Seth Skydel, Author at Fleet Equipment Magazine - Page 17 of 46
Logging in: The ins and outs of the ELD mandate

The long-awaited final rule on Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) is expected to be published by the end of October. The rule has been undergoing review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) since late July. Approval from the OMB is the last step before a final ELD rule can be published. We

JJ Keller ELD in Use
Hybrid electric conversion systems continue to catch on

There are two indications of the growing use of the hybrid electric powertrain for new and existing Class 2 to 6 commercial vehicles offered by XL Hybrids Inc. One is the recent announcement that the company raised $10.5 million in venture funding. The other is the Boston-based company’s impressive customer list, which now includes FedEx

2016 GMC Savana Cutaway Van
Ford’s growing CNG, propane capable lineup

Passed as part of an extension of federal highway funding, Congressional legislation now corrects a longstanding inequity in the way liquefied natural gas (LNG) is taxed. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, LNG will be taxed based on a diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) unit. Currently, fleets operating LNG-powered trucks are effectively paying a tax on that fuel

Fuel efficiency options: Looking to application to inform your specs

“With the cost of equipment today, typically one of the first questions raised by our full service lease customers is about fuel efficient specifications,” says Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning at Penske Truck Leasing. “Customers always weigh the idea of whether or not a spec is the right fit for

PIT Group
Truck tire retreads: Taking advantage of verified SmartWay offerings

“SmartWay verification is becoming an increasingly important designation for retreads as more fleets realize that the use of fuel-efficient retreads can help them control their costs more effectively,” says Brian Buckham, general manager of product marketing for Goodyear Commercial Tire. “By leveraging new tire compounding technology and tread designs, we can continue to make strides

Gearing up for Phase 2 GHG, fuel economy standards

In mid-June, a regulatory proposal for tighter greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel economy standards for heavy- and medium-duty trucks was announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The long-anticipated vehicle and engine standards cover all types of trucks, including large pickups, vans and buses, for

3 engines
H&P Transportation relies on relationships with suppliers—and the latest technologies

Providing extra heavy hauling transportation services requires specialized solutions. For Kevin Hawkins, president of H&P Transportation, a key part of his family company’s long success has been its relationships with suppliers. It was 1947 when Hawkins’ father, Henry Hawkins, founded H&P Transportation. At the time, the Brownstown, Mich. operation was one of the first companies

H&P Transportation
Making application-specific suspension specification, axles choices

Improving fuel economy and reducing maintenance, along with weight savings to help boost hauling capacity, remain the focus of axle and suspension system design initiatives. In particular, 6×2 configurations can address these needs. Operations best served by 6×2 configurations are those with variable loads. Applications include tank and bulk haulers, beverage and grocery fleets, refuse

Bridging the gap: Connecting trucks and facilities

“If your trucks are wireless, your facilities should be too.” That statement by Deryk Powell, president and chief operating officer of Velociti, is a reflection of the ongoing and rapid growth in connectivity throughout the transportation industry. Velociti is a global provider of technology deployment services, specializing in the installation and service of a broad

Vigillo big data trucking
The connected truck in a wireless world

Connectivity in a wireless world extends to vocational markets as well. In early June, at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC), Pacific Gas & Electric and some of its key suppliers introduced a “connected” bucket truck that among other things features Internet connectivity via a mobile hot spot. Developed in partnership with Altec Inc.

IT Asset Management
Expanding lineup: Chevrolet unveils medium-duty low-cab-forward models

Recently, returning the brand to a segment of the commercial vehicle market, Chevrolet announced it will begin offering low-cab-forward medium-duty trucks in the United States in 2016. The news followed an agreement between General Motors and Isuzu Motors, under which Isuzu will produce the low-cab-forward models based on its N-Series vehicles, and GM will continue

Transportation electrification: Investing in the future

At the 2015 Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC), an annual educational conference for fleet representatives from investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors, fleet electrification was the subject of a presentation by Kellen Shefter, manager of sustainable technology at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), an association representing investor-owned electric companies. Providing highlights of a

PGE Telosis