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With the completion of the current orders for the 2015 Chevrolet Express (pictured) and GMC Savana 1500 series units, the transition to the European-styled units is complete.

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2015 Resale Forecast for Full-Size Vans

The used full-size van market has remained strong throughout 2014, but it is expected to decline in 2015. Part of the reason for the strength of the used van segment is the discontinuation of traditional U.S.-style vans by OEMs as the new European-style vans are released.

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

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Aerial Device Safety: Dos and Don’ts

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.

The City of Dublin, Ohio, upgraded its maintenance facility to allow technicians to safely work on CNG vehicles. Photo courtesy of Marathon Corporation

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Upgrading a Maintenance Facility for CNG

An often overlooked or misunderstood aspect of a compressed natural gas (CNG) project is the garage upgrade. When upgrading a facility, various codes and best practices need to be considered.

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.

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5 Considerations When Selecting a Trenching Service 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.

Photo of 2015-MY Freightliner M2106 courtesy of Daimler.

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Top Fleet Trends for Class 5-6 Trucks

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.

Photo courtesy of Clark Public Utilities.

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Acing Your Bucket Truck Inspection

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.

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.

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California Water Utility Weighs Leasing

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.

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.

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Fleets Test VIA Motors' Plug-in Hybrids

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.

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.

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

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.

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).

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State of Alternative Fuels in Fleet Industry

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.

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A specialized form of leasing wherein some or all fleet costs are estimated in advance, then budgeted and billed by the fleet management company with periodic invoices (usually monthly).

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