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FleetPulse telematics solution now standard on Great Dane trailers

Great Dane‘s FleetPulse smart trailer system will now come as a standard feature on new Great Dane trailers with an integrated CAN harness to prepare equipment for future smart technology adoption, the company announced. All dry and refrigerated Great Dane trailers will now come standard with FleetPulse. The company says this will deliver real-time data

ATRI-developed assessment tool used to ID safe, younger drivers

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released the results of the Phase 1 Beta Test of its Younger Driver Assessment Tool. This is the second in a series of technical memoranda from ATRI exploring the potential for an assessment tool to identify the safest drivers among 18- to 20-year-olds. ATRI says its beta test

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Velociti, Phillips Connect partner for installation, post-sales support

Phillips Connect is partnering with Velociti for installation and post-deployment proactive technology monitoring and repair service support for its trailer telematics solutions. Once a Phillips Connect customer has chosen the smart trailer solutions right for their operation, a designated Velociti project manager will arrange for the installation of the equipment when and where convenient for

FleetPride acquires Auto Masters Fleet Services

FleetPride Inc. has acquired the assets of Auto Masters Fleet Services, based in Jacksonville, Florida with a second location in Tampa. For the last 30 years, David Stringfield’s company has provided service for heavy-duty customers throughout Florida and southern Georgia, including on-site maintenance and full-service mobile units. FleetPride also has two parts locations in Tampa

The opportunities & operational challenges of transitioning to electric trucks

In the effort to move goods as efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible, many fleets can’t help but at least be intrigued by the promises electrification claims to deliver. Electric trucks are becoming more and more popular in trucking: OEMs are developing new electric trucks, aftermarket manufacturers are making breakthroughs in electric drivetrain technology, and

Is your truck’s alternator failing, or is it something else?

Sometimes alternators can get a bad rap, as some fleets have found themselves replacing more of them on their trucks than seems reasonable. Click here to watch more of FE’s On the Road video series. Here is a transcript of the video: The strange thing is, most of today’s alternators are more durable and generally

Class 8 natural gas truck retail sales gained 19% YTD through May

For the first five months of 2021, U.S. and Canadian Class 8 natural gas truck retail sales rose 19% year-to-date against a “somewhat unfair comparison of the same time period in 2020,” as published in the quarterly report (AFQ: Alternative Fuels Quarterly) recently released by ACT Research. For context, total U.S. Class 8 sales were

Old Dominion Freight Line adds new, expanded service centers in six markets

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has grown its service center network with six new and expanded facilities since February 2021. The company introduced new service centers in Benicia, Calif.; Phoenixville, Pa.; and Kenosha, Wis.; bringing its total count to 248 service centers, and relocated and/or expanded three more facilities in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Milford, Conn.;

What’s that liquid? Tips to tell if a truck is leaking coolant

If your driver is out on the road and notices liquid is leaking from the engine area, they might suspect it’s a coolant leak, but how can he or she know for sure? Click here to watch more of FE’s On the Road video series. Here is a transcript of the video: Complicating matters is

Charging infrastructure Q&A with Volvo Trucks

Transitioning all or part of your fleet to battery electric trucks can seem intimidating, because the process affects not only the trucks themselves, but also the bigger business picture. Dwell time, PMs, fuel costs, even your fleet’s physical site – it’s all going to change. You might be confident that your choice of electric trucks

Watch: The real first step for efficiently putting truck service data to work

If you’re relying on pen and paper or digital spreadsheets instead of service dashboards, you’re missing out on important data that can have an important impact on your service processes. Click here to watch more of FE’s On the Road video series. Here is a transcript of the video: A fleet manager relying on pen

Daimler Trucks N.A. on electric truck charging infrastructure basics

So, the time has come for your fleet to go battery electric. You’ve done the research to determine the right battery electric trucks for your fleet, but equally as important is knowing your charging needs. What are the space requirements to build out the charging station infrastructure on-site? How efficient do you need your charging