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March 26, 2018

End-User Input Is the Key Factor to a Successful Upfit

The key objective of end-user discussions is to match the truck with the fleet application. Once you have completed your discussions, make sure the completed upfit specs have been reviewed and approved by all parties prior to order placement. It is critical to have a documented sign-off to avoid misunderstandings that result in after-the-fact upfitting modifications.

March 9, 2018

Ford Shows Intelligent Upfit Technology at Work Truck Show

Originally released with the 2017 Ford Super Duty, now available on the 2018 Super Duty, and slated for the 2019 model year, Ford will be demonstrating the capabilities of its Upfitter Interface Module (UIM) at its booth at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

March 7, 2018

Truck and Van Storage Equipment

At the 2018 Work Truck Show, exhibitors showed off the latest truck and van equipment with a variety of storage options. Read our full show coverage here. Photos by Roselynne Reyes and Lauren Fletcher

January 22, 2018

Optimized Truck TCO Starts with the Right Specs

Vehicle specifications should be defined by the fleet application and mission requirements. A truism in truck fleet management is to design a truck that will accommodate your operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to the truck. Here's how you do it.

December 22, 2017

Discrimination Against Vocational Vehicles

Can a branded vocational vehicle be ticketed for being parked in an employee driver’s home driveway? Or, can it be subject to a fine if legally parked overnight on the side of a street? Before you say no, think again. These discriminatory practices occur regularly when vocational vehicles are parked in residential areas governed by a homeowner association (HOA). In fact, the type of restrictions implemented against vocational or branded vehicles can run the gamut and are at the whim of the HOA.

December 12, 2017

Don't Underutilize the Expertise of Your Suppliers

For many managers responsible for vehicle operations, fleet management is often one of several job responsibilities. These managers acknowledge that it is difficult to stay on top of changes in vehicle design, powertrains, onboard safety technology, telematics capabilities, and regulatory changes that impact fleet operations. Despite this recognition, a common mistake made by many of these managers is underutilizing the subject-matter expertise of current and/or prospective suppliers.

December 4, 2017

2018 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab Ambulance

Dave Sowers, head of commercial vehicle marketing for Ram, takes Automotive Fleet on a walk-around tour of a Ram 5500 Chassis Cab that has been upfit for service with the Los Angeles Fire Department. He also discusses the many vehicle options designed to meet the ever-changing needs of fleets, how total cost of ownership is still a crucial factor in fleet decision making, and what fleet managers can expect in 2018. Read our full coverage at the L.A. Auto Show.

October 16, 2017

Q. What is important to ask about when it comes to customer service?

A. Your contact options should never be limited to an 800 number...

September 5, 2017

U.S. Fleet Upfitting Industry Experiencing Uptick in Consolidation

The fleet industry in the United States is no stranger to acquisitions and mergers as we have witnessed with the decades long consolidation occurring among fleet leasing and management companies, automotive OEMs and their suppliers, and daily rental companies. The same holds true for the upfitting industry, which, in the first eight months of 2017, witnessed an uptick in acquisitions.

September 1, 2017

Ways to Improve Driver Ergonomics for Fleets

The way drivers sit in their vehicles and assessing upfits for fleet utilization can help fleets determine ways to improve the physical well-being of its drivers.

July 23, 2017

Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

July 17, 2017

Q. How do we start the vehicle upfitting process?

A. The best source to obtain feedback is to work with customers, drivers, and field technicians. The drivers and field technicians operate the equipment and know what is required to perform their daily job functions...

July 17, 2017

Q. How does vehicle upfitting optimize efficiency?

A. Standardizing vehicle and upfit specs can have numerous operational benefits. This can streamline initial vehicle ordering, provide consistent asset-to-asset capitalized cost, reduce new driver training, and provide flexibility when reassigning...

July 17, 2017

Q. Can vehicle upfitting improve driver safety and reduce vehicle accidents?

A. Yes. A properly spec'd upfit design can help reduce driver injuries, and insurance and liability claims. Aftermarket equipment such as grab handles, step bumpers, side steps, and drop-down ladder racks can reduce driver strain and fatigue...

July 17, 2017

Q. How does vehicle upfitting reduce costs?

A. In addition to reducing accidents and insurance costs, vehicle and upfit packages which have been correctly spec’d with operational and lifecycle efficiency in mind can provide the greatest return on investment...

July 13, 2017

Ways to Set Up Your Work Van

Upfitters provide a multitude of options to turn your vans into the perfect tool for your trade, from shelving and storage to ladder racks and partitions.

June 29, 2017

Lighting Innovations to Revolutionize Work Truck Productivity & Safety

We are in the midst of a lighting revolution in the automotive industry that started with the proliferation of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). More dramatic lighting innovations are fast emerging, such as laser diodes, organic LEDs, and dynamic bending light headlamps. Historically, new automotive technologies have always first manifested themselves in luxury brands, then migrated downward to lower trim level models and non-retail customers such as the vocational work truck market.

May 30, 2017

Canadian Company Invests in eNow

Canadian Solar Inc., a solar power company, announced that it has acquired a minority equity interest in eNow, a U.S. company specializing in solar-based energy management system for the commercial transportation industry.

May 9, 2017

Merchants Hires Senior Truck and Upfit Engineer

Merchants Fleet Management has hired Joe Birren as senior truck and upfit engineer, the fleet management company has announced.

April 18, 2017

Decrease Incidents of Unscheduled Truck Maintenance Caused by Overloading

When a truck is overloaded, its operating performance will be strained, accelerating wear-and-tear on brakes and other wear components, such as tire, which have higher failure rates because they run hotter due to the increased load. Another issue is axle overloading, which causes premature wear-and-tear on tires and suspension components.

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