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How trailer manufacturers are combating corrosion

Among trailer manufacturers, there is an ongoing effort to address costly corrosion and moisture intrusion. At Great Dane, approaches to combat corrosion include replacing corrosive metal with non-corrosive composite materials and applying coating systems on the metal components, according to Chris Lee, vice president of engineering. “Great Dane’s EnduroGuard rear frame uses stainless and galvaneal

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Making effective drive tire choices for everything from linehaul to severe service vehicles

“Fleets want the best of both worlds, so the latest features and technologies being designed in new drive tires are providing industry-leading mileage and even wear,” says Sharon Cowart, director of product marketing at Michelin North America Inc. “Construction features such as dual compound treads allow the tire to be built with a top layer

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Optimizing trailer utilization: Using telematics to operate assets more efficiently

Motor carriers are facing industry-altering challenges such as driver shortages, which directly reduce available capacity and thereby the ability to meet the demands of fleet customers.

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FedEx makes the largest commercial electric vehicle purchase in the U.S., continues the zero-emissions trend

In a groundbreaking decision, FedEx Corp. is expanding its fleet to include 1,000 new electric vehicles. The Chanje V8100 medium-duty electric panel vans will be operated by FedEx Express in commercial and residential pick-up and delivery services in California. FedEx is purchasing 100 of the vehicles from Chanje Energy and leasing 900 from Ryder System.

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How Centurion Auto Logistics uses technology to provide the best possible service

For 45 years, Centurion Auto Logistics and its transportation entity, Centurion Auto Transport, have been focused on providing on-time, damage-free service to customers. Recently, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company took a big forward-looking step to ensure it can continue to meet that goal by investing $6.8 million in its fleet and in management technology. “We added

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The expanding availability of electric vehicle technologies is poised to change the makeup of fleets

Driven by sustainability initiatives, fuel prices, environmental regulations and public demand, fleets are exploring, investing in and expanding their use of electric vehicles. What makes those objectives increasingly achievable is the growing number of light- and medium-duty commercial electric vehicle technology choices on the market today. Evolving in tandem with OEM electric vehicle offerings are

How Dearco Distributing is effectively streamlining glass deliveries for customers across two states

Jeff Knope is quick to say that his company isn’t in the trucking business. He’s just as fast to add, however, that trucks play a key role in the ability of the glass products wholesaler to serve its customers effectively and efficiently. Knope is president of Dearco Distributing Inc., based in Shawano, Wisc., which operates a

Southeastern Freight Lines is providing added value with its final mile fleet

Having been in business for 68 years, Southeastern Freight Lines (SEFL) has prospered by continually finding new solutions for serving its diverse range of customers. Today, the privately-owned, regional less-than-truckload (LTL) fleet, based in Lexington, S.C., specializes in next-day service in the southern U.S. Recently, SEFL has experienced significant growth in its final mile delivery

Fighting moisture intrusion in refrigerated trailers

“Moisture intrusion in refrigerated trailers impacts thermal performance through the degradation of insulating foam quality, increases in thermal conductivity and potential weight gain,” says Chris Lee, vice president of engineering at Great Dane Trailers. “Outgassing, in particular, causes moisture intrusion into foam cells, degrading the insulation’s value and leading to as much as a 30%

Mercedes-Benz Vans details plans for a new range of technologies and urban commercial vehicles

Setting its sights on the future, Mercedes-Benz Vans recently rolled out an urban commercial vehicle concept it is calling Vision Urbanetic. The concept, the company noted, addresses the inherent challenges found in urban operating environments with solutions for meeting equipment needs and operational issues. At the core of the Vision Urbanetic mobility concept is a new

Mobility vision: Mercedes-Benz Vans details new technologies and urban commercial vehicles

Setting its sights on the future, Mercedes-Benz Vans recently rolled out an urban commercial vehicle concept it is calling Vision Urbanetic. The concept, the company noted, addresses the inherent challenges found in urban operating environments with solutions for meeting equipment needs and operational issues. At the core of the Vision Urbanetic mobility concept is a

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Finding benefits in leasing and outsourced truck maintenance services

Uptime is always driven by a strong maintenance program, notes Steve Zaborowski, senior vice president at XTRA Lease. “Our customers need to manage trucks, freight and drivers, so we’re focused on providing different types of services to keep them up and running,” he says. “Especially as we add trailers to our fleet, that means being