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Work Truck – Issue

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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Features

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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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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