Electric trucks are here. At this point, every major OEM either has trucks available for order or in development, but if you are interested in adding some of these models to your fleet, there is a lot of preparation that needs to be done ahead of time. For example, recently I wrote a story for
In this episode of the Fleet Future podcast, Fleet Equipment Editor Jason Morgan and Managing Editor Alex Crissey go over the biggest trucking news of the past month, including: The ongoing microchip shortage and its potential impacts on trucking The newly available electric trucks from Freightliner Driving new heavy-duty trucks from Peterbilt and Kenworth, as
The electric future has arrived, with several major OEMs making battery electric trucks available now, some that will be available soon, and even a growing push toward hydrogen fuel cell power. So what will the role of suppliers be in this electric future? To answer that question, I talked with Jeremy Frenznick, senior director of
What makes tracking the right metrics in a fleet maintenance shop so important? According to Jacob Findlay, founder and CEO of Fullbay, a provider of shop management software, it’s important to evolve from a gut feeling, shoot-from-the-hip style of business to a more precise one where the right metrics are tracked, or your shop risks
You’ve probably heard about the EPA GHG regulations that are ramping up throughout the 2020s, starting this year. You’ve probably also heard about more advanced emissions programs introduced by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). But you might wonder, if I don’t run trucks in California, why do I need to know what CARB is
One of the worst pieces of news you can hear as a fleet manager is that one of your trucks has been in a crash. First and foremost, there’s the driver’s safety to be concerned about, and even if they’re all right, there’s the high cost of repairs. But it doesn’t end there–now you have
You’re probably aware of the new oil categories that were introduced back in 2017: CK-4 and FA-4. The introduction of these new oil categories has accelerated a trend we were already seeing in the trucking industry of certain fleets extending their oil drain intervals. The guest on this episode of Fleet Future is Chad Stepanian
This week was Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week, an annual event that is usually held in Las Vegas but, this year, took place virtually. And while the show was absent from its usual backdrop of the sights and sounds of Vegas, the heavy-duty aftermarket insight was as strong as ever. Here are four of the biggest
Let’s talk DPF maintenance. If you’re like most fleets, its one of your least favorite words in your vocabulary. DPFs have been known to be a maintenance headache basically since they arrived on the scene. In today’s episode I talk with Tom Choate of Ceramex, a company with a unique method for cleaning the DPF.
We are smack in the middle of winter, and for fleets, that means it’s time to get those winter maintenance checklists updated. If your trucks run in areas of extreme cold and snow it is a crucial month for maintenance on all components of the vehicle. Let’s zero in on one specific component today: coolant.
One of the major trends of the last few years in the trucking industry has been the growth of the regional haul segment. Bolstered by factors ranging from the driver shortage to the growth of e-commerce, regional routes are becoming a larger percentage of the industry’s routes driven each year, and in 2020, this trend
In a tumultuous 2020 for trucking, regional haul and last-mile delivery fleets were some of the only applications that saw consistent traffic, especially in the spring as shutdowns hit and the economy was upended. But this was not just a 2020 phenomenon—regional haul is poised for growth in 2021 and beyond. Mike Roeth of the