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FUELS ISSUE
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INDUSTRY NEWS ................................
INDUSTRY INSIGHT ........................... 
PRODUCT SHOWCASE ......................
IN EVERY ISSUE
XL FLEET
HYBRID ELECTRIC DRIVE
SYSTEM
Hybrid vehicles help commercial fleets
make immediate progress on sustainability
goals without disrupting operations. See
article on page 28.
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DRIVE SUCCESS
THE ENGINE
FOR THE JOB
CHEVROLET COLORADO
A LITTLE SOMETHING
FOR EVERY APPLICATION
OPERATIONS
ACCELERATE FLEET
ELECTRIFICATION ..........28
Incorporate hybrids
SAFETY
DISTRACTED
DRIVING .......................40
Is it increasing?
COVER STORIES
GREEN FLEET
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PROTECTING OUR
ESSENTIAL TRUCKERS ........................ 
MEDIUM-DUTY
MILESTONES
EVOLVING HOW OIL IS MANAGED ON THE JOB .......................12
Efficiency and environmental responsibility are pillars of Sage Oil Vac
UPFIX
UNLIMITED OPTIONS WITH THE CHEVROLET COLORADO ......... 20
Ready to be what you need it to be
OPERATIONS
WALKING ON AIR ..................................................................24
Air Link suspensions feature air-over-walking-beam technology
TECHNOLOGY
KEEPING YOUR DIGITAL STOREFRONT OPEN ..........................36
Conduct business remotely
TECHNOLOGY
MOBILE CHARGING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES ........................38
Peace of mind to keep fleet vehicles on the road and on the job
I began last month’s editors note pointing out all
the changes that took place between the release of
our March issue and the April issue. It seemed our
country went from hustle and bustle to shut inside
and standing still. The changes between our April
issue and the writing of this note are just as great.
With the COVID-19 death toll rising and the economy
barely afloat, some states are open with restrictions
and others remain shut with shelter-in-place orders.
But no matter where you are in the country, there
is still uncertainty. To help alleviate the stress of the
unknown, we’re here as a fleet owner/managers escape. We will help you look
forward with hope in the future. This month’s issue is all about green fleets
and alternative fuels. Check out XL Fleets piece on its hybrid options for fleet
vehicles on page 28, and see Lightning Mobile’s EV solution on page 38. We’ve
also got solutions for auxiliary batteries on page 32 as well as safety solutions on
page 40. All this and more can help keep you focused on the future during these
uncertain times. Happy reading!
Jade Brasher
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RASMUSSEN GROUP DEPLOYS
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TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS
The Rasmussen Group represents a variety of multi-faceted
design-build heavy construction companies. The Group has
businesses in bridge construction, concrete/asphalt supply,
paving, heavy hauling, dump trucks, crane operations,
and steel fabrication. During its research, the Rasmussen
team recognized the need for more than a dashcam/safety
program that simply captured video. The ability to coach
drivers was critical to allow reinforcement of a family-first
culture and ensure employees are treated fairly. Rasmussen
chose SmartDrive for its proven coaching workflow and its
experience in—and extensive references from—the ready-
mix industry. The company opted to deploy road- and cab-
facing cameras on its dump trucks to protect and exonerate
drivers. It added back-up cameras on ready-mix vehicles
to maximize visibility to risk and ensure adherence with
standard operating procedures.
“Safety is a top priority and a solid foundation for all of
The Rasmussen Group companies, so employing a video
camera system with an enhanced coaching workflow was
fully in line with our continuous commitment to leverage
the best tools to ensure safety,” comments Billy Snead,
director of safety, Concrete Supply, a subsidiary of The
Rasmussen Group. For more, visit www.smartdrive.net.
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Jasper Engines & Transmissions opened a branch location
in Visalia, California, to better serve the businesses and
communities of the San Joaquin Valley. “As we continue to
expand our nationwide footprint, improving our availability
and customer service is something JASPER is very
committed to,” says Kevin Powell, JASPER director of branch
operations. “Our new Visalia branch facility allows us to
service most customers in this market with a JASPER truck
up to five days a week.” Jasper Engines & Transmissions
currently has 50 branch offices and two distribution centers,
servicing the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. For
more, visit www.jasperengines.com.
TEREX UTILITIES RELEASES TECH TIP
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DIGGER DERRICKS
The need for frequent, thorough disinfecting of work trucks
such as aerial devices is a new task for service managers. In
response to customers’ questions, Terex Utilities released
Tech Tip #140 reminding managers of equipment surfaces
touched by crew members. “Its a good idea to clean and
disinfect commonly touched surfaces at the beginning
and end of each shift or crew change,” says Jason Julius,
technical support and training. “Terex Utilities recommends
During the COVID-19 pandemic,
driver safety is more important than ever:
What every fleet should
be doing right now.
webinar
As the world collectively fights against the COVID-19 pandemic,
we acknowledge the pivotal role that industries who provide essential
goods and services (such as delivering medical supplies to hospitals) play in
moving the world forward. Yes, they were certainly important before this but
with these industries now working harder than before and in challenging
circumstances, they need our support and skills more than ever.
In this webinar, we’ll briefly review key points of
the FMCSA’s emergency declaration and response,
and provide guidance on specific steps fleets
should be taking to ensure safety including:
Ensuring physical health of drivers
Ensuring hygiene in and around vehicles
Protecting drivers from crashes
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JONATHAN BATES
Jonathan has worked
passionately in the eet
industry for 15 years,
eight years at a leading
commercial vehicle OEM
and seven years at MiX
Telematics. His experience
spans product management
and market strategy,
focused on road-related
safety and best practices.
speaker
about MIX:
MiX Telematics is a leading global provider of eet and mobile asset management solutions delivered
as SaaS to more than 812,000 subscribers in over 120 countries. e company’s products and services
provide enterprise eets, small eets and consumers with solutions for eciency, safety, compliance
and security. MiX Telematics was founded in 1996 and has oces in the United States, South Africa, the
United Kingdom, Uganda, Brazil, Australia, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates as well as a network
of more than 130 eet partners worldwide. MiX Telematics shares are publicly traded on the New York
Stock Exchange (NYSE: MIXT) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE: MIX).
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using disinfectant wipes and following CDC guidelines for
developing and implementing a cleaning plan.
In addition, the EPA has compiled a list of disinfectant
products that can be used against COVID-19. Among
the items to disinfect are keys, door handles, arm rests,
steering wheel, engine start/stop button, and other
controls inside the cab. Items to clean on the truck chassis
are doors, latches, outrigger controls, upper/lower and
radio controls, grab handles, and platform. For more, visit
www.terex.com/utilities.
PETERBILT LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
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SERVICE TECHNICIANS
Peterbilt Motors Company announces the launch of
Peterbilt.tech, a website created solely to help individuals
interested in a rewarding career as a Peterbilt service
technician at one of Peterbilt’s over 400 dealer locations.
Aspiring technicians can learn about the technological
enhancements used in Peterbilt trucks today using the links
within Peterbilt.tech. They can also apply to the Peterbilt
Technician Institute to fine-tune their education and receive
advanced industry training. Additionally, previous graduates
and other qualified technicians can search and apply for
open positions throughout the Peterbilt Dealer Network
directly. For more, visit www.peterbilt.com.
ICUEE IS NOW THE UTILITY EXPO
When utility professionals converge in Louisville
September 28-30, 2021, they will find more education,
more equipment manufacturers, and service providers.
At this show, everything will have the utility industry in
mind, and now with a better-fitting name: The Utility
Expo. This all-inclusive name better reflects The Utility
Expo experience all in one place. Attendees from all utility
sectors will experience an event that introduces them to
new equipment, ideas, and innovations. The Utility Expo
will be held September 28-30, 2021, returning to Louisville
and the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more, visit
www.theutilityexpo.com.
VOLTA POWER SYSTEMS PARTNERS
WITH STELLAR INDUSTRIES TO REDUCE
IDLING WORK TRUCKS
Volta Power Systems partnered with Stellar Industries to
provide lithium-ion power systems that reduce idling from
fleet utility and work trucks. The auxiliary system stores
enough energy to provide all-day power for hydraulics,
power tools, and multiphase worksite power without idling.
