Horse

By Cindy Brauer

From Massachusetts to Hawaii and in-between, Kenworth's Class 7 hybrid provides fuel savings and subsequent emissions reductions for a variety of medium-duty truck applications.

Tags: Green, Kenworth, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 2009, Work Truck - Cover Story

What’s New in 2010 Model-Year Light- and Medium-Duty

By Cindy Brauer

Most light- and medium-duty truck manufacturers have carried over 2009-MY product lines to 2010-MY with only minor changes and enhancements. The following provides an overview of major OEM product lineups in the coming model-year.

Tags: Dodge, Freightliner, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, UD Trucks, 2010-MY, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Rent or Own? The Short-Term Use Dilemma

By Lauren Fletcher

Short-term truck rentals provide the ability to leverage assets, increase fleet capacity, assist with market expansion, and improve a company's business image.

September 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Are Your Company's Light-Duty Vehicles Regulated?

By Ed Emerick

Noncompliance can lead to loss of a company's vehicle operating license. Compliance failure may also be a factor in determining negligence in accident and injury incidents.

Tags: Light-Duty Vehicles, Regulations, Compliance

September 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Beware the Legal Pitfalls in Telematics Monitoring of Employee Drivers

By Richard Alaniz

Even as telematics - the marriage of wireless technology and mobile communications - becomes increasingly sophisticated and useful, fleet managers must heed the potential legal and liability risks of these new tools.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Regulations, Telematics, GPS

September 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Controlling Fleet Costs Through Metrics

By Chad Simon

Using systems that monitor maintenance, advertising, payroll, and job tracking, Joe Christenson has improved his fleet's efficiency and alleviated the need to outsource fleet management.

Tags: Plumbing Plus and Remodel Works Bath & Kitchen, Maintenance, Cost-Cutting

July 2009, Work Truck - Cover Story

Coca-Cola Enterprises Invests Big in Hybrid Trucks

By Shelley Mika

With a total of 327 hybrid trucks and diesel-electric tractor trailers, the Coke products bottler deploys the largest hybrid truck fleet in North America.

Tags: Kenworth, Coca-Cola, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Diesel-Electric Hybrids

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

How to Prepare for a DOT Audit

By Steve Frisch

The DOT has just informed you that your transportation operation will be audited. Are you prepared? Do you know what records will be reviewed? Do you comply with the regulations?

Tags: U.S. DOT

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Is it Time to Conduct a 'Size Audit' of Your Truck Fleet?

By Russ Cass

Reviewing payload, cargo requirements, access, mileage, and roadway requirements can be the answer to saving costs and simplifying fleet vehicle choices.

Tags: Audits

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Greening Fleets in a Down Economy

By Cindy Brauer

As companies struggle to justify the costs of environmental operations, the 2009 Green Fleet Conference, presenting all things green for fleets, will "show you where to find the money," say organizers.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Go to the Experts to Manage Cargo Effectively & Safely

By Cindy Brauer

Consulting end users - drivers, service techs, warehouse managers, etc. - is the first critical step in developing efficient, safe cargo management systems. They are the experts in how the cargo is used.

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Generator & Inverters: Addressing Mobile AC Power Needs

By Joe Bohn

Commercial vehicles need auxiliary power to operate tools, equipment, and cell phone chargers. New technology offers exciting new technological developments in auxiliary power.

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

5 Tips to Help Determine Your Fleet’s Insurance Coverage

By Sean Lyden

What should a company look for in insurance coverage for its fleet vehicles? An industry expert suggests a regular policy review and offers guidelines to obtain insurance best suited to individual company needs.

Tags: Liability, Accident Management

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Accessorize Your Truck Bed

By Lauren Fletcher

Customizing truck beds can help improve work truck driver efficiency and productivity, while keeping tools and equipment safe. The following truck bed accessories are a few of the options currently available in the market.

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Pros & Cons of Upfitters vs. Bailment Pools

By Stephen Bennett

Work truck fleets come in all shapes and sizes, with differing needs and requirements. While some see the benefit in utilizing bailment pools, others rely on upfitting to get the job done.

