The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

November 2008

Cover Story By Grace Lauron
Freightliner M2e Hybrid Gets Down to Business

With improved fuel economy, lower emissions, extended brake wear, and reduced idle time, Freightliner’s Business Class M2e Hybrid offers fleets a “clean” way to get the job done.

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(L-R) Fleet Manager Roger Wilson, Kings County, sat alongside manufacturer representatives  from Ford, General Motors, and Freightliner. ARI Hosts Fleet Management Workshop in So. Cal.

By Grace Lauron

Thirty-five fleet professionals from 20 agencies participated in a two-day fleet management seminar event, hosted by Automotive Resources International.

NTEA Work Truck Show Heads to Chicago

By Cindy Brauer

For the first time, the National Truck Equipment Association will stage its annual conference in the Windy City, offering more than 40 intensive educational programs and the “world’s largest vocational truck show.”

New Work Engines of Tomorrow

By Dan Kratz

From hybrids to electric vehicles, it is important to have the right fuel to drive down fuel costs.

Vehicle Graphics Do's, Dont's, and Advice

By Lauren Fletcher

Utilized as advertisements or mobile billboards, vehicle graphics can give fleet vehicles an identity. The pros advise not to make designs too busy or complicated, and communicate needs and requirements clearly.

Pros & Cons: Aluminum vs. FRP Van Bodies

By Sean Lyden

Each material offers benefits and drawbacks. Aluminum may be less expensive, but fiberglass reinforced plywood (FRP) is sturdier. Evaluate your truck application to determine which factors matter most.

Dodge Debuts First-Ever Ram Crew Cab

By Cindy Brauer

The all-new 2009 Ram is Dodge’s first entry into the largest and fastest-growing part of the market — Crew Cab. The new model offers more than 35 new or improved features, including a new 5.7L Hemi V-8.

Ford & Smith Collaborate on All-Electric Vehicles

By Lisajoyce Vergara

Ford and UK-based Smith Electric Vehicles have launched two vehicles based on a Ford chassis. A zero-emissions light-duty van and medium-duty truck are expected to begin U.S. manufacturing by the end of 2008.

Through a wireless vehicle management system, BLS Trucking can track vehicle locations, forestall vehicle theft, and reduce idling times. Telematics Cuts 200-Truck Fleet Annual Fuel Spend by Nearly $200K

By Daryl Lubinsky

The wireless system helps a lumber transport company prevent unauthorized use, decrease idling time, and avoid maintenance problems.

New F-150: Lighter, Leaner, and Even Meaner

By Grace Lauron

The new 2009 Ford F-150 remains a strong performer in the full-size pickup market. It now has a lighter frame to boost fuel economy.

Depending on a truck's application, the basic plywood option is the lowest-cost box interior design. The 3/8-inch plywood protects the aluminum sidewalls. Spec'ing Box Truck Bodies to Maximize Productivity

By Sean Lyden

Improving box truck body specs can boost cost savings and crew productivity. Here are some tips to create a clear plan for each truck, matching the right body specs to the application.

Ship-To vs. Ship-Thru Ordering: What's Better for Your Fleet?

By Bob Shipp

When dealing with truck upfits, two methods are available to ensure a smooth order-to-delivery process.

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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