Available as an accessory to replace a traditional hydraulic
system on a work truck, Stellar Industries offers the Hybrid
Power System (HPS) through its American Eagle brand. For
more, visit www.americaneagleacc.com/hps.
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INDUSTRY INSIGHT
There are many unanswered
questions surrounding our
current global situation.
Our civilization relies on the
trucking industry now more
than ever to ensure hospitals
get necessary supplies,
civilians have plenty to
choose from on the grocery
store shelves, and that last-
mile deliveries are made,
whether they are delivered
to private residences
or essential businesses.
COVID-19 has affected the
trucking industry more than
you may realize. Here to tell
us more about it is Jonathan
Bates of MiX Telematics.
A Pandemic
and the
Trucking Industry
WHY SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT DURING THESE TIMES
JONATHAN BATES
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YOUR ROLE WITH THE COMPANY?
BATES: MiX Telematics is a leading
global provider of fleet and mobile
asset management solutions delivered
as software as a service (SaaS) to
812,000 subscribers in over 120
countries. The company’s products and
services provide enterprise fleets, small
fleets, and consumers with solutions
for efficiency, safety, compliance, and
security. MiX Telematics was founded
in 1996 and has offices in South Africa,
the United Kingdom, the United States,
Uganda, Brazil, Australia, Mexico,
and the United Arab Emirates as well
as a network of more than 130 fleet
partners worldwide.
I am the head of global marketing
at MiX Telematics.
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BATES: Truck drivers play an essential
role in keeping much-needed food and
supplies moving during the COVID-19
pandemic. Demand has gone through
the roof with a large portion of the
world’s population confined to their
homes. This means that the delivery
industry faces almost daily new
challenges and scenarios to plan
around and is stretched to the limits.
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HOS RULES DURING THIS
PANDEMIC. WHAT DOES THAT
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BATES: It means that the world is
asking for even more from drivers
and that we must have a firm focus
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MILESTONES
C
hanging irrigation engine oil can become a cacophony
of empty five-gallon buckets rolling around the bed
of a pickup with the remaining dregs of some of
those containers creating an oil slick covering just about
everything in reach. Combined with the heat, the odor
of burned or used oil, and the dirty or muddy conditions
common around most irrigation engines, it's a scenario
familiar to just about everyone familiar with the job—and
one that few enjoy.
In 1993, that exact scenario had become reality for
Gary Sage, and he was looking for a change. The inventor
integrated the oil vac system he invented in servicing his own
irrigation engines. The result: Not a single drop of oil spilled
on himself, his equipment, his machinery,
or the ground.
Evolving How Oil is
Managed on the Job
EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY ARE PILLARS OF SAGE OIL VAC
Gary Sage invents integrated oil vac system
to service his own irrigation engines.
1993
1990 2000 2010
2001 2012
Sage opens a full-time shop
dedicated to fabricating his oil vac
systems in Amarillo, Texas.
Sage Oil Vac wins
Top Small Business
of the Year award
by the Amarillo
Chamber of
Commerce, as well
as the President’s “E”
Award for Exports.
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RANGE OF OPTIONS
Now almost three decades later,
Gary's invention has become the
foundation for Sage Oil Vac, a
company committed to efficiency
and environmental sustainability on
jobsites ranging from irrigation and
wind turbines to heavy excavation
in the United States and around
the world. Currently, Sage Oil Vac
offerings include lube trucks ranging
from Class 5 to Class 8, fuel and lube
trailers, lube skids, lube carts, and
a LubeBuilder™ system that can be
customized to fit any vehicle and
operation size.
All Sage Oil Vac oil exchange systems
feature a pump-free design that uses
vacuum pressure technology and
compressed air to exchange fluid at a
rate of up to 15 gallons per minute. In
addition to improving cleanliness and
efficiency, the Sage Oil Vac system also
eliminates maintenance issues more
common with pump-driven systems.
DECADE OF EXPANSION
E
ight years after his original system
sparked the ambition to create Sage
Oil Vac, Gary opened a full-time shop
dedicated to fabricating the systems in
Amarillo, Texas, in 2001. In the decade
that followed, he expanded the company
by diversifying Sage Oil Vac systems to
outfit service technicians maintaining
heavy equipment, generators, rental
fleets, and oil and gas field machinery.
In 2004, the company created a
partnership to custom build oil vacuum
systems for the US Army Reserves.
After opening a new 24,000-sq-ft
facility to accommodate the growth
that partnership created, Sage Oil
Vac’s diversification continued with
the 2007 development of the Gear Oil
Exchange (GOEX) system for changing
oil and servicing wind turbines. The
GOEX system is available in a variety
of platforms including skids, open
trailers, enclosed trailers, and trucks
or offshore containers and includes
an on-board filtration system that
reduces wear particles on wind turbine
gearboxes. This significantly increases
component and gearbox life spans.
The resulting niche market created
by the development of the GOEX
system took Sage systems to overseas
customers when it gained distributors
in Europe and Australia. In 2012, the
companys decade of evolution netted
it the Top Small Business of the Year
award by the Amarillo Chamber of
Commerce, as well as the Presidents
“E” Award for Exports.
NEXT GENERATION
Four years later, Gary Sage retired as
Sage Oil Vac CEO, paving the way for
his son Aaron to take the company’s
reins. Since becoming CEO in 2016,
Aaron has continued to grow the
family business, which now has a
dealer network of more than 30
locations around the United States.
Though the company has evolved
a great deal since its inception, the
primary focus of Sage Oil Vac has
not changed.
“We’re just as committed to
bringing efficiency and environmental
responsibility to consumers through
the use of our mobile lube equipment
as we were in 1993,” Aaron says.
Those who choose to ‘change with
Sage’ do so because of the guaranteed
quality equipment and unbeatable
customer service.
Only time will tell what’s in store for
Sage Oil Vac in the next decade.
Cutting the ribbon a new Sage Oil Vac facility
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A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR
EVERY APPLICATION
The 2020
Chevrolet
Colorado
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T
he state of Colorado is home
to some of the nation’s tallest
mountains, expansive forests,
plains, canyons, rivers, and deserts.
It is home to big cities, small towns,
and ghost towns. Its people are
just as diverse; from the born-and-
raised to the transplants to the
yearly slope seekers from around
the globe, Colorado knows variety.
Vehicle models, like the Chevrolet
Colorado, are often given names
of geographical locations. Maybe
Chevy chose to name its midsize
truck the Colorado because it
sounded nice paired with Silverado,
the Colorado’s full-size counterpart.
But its nice to think the meaning
behind the truck’s name is deeper
than just phonetics.
Perhaps Chevrolet named its
midsize truck after the state of
Colorado because of its versatility.
If a truck has the capabilities of
roaming city streets just as easily
as backwoods and sandy deserts,
and if it must be named after a
geographical location, shouldn’t
that geographical location
encompass city streets, backwoods,
and deserts? No matter how the
Chevrolet Colorado got its name,
there’s no denying the versatility of
this truck—not to mention the fact
that its loaded with technology,
safety, and off-road features.
GAS OR DIESEL
This truck was designed to be
versatile, and the engine availability
reflects that. Three engines are
available with the Chevrolet
Colorado. Its standard is a 2.5-L,
4-cylinder engine. This engine gives
owners 26 mpg on the highway,
200 hp, and 191 lb-ft of torque. Its
capable of towing 3,500 lbs with
a max payload of 1,444 lbs. The
engine features continuous variable
valve timing and direct injection to
maximize power when you need it
and offer improved fuel economy.
If you’re looking for something
with a bit more towing capability,
consider the available 3.6-L DOHC
V6 engine for your Colorado.
It gives owners 25 mpg on the
highway, 308 hp, and 275 lb-ft of
torque. This engine is capable of
towing a maximum of 7,000 lbs on
all Colorado models except the ZR2.
Its max payload is 1,578 lbs. It also
features variable valve timing and
direct injection.
Finally, Chevy offers a diesel
option for its Colorado with the
Duramax 2.8-L Turbo-diesel. Get
ready to hit the open road with
this engine as it gives 30 mpg on
the highway with a max highway
range of 630 miles per tank. Tow
a whopping maximum of 7,700 lbs
with 2WD models with a maximum
payload of 1,510 lbs. The Duramax
2.8-L Turbo-Diesel pumps out 181
hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Once you
establish the right power for you,
consider the level of luxury or the
image you’d like to portray with your
Colorado with its different models.
