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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.

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AT&T Conserves Water, Fuel Through Fleet

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.

Ferrellgas drivers are often used to working in snow-packed areas, but this year brought extra challenges in areas not used to the frigid temperatures.

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Ferrellgas Details Winter Fleet Challenges

Coupled by a higher demand, road closures, diesel gelling, and supply issues, propane companies were faced with seemingly relentless complications this winter. Ferrellgas stepped up to meet this demand, which continues to be a challenge in certain states.

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Indirect vs. Direct Labor: How to Hit the Magic 70%

Direct labor can be summed up as time on task, or any time spent doing a specific task or repair. The work order is open, and as soon as the technician clocks in to perform preventive maintenance, for example, that counts as direct labor. The issue of monitoring and managing indirect labor costs is important because time is so important to fleet management.

As vehicle fuel economy becomes increasingly important to both consumers and fleet managers, the upcoming CAFE standards are requiring manufacturers to take a very close look at how they can impact these numbers.

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Understanding the Upcoming Truck CAFE Standards

Following the successful adoption and implementation of the National Program for greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel economy standards for 2012-2016 model-year vehicles, the federal government is stepping up the program’s goals.

The Odyne PHEV parallel system reduces fuel consumption and emissions, and can be used in new vehicle and retrofit applications. (PHOTO: ODYNE)

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The Latest Developments in Hybrid-Electric Medium-Duty Trucks

New developments, technologies, and trends in hybrid-electric, medium-duty trucks could give fleet managers the incentive they need to take a closer look at how hybrid options could help reduce overall costs.

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The All-New Kenworth T880 Multi-Purpose Vocational Truck

The Kenworth T880 is especially suited for a variety of vocational fleet applications, including dump, mixer, refuse, and heavy-haul applications. The Kenworth T880 comes standard with the 12.9L PACCAR MX-13 engine.

DISH has worked closely with upfitter Leggett & Platt to create a standardized, highly functional DISH-branded cargo van. The upfitter is currently developing DISH-specific packages for the new Euro-style vans rolling out on the U.S. market.

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How DISH Standardizes Fleet and Keeps Customers Connected

A combination of standardization, flexibility, partnerships, and collaboration have been the recipe for the DISH fleet’s success.

John Deere’s 644K electric-hybrid wheel loader utilizes two sources of energy, diesel and electric, capturing regenerated energy as it is being created and using it to power the machine. Photo courtesy of John Deere.

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Off-Road Hybrids: Technology & ROI

New hybrid off-road equipment promises to reduce fuel consumption, but how long will it take to pay back the added cost?

Members of the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance shop work to repair a broken bulldozer in November 2013. They use a portable heater to warm the frozen bulldozer underneath a giant parachute, which traps in heat and helps thaw the vehicle. Jump-starting a frozen battery without first thawing it can cause it to explode, and technicians have to be careful to avoid frostbite while working on vehicles. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Nicole Taylor

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How to Handle Extreme Weather

Use of heat pads on oil pans and transmission fans, and installation of trickle chargers for battery heat blankets, are a normal part of operations for two Air Force bases in Alaska that routinely confront below-zero temperatures in the winter.

The California Delta supplies water to EMWD customers. Photo via EMWD.

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Case Study: Water District Reduces Operating Costs with Telematics

Forced to establish mandatory water usage restrictions, Eastern Municipal Water District needed to reduce operating and labor costs to make up for shrinking revenues from lower customer consumption.

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