November 30, 2023
Truck Chat Monthly News Recap [Episode 100]
What’s new with the automakers? Who won Fleet Truck of the Year? What’s happening to the Hemi? Will other fleets finally get their hands on Rivian vans? When can you test drive the latest fleet vehicles? Cue that confetti -- get ready for the 100th episode of the Top News Recap from Truck Chat!
Discover the latest work truck and van fleet industry news and updates with our Top Monthly News Recap from Work Truck! Join Lauren Fletcher, Executive Editor of Fleet, Trucking, & Transportation at Bobit, as she shares the top work truck and van fleet news as of November 30, 2023.
🎙 Topics covered this month include:
- General Motors integrates BrightDrop to enhance fleet operations through GM Envolve. Originating from GM's Innovation Lab, BrightDrop, now a wholly-owned subsidiary, combines startup agility with GM's manufacturing expertise. Discover how this integration benefits major players like FedEx, Ryder, and DHL.
- Chevy Silverado: 2023 Fleet Truck of the Year! The Chevrolet Silverado clinches the 2023 Fleet Truck of the Year title from Automotive Fleet. Recognized for its power, efficiency, and work-ready features, explore why fleet managers voted this full-size pickup as their top choice.
- Vote Now: Work Truck's Medium-Duty Award. Calling all professional fleet managers! Vote for the top medium-duty truck in Work Truck’s Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award. Act fast—voting closes in early January, with winners announced at Work Truck Week 2024.
- 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger: Electric Revolution. Explore the features of the all-new 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger, boasting a targeted range of up to 690 miles. Dive into its innovative STLA Frame platform, autonomous drive assist, and a 3.6L engine powering an on-board generator.
- Farewell to Hemi: V-8 Engine Phase-Out by Stellantis. Stellantis phases out the iconic V-8 Hemi Engine from the 2025 light-duty Ram pickup truck lineup. Discover the replacements—six-cylinder engines, the battery electric Ram REV, and the all-new Ramcharger.
- Rivian's Global Electrification Invitation. Rivian opens the doors for companies worldwide to electrify their fleets with the Rivian Commercial Van. Learn about safety features, payload capacities, and the potential for reducing CO2 emissions in delivery fleets.
- Toyota Powers Up EV Battery Facility.
- Toyota invests an additional $8 billion in its North American EV battery manufacturing facility, creating over 5,000 jobs. Explore this pivotal project driving Toyota's global electrification initiatives.
- Enterprise unveils Enterprise Mobility, connecting diverse offerings under a new corporate brand. Explore the motivation behind this shift and its alignment with future mobility experiences.
- Michelin Shifts Gears: Ardmore Plant Closure. Michelin announces the end of tire production at its Ardmore, Oklahoma plant by 2025. Explore the reasons behind this decision and its impact on approximately 1,400 employees.
- Stellantis and Nauto: AI-Based Fleet Safety. Stellantis partners with Nauto to introduce AI-powered vehicle safety solutions for commercial fleets. Explore how this collaboration prioritizes driver and road safety.
- NAFA's Institute & Expo 2024: Ride & Drive. Mark your calendars for the NAFA Institute & Expo 2024 featuring a ride-and-drive and vehicle showcase. Don't miss this opportunity for professional development and collaboration.
- Global Fleet Summit: Nexus Communication and Bobit Business Media collaborate for the Global Fleet Summit. Stay informed about the upcoming summit dates and locations.
- Work Truck's Webinar: Data-Driven Safety Efforts. Catch up on Work Truck's webinar focusing on Data-Driven Safety efforts. Explore the impact of technology, insights into managing driver behavior, and lessons from major fleets.
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