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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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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.


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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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