PERSONAL TOUCH
Depending on your personal desires
and business needs, Chevrolet
has a Colorado model that fits the
bill. Chevrolet offers four different
models of the Colorado, including
its WT (Work Truck) model, as well
as eight special editions.
The WT model features the 2.5-L
engine or available 3.6-L V6 engine,
which is paired with an 8-speed
automatic transmission. The WTs
Extended Cab is great for carrying
two crew members in the back, and
the Crew Cab carries three crew
members in the back with a fold-
down bench seat.
The LT gives owners a little
bit of flare and style. It features
body-color bumpers, 17-inch
aluminum wheels, and chrome
beltline moldings. Its EZ Lift power
locking tailgate is an LT detail that
shouldn’t be overlooked. LT owners
also get a bit more comfort and
convenience with luxuries such as
a leather-wrapped steering wheel,
steering wheel audio controls, and
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The Colorado features available 4G LTE WiFi with connection of up to seven devices.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available to meet your business’ connectivity needs.
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an infotainment system with an 8-inch
color touch screen.
The Z71 model is great for accessing
remote sites with its automatic locking
rear differential, fog lamps, projector-
beam headlamps, and 17-inch wheels.
For those working at completely
off-the-grid jobsites, perhaps the ZR2
is your best bet. This Colorado model
has both rear and front electronic
locking differentials, a Multimatic
DSSV Damping System, and its 2-inch
lift and 3.5-inch wider stance gives the
model plenty of clearance to bound
rocky paths.
The Colorado’s eight special editions
include those that are specific to
presentation such as the ZR2 Dusk for
bold impressions, the ZR2 Midnight
with a sleek black exterior, the RST
with black beltline and bodyside
moldings for a dramatic look, the
Redline Edition with Redline-specific
badging, the Custom with Dark Argent
Metallic-painted features, and the Z71
Midnight with a spray-on bedliner and
all-weather floor liners.
Other special editions specific to
off-roading include the ZR2 Bison with
steel skid plates and an American
Expedition Vehicles’ (AEV) snorkel
for extreme off-road experiences and
the Trail Runner with skid plates and
tubular rocker protectors.
TECH FOR BUSINESS
As you consider what model Colorado
is best for you, you’ll need to
determine if your business requires
mobile office connectivity, giving
employees the ability to access
documents or orders online while
in the cab of the Colorado. A shift
is happening on the jobsite, and if
there’s one thing becoming more and
more handy/essential in everyday
business operations, its technology.
As a fleet owner, you need to be
sure your fleet vehicles are capable
of handling your technology needs
and then some, whether that means
in-cab WiFi or multiple USB ports.
The Colorado features available 4G
LTE WiFi with connection of up to
seven devices—thats enough for
mobile devices for every worker in
the cab plus a tablet and a laptop.
Does your business provide Apple or
Android phones to all employees?
Well the Colorado has your drivers
covered with Apply CarPlay and
Android Auto compatibility. But the
Colorado’s technology doesn’t stop at
convenience and connectivity.
KEEP ‘EM SAFE
Ensuring your drivers are safe on the
road is the most important aspect
of fleet operations. The Colorado is
available with safety technology to help
prevent costly accidents and prolonged
downtime. The Colorado LT and Z71
models feature an available safety
package that include Lane Departure
Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and
Rear Part Assist (also available on the
WT Convenience Package). All Colorado
models come standard with a Rear
Vision Camera, StabiliTrak Electronic
Stability Control, six airbags, and a
high-strength steel safety cage.
WHAT’S IN A NAME
The Colorado is just as easily a work
fleet vehicle as it is a recreational
vehicle; it was designed that way.
You’ll be just as comfortable driving
the truck through mountain streams
and dusty paths as you would be
driving through construction sites and
city alleys. The Chevrolet Colorado
has a little something for every
application—be it rocky, sandy, or
concrete—much like its eponym has
a little something for everyone—be it
mountains, dunes, or city lights.
Its possible the folks at Chevrolet
didn’t put that much thought into
naming of the Colorado. Perhaps the
name is just a great complement to
its flagship truck, the Chevy Silverado.
After all, the names do sound great
when said together. If that is the case,
what a pleasant coincidence that a
truck versatile enough to scale all the
varied terrains in the Centennial State
would also bear its name.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Find out more about the
2020 Chevrolet Colorado, visit
www.chevrolet.com.
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hat line of work are you in?
Do you own a landscaping
company? Are you a
contractor? What about a plumber
or an HVAC technician? Whether you
belong to one of those professions or
work in the tough logging industry—or
even if you’re a florist—the vehicles
you use on the job are known as
work trucks. From that knowledge
alone, its easy to guess that there
are multiple types of work trucks.
Depending on your business, your
work truck might require versatility,
capable enough to haul a load yet nice
enough to take a client out to lunch.
Then again, your business might
require your work truck solely for the
purpose of carrying a crane or aerial
work platform. A work truck is your
tool, so how can you use it to your
best advantage?
Thats where upfitters and
aftermarket accessories come in. Back
in August you read about all the ways
to upfit a Ram ProMaster, whether it
be through shelving, flooring, slide-
out cranes, and more. The ProMaster
is essentially a blank canvas waiting
for your upfit. A Colorado is similar.
This truck was made to be versatile,
capable of cruising city streets or
bounding over rocks in the woods.
Make your Colorado as versatile
as you’d like or make it limited to
specific jobs—the choice is up to
you. No matter which direction
you’re leaning, let these options help
you decide…
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Yokohama Tire
If you’re in the market for a tire that can do it all, opt for a
manufacturer that’s been in the tire business for more than a
century. Rule the road in your Chevy Colorado with the innovative
GEOLANDAR A/T G015™ all-terrain tire. It’s engineered for
durability and vastly improves traction for SUVs and mid- to full-
size pickup trucks on any surface in any weather condition—and
that includes snow. The G015 meets the US Tire Manufacturers
Association’s severe snow service criterion and is stamped with the
mountain/snowflake symbol. The G015 is available in 92 sizes from
15- to 22-inch rim diameters. You’ll be able to find a perfect fit for
your Colorado, not matter how you’ve modified it.
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GladiaTor
Need to secure the load in your truck bed without
sacrificing capacity? Maybe a cargo net is what you
need. Gladiator Cargo Nets offers the #1 selling heavy-duty
cargo net on the market. Shown here is the Small
(SGN-100) on a Chevy Colorado. It is the perfect fit
on the short bed
model for all your hauling
needs. Gladiator Cargo
Nets are
securement products that
are designed to be as
tough as your truck. The nets
come with four hardware
attachment straps to
easily secure your
cargo as well as an
oversized heavy-
duty storage bag.
When not in use,
the whole system
fits conveniently
under the back seat of
the Colorado, so you’ll
always have it with you
when you need it.
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s the industry’s first, patented
air-over-walking-beam
suspension, the Air Link® Tandem
Drive Chassis Suspension is 100%
off-highway rated and can help
keep vocational vehicles functioning
on and off the road for more than
a million miles.
TOUR OF DUTY
Link’s revolutionary Air Link Tandem
Drive Chassis Suspension with its
air-over-walking-beam technology
was first patented close to 30 years
ago. Originally designed to cope with
extreme payloads and the rigors
of harsh off-highway logging and
oilfield applications, the Air Link’s
performance characteristics were
and are vastly superior to alternative
heavy-duty leaf spring, rubber block
walking beam, two-spring “six-rod”
and trailing arm suspensions.
The Air Link comes in 85K,
65K, 52K, and 46K capacities and
provides smooth, comfortable,
uncompromising ride quality for
operators of heavy equipment and
has been compared to that of todays
advanced pickup trucks.
The Air Link Tandem Drive Chassis
Suspension was engineered to survive
and thrive in extreme environments,
such as Canada’s oil fields and remote
northern logging areas and has
also been proven in harsh military
applications in the US, Canada, and
the Middle East,” says Neil Mardell,
senior manager of defense programs
and heavy vocational products for
Link. “Now optimized for heavy
vocational on- and off-highway
commercial applications, this is
mature technology that has stood the
test of time.
THANKS A MILLION
Its not uncommon for vocational
vehicles to log a million miles or
more of duty over their lifetimes.
