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January 2008

Cover Story By Cindy Brauer
Hino Trucks are Ready to Run Cleaner

Hino’s 2008-MY lineup meets EPA emissions standards with a diesel particulate reduction system based on technology proven on more than 1.2 billion miles.

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The Quicksider EV delivery van displays its kneeling capabilities during its introduction. Purolator Courier Goes 'Green' with New Electric Delivery Vehicle

By Paul Dexler

Urban package delivery routes usually include lots of stops and starts, but require relatively little long-range driving. Purolator Courier is developing the Quicksider EV, an electric green solution.

Safety partitions help prevent driver and passenger injury caused by shifting cargo loads during a crash or sudden stop. What is the Safety Value of Cargo Partitions in Vans?

By Joe Bohn

Cargo partitions add safety and security to fleet vans and can be utilized to turn the front of the cab into a work space.

Process Flow From Truck Manufacturer to Delivery: A new delivery process, as re-engineered by AmeriFleet, delivers vehicles direct from upfitters to the end-user, reducing delivery time from 25 days to just 12 days. Turn-Key Ready Delivery Helps Increase Productivity and Revenue

By Staff

The process shortens delivery time and helps truck fleets get vehicles on the road faster, providing real bottom-line benefits. Vehicles reach end users inspected, titled, plated, cleaned, and ready to use.

Odyne partnered with utility equipment manufacturer Dueco to develop an electric-powered aerial lift truck that can operate up to eight hours on one charge. Hybrid Lift Truck Helps Utilities Clean the Air

By Staff

On the job, lift trucks often have to spend the day idling. A plug-in hybrid lift truck can cut much of that fuel use and emissions, while maintaining complete usability.

Medium-duty trucks such as this GMC Topkick can be ordered with the LPI fuel system. Propane Cleans Up Medium-Duty Trucks

By Paul Dexler

Not only does propane offer lower capital costs than diesel power, but tax credits are also available for the resulting low-emission vehicles.

Figure 1 What Fleet Managers Should Know About Diesel Particulate Filters

By Sean Lyden

Developed to achieve government-mandated diesel emissions levels, DPF operation requires little driver involvement. The units are designed for long life, but must be properly maintained.

One Year Later: 2007 Diesel Emission Standards Implications for Fleet Operators

By GE Capital Solutions Fleet Services

What are the considerations for your fleet today, when it comes to 2007 diesel emission standards?

GM Enhances Safety in Full-Size Vans for 2008

By Chris Brown

Head curtain side airbags and enhanced technology glass (ETG) are standard on passenger vans. ETG is a special three-layer glass designed to reduce the risk of ejection during a crash.

Best Practices for Asset Management Functions

By Michael Lewis

Best practices in asset management, including truck acquisition, maintenance, and other asset management services can make the difference between a productive, cost-effective fleet and a costly mistake.

The Fleet Manager's Guide to Comparing Fuel Economy

By Sean Lyden

Vehicles 8,500-lbs. GVWR or more are exempt from federal fuel economy requirements, making it more challenging to project fuel economy for vehicles such as 3/4-and 1-ton pickups, vans, and medium-duty trucks.

Materials of Trade - Are You Sure You Know the Limits?

By Mike Butsch

Hazmat fines can cost your company tens of thousands of dollars. Familiarity with key areas of the MOT can save time, money, and confusion.

High fuel prices have taken an especially hard toll on fleets, in which larger vehicles consume more gasoline. Various efforts to maximize fuel are discussed. How to Maximize Fuel Efficiency

By Joe Bohn

Truck fleet fuel saving strategies include right-sized vehicles, alt-fuel use, and driver education.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Autonomous Vehicles will Create a Radical Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Design

By Mike Antich
My prediction is that autonomous vehicles will create a paradigm shift in vehicle design, whereby interior design will become the primary brand differentiator in the future. What will drive this paradigm shift is that future autonomous vehicle design will focus primarily on the passenger and not the driver. This will create a tectonic shift in vehicle design with ramifications that will take decades to fully play out.

Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown
We asked over 750 fleet professionals questions about the prevalence of each provider in the market and their brand recognition.

How Fleet Size Dictates Telematics Needs

By Dylan Brown

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

By Lauren Fletcher
Take the time now to research future solutions to reduce fuel expenditures. If at the end of the year there is some cushion leftover in your fleet’s fuel budget, you are armed and ready to utilize what you can to help ensure future cost savings.

Driven to Continuous Improvement

By Lauren Fletcher