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Work Truck – Issue

May 2011

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
Ram Chassis Cab Named 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Work Truck magazine named the Class 4 and 5 Ram 4500/5500 Chassis Cab its 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year.

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Features

Strategies for Dealing with Fuel Challenges

By Grace L. Suizo & Thi Dao

Fuel costs are a top concern nationwide, and more so for fleets whose operations require the use of larger, more fuel-consuming vehicles and equipment. Truck fleet managers share their strategies for dealing with escalating fuel costs.

Cash, Finance or Lease: Which Truck Acquisition Strategy Works Best?

By Sean Lyden

Determining the acquisition strategy that works best for individual company fleets is a daunting process. Industry experts pose and answer questions to help fleet managers make this important decision.

 
Sixty percent of a drive tire's fuel economy is derived from its tread
elements, said Donn Kramer, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. director of
marketing for commercial tires. The Drive (Tire) Toward Fuel Economy

By Mike Manges

Tread design tweaks help lower resistance.

The Canter FG (left) and Canter FE Crew Cab models are ideal for vocational needs, such as dry freight, refrigerated delivery, municipal roadwork, landscaping, and more. Offering a 10- to 20-percent improvement in fuel economy, the full line of Canter FE and FG trucks include the industry's only five-year 175,000-mile powertrain warranty. Mitsubishi Fuso Launches All-New 2012 Canter FE/FG Series Work Trucks

By Lauren Fletcher

Five all-new models were introduced for the Class 3-5 vocational market under the Canter name for the first time in North America.

The bucket trucks are "trouble trucks," the first vehicles to arrive on the scene in the event of an emergency or service interruption. PG&E Adds Hybrid-Electric Bucket Trucks

By Carly Lanning

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) added about 100 hybrid-electric bucket trucks in 2010 and has ordered 125 more as part of its fleet greening efforts.

Verizon announced its order of 501 new 2011 Ford E-250 vans to be converted to CNG in October 2010. Are Natural Gas Vehicles Right for Your Fleet?

By Sean Lyden

A growing number of fleets have already made the switch to natural gas after weighing the benefits and challenges.

FleetFAQ

Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Using Performance-Based Incentives to Optimize the Cost-Effectiveness of Fleet Operations

By Mike Antich
A fleet cost reduction program goes straight to the corporate bottom line. If a company operates at a 10% annual net profit margin, reducing annual fleet expenses by $100,000 is the equivalent of generating $1 million in sales. Although fleet managers manage hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of dollars in corporate assets, only half are incentivized to achieve targeted performance goals. I advocate incentivization should be a universal best practice extended to all fleet managers.

Obstacles to Overcome Prior to a Volume Rollout of Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Never Stop Learning

By Lauren Fletcher
As we age, our cognitive skills and capabilities start to decline, some more quickly than others. Continuing to learn, whether it be something specific like a new language or continuing a college education to something more job-specific can help keep you sharper, longer.

The Importance of Positivity

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

By Paul Clinton
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a significantly upgraded van that offers a dizzying array of configurations and meaningful improvements designed to improve productivity for delivering packages or hauling passengers.

2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

By Dylan Brown
What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown

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