David Sickels, Author at Fleet Equipment Magazine - Page 2 of 136
Time to embrace some EV realities

There’s a moment when you’ve been working toward something where that “something” becomes very real and all the excitement you used to feel about it takes a back seat to the challenges that lie ahead. Moving forward means taking a deep breath, swallowing hard and remembering why you started down this path in the first

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Ten questions before adding battery electric trucks to your fleet

So, you’ve done the research to determine the right battery electric trucks for your fleet, but equally as important is knowing your charging needs. That’s right, we’re talking about charging today, not about battery electric trucks at all! Because incorporating electric trucks into your fleet would be like taking delivery of 15,000 gallons of water

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Sono Motors extends EV range via the sun

In the EV world, range is nothing to scoff at, and in the fleet world, adding even just a few dozen miles to an electric truck’s daily range can make all the difference at the end of the year between a fat and an empty pocketbook. On this note, Sono Motors might be on to

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Can we ever prove that autonomous trucks are safe?

Let’s say a Level 4 automated truck is driving along and – oh sorry, does that make you uncomfortable? Even if data could prove to you that autonomous trucks are without a shadow of a doubt safer and cause fewer accidents every year… it still feels wrong. Why is that? Autonomous trucks are advancing in

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Heavy-haul truck trailer maintenance tips

Let’s start here: Safety is paramount, right? If you’re a fleet manager working in the heavy-haul world, you’re certainly familiar with the safety operation requirements of your trailers. But how do you effectively stay on top of it? Well, the key to effective, long-term preventative trailer maintenance is not necessarily a checklist of tasks —

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Let’s talk about these little-known truck tire tips

So, maybe you watched last week’s video and you’re taking a hard look at your tires for National Tire Safety Week, and you’ve got your tire pressure set perfectly and your tires are looking great… Now you just don’t let the little things slip through the cracks. Click here to watch more of FE’s On

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Three truck tire pressure tips for National Tire Safety Week

It doesn’t always get the fanfare it deserves, I’ll admit that, but as a tire man myself, I can’t help but get excited when fleets around the nation come together and join hands to the tune of keeping men and women behind the wheel safe by paying a little more attention to their truck tires.

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Photo gallery: CARB, CALSTART showcase zero-emission trucks

CARB and CALSTART hosted their first Zero Emission Truck Showcase and Ride and Drive at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., earlier this month, showcasing 25 OEMs and fleet operators including Xos, GreenPower Motor Co., Ford, GM, Kenworth, Navistar, Nikola, Hyundai, Workhorse, BYD, Phoenix Motorcars, Orange EV, Lion Electric, AME, Lightning eMotors, Hyzon, Motiv

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What benefits can truck wheel technology bring to your fleet?

The trucking industry is so much fun because it’s so diverse. Every fleet has different needs. Every application requires different trucks, each truck needs different components, each meeting minute specifications. And every one of those components plays an important role in both uptime and ROI. Take your wheels, for example. More than just equipment that

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Medium-duty truck trends as a result of the last-mile delivery mega-trend

Every industry has its trends, and when we look at the trucking data, we see trends too, like the current and continuous rise of last-mile delivery. Let’s take a look at what trends like last-mile means for the future of medium-duty trucks. Click here to watch more of FE’s On the Road video series. The

How big are the engine oil fuel economy benefits?

I’ve got a financial riddle for you: Would you rather have a million truck bucks handed to you today or the sum of a penny doubled every day for 30 days? OK, I’m sure you’ve heard this one. We all know you’re supposed to take the penny because you end up with over $5 million

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How to avoid a truck ‘no crank’

No crank events are more than just an annoyance no matter the size of your fleet, but the good news is there is something you can do about it. Many issues that bring about one of these “no crank” events can be mitigated through purposeful preventative maintenance. Click here to watch more of FE’s On

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