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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
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Spring Clean Your Operations

By Lauren Fletcher
When spring is in the air, we often think of spring cleaning our garages at home, but do you ever spring clean your fleet operation? From offices to maintenance bays, spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up!

Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

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

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