Challenging environments with
rough terrain can take their toll
on equipment, causing premature
deterioration and both body and
structural damage from exposure to
high-frequency vibrations.
Air Link Suspensions deliver a
smooth comfortable ride, resulting
in less driver fatigue and equipment
damage. High roll stability, coupled
with equal weight distribution to
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both axles, means safer operation
on-highway, off-highway, and in all
weather conditions.
“Our Air Link® Suspensions make
equipment far easier and more
comfortable to operate and have
been proven to reduce the need for
body repairs on vehicles they have
served,” Mardell states. “And because
all Air Link Suspensions are 100% off-
highway rated, users can rest assured
that whichever Air Link model they
have on their vehicle, it was built
for the long haul, regardless of what
they’re hauling and where.
A HIGHER CALLING
As North America’s highest-capacity
air spring suspension, Link’s 85K Air
Link Tandem Drive Chassis Suspension
is designed with large, high-volume,
low-frequency air springs that enable
occupants to experience a consistently
smooth and comfortable ride whether
their vehicle is under full load or
completely empty. The suspension’s
dual height-control valves ensure that
proper ride height and vehicle leveling
are maintained, thus maximizing roll
stability regardless of the weight and
balance of a vehicle’s cargo.
“Link’s 85K Air Link Tandem Drive
Chassis Suspension has been optimized
for select heavy vocational axles,
has been engineered to seamlessly
interface with tier-one online
installation processes, and delivers
Link’s legendary ride quality at the
highest capacity for any air
spring suspension on this
continent,” Mardell says.
“Not only is our 85K the
highest-capacity tandem
air spring suspension
around, but because of its air-
over-walking-beam design, it’s also one
of the most resilient, able to continue
functioning even if a loss of an air
spring were to occur.
The system’s ability to equally
distribute weight, its high roll stability,
and its tractive superiority make
operating on challenging off-highway
terrain safer, more comfortable, and
ultimately more controlled. With three
times more roll stability than any
other vocational air-ride suspension,
the Air Link rides four times smoother
than a conventional spring pack and
10 times smoother than a rubber
block suspension. The Air Link also
offers users all the advantages of a
combined air spring and walking beam
suspension without all the downsides
of more primitive steel or rubber
walking beam suspensions.
GENERATING EXCITEMENT
Many entities with responsibilities for
large-scale snow and ice management
operate heavy equipment, with dump
trucks and refuse vehicles often
pressed into service during winter
months. Unfortunately, for those fleets
running 315 tires, using tire chains
may cause damage to some vehicle
suspensions and undercarriages due to
inadequate clearance.
Link’s new 52K Air Link Gen 3 Tandem
Drive Chassis Suspension is designed to
meet the needs of states, municipalities,
and road maintenance contractors
using tire chains on heavy vocational
equipment with 315 tires. The new
suspension features maintenance
advantages and is also lighter than
previous generations of the Air Link.
Link’s new 52K Gen 3 has been
reengineered specifically to improve
clearance for 315 tires and chains
while maintaining the exceptional ride
quality long associated with its Air
Link heavy vocational suspension line.
Hanger brackets have been lengthened,
heavy-duty dampers have been moved
forward, center bushings have been
raised, and the vertical distance
between the trailing arm and walking
beam pivots has been optimized.
“Until now, fleets managing snow
and ice with heavy vocational vehicles
were forced to choose between
the benefits of air springs and the
ability to use 315 tires,” Mardell says.
“Link’s new 52K Gen 3 Tandem Drive
Suspension makes their choice a lot
easier moving forward.
TRASH TALK
Refuse industry fleets were among
the first to benefit from the new
52K Air Link Gen 3. Nexus Disposal
of Houston, Texas, was chosen as
one of the first waste management
fleets to field test the Gen 3 under
real world conditions.
The 85K Air Link is not only
the highest-capacity tandem air spring
suspension available in North America, but
because of its air-over-walking-beam design, it
could continue functioning even if the
air springs were damaged.
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The 52K Air Link Gen 3’s superior
ride, handling, and tractive
characteristics can make all the
difference when a vehicle transitions
from paved roads to off-highway
conditions, such as transit to and from
municipal dumps. These attributes
also play a significant role in vehicle
control when pulling off-road for waste
collection. Uneven terrain and hazards
such as irrigation ditches can often be
encountered and may pose a potential
for vehicle damage, tipping, or both.
“We really like the way the Gen 3’s
dual height-control valves maintain
proper ride height and leveling of
a vehicle, independent of its load
distribution, maximizing its roll
stability,” Efrain Gonzalez, CEO of
Nexus Disposal, says. “The suspension
also features larger, high-volume,
low-frequency air springs that deliver
a smoother more even ride whether
the vehicle is fully laden or empty—it
really does feel like you’re driving a
pickup truck.
“We’re also happy that the Gen
3 has been engineered to enable
easier service and to demand less
maintenance,” Gonzalez comments,
noting that the Gen 3 suspension’s
anti-corrosive polyurethane bushings
require no lubrication, and trailing
arm bushings can be easily replaced
with hanging brackets in situ.
Weighing in at only about 875 lbs,
the 52K Gen 3 is not only 50 lbs lighter
than other Air Link suspensions, but
lighter than competing suspension
offerings. The suspension has been
designed with a lower number of
moving parts, extra-large bearing
surfaces, more brawny main
components, and a higher level of
load-bearing redundancy.
BUILT TO LAST
All Air Link suspensions require
minimal maintenance. There are no
lubrication points, and once wheel
alignment is set on an Air Link, no
future adjustments are required. Link
recommends quarterly inspections
of frame-fastening bolts and
bushings as part of a preventive
maintenance protocol.
All Air Link suspensions are
treated with Link’s exclusive Link-
KOAT® migratory self-healing metal
treatment. Link-KOAT provides
unparalleled corrosion resistance
and rust protection even when
surfaces are exposed to excessive
abrasion, harsh chemicals, and other
severe-duty environmental factors.
All Air Link Tandem Drive Chassis
Suspensions include an extended
three-year warranty.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Find out more about Link Mfg., LTD
and its Air Link suspensions, visit
www.linkmfg.com.
ALL AIR LINk
SUSPENSIONS REqUIRE
MINIMAL MAINTENANCE.
THERE ARE NO
LUBRICATION POINTS, AND
ONCE WHEEL ALIGNMENT
IS SET ON AN AIR LINk,
NO FUTURE ADJUSTMENTS
ARE REqUIRED.
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Accelerating
Fleet Electrification
HYBRID VEHICLES HELP COMMERCIAL FLEETS MAKE
IMMEDIATE PROGRESS ON SUSTAINABILITY GOALS
By Eric Foellmer
I
n 2018, the US Environmental
Protection Agency and other
independent climate researchers
confirmed that transportation is now
the leading contributor to greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions in the country,
and that trend shows no signs of
slowing down.
As a result, commercial companies
and municipalities of all sizes stepped
up and took a leadership role in
curbing their own carbon emissions
by publicly setting ambitious carbon
reduction targets designed to
encourage greater adoption of greener
vehicles in their fleet operations.
Electrified fleet vehicles, including
battery electric (BEV), hybrid electric
(HEV), and plug-in hybrid (PHEV)
options, continue to emerge as the
most popular category of alternative
propulsion technologies used to
combat this issue.
However, with the significant
infrastructure and capital cost challenges
preventing the broad adoption of BEV
solutions for the foreseeable future,
green-minded fleets have deployed
large volumes of hybrids and plug-in
hybrids in order to make significant and
immediate improvements in their GHG
metrics. While they don’t classify as a
zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) that many
fleets are looking to adopt over the long
term, HEVs and PHEVs offer a number
of advantages that allow them to be
deployed in large scale today.
FLEET-READY
Hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric fleet
vehicles are a key solution for fleets
looking to reduce their operational
costs and lower their carbon footprint.
They can provide immediate fuel
economy and sustainability value
while effectively overcoming the
most pressing challenges of battery
electric vehicles.
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REQUIREMENTS. Hybrid vehicles
continue to leverage the vehicle’s
internal combustion engine,
so there’s no range anxiety to
consider with their operation.
Since they generate their own
supplemental power through
regenerative braking without
needing to be plugged into any
charging port, they provide a
completely self-sufficient means of
improving mpg performance.
