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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
Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

By Mike Antich
When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
When a Supplier Goes Under

By Lauren Fletcher
What happens when your supplier goes out of business? How does this impact your current business operations? What happens if something breaks, needs maintenance, or you have questions?

The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown
The advantages of tracking driver spending can't be overstated, as the data provided can help fleet managers assess if drivers are efficiently purchasing fuel, as well as identify high-performing vehicles and drivers who can serve as examples to the rest of the fleet.

Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown

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