The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

July 2008

Cover Story By Chad Simon
Dodge Ram Chassis Cabs: Making Inroads in the Class 4-5 Markets

With several innovative features, more power, and better fuel efficiency, Dodge has forged significant inroads into the chassis cab market and will make further improvements to its Class 4-5 trucks for 2009.

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Cyclng Truck Bodies: Is It a Good or Bad Idea?

By Joe Bohn

As the cost of truck bodies increases due to rising material costs, recycling bodies on new chassis can become more attractive. However, the cost of vehicle downtime to allow for remounting needs to be taken into account.

The Armadillo's High Profile

By Chad Simon

The HCV van, aka the “Armadillo,” offers more than six feet of headroom, various powertrain options, and Ford and GM servicing infrastructure.

The Xebra trucks are fitted with a lockable cargo box for the Coca-Cola delivery service.
ZAP Xebra Electric Trucks Deliver in Urban Settings

By Paul Dexler

The ultra-compact Xebra trucks allow the Coca-Cola Company, Domino’s Pizza, and UPS to get closer to customers while saving fuel and helping the environment.

How to Select & Specify Service Bodes

By Joe Bohn

Developing an optimum service body specification selection requires considerable forethought. Research available options and utilize end-user input to guide your decision.

Discover New Technologies to Green Your Truck Fleet

By Grace Lauron

Work Truck is one of three Bobit Business Media publications sponsoring the Green Fleet Conference 2008. The new event offers a forum for truck fleets to learn and discuss green technologies.

Hino Aims to Increase Market Share

By Chad Simon

Looking to broaden its vocational applications, Hino Trucks offers several new features for the 2009 model-year, including three new cab configurations, dual steering, and right-hand standup and sit-down.

Tackling Diesel Fuel Stabilization & Filtration Issues

By Joe Bohn

Fuel filtration and diesel fuel stabilization are some of the concerns fleets across the country face with infrequently used vehicles.

Industry Groups Address Expanding Biodiesel Use

By Richard Nelson

Government mandates to increase renewable fuels production have prompted a growing use of biodiesel. Industry groups are setting standards for quality and monitoring the fuel’s production, transport, and storage.

Have Traffic Violations Disqualified Your CDL Driver(s)?

By Mike Butsch

A CDL holder may be disqualified, if convicted of certain violations, while operating any vehicle. It is important to remember that violations that occur in a driver’s personal vehicle could also result in the loss of a CDL.

Alliant Switches Fleet Vehicles to Biofuels

By Steve Bennett

Fleet operations at Madison, Wis.-based Alliant Energy Corp. uses biofuels to contribute to the company’s larger overall goal of using renewable energy sources as much as possible.

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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