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in hybrids also leverage the factory
engine and regenerative braking
while having additional battery
capacity that can be powered by
plugging the vehicle into a standard
charging port (either a level 2 EVSE
or a 120v household outlet).
 ROI WITHOUT INCENTIVES.
While federal or state incentive
programs are typically needed to
purchase even a single battery
electric commercial fleet vehicle,
HEVs and PHEVs can provide a
meaningful return on investment
(ROI) without incentives thanks to
their lower capital purchase costs.
Many incentive programs do include
these vehicles, which helps to boost
their investment value even more.
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APPLICATIONS. When
hybrid
and plug-in hybrid electric drive
solutions are offered as aftermarket
upfits, they can be installed
onto a wide range of vehicles
from multiple OEMs. As a result,
fleets can quickly and easily turn
the same types of vans, shuttle
buses, pickup trucks, and service
vehicles they’re already using into
electrified versions of those units.
BEV ACCELERATORS
There’s no question that the
commercial fleet industry is progressing
toward an all-electric future. As
battery cost, vehicle availability, and
infrastructure maturity continue to
improve over time, we will see more
widescale adoption of these zero-
emission, low maintenance
vehicles on our streets
and highways.
That said, a transportation
infrastructure built for internal
combustion engines (ICE) cannot
be replaced overnight. We are likely
decades away from a comparable
adoption rate between electric and
ICE-powered vehicles on the road.
In the meantime, hybrids and plug-
in hybrids can serve as an accelerating
technology that helps propel the
industry into an all-electric future.
These readily available solutions offer
a number of advantages that can
actually accelerate BEV adoption as
those technologies and supporting
infrastructure continue to develop.
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Adopting commercial HEVs and
PHEVs now can help drivers,
maintenance teams, and fleet
managers become accustomed
to operating and maintaining
electrified vehicles immediately,
helping create further demand for
electric powertrains down the road.
 STRONG INSTALLATION AND
SERVICE CAPACITY. Aftermarket
electrification providers like XL Fleet
have built comprehensive networks
throughout North America where
customers can buy, install, and
service their electrified vehicles
from the same location—often from
the same dealer or upfitter theyre
already working with.
 GREATER CHARGING
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 PHEVs
typically charge more quickly than
their all-electric counterparts. A
single EVSE station can
often charge multiple
plug-in hybrid vehicles in the same
time required to fully charge an all-
electric vehicle. This maximizes shift
efficiency and can help defer costly
power system upgrades needed to
support a BEV fleet.
SUSTAINABILITY
For over ten years, XL Fleet has
provided commercial and municipal
fleet managers with hybrid and
plug-in hybrid electric drive solutions
for a wide range of vehicles and
applications. XL Fleet customers
have driven well over 100 million
fleet miles with the companys
electrification systems installed
on Class 2-6 vans, pickups, shuttle
buses, delivery trucks, and specialty
vehicles from Ford, GM, and Isuzu.
XLs hybrid systems are installed on
some of the world’s largest and most
successful commercial fleets, and the
companys plug-in hybrid electric drive
technology was named one of TIME
magazine’s best inventions of 2019.
As the commercial transportation
industry slowly evolves to adapt to a
future in which all-electric propulsion is
the norm and not the exception, hybrid
and plug-in hybrid fleet vehicles will
remain an integral part of most fleets’
sustainability plans for the foreseeable
future. They are widely available, easily
deployed, and make an immediate
sustainability impact—especially when
replacing older, traditional gas- and
diesel-powered vehicles.
In this way, hybrid and plug-in
hybrid electric fleet vehicles can
continue to complement BEVs as part
of a comprehensive fleet electrification
solution that can be adopted
immediately, deployed for decades, and
help speed the adoption of cleaner,
greener vehicles for all types of fleets.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eric Foellmer is the director of
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ou already know that the right
vehicle specifications can make
a big impact on your business’
bottom line. Decisions you make
about vehicle payload, tires, the right
transmission for your duty cycle,
and a number of other factors can
make noticeable differences for your
drivers, mechanics, and accountants.
But choosing the right engine for
maximum reliability, durability, and
total cost of ownership can be just as
challenging as it is important. Here is
a breakdown of what to look for and
how to weigh the different factors.
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Work trucks are essential
business tools that are put
to the test every day in some of the
most rigorous duty cycles. So, you
should look for an engine that has
withstood the test of time and proven
both reliable and durable. The
Cummins L9, for example, has
successfully used the same basic block
and major engine components for
over two decades. Have there been
upgrades? Absolutely. But the changes
have been evolutionary, not
revolutionary, in keeping with a policy
of continuous improvement.
2
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OWNERSHIP (TCO).
There are a number of
factors that impact keeping your TCO
as low as possible. Fuel efficiency is a
key consideration, especially if you put
more than 30,000 miles per year on a
vehicle. Maintenance costs can add up
significantly based on not just parts
and labor but also the opportunity
cost of downtime when a vehicle is
out of service. Look closely and
compare maintenance intervals
up front.
There have been tremendous
advancements in filter technology
in the last few years, doubling some
intervals and eliminating others
entirely. Features such as replaceable
wet cylinder liners make it much
easier and less costly to perform
an overhaul. The final factor in
determining TCO is the added value
that an engine brings at resale.
While no one can guarantee what
will happen in the future, there is
extensive historical data that strongly
suggests that purchasing the most
popular and trusted brand will
result in a higher selling price when
replacing a piece of equipment.
3
PTO CAPABILITIES.
Many work trucks,
particularly those in
vocational applications, require robust
Power Take-Off capabilities. Having
both rear-engine and front-engine
options provides the flexibility you
need so you can have a single source
for engines while powering different
types of trucks within a specialty fleet.
4
ROBUST EMISSION
CONTROLS.
Selective Catalytic
Reduction (SCR) and the Diesel
Particulate Filter (DPF) were critical
elements in meeting the 2017 EPA
NOx guidelines as well as the
requirement for reduced Greenhouse
Gas (GHG) emissions. Diesel Oxidation
Catalysts use precious metals, so you
don’t want them to get fouled.
Choose
the Engine
that
Drives
Your Success
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5
SUPPORT SYSTEM.
Sooner or later, even the most precise machinery
like a Swiss watch needs adjustment. The same
holds true for diesel and natural gas engines. When you
think about what kind of powerplant to put in a new piece
of equipment, make sure you look closely at the service and
support capabilities of the manufacturer. Do they employ
the same basic technology across product platforms,
simplifying maintenance and service procedures? Can you
get fault codes transmitted from a worksite to a
repair facility or your dispatcher? How
large is the services and support
network of the engine manufacturer?
These are questions you must ask
before making a decision.
6
SPEC’ING HELP.
Its not enough just to
choose the right
manufacturer and the right engine
to match your horsepower and
torque needs. You need to get it
configured just right to match
your transmission and tire size, set
the parameters to meet performance
objectives and driver preferences, and
enable the right feature set. Something as
simple as setting the idle shutdown time
correctly can make a huge difference in fuel
usage. You want to make sure that your local
OEM truck provider is taking full advantage of the
resources available through the engine manufacturer. If you
are buying a Cummins engine, for example, your local
distributor or dealer will use a program called PowerSpec™
to help you get everything set up right from the start. Not
having the correct spec for your duty cycle can be a costly
mistake that you will want to avoid.
If you create a matrix with these six factors and decide
which of the factors should be weighted most heavily
for your business objectives, it will make doing your due
diligence much easier. The result will pay off in the form
of efficiency, productivity, reliability, and dependability for
years to come.
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MAINTENANCE
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F
or a novice Class 8 truck driver
getting accustomed to the
industry, life on the open road
can be intimidating. Drivers learn that
part of their responsibility is knowing
how to properly service and maintain
their vehicle to ensure that cargo
reaches its final destination. A catalyst
of operational success lies in battery
performance. Truck batteries provide
the essential starting power needed
to keep vehicles in motion and supply
energy to all electrical components,
including the radio, air conditioner,
brakes, and windshield wipers.
With many different battery
chemistries and OEM models to choose
from, it can be difficult to pick the right
battery for an application. A battery
technical data sheet can be a helpful
resource, but there is an abundance of
terminology included in the overview
that can prove to be confusing for
someone new to the industry.
