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22 Takeaways from the Fleet Forward Conference

22 Takeaways from the Fleet Forward Conference

This year’s agenda had a heavy focus on electrification, but also on the growth of autonomous transportation, the transformation of the automotive supply chain, using predictive analytics to drive efficiencies in maintenance, and how to harness data for multiple fleet processes.

November 29, 2021

Will Electric Trucks Need New Suspensions?

Will Electric Trucks Need New Suspensions?

Electric trucks will redefine how we move freight, but will the addition of a few tons of batteries demand a redesign of the vehicle itself? Find out.

November 24, 2021

Steve Hornyak Details BrightDrop’s Fleet Plans

Steve Hornyak Details BrightDrop’s Fleet Plans

Hornyak discusses the company’s production timelines, the decision to produce a high-range EV first, and the transition from a vehicle manufacturer to a holistic platform and a services network that optimizes the last mile.

November 22, 2021

Oregon Adopts Clean-Trucks Rules; Other States May Follow
Ford Debuts E-Transit Pilot Vehicles

Ford Debuts E-Transit Pilot Vehicles

Penske Truck Leasing and National Grid have added preproduction E-Transit vans to their fleets. Both will evaluate E-Transit’s capabilities, driving experience, and charging for their applications.

November 5, 2021

Ford and Newlab Announce Startups to Pilot New Electric Vehicle Tech
Fleet Vehicles of the Year Voting Live

Fleet Vehicles of the Year Voting Live

The poll is live for the 2021 Fleet Vehicles of the Year — vote for your favorite car, truck, and/or SUV, share the link, and help contribute to the next Fleet Vehicle of the Year.

November 2, 2021

Fuel Prices Trending Upward: Longevity of Rise Uncertain

Fuel Prices Trending Upward: Longevity of Rise Uncertain

This special report over five articles provides an in-depth examination of 2021 operating cost trends for fuel spend, scheduled/unscheduled maintenance, replacement tire prices, PM spend, warranty recovery, and a forecast of CY2022 expenses.

November 1, 2021

Extended Cycling & Part Shortages Stress Warranty Recovery in 2021
Higher Commodity Prices Exert Upward Cost Pressure on Tires

Higher Commodity Prices Exert Upward Cost Pressure on Tires

Many tire OEMs have increased prices in CY-2021, ranging from 3-10% depending on type of tire and size. Higher commodity prices and increased ocean freight rates are being passed on to end users as OE profit margins compress.

October 26, 2021

Preventative Maintenance Costs Increase 3-5% in 2021

Preventative Maintenance Costs Increase 3-5% in 2021

Many factors converged to exert upward pressure on PM costs, such as longer vehicle service lives due to limited product availability; the ongoing transition to synthetic oils; and higher labor rates to attract scarce technicians.

October 26, 2021

Q&A: Jake Montero on Peterbilt’s Refreshed Medium-Duty Line, EVs
Largest Truck Order in SEA Electric History
Zeus Electric Chassis, EAVX Collaborate on EV Work Trucks
Cummins Brings 15L Natural Gas Engine to North America
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