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Sparking electric-powered powertrain adoption

Despite currently record-low fuel prices, emissions, anti-idling and noise regulations are driving medium-duty fleets to consider alternative fuels for their transportation needs. In particular, for operations with local multi-stop routes covering less than 100 miles a day, interest continues to grow in electric-powered delivery and work trucks. According to Motiv Power Systems, approximately one-third of the

Exceptional medium-duty truck resources

Today’s medium-duty OEMs point out that, manufacturers, truck dealers and body builders have exceptional resources available to help fleets customize specs, and have programs for sharing ideas and information to make sure chassis and bodies are right for a particular application. Included are body builder manuals and other reference materials that contain important details about

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Spec’ing for medium-duty applications

“Operators of medium-duty trucks have heavy-duty expectations,” says Kurt Swihart, Kenworth’s marketing manager. “Truck manufacturers are working to make it simpler for customers who want heavy-duty characteristics in traditional medium-duty applications. The challenge in spec’ing a medium-duty truck is to find the right balance between over- and under-spec’ing in order to achieve the performance and

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Mitsubishi Fuso is going electric

After a year of in-use testing demonstrated a 64% savings in operating costs compared to an equivalent diesel-powered vehicle in the same service, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. (MFTA) will debut two prototypes of its Fuso E-cell all-electric truck at The Work Truck Show 2016. One of the prototypes will be available for test drives

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Proper power: Medium-duty engines designed for medium-duty trucks

The medium-duty engine market continues to evolve and expand. By the end of this year, new Detroit DD5 and DD8 engines will be offered as part of the Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) product lineup. The Detroit DD5 medium-duty engine will be offered first, initially on 2016 Freightliner M2 models. Those engines will be built at first in

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The right fit: Spec’ing medium-duty truck bodies

“Understanding fleet needs is key to getting the truck you require,” says Eric McNally, vice president of sales for Reading Truck Body. “The right approach goes beyond just the right truck body. It takes into consideration work environments, operator safety and productivity, and ancillary equipment needs.” “Developing a specification to meet our customers’ needs is

Fleet profile: Marten Transport meets challenges, changes the status quo

It’s one of the trucking industry’s best-known names, and for good reason. Since 1946, trucks sporting the Marten Transport logo have been traveling the highways hauling temperature-controlled goods. “Over the last several years, we’ve transformed our business from a primarily long-haul temperature control carrier to a multi-faceted temperature control carrier,” says David Meyer, the company’s

Fleet Profile: Venezia Bulk Transport addresses customer, employee needs

The stage was set almost 50 years ago, and the practices first put in place then at Venezia Bulk Transport have proven their worth. Established in 1967, the family-owned company takes pride in never wavering from its commitments. Today, brothers Frank, John and Andy Venezia operate the company. “Venezia was founded on the principles that

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What new legislation could mean for light-, medium-duty vehicle technologies

Earlier in 2015, as part of a larger package of energy legislation, a bill introduced to fund research and development of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. At the end of the year, H.R. 4106, the Vehicle Innovation Act (VIA), was brought to the House of Representatives.

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The added value of remanufactured engines, transmissions and axles

For fleets that are extending trade cycles, and those interested in gaining the highest possible resale value for vehicles being taken out of service, remanufactured components can be cost effective. Recently, with new truck deliveries reaching record levels, the rising number of trades has meant more used trucks on the market, making vehicles with remanufactured

Blue Flash Express breaks the driver turnover cycle

For Blue Flash Express Vice President of Operations Jason Aguillard it was about stopping a cycle—new trucks with the right specs would lower maintenance and fuel expenses, improve retention and cut the cost of recruiting and training drivers. “Now we have more money to increase pay for drivers, which further enhances the company as a

New choices: Wabash National rolls out new truck body lineup

During the International Food service Distributors Association (IFDA) Distribution Solutions Conference in late October, a new player entered the market for Class 6 and 7 truck bodies. While hardly new to the industry, this will be Wabash National Corp.’s first line of dry and refrigerated truck bodies based on the technologies it employs in its

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