EACH IS DIFFERENT
Since a universal battery does not
exist, there are different types of
models that are suitable for different
applications. Over the years, the
chemical composition of a battery has
evolved to meet and exceed vehicle
demands, but the most widely used
designs for heavy-duty applications
are outlined as flooded lead acid,
absorbed glass mat (AGM), and AGM
batteries with TPPL technology.
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Conventional flooded lead acid
batteries have been used to power
commercial vehicles for more than 100
years. They employ a liquid electrolyte
that floods the space between the
How to Choose a
Heavy-duty Truck Battery
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positive and negative plates. Most
commonly, the positive plates are
manufactured with a lead-antimony
alloy, and the negative plates are made
with a lead-calcium alloy. While this is
the lowest cost battery on the market
today, it will only reach its potential
life span if it is maintained properly,
including monthly level checks and
distilled water refills. Conventional
flooded lead acid batteries are also
sensitive to extreme temperatures
and should therefore have limited
exposure to direct heat or frigid
weather to avoid weakening their
charge and risking permanent damage.
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The advent of AGM batteries in the
mid-1970s offered users a virtually
maintenance-free energy storage
solution with maximum power
and charging capabilities. Unlike
conventional flooded lead acid
batteries where the internal electrolyte
fluid moves freely in the battery pack,
an AGM battery contains a fiberglass
separator that is placed between each
plate to absorb the electrolyte. This
makes the battery non-spillable with
no additional water or electrolyte ever
required. Given that the plates can be
sealed more tightly in the cell than
flooded lead acid batteries, an AGM
battery also offers better extreme
shock and vibration resistance and is
less prone to sulfation.
AGM BATTERIES WITH THIN PLATE
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AGM batteries featuring TPPL
technology use pure lead for the plates
held with an engineered compressive
force allowing for the elimination of
calcium and antimony for strength
and reducing the corrosive elements
inside the battery. High-grade sulfuric
acid is also used for the electrolyte.
These high-purity materials allow TPPL
batteries to build on the benefits of
standard AGM designs.
As the TPPL designation implies,
these batteries feature plates that are
thinner than conventional flooded
lead acid battery designs so more of
them can fit inside the battery case.
More plates provide greater plate
surface area and reduce resistance,
enabling greater cranking power.
Compared with cylindrical six-pack
AGM batteries, TPPL batteries offer
15% more surface area and thus 15%
more energy storage with even more
power capability for a given volume.
THE BASICS
In North America, battery manufacturers
have adopted the Battery Council
International (BCI) Group Size number
system. These specifications are used
to identify the most basic elements of
fitment, namely a batterys physical
size, terminal placement, and polarity.
The OEM-recommended group number
is a good indication to determine what
batteries could be used to directly
replace the standard battery supplied
with the vehicle. Most manufacturers
provide lookup tables to help identify
the best battery to meet the basic needs
of a specific vehicle.
Selecting the right battery for the
application will have a major impact
on its reliability. Having enough
energy, power, operating temperature
range, and cycle life to meet the
economic needs of the application
is critical in sizing and choosing the
right battery(ies) for the application.
When determining the needs of
your application, specifications
of added equipment as well as
original equipment must be taken
into consideration. Body builders,
equipment upfitters, and experienced
battery suppliers can assist in making
sure you have the information required
and can often do the appropriate
calculations to determine the required
characteristics of the battery bank
needed for the application. This may
mean a larger battery box allowing for
more or larger batteries than originally
provided with the vehicle.
KEY TERMINOLOGY
There are several terms used to
describe and measure a battery’s
cells, modules, packs, and overall
performance that are usually
summarized on battery technical
specification sheets. Below is a
list of the most common technical
descriptions to help identify the best
battery for any application:
 State of Charge (SOC)—defined
as the level of charge of a battery
relative to a fully charged state,
represented as a percentage.
 Depth of Discharge (DOD)
defined as the percentage of a
battery that has been discharged
relative to the overall capacity
of the battery. For example, a
discharge to at least 80% DOD is
referred to as a deep discharge,
and many battery manufacturers
will include a spec sheet with
recommended DOD for optimal
performance and productivity.
 Cycle Life—defined as the number
of discharge-charge cycles the
battery can experience before it
fails to meet specific performance
criteria. The full operating life of
the battery is affected by the rate,
Selecting the right battery
for the application will have a
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number, and depth of cycles: the
higher the DOD, the lower the
cycle life.
 Nominal Capacity (Ah) rating
defined as the amount of energy
that can be provided by the battery
at a particular constant current.
 Nominal Cell Voltage (V)—defined
as the average voltage a battery
cell outputs when charged; the V
of a battery will depend upon the
chemical composition and reaction
behind it.
 Reserve Capacity (RC)—defined as
the measurement of the number
of minutes of reserve power the
battery has at a 25-amp load. This
is an extremely important battery
characteristic, and the number is
used on both starting and deep
cycle batteries.
 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA)
defined as the number of amps a
battery can deliver at 0 degrees F
for 30 seconds and not drop below
7.2 volts. This rating is especially
important when it comes to starting
battery applications in cold weather
environments. As a rule, in low-
temperature scenarios, the more
CCAs a battery has, the better.
WHAT’S RECOMMENDED
Ultimately, heavy-duty truck drivers
should weigh the pros and cons of
different battery designs against their
specific application demands, always
be sure to follow the manufacturers
guidelines for battery care and
handling, and direct any questions to
a battery professional. They should
also refer to the vehicle owners
manual for recommended battery
specifications and cross-reference it
with any spec sheets that come with
products under consideration for
purchase. This information should
guide any drivers selection of the
ideal power solution for the next
battery replacement.
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TECHNOLOGY
T
he current situation with the
COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything
that the industry has ever faced.
Most companies have a game plan for an
economic downturn, but this situation
is unlike any other in recent history.
Many people in the country are advised
to stay home to prevent the spread of
the virus, instructed to go out only for
groceries, doctors’ appointments, and
other necessary trips. In some areas,
those who go out must possess a permit
that indicates their trip is essential. Even
when people do go out, they are not to
go within 6 ft of another person.
In some states dealerships are cited
as non-essential businesses and forced
to remain closed. In other states where
dealerships are allowed to remain open,
concern over the pandemic prevents
buyers from venturing onto dealer lots.
If you’re a dealership owner—or own
any business forced to close due to
being “non-essential”—it only makes
sense that you look to change how you
currently do business and focus more
on your digital storefront.
Below is a list of tips to help
shift your focus from in-store to
online selling.
COMPANY WEBSITE
Make sure you’ve optimized your
website as much as possible, following
search engine optimization (SEO)
best practices. Designing a website
with SEO in mind helps generate
and increase organic traffic to the
site. An optimized website is more
easily found from the queries on
search engines that match your
inventory. Also, look at the pathways
that a user would take to find their
perfect vehicle. Make sure visitors
can navigate your site easily and
efficiently. Because your site is the
face of your company during this time,
it should be simple and intuitive yet
eye catching and distinguishable.
YOUR INVENTORY
An optimized website attracts visitors
to your site, but a robust inventory
Keeping
Your Digital
Storefront
Open
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keeps them there. The inventory on
your site should be up to date, as
descriptive as possible, and have the
price clearly listed. Think about the
pictures currently on your site. If you
sell vehicles, do your images show the
vehicle from all angles and in the best
light? A picture is worth a thousand
words, so be sure your images truly
capture your product. If your current
images lack a “wow factor,” consider
hiring a professional photographer
to capture images of your inventory.
This can easily be done while abiding
by social distancing guidelines.
Finally, consider adding a recorded
video walkthrough of the unit to the
inventory page. This allows visitors to
your site to get a much better grasp
of the product without having to leave
the comfort of their home.
DIGITAL MARKETING SPEND
Although most companies look for ways
to cut costs during these uncertain
times, don’t find yourself tempted to
slash your digital marketing budget.
Studies over the last 100 years have
consistently shown that in dire economic
times, companies that maintain their
level of marketing spend, or increase it,
actually gain on their competitors—in
some cases for up to three years after
recovery! Everyone feels the impact of
COVID-19, but essential business are still
open and some busier than ever before.
The buyers are out there. Let them know
that you’re out there with them through
digital marketing.
