The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

May 2010

Cover Story By Cheryl Knight
2010 F-Series Ford Super Duty Named 2010 Work Truck of the Year

For the third consecutive year, Ford’s 2010 F-Series Super Duty was voted Medium-Duty Truck of the Year by Work Truck magazine readers. The commercial “work horse” offers a variety of cab styles and tow/payload capacities.

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(left) Aluminum truck body; (right) Stainless steel truck body Spec'ing Truck Bodies to Prevent Corrosion

By Sean Lyden

Truck bodies rust in salt-laden environments, whether in coastal areas or regions that require road salts for de-icing. To lengthen truck body life — and help contain fleet costs — consider five factors in spec’ing bodies.

2011 Duramax Diesel 6.6L V-8 Turbo for the Chevrolet Silverado. 2011 Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel Now Biofuel-Capable

By Lauren Fletcher

Powering the redesigned 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups and Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, the revised engine will offer B-20 capability and meet strict ASTM standards.

How Does the 2010 EPA Standard Impact Fleet Biodiesel Use?

By Sean Lyden

The EPA’s 2010 standard calls for reductions in nitrogen oxide emissions by 83 percent from the 2007 mandate. Industry experts discuss the new standard’s impact on NOx levels, engine performance, and fuel quality.

Ford Charges Up for the Transit Connect Electric

By Ashley Willis

Drawing on the success of the Transit Connect, Ford Motor Company will release a battery-powered version of the commercial vehicle to help fleets lower operating costs.

AT&T plans to complete 1,850 CNG conversions during 2010. CNG Fills Up AT&T's Alt-Fuel Fleet

By Grace L. Suizo

To meet a target of 15,000 alt-fuel vehicles by 2019, AT&T is replacing 8,000 of its fleet’s petroleum-powered service vehicles with compressed natural gas (CNG) models. This year, 1,850 service vehicles will be converted to CNG.

Eric Hansen, founder and president of Competitive Lawn Care, takes delivery of the first propane-powered Ford F-350 from Jack Roush at the ROUSH Performance assembly plant. Propane Provides Competitive Edge

By Tariq Kamal

Competitive Lawn Service may soon become the first lawn care company in the United States to run its vehicles and equipment entirely on propane.

Who's Looking at Your Logs?

By Mike Butsch

Noncompliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service regulations can carry stiff penalties. Reviewing company drivers’ Records of Duty Status or Logs is critical.

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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