The batteries in hybrid vehicles today are based on nickel-metal hydride technology. They last a long time, but not forever. Here is what to do when the battery in a hybrid dies.
Engines are getting lighter and more fuel efficient and vehicles overall are lighter & more aerodynamic. Here is a look at some of the offerings for the 2009 model-year.
The ultra-compact Xebra trucks allow the Coca-Cola Company, Domino’s Pizza, and UPS to get closer to customers while saving fuel and helping the environment.
Hybrid systems, E85 and biodiesel capability, and active fuel management are available separately or together on a number of different vehicles.
A significant amount of research has been conducted to support the development of more fuel-efficient vehicles. Here is a look at a few of the directions GM is taking.
Tresca Brothers uses lively paint schemes and public service posters to brighten and attract attention to its ready-mix delivery trucks.
Slip seating means rotating drivers through trucks as vehicles are available, rather than assigning a specific driver to a specific unit. In some cases, it can be a public relations as well as financial advantage.
GM & Chrysler introduce new two-mode hybrid systems in their full-sized SUVs. From city driving to hauling heavy loads, the systems provide optimum gearing for any purpose.
Adding tiny RFID tags to incoming and outgoing cargo in trucks can
help the driver and the distribution office keep track of items.
A new 14,200-lb. GVWR G-Van diesel cutaway chassis expands the platform’s capabilities in the commercial market. Potential uses include commercial trucks, ambulances, and shuttle buses.
Sometimes, it is not in a fleet’s best interests to have a vehicle at a given GVWR. Changing the GVWR to a special value can be done, but the process is complicated.
It’s 2 p.m. Do you know where your trucks are, and, more importantly, what they are doing there? New technology can help you find out. But there can be employee relations downsides.
Not only does propane offer lower capital costs than diesel power, but tax credits are also available for the resulting low-emission vehicles.
Urban package delivery routes usually include lots of stops and starts, but require relatively little long-range driving. Purolator Courier is developing the Quicksider EV, an electric green solution.
At last fall’s online discussion, presented by Bobit Business Media, industry experts discussed the benefits and difficulties of taking a fleet green.