Another important aspect to note: If
your competitors are cutting back on
digital marketing spend, it’s possible
that you’ll get a better cost per click
and cost per lead.
LIVE WALKTHROUGH
What happens if an online customer
is interested but can’t make it to
the dealership? If you still have
salespeople on-site, have them set up
a video chat with the customer that
allows them to do a walkthrough of
the product, answering the customers’
questions as they go. If you don’t have
on-site sales personnel during working
hours, establish a way for customers
and sales to set up an appointment for
the live walkthrough to take place.
FINANCING
Financing can be done remotely. Check
out your remote-financing options
from getting approvals to getting the
documents legally signed. There are
many secure, legal document signing
online programs/forms to choose
from. Find the one that works best for
you and your business.
FREE DELIVERY & TRIALS
Not many serious buyers will to want
to make a large purchase, such as a
vehicle, without a trial period or a test
drive, and test drives are impossible to
conduct remotely. Without customers
physically at the dealership, your only
option may be to take the vehicle to
them and let them trial it for a few
days. Another option is to offer a
several day money-back guarantee
on the sale of the vehicle. Make sure
to highlight that the vehicle will have
been “deep cleaned” before delivery.
There’s no denying the fact that
everyone on the planet has been
affected by COVID-19. But its
important to keep our lives as normal
as possible—even if that means
changing the way we do business. If
you’re unable to conduct business face-
to-face, ramp up your online presence
and let buyers know that although your
offices may be closed, you’re still open
for business—remotely, that is.
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TECHNOLOGY
D
epending on your line of work,
an electric-powered vehicle
might work well for you. Constant
stop and go in delivery applications
generate power through braking.
Running short distances from the shop
to the jobsite in a local service industry
is another application where electric
vehicles (EVs) could easily fit the bill.
Yet there are fleet owners who
might be hesitant to incorporate EVs
into their fleet, and reasonably. What
happens when a dispatcher sends a
driver to several more customers than
originally intended, putting more miles
on the vehicle and more hours on the
road? What happens in an emergency
situation when a driver has to go far
off the designated route because of an
accident? Its uncertainties like these
that require more mileage from EVs,
and where would one go to recharge
if they’re too far from home base?
This keeps some fleet managers from
converting their fleet. But perhaps
there’s a solution to the problem.
LIGHTNING MOBILE
Even with the popularity of EVs
growing rapidly in an effort to
save money and do well by the
environment, electric powertrain
manufacturers must find ways to give
fleet managers and drivers peace of
mind no matter what situation they
Mobile Charging
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may find themselves. One developer
of zero-emission powertrains,
Lightning Systems, recently announced
a solution to mitigate the woes
and anxieties of EVs in emergency
situations. The Colorado-based
company designs and manufactures
zero-emission all-electric powertrains
for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles
including delivery trucks, shuttle
buses, passenger vans, chassis-cab
models, and city transit buses.
Lightning Systems’ new Lightning
Mobile is a mobile direct current fast
charger (DCFC) for electric vehicles for
use on the go. Equipped with 192 kWh
of high-energy-density, liquid-cooled
DC battery storage in a package
designed to be installed in a vehicle
or trailer for mobile deployment,
Lightning Mobile can be rapidly
deployed to provide fast roadside
charging to support the operation
of electric fleet vehicles. The mobile
charger also offers the capability to
recharge EVs on their routes, similar
to the way a fighter aircraft is refueled
in-flight. This allows fleets to maximize
vehicle uptime.
“Every fleet with electric commercial
vehicles will benefit from mobile fast
charging,” says Tim Reeser, CEO of
Lightning Systems. “Uptime is the name
of the game for fleets. While operators
will schedule vehicle duties to include
depot-based charging, there’s always the
chance that a vehicle will need a top-up
at another location or en route. There is
also often the need for DC Fast Charging
at locations or times that may not
already be permitted for fast chargers or
where demand rates would prohibit fast
charging direct from the grid. Lightning
Mobile fulfills all these needs.
POWER RESCUE
Lightning Mobile supports commercial
and government fleets that operate
electric vehicles, providing roadside
charging as a “power rescue” vehicle,
buffered DCFC during peak hours,
and DCFC for locations that do not
yet have Level 3 service permitted
or installed.
A recent survey we conducted
confirms that many large fleets intend
to electrify a majority of their vehicles
over the next five years,” Reeser adds.
That equates to thousands of new
commercial EVs on the road. These
fleets need a solution to ensure they
have the charging and support they
need for every location and possibility
as they ramp up.
Lightning Mobile is charged from
a standard Level 2 AC charger at
up to 18kW and can deliver DC
Fast Charging at up to 80kW and,
optionally, Level 2 AC charging at up
to 19.2kW. Lightning Systems designed
the system to be installed in its
Lightning Electric Transit 350HD cargo
van, but the system can be installed in
any vehicle or trailer that meets size
and weight specifications.
The new mobile electric vehicle
charger is specifically designed
for commercial electric vehicles,
which have high-energy capacities
and support DC Fast Charging. The
batteries in the Lightning Mobile
package share all of the same
advanced features as Lightning
Systems’ powertrains, including active
thermal management for optimum
battery performance and longevity,
sophisticated management, and safety
and telematics/analytics features.
Lightning Mobile also can be used
to provide DC Fast Charging from Level
2 AC charging infrastructure, as well
as taking advantage of off-peak utility
rates by charging Lightning Mobile at
low rate times and using it to charge
the
vehicles
at times that suit
operations. For those who
need mobile charging on a temporary
basis or wish to spread the cost over
time, rental and leasing options
will be available.
CHARGE AHEAD
If you’re interested in adding a few
EVs to your business or converting
your entire fleet yet are nervous about
what would happen in an emergency
situation, the possibility of mobile
charging should put your mind at ease.
If one of your vehicles is equipped
with Lightning Systems’ roadside/
parking lot mobile charger, you won’t
have to worry about choosing between
a customer or sending your drivers
home because their vehicle didn’t have
enough charge for altered plans.
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SAFETY
W
ith safety technology becoming
more and more required as
standard components of newer
vehicles and distracted driving laws
cracking down on cell phone use
behind the wheel, one would think
distracted driving would be on the
decline. Yet, a survey from Netradyne
shows otherwise.
Netradyne is a fleet safety
platform provider that uses artificial
intelligence (AI), edge computing, and
predictive analytics to create a safer
environment for commercial drivers.
The company recently released
the findings of an online survey of
commercial drivers. Conducted by
Harris Interactive and commissioned
by Netradyne, the report indicates
that while commercial drivers feel
safe, they acknowledge they could
be safer, and that AI-powered driving
technology can be both beneficial
and concerning. Combined with a
companion survey of non-commercial
drivers, both sets of drivers agree that
distractions are on the rise, though
there seems to be little self-awareness
of who and what is to blame.
According to the National Safety
Council, on a typical day, more than
700 people are injured in distracted
driving crashes. Results of the
survey indicate that when it comes
to awareness of distractions, nearly
70% of commercial drivers and 73%
of standard drivers want better blind
spot detection. But when it comes to
saying which drivers are the problem,
the results suggest “not me” is the
most likely answer. Commercial drivers
are most likely to agree that their
Is Distracted
Driving Increasing?
SURVEY FINDS 81% OF US COMMERCIAL
DRIVERS BELIEVE SO
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peers who transport commercial goods
(72%) and passengers (69%) are safe
drivers. Commercial drivers consider
drivers of sports cars (38%) and
convertibles (26%) to be the least safe.
Netradyne found that on average
commercial drivers drive 7.4 hours per
day, and the most common types of
goods transported are construction
materials (33%), local goods (30%),
and foods or plants (20%). Not
surprisingly, there are many hazards
with longer hours, indicating a need
for additional help to make the
commercial driving experience, as well
as the roads, safer.
KEY FINDINGS
Driving distractions are on the
rise. Overall, the vast majority of
commercial drivers feel safe while
driving (86%), and there is a growing
perception that driving is becoming
safer over time (54%). Nevertheless,
81% are concerned that distractions
are on the rise. Top five distractions
for commercial drivers are drinking
liquids, events outside the vehicle,
looking at a GPS device, adjusting the
in-vehicle audio, and fiddling with
vehicle controls.
Social media and surfing the
net is the most severe distraction
experienced by commercial drivers.
