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January 22, 2018

Optimized Truck TCO Starts with the Right Specs

Vehicle specifications should be defined by the fleet application and mission requirements. A truism in truck fleet management is to design a truck that will accommodate your operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to the truck. Here's how you do it.

December 12, 2017

Don't Underutilize the Expertise of Your Suppliers

For many managers responsible for vehicle operations, fleet management is often one of several job responsibilities. These managers acknowledge that it is difficult to stay on top of changes in vehicle design, powertrains, onboard safety technology, telematics capabilities, and regulatory changes that impact fleet operations. Despite this recognition, a common mistake made by many of these managers is underutilizing the subject-matter expertise of current and/or prospective suppliers.

July 23, 2017

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

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.

July 5, 2017

Growing Truck Penetration in Light-Duty Fleets Increases Risk of DOT Violations

Many light-duty fleets do not realize DOT regulations are triggered not only by GVW, but also by gross combination vehicle weight (GCVW) – the combined weight of the vehicle and the trailer. It doesn’t matter if you have a one-truck or a 500-truck fleet, you must be compliant with DOT rules. When the GCVW is 10,001 pounds or more, a vehicle is covered under DOT regs and must display a DOT number or it will be subject to a fine if pulled over by the police.

May 2, 2017

UPS to Deploy Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck in California

UPS will begin using a medium-duty delivery truck that uses gaseous hydrogen to power an electric battery and motor in Sacramento, California, with an eye toward expanding use of the alternative fuel after a successful test.

March 20, 2017

Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

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.

March 15, 2017

2017 Work Truck Show in Pictures

The 2017 Work Truck Show offers up an array of new trucks, engines, and other commercial vehicle announcements. The show runs from March 14 to 17 in Indianapolis. Read our coverage here. Photos by Chris Brown, David Cullen, Lauren Fletcher, and courtesy of Blossman and NTEA.

February 26, 2017

Payload Requirements Are the Foundation to Properly Spec’ing a Truck

Properly identifying payload parameters is the foremost consideration to properly spec’ing a truck. To illustrate this fact, the weight of the payload will determine the engine, transmission, size of tire, frame, and just about everything else.

November 2, 2016

YTD Commercial Truck Registrations Fall 4.2%

The number of commercial vehicles in GVW Classes 4-8 registered this year through August fell 4.2%, mostly due to a steep decline in Class 8 over-the-road trucks, IHS Automotive has reported.

July 31, 2016

Spec’ing Trucks to Maximize Productivity

Fleet managers need to view work trucks as earning assets. To maximize the productivity of this working asset, it is necessary to optimize specifications, operating procedures, and replacement strategies. The best way to optimize truck productivity is to spec the right vehicle for the fleet application. This may sound like I am stating the obvious, but, as many truck professionals will attest, it is often not the case in the real world.

July 26, 2016

Long-Term Impact of Longer Truck Replacement Cycles

The more expensive the asset, the longer it is kept in service; however, the need for short-term cost savings prompts some fleets to even further extend cycling parameters and defer replacements. But, what are the consequences?

May 1, 2016

Spec’ing Light- and Medium-Duty Trucks to Maximize Resale Values

How you spec a truck has a direct bearing on its future resale. Here are the some of the dos and don’ts in truck spec’ing that will impact resale values.

January 28, 2016

Commercial Truck Demand to Slow, Parts Remain Stout

Commercial fleets will register a lower growth percentage of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2016, but feed strong demand for aftermarket parts, according to a new forecast from IHS Automotive.

January 26, 2016

Finding the Right Balance: Over-Spec’ing vs. Under-Spec’ing Trucks

Spec’ing a truck is a complicated process no matter where you are in the world. Building the right truck requires hundreds of decisions and choices – and each choice potentially impacts another. Where it gets tricky is finding the balance between over-spec’ing and under-spec’ing a truck, each with its own unique set of consequences.

December 11, 2015

Classes 3, 8 Leading Strong Used Truck Market

Heavy and certain light and medium trucks make up the largest share of transactions for first three quarters of 2015, says IHS Automotive.

October 27, 2015

Hino Trucks Offering Standard Telematics in 2017

Hino has expanded its Insight factory telematics platform under a partnership with Telogis, and will offer the telematics, remote diagnostics, and case management as standard equipment on its 2017 model-year medium-duty trucks.

July 6, 2015

How Driver Performance Scores Can Improve Safety

In 2010, the Valspar Corporation started seeing an increase in crashes in one of its business units. As a first step, it put together a team to reverse the trend and they were able to create the Driver Performance Program.

June 30, 2015

How Targeting Inefficient Fleets Leads to Big Gains

Q&A with Fleet Technology Expo's opening keynote speaker Ian Wright. He's one of the founders of Tesla Motors but these days he is setting aside luxury electric cars to tackle a much larger problem: How to make medium-duty trucks more efficient.

June 22, 2015

Large Fleets Driving Strong Used Class 3-8 Sales

Overall, used GVW 3-8 transactions from March 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 accounted for 51.7 percent of total GVW 3-8 transactions in the U.S. market.

June 16, 2015

2015 International WorkStar 7300 SFA 4x4

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to take an International WorkStar 7300 4X4 off-roading at Navistar’s recently acquired New Carlisle, Ind., proving grounds.

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