May 2009, Work Truck - Cover Story

Serving Double-Duty: 2nd Win for F-Series Super Duty

By Grace Lauron

Class-leading payload capacity and towing capability make the Ford workhorse and truck series a clear favorite for the annual Work Truck award, voted on by fleet professionals.

Tags: Work Truck Show, National Truck Equipment Association, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Medium-Duty Operating Costs Increase in 2008-CY

By Mike Antich

The biggest factor behind the spike in medium-duty operating costs was the increase in diesel prices, which jumped 32 percent from the then-historical high in 2007. Other factors included increased labor rates and higher taxes.

Tags: Diesel, Medium-Duty Trucks, Emissions, CARB

May 2009, Work Truck - Feature

10 Common Errors: Complying with Drug and Alcohol Testing Mandates

By Kathy Close

Mistakes in complying with federal testing regulations may result in both fines and penalties issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Every year, thousands of motor carriers are cited during FMCSA audits.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT

May 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Isuzu SEE Technology: Safety, Econony, Environment

Work Truck magazine participated in the Isuzu Fuel Economy Challenge at the company’s proving ground in Hokkaido. More than 10,000 drivers over the past 10 years have visited the proving ground to participate in the Fuel Economy Challenge.

By Mike Antich

SEE Technology is the basis of all of Isuzu’s product development. Isuzu’s goal is to incorporate three core areas — safety, economy, and environment — in all future products. WT recently traveled to Japan to get a first-hand look.

Tags: Environment, Economy, Isuzu

May 2009, Work Truck - Feature

ROUSH Introduces Propane-Powered F-250/F-350

By Lauren Fletcher

After the successful launch of the propane-powered F-150, ROUSH is introducing a liquid-propane conversion for the F-250 and F-350.

Tags: Ford F-150, ROUSH, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, Alternative Fuels

May 2009, Work Truck - Feature

How to Comply with 'Reasonable Accommodations' Mandates

By Richard D. Alaniz

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers accommodate an employee's disability or religion. Strategies and procedures can be developed to guide managers in complying with the regulations without creating "undue hardship" to the company.

Tags: Compliance

May 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Insurance Plans Offer Potential to Cut Fleet Costs

By Bill Kampf

In addition to encouraging greater cost-saving driver habits, fleet managers can examine company insurance arrangements to squeeze additional budget reductions.

March 2009, Work Truck - Cover Story

How to Select A Medium-Duty Truck Transmission

By Cindy Brauer, Lauren Fletcher, & Sean Lyden

Determining the right transmission for work trucks is based not only on the truck application, but also the right combination of OEM product specifications, including horsepower and torque.

Tags: Transmission, OEM

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Case Studies: Truck Fleets Using Telematics to Cut Costs

By Lauren Fletcher & Grace Lauron

Telematics is more than simply GPS - it's a tool to reduce vehicle idling and expenses, ensure stolen vehicles are located in a timely manner, and increase driver safety.

Tags: GPS, Telematics, Geotab

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

EPA Names Idle Reduction Systems Eligible for Federal Excise Tax Exemptions

By Mike Antich

The worst mileage is 0 miles per gallon, which occurs when idling. Reducing unnecessary idling is the easiest way for a truck fleet to reduce fuel costs. Now you can get tax exemptions when acquiring idle reduction technologies.

Tags: EPA, Federal Excise Tax

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

2009 Regulatory Changes Affect Work Trucks

By Bob Raybuck

New federal safety standards covering tire pressure monitoring systems, door locks, occupant protection and crash test requirements, and emissions regulations will impact truck body and equipment upfits.

Tags: National Truck Equipment Association, NTEA

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Snohomish County Reduces Emissions Through Diesel Retrofits and Biodiesel

By Lauren Fletcher & Lisajoyce Vergara

Bolstered by Washington state funding, Snohomish County officials have enhanced efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fleet vehicles. The county’s green initiatives also include increased use of biodiesel.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Diesel Fuel Vehicles

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Taking Care of Business: How Ford Work Solutions Helps Manage Truck Fleets

By Lisajoyce Vergara

Ford Fleet and Bobit Business Media publications Automotive Fleet and Work Truck magazine joined forces to discuss the latest customer-driven innovation of Ford Work Solutions.