Of the commercial drivers who've
accessed social media and the net
while driving, 71% found it distracting.
Video and FaceTime chatting while
driving is considered the second most
severe distraction. Of the commercial
drivers who've taken part in those
chats while driving, 68% found it
distracting. Additionally, 22% of
commercial drivers have been injured
in a distracted driving incident.
NEGATING DISTRACTIONS
While a large majority of commercial
drivers do things to prepare for their
drive and reduce distractions, 68%
regularly allow extra time for their
journey to help negate distracted
driving. Fifty-nine percent of
commercial drivers regularly set their
GPS before they start the engine, and
55% regularly prepare their music for
the entire trip.
A key component of on-the-road
safety has been identified as artificial
intelligence technology, which
can both help and hinder drivers
who don’t necessarily understand
the technology at this point. For
commercial drivers, AI can help
with route recommendations, data
collection, and even driver coaching.
Powered by AI, Netradyne’s Driveri
captures every minute of every driving
day of thousands of fleet drivers across
the country, analyzing road conditions,
driving events, and violations.
Netradyne is using technology to help
make the roads safer.
DRIVERS & AI
Mixed feelings about AI technology
indicate that it is misunderstood.
AI, which can provide ongoing,
constructive feedback (such as
Netradyne’s GreenZone) appeals
to 72% of commercial drivers who
say they are open to feedback at
least once a week. However, 20% of
drivers feel that other drivers may
rely on technology more than their
own judgement. Still, top commercial
drivers use of technology includes
hands-free phones (43%), a camera
to view the outside of the vehicle
(36%), a GPS device (29%), and
other assistance that includes lane
departure warnings, voice recognition,
and automatic braking.
Over 50% of commercial drivers
feel that smart tech has had a positive
impact on driver safety. This is driven
by a belief that smart technologies
help them to stay focused when
driving (23%) while 21% believe
that it gives them the ability to
make more accurate decisions. In
terms of priority, 69% of commercial
drivers are particularly interested
in AI technology that will help
them monitor blind spots, 68% are
interested in information on vehicle
maintenance issues, and 63% are
looking for technology to feed them
information about the road.
Seventy-three percent of commercial
drivers are interested in receiving
feedback once a week or more. They
are more interested to hear what
they do well than what they need to
improve (40%). Regarding feedback
on their driving, 44% of commercial
drivers prefer a mix of numbers-based
feedback and verbal/written coaching,
as opposed to simply a numbers-based
feedback report (19%).
“Netradyne has proven successful in
making our roads safer for all drivers
by equipping professional drivers with
AI technology,” says Avneesh Agrawal,
CEO of Netradyne. “With greater
understanding of the challenges
we face on the road, all drivers
will benefit by alerts for behavior
adjustment, fewer distractions, fewer
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DRIVING
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RISE
81 Percent of U.S. commercial drivers
believe distracted driving is increasing
9 in 10 commercial drivers
feel safe driving
22 Percent of commercial drivers have been injured
in a distracted driving incident
20 Percent worry about
drivers becoming too
reliant on smart
driving technologies
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accidents and injuries, and even lower
insurance premiums.
SURVEY METHODOLOGY
This Netradyne survey was conducted
online within the United States by
Harris Interactive from February
25 to March 16, 2020 among 350
commercial drivers. Participants were
aged 18-plus and held a commercial
driving license and drove a commercial
vehicle once per week. Results were
weighted for age, gender, region,
race/ethnicity, education, marital
status, household income, and/or
socio-economic status to be nationally
representative, with a margin of error
of 2% at a 95% confidence level.
NETRADYNE SOLUTION
The results of the survey show a lack
of driver awareness and a “not me”
attitude. This lack of self-awareness
is part of what Netradyne’s Driveri
system for fleets helps to address.
Using cameras and AI-powered edge
computing, Driveri helps professional
fleet drivers become aware of ways
they can improve through behavioral
motivation produced by Driver Star
reports. The frequency of the reports
is up to the respective fleets deploying
Driveri, as are the perks for improving
their good driving scores, but the
results are encouraging for everyone
who wants safer roads.
“Because of the distractions on the
road, the long hours, I believe that every
vehicle, particularly those in commercial
fleets, should have a camera,
says Adam Kahn, president, Fleet
Business and Certified Transportation
Professional (CTP®), Netradyne.
Technology is proven to have a huge
impact on not only making the roads
safer for everyone and reducing
distracted driving with in-the-moment
feedback, but fleets can save money by
avoiding the incidents that the human
brain can’t always anticipate.
With features such as driver
recognition, following distance
indicators, red light infraction alerts,
and driver performance profiles,
fleet managers can more effectively
coach drivers, and drivers can become
more aware of poor driving habits.
Perhaps if all fleets enabled cameras
and AI-powered edge computing in
driver coaching, the results of the next
distracted driving survey will be much
more favorable.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Find out more about Netradyne, visit
www.netradyne.com.
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T
ruck drivers are essential in keeping
our lives as normal as possible.
If it weren’t for truck drivers, we
would have little food in our pantries,
no cleaning supplies (unless we made it
ourselves), the garbage in our dumpsters
would be sky high, and without service
truck drivers, we would likely be without
power living our lives by candlelight. If
we ignore the needs of truck drivers, we
risk losing life as we know it.
To prevent our lives from looking
post-apocalyptic, one organization,
Truckers Emergency Assistance
Responders (TEAR), teamed up with
DDC FPO to provide personal protective
equipment (PPE) to truck drivers
moving in and out of zones hit hard
by COVID-19. According to DDC FPO's
COO and president, Marissa Crotty, the
company sought the most effective and
quickest way to help drivers stay safe
amid the COVID-19 pandemic. When
they reached out to clients for insight
into what would have the biggest
impact, the responses were unanimous.
“Our clients reported that what the
drivers need most is PPE,” Crotty says.
“So, we were determined to find a
way to do that.
Each PPE kit includes masks, hand
sanitizer, gloves, antiseptic wipes, and
snacks. The delivery process is well-
coordinated and intentionally targets
specific truck stops and rest areas
to provide kits to as many drivers as
possible across the nation.
“Its huge having DDCs support,
says Desiree Wood of TEAR. "We
simply don’t have the funding to make
these kits, let alone to purchase the
gas to drive the 120 miles a day to
hand them out or even to cover the
fee to print the Thank You notes.
ALL FOR ONE
In addition to DDC FPO’s
contributions, Stuckey’s Corporation
and Transfix have also played
instrumental roles in TEAR’s success.
Stuckeys provides the snacks that are
placed in each PPE kit.
CEO of Stuckey’s Corporation,
Stephanie Stuckey, shared that she
wanted the business to help others
during the pandemic. She specifically
researched what organizations provide
trucker relief and found TEAR.
“We love partnering with an
organization founded by truckers
that's working for truckers,” Stuckey
says. “I admire and respect these
drivers and know how important they
are to our supply chain, which is under
strain like never before.
According to Lily Shen, president
and CEO of Transfix, “The unfortunate
reality is that while truckers are
putting their health on the line to
keep goods moving, many cannot
access PPE and are being turned
away from delivering essential goods
because of it. We are excited to have
partnered with TEAR to distribute
resources to truckers nationwide.
Shen also said they continue to urge
others to share PPE donations and
advocate for policy changes that will
help make these truckers’ lives easier.
These partners help tremendously,
Wood adds. “Truckers are first
responders, and people are seeing that.
The world is facing unprecedented
times, and the trucking industry is
no exception. From supply chain
to service providers, truckers are
essential in keeping the American
lifestyle we expect to live comfortably,
and they must be respected
and protected.
If you or your business would like
to donate to TEAR to help protect
our essential truck drivers, visit
www.cdltear.org/donate.
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PROTECTING OUR ESSENTIAL TRUCKERS
Even as more and more states are opening up their shops, businesses, and
parks, the global pandemic continues to rage. At the time of this writing, there
have been warnings of meat shortages and rising grocery prices. Essential
workers are the key to keep operations running as smoothly as possible so
that groceries remain on the shelves and at a fair price. But with essential
workers contracting COVID-19 on the job causing hiccups in the supply chain or
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out there doing their part to keep truckers healthy.
Talk soon!
Jade
To protect our
essential truck drivers,
visit
www.cdltear.org/donate.