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Work Truck – Issue

January 2015

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
Reinventing the F-150 Truck with Aluminum

The decision to lightweight the Ford F-150 with an aluminum body was not reached lightly, and numerous challenges faced the automaker in making this risky change to its best-selling pickup truck.

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Features

The Celerity system is built on low-pressure, non-humidified stack technology. Photo courtesy of Hydrogenics. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Arrives for Medium-Duty Trucks

By Adam Pringle

Hydrogenics' new product, Celerity, a hydrogen fuel cell power system built for the medium- and heavy-duty truck and bus markets, is an all-inclusive system designed to reduce total cost of ownership.

Photo courtesy of Westport. Westport Offers CNG Transit Demos

By Chris Wolski

Westport is giving fleets the opportunity to test compressed natural gas Ford Transit vans before they make an investment. The program has rolled been rolled out nationwide.

Photo by Chris Wolski. Auto Truck Group Dedicates KC Facility

By Chris Wolski

The new facility combines the company's former Kansas City locations into one centralized hub. The location will handle unique, complex upfits as well as serve as a ship-thru facility for the Ford Transit and F-150.

Photo courtesy of Schwan's Home Service. Schwan's Gains Economic Benefits From Propane Autogas

By Shelley Mika

Schwan's Home Service prevented the emission of a cumulative 31,450 tons of greenhouse gases in one year by using propane autogas.

Photo courtesy of Schwan's Home Service. A Closer Look at Schwan's Preventive Maintenance Plan

By Shelley Mika

Schwan's Home Service's in-house preventive maintenance program keeps costs low and trucks on the road delivering home-style food to customers in 48 states.

Photo of F-350 courtesy of Ford. Best Practices in Truck Maintenance

By Staff

Maintenance continues to be among the most expensive aspects of running a Class 3-7 truck fleet. But, there are ways to control these costs and remain efficient.

Editorials

Illustration by Armie Bautista. Forecast for the 2015 Medium-Duty Truck Resale Market

By Ricky Beggs

The ongoing economic recovery has fueled slightly higher depreciation for medium-duty trucks. It is expected that overall depreciation for 2015 will be 15.5-16.5 percent.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

By Mike Antich
When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
When a Supplier Goes Under

By Lauren Fletcher
What happens when your supplier goes out of business? How does this impact your current business operations? What happens if something breaks, needs maintenance, or you have questions?

The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown
The advantages of tracking driver spending can't be overstated, as the data provided can help fleet managers assess if drivers are efficiently purchasing fuel, as well as identify high-performing vehicles and drivers who can serve as examples to the rest of the fleet.

Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown

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