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Navigating California's New Ruling on Diesel Emissions

By Sean Lyden

On Dec. 11, California adopted the most stringent emission standards in the nation for on-road heavy-duty diesel trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 lbs.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Emissions

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Malfunction Indicator Mandated for 2010 Emissions Standards

By Grace Lauron

Starting in 2010, OEMs will be required to install dashboard malfunction indicator lights and diagnostic trouble codes on heavy-duty trucks to warn drivers of emission problems.

Tags: EPA, CARB

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Aftermarket Crew Cab Conversions Offered for Several Medium-Duty Trucks

By Grace Lauron

New manufacturer options can help increase productivity for medium-duty truck fleets.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Biodiesel: No Longer a Fringe Fuel

By Sean Lyden

The availability of biodiesel-based fuels is growing, and industry-accepted standards have begun to ensure its quality from reputable suppliers. However, fleet managers should research the alternative fuel before use in their vehicles.

Tags: Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels

March 2009, Work Truck - Vehicle Review

Dodge Debuts First-Ever Ram Crew Cab

2009 Dodge Ram

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

January 2009, Work Truck - Cover Story

All About Medium-Duty Work Truck Engines

By Lauren Fletcher & Sean Lyden

Defining exactly what a truck must do is the first step in spec’ing a medium-duty truck engine.

Tags: Engine, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, International, MaxxForce, Paccar, Peterbilt, General Motors, Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks

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

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Reducing Risk with Driver Assessment Programs

By Staff

Fleet drivers pose potential financial, safety, and liability risks. Managing those risks begins before an employee driver is hired and involves all stakeholders in the development of a driver assessment program.

Tags: Risk Management, Driver Safety

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Hybrid Large Trucks: the Road to Viability

By Chad Simon

Through the support of WestStart-CALSTART’s Hybrid Truck Users Forum, 13 utility fleets became early adopters of medium- and heavy-duty hybrid truck technology. Fleet managers report substantial fuel savings and few maintenance issues, though greater production is needed to drive premiums down.

Tags: Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, HTUF, FPL, PG&E, Southern California Edison

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

How to Spec Trucks to Achieve Optimal Fuel Efficiency

By Bob Johnson

With planning and training, new, more fuel-efficient work trucks and equipment can be spec’d properly. Considerations include aerodynamics, vehicle weight, tire selection, and powertrain optimization.

Tags: NTEA, Vehicle Weight - Trucks, Powertrain

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

What You Need to Know About Load Securement

By Mike Butsch

A review of federal regulations will help develop cargo/load securement policies to ensure cargo carried in company vehicles is transported safely, efficiently, and free from damage.

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Truck Accident Management Prices Pose Challenges

By Lauren Fletcher

Faced with a recession, volatile fuel prices, and more expensive repairs, truck fleets are looking for — and finding — ways to hold the line on truck accident expenses.

Tags: Accident Management, Risk Management, CEI Group, PHH

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Is Diesel Still a Good Deal?

By Chris Brown

Fluctuating pump prices and disparate gas and diesel fuel costs prompt a new look at diesel-powered vehicles.

Tags: Diesel, Vincentric, Diesel Fuel Vehicles, Chevrolet, Ram Truck, General Motors

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

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

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
How to Control Rogue Spending in Fleet

By Mike Antich
Procurement studies reveal that 20% or more of total corporate spend is for purchases that could have been acquired at a lower cost.

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

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Impact of Healthy Drivers on Your Operation

By Lauren Fletcher
Health and productivity can go hand-in-hand. Think about it: the better you feel, the more you accomplish. We often talk about the health of our trucks, their lifecycle, maintenance needs, and costs. But, the health of the driver population is especially important.

When a Supplier Goes Under

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Lim
Audi Q7 3.0T

By Paul Lim
When I think of a seven-seat, three-row SUV, I usually wouldn't think it would be nimble. Even five-seat SUVs would have a hard time convincing me they were quick, but that was my experience with the 2017 Q7.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Size Matters

By Sherb Brown
There is little doubt that the folks out there with 5,000-10,000 vehicles have a good handle on how much they should be paying; for everything from bucket trucks to sedan floor mats. But some of our recent survey data shows that vast hordes of the fleet market are paying close to retail rates for a lot of products and services.

Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

By Dylan Brown
What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown

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