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Work Truck – Issue

June 2016

Cover Story By Mike Antich
Top Trends: Chassis, Auxiliary Equipment, Upfitting

There are a variety of upfitting trends occurring in today’s commercial fleet market. Here are the top trends currently influencing chassis, auxiliary equipment, and upfit equipment design and specifications.

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Features

Once approved by the FAA, Workhorse will release a version of the E-GEN hybrid-electric truck that has been specifically designed to incorporate HorseFly. (PHOTO: WORKHORSE) Drones are Delivering the Future

By Lauren Fletcher

Drones are popping up everywhere, including in package delivery fleets. Workhorse Group is currently in the testing phase with its drones for use with the company’s electric delivery trucks.

As part of a fleet’s recruitment and retention efforts, it may help a lot to remind drivers of the key aspects of CSA that impact them directly.(iStockPhoto) Understanding Regulatory Compliance

By David Cullen

While at times complicated, understanding regulatory compliance, including electronic logging devices, can benefit fleets that operate Class 8 trucks.

Nestlé Waters North America added 155 propane autogas trucks to its fleet after piloting 29 vehicles in 2014 and 2015. (PHOTO: Nestle Waters USA) Propane Autogas Fuels Fleets

By Lauren Fletcher

Both Nestlé Waters North America and Bimbo Bakeries USA have added to their propane-autogas-fueled vehicle fleet, reducing overall emissions by millions of pounds over each fleets lifetime.

Breaking down the year-over-year growth by sector shows a large potential increase in the trucking sector. (SOURCE: CJ DRISCOLL & ASSOCIATES) Current Trends in Mobile Resource Management

By Shelley Ernst

In the early days, telematics were synonymous with GPS. Today, they do so much more. The 2016-2017 U.S. Mobile Resource Management Systems Market Study tells us what’s going on in the market now.

Fleet vehicles from Florida Power & Light take part in storm response training, including demonstrating efficient field work to restore power. (PHOTO: FPL) Vocational Spotlight: Utility Fleets

By Lauren Fletcher

With a large percentage of Class 1-8 trucks in use, utility fleets are unique in the vocational fleet market, typically driving shorter routes and putting on more engine hours than fleets with much higher mileage.

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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
Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher
One thing fleet managers can count on: ever-changing regulations that relate to the work truck fleet industry. These changes are not only numerous but can be confusing and result in violations and fines when not followed. Tips on staying up-to-date and navigating changes are shared.

Turn Resolutions into Goals

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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