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Work Truck – Issue

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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Features

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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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Spring Clean Your Operations

By Lauren Fletcher
When spring is in the air, we often think of spring cleaning our garages at home, but do you ever spring clean your fleet operation? From offices to maintenance bays, spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up!

Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

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

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