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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

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
What Will Electrification Mean for Truck Tires?

What Will Electrification Mean for Truck Tires?

Tire designs for electric trucks will need to account for greater stresses from weight and torque — but they will need to remain interchangeable with existing tires and be retreadable.

September 9, 2021

SEA Electric Puts Commercial Trucks Onto Cleaner Path
Bollinger Motors Pursues Solid, Practical EV Lineup
The Future is Now: Upcoming Hybrid and Electric Trucks and Vans
Q&A: Kenworth Talks Production Delays, New Trucks, Tech

Q&A: Kenworth Talks Production Delays, New Trucks, Tech

Kenworth General Manager Kevin Baney discussed production delays due to a COVID-19 disruption in microchip availability and sat down with HDT to talk about the past year, his company’s new trucks, technology, and the road ahead.

April 5, 2021

Heavy Payloads and Commercial EV Range — a Real-World Test
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