If you are a typical trucking company, you have one female driver for every 19 males. This is the national average (around five percent). There are some carriers who enjoy a much higher female driver pool. What are they doing differently? First, they have a culture that values and appreciates women. Years ago you could [...]

Q&A: Green Fleet Conference Speaker Mark Smith

August 29, 2014

Mark Smith, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities program’s vehicles technologies deployment manager, will be kick starting the 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo in late October as its opening keynote speaker. Smith is a GFC veteran, having presented in 2010 at the conference in San Diego and participating as a panelist in 2011 in [...]

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Rear-Aft Fuel Tank

August 28, 2014

Titan Fuel Tanks, a manufacturer of high-performance, engineered, polymer aftermarket fuel tanks, has started shipping its new 40-gallon 8020011, cross-linked polyethylene, rear-aft fuel tank. The polymer tank is the only one on the market engineered to fit 2011-2015 Ford F-350, F-450 and F-550 diesel cab and chassis trucks. Formed from military-grade, cross-linked polyethylene (XLHDPE), Titan aftermarket [...]

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CNG, LNG Sales Surge in Texas

August 28, 2014

Sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) are surging in Texas, as measured by sharp increases in tax revenue from the alternative fuels, according to the state Comptroller’s office. State forecasters projected fiscal 2014 natural gas motor fuel tax revenue of $ 992,000 from 6.6 million gallon equivalents. Actual sales came [...]

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Mitsubishi Fuso Adds Idle Limit System to Canter Lineup

August 27, 2014

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) has announced that it has developed an Idle Limit System (ILS) option that can be applied to any of its 2012 through 2015 model-year FUSO Canter work trucks. The ILS programming can be activated at a port-of-entry or by any authorized Mitsubishi Fuso dealer. It can be set at [...]

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The Cold Freeze

August 27, 2014

I am intrigued by some new technologies for refrigerated trailers.  Everyone wants to reduce fuel.  Much of what I have done in the past, and do today, is focused on the tractor.  However, the fuel used in refrigerated trailers can be saved, which also reduces greenhouse gas.  In addition to the typical reefer technology using [...]

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Ford Improves F-150′s Aerodynamic Efficiency

August 27, 2014

Ford engineers have implemented several improvements to the 2015 F-150 pickup truck that should improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle and improve fuel efficiency, according to Ford. Several design improvements developed through wind tunnel testing help the truck gain greater efficiency, including a flush-mounted windshield, tailgate top that functions as a spoiler, a narrower [...]

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Automotive Fleet Editor Discusses Ed Bobit’s Legacy in Podcast

August 26, 2014

Mike Antich, editor and associate publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine, gave his perspective on the legacy of Ed Bobit during a special bonus episode of Fleetcast, a bimonthly fleet management podcast produced by Merchants Fleet Management. Antich was interviewed by Dennis Cavagnaro, director of marketing for Merchants Fleet Management. In the eight-minute interview, Antich recounted Ed [...]

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National Safety Council Predicts Labor Day Road Deaths

August 26, 2014

Nearly 400 people will be killed in vehicle crashes and another 42,300 will be injured, according to the National Safety Council. If the prediction plays out, Labor Day road deaths would reach the highest level since 2008, when 473 people lost their lives in fatal crashes. The most recent four years have seen less than [...]

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Stylish and economical

August 25, 2014

Last week I was at the Great America Truck Show in Dallas, TX.  I moderated a session at the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference talking about how technology can influence driver behavior to achieve better fuel economy and safer operation.  The conclusion is that technology can be transformative and significantly improve operations.  Nussbaum Transportation outlined how [...]

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