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Work Truck Magazine HDT
May 9, 2018
<p>The majority of truck fleets, regardless of size, still look to purchase as their main way of funding trucks. Very few smaller fleets, with fewer than 400 trucks, use the lease-only option, with that percentage increasing slightly for fleets with more than 1,000 trucks. <em>(Source:&nbsp;</em>WT<em>&nbsp;Magazine)</em></p> Truck Maintenance: In-House vs. Outsourcing

Truck fleet managers representing all fleet sizes from around the U.S. discuss and share details about their truck maintenance outsourcing processes.

<p><strong>It costs a dollar a minute to keep a truck in the shop. You&rsquo;re money ahead to spec premium and long-lasting components up front than to pay for shop time in the end.</strong> <em>Photos: Jim Park</em></p> Avoid Headaches by Spec'ing the Right Truck

With maintenance and repair costs running at a dollar a minute and half that again for parts, does it make any sense to scrimp on your truck spec?

<p><em>Graph courtesy of Utilimarc</em></p> Utilimarc: Bucket Truck Purchasing Costs Rose 61%

The cost for utility fleets to buy a light-duty bucket truck has risen significantly in the past 9 years, according to newly released data from Utilimarc.

<p>A fleet worried about distracted driving should implement a program that targets those behaviors.&nbsp;<em>(Photo: Getty Images)</em></p> 12 Ways to Assess At-Risk Drivers

Fleet safety experts list 12 essential components of a successful, driver-specific safety assessment program for your work truck fleet.

<p><strong>The U.S. Energy Department has revised higher its expectations for diesel prices this year and into 2019.</strong> <em>Graphic: U.S. DOE</em></p> Energy Department Raises Diesel, Gasoline Price Forecasts

Expected fuel prices have been revised higher, due largely to anticipated higher prices for crude oil, according to a new Energy Department report.

<p><strong>Nikola's hydrogen-electric truck technology got a major endorsement from Anheuser-Busch in the form of an order for up to 800 trucks.</strong> <em>Illustration: Nikola</em></p> Anheuser-Busch Orders 800 Nikola Hydrogen-Electric Trucks

Anheuser-Busch has placed an order for up to 800 hydrogen-electric heavy-duty trucks from Nikola Motor Co. as part of a plan to convert its entire dedicated fleet to renewable power by 2025.

NTEA Launches New Online Tool

NTEA has launched a new Vehicle Center of Gravity and Axle Weight Calculator — a web-based, interactive tool that provides vehicle specification and weight information.

<p><strong>Volvo's new FL Electric Truck is designed for refuse collection and other urban applications. </strong><em>Photo: Volvo</em></p> Volvo Unveils Second Electric Truck Model

Just three weeks after introducing its first electric truck, Volvo has unveiled its FL Electric model in Europe.

Mike Antich
Editor and Associate Publisher
Market Trends
Three Steps to a Successful Upfit: Plan, Plan, Plan

Upfitting a vehicle to perform a specific task is one of the more complicated aspects of fleet management that is fraught with many opportunities to make mistakes, sometimes very expensive ones. We all agree that planning is crucial to the success of any project, but it is especially important when spec’ing a new upfit. Conceptually, most fleet managers will agree with this statement, but it isn’t always followed in actual practice.


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