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Expanded choices: Fleets are set to take advantage of alternative powertrains

More and more suppliers of medium-duty vehicles are adding options for alternative powertrains. For example, Dana recently introduced Spicer Electrified motor, control and e-drive technologies for electric vehicle propulsion systems. Currently in production, the Spicer EV Drive for electric vans manages speed and torque from the e-motor to the wheels. Planned for launch in 2018, Dana’s new e-axles for

Connected truck service management: Cutting downtime for service and repairs

For fleets and service providers, connected vehicles are bringing about new challenges as well as opportunities to enhance service management and improve uptime. “When we can provide real-time information about an issue and the severity
of the issue detected, it provides actionable information to the fleet manager,” says Conal Deedy, director of connected vehicle services for

How truck manufacturers are making vehicle connectivity a value proposition

Uptime, fuel efficiency and safety remain top goals for fleets as they strive to make better, more informed decisions that will have a positive impact on their operations. “As they look for the insight needed to achieve those goals,” begins Greg Treinen, sales and marketing manager of connectivity at Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), “fleets

Fueling choices: Fleets’ use of alternative fuels continues to increase

It is clear that growth in the use of alternative fuel and electric vehicles by fleets continues to expand. At the same time, an ongoing concern about the availability of a fueling and charging infrastructure is still giving some fleets a reason to hold off on deploying the latest offerings from a range of manufacturers.

Nu-Way Transportation’s transportation, logistics services provide a competitive advantage

While it’s every carrier’s goal to grow its business, at Nu-Way Transportation it’s a reality. “We’re experiencing annual growth of 3% to 5%,” says Mike Hospelhorn, director of fleet services. “Once we have a new customer, it’s very rare that our contract is not renewed. We grow with our current base, and add customers each

Boyle Transportation: Improving safety and efficiency

“Safety is behind every decision we make at Boyle Transportation,” says Ben Curtis, Boyle’s fleet manager. “From our vehicles to our professional drivers and in our maintenance operation, we have a safety-first philosophy.” Headquartered in Billerica, Mass., Boyle Transportation transports security-sensitive cargo across the U.S. and Canada with a fleet of 65 tractors and 165

Inside Boyle Transport’s driver-centric training

In conjunction with a wide range of equipment and maintenance initiatives aimed at fostering and improving safety, Boyle Transportation is equally focused on its drivers. “We maintain a direct dialogue between our professional drivers and our safety and maintenance departments,” says Michael Lasko, manager of safety and quality. “In terms of technology, we have installed

USPS chooses six companies to compete in truck design prototype challenge

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has narrowed the field of finalists for designing the next-generation prototype of its mail delivery truck. The six companies will now design, build and deliver a total of 50 vehicles within one year, after which the USPS will put them through their paces for six months before selecting one winner.

Standing apart: What keeps Ecology Recycling and Transportation Services ahead of the competition

“Contract waste hauling is a competitive business,” says Greg Evans, equipment maintenance manager at Ecology Recycling and Transportation Services. “We use accurate cost accounting and revenue projections because it comes down to who can haul the most trash at the lowest cost.” Headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., Ecology Recycling and Transportation Services has trucks based at

The value of telematics solutions for progressive utility fleets

It should come as no surprise that the educational program at the annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) included a series of presentations on telematics. A growing trend in many light- and medium-duty fleets, telematics was ranked among the highest topics by fleet managers attending EUFMC and a perfect addition to a comprehensive program

How USA Truck is filling driver ranks

While actively addressing driver retention needs with new equipment, specifications and other benefits and programs, USA Truck is simultaneously focused on recruiting drivers. One approach it is taking, for example, is to pay for 15 qualified applicants to complete a five-week Commercial Driver’s License training program. Announced earlier this year, the USA Truck Career Launch Program

USA Truck’s comprehensive approach to streamlining operations, improving retention and lowering costs

As one of the nation’s largest over-the-road truckload carriers, USA Truck is constantly on the lookout for ways to make life on the road less stressful and more productive for the approximately 1,750 drivers it employs. In many cases, that approach pays other dividends for the fleet as well. For many years, for example, USA