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February 2016

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
Top Construction Fleet Challenges

With more sophisticated applications than one may guess, construction fleet managers have a unique set of challenges to work with, from differing payload and cargo-carrying requirements to regulations and more.

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Photo courtesy of Isuzu. Work Truck Capability Converges with Technology

By Chris Wolski

Today's trucks feature almost as much capability in the cab as they do under the hood. Some OEMs are leveraging mobile technology to make fleets more efficient.

Photo courtesy of Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment. Roof-Mounted vs. Interior Ladder Racks

By Shelley Ernst

When it comes to hauling ladders, which is the better way – carrying them inside or on top of a van? There are pros and cons for each method.

Ram Commercial will produce and customize 9,113 MY-2016 ProMaster 2500 cargo vans for USPS. Photo courtesy of USPS. USPS Ram Vans Add Capability, Durability

By Kat Sandoval

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will update its vehicle fleet with the acquisition of 9,113 Ram ProMaster cargo vans. The vans will provide the capability and durability the postal fleet needs.

A Ford F-150 truck (pictured above) will be converted by Alliance AutoGas to run on propane autogas at the NTEA Work Truck Show, on March 3.  Alliance AutoGas Mobilizes Vehicle Conversion Program

By Kat Sandoval

Alliance AutoGas is making two big moves to show how propane autogas can fit into sustainability initiatives for truck fleets.

Diesel or Gasoline: Making the Right Decision

By Lauren Fletcher

Gasoline- and diesel-powered trucks of all class sizes have their advantages and disadvantages in fleet operations. A combination of both could be the better option. How do you make the right decision for your fleet?

Michelin North America Inc. has launched the next member of the Premier family, the Premier LTX. (PHOTO: MICHELIN NORTH AMERCA) LT- vs. P-Metric Replacement Tires for Trucks, SUVs

By Mike Mavrigan

Tire-sizing systems used on OE light-truck tires include Euro-Metric, P-Metric, and LT-Metric. Many 1/4- and 1/2-ton vehicles use Euro-Metric and P-Metric tires, while 3/4- and 1-ton vehicles use LT-Metric sizes.

The Role of NGVs in Climate Strategy

By Rob Minton

Producing fewer harmful emissions, natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are set to play a role with electric and fuel-cell vehicles to meet ambitious climate change goals.

For its service truck fleet, one of the models utilized by McKenna General Engineering Inc. is the Dominator II mechanics truck. (PHOTO: IMT) McKenna Meets the Downtime Problem Head On

By Lauren Fletcher

Downtime equals lost revenue, and this is especially the case in the construction fleet industry. When a McKenna truck or piece of equipment goes down, the mechanic truck comes to the rescue.

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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