S.11 - What's the New MPG Metric for Electric Vehicles and What Influences it?

(EV Track) Electric vehicles are gaining a great deal of attention in the commercial vehicle sector because of the potential advantages they offer for improved energy efficiency, reduced emissions, and national energy security. EV adoption, however, does present fleet managers a number of challenges, not the least of which is “how to you measure and compare EV energy consumption to conventionally powered trucks and tractors?”

S.4 - Effective Training Techniques for In-Cab Devices and Technologies

There seems to be no end to the parade of new in-cab devices and technologies that are being offered to fleet managers today. These various in-cab solutions offer great potential to increase safety and improve productivity, but fleets have to balance their application against their costs of acquisition, maintenance and training.

Training technicians and drivers on how to maintain and use these options most effectively can be a real challenge. How has your fleet fared integrating new technological marvels into your operation?

S.7 - Effective Preventative Maintenance for Your Material Handling Equipment

Preventive maintenance is the systematic and periodic inspection and servicing of vehicles and their components. The chief purpose of preventive maintenance is to ensure the operation of safe, roadworthy vehicles.

Through timely, quality preventive maintenance inspections (PMI), fleet operators should be able to detect, correct and prevent the development of costly vehicle breakdowns. A quality PMI program should provide fleets with the maximum return on assets by attaining optimum component life of major vehicle systems before failure or replacement.

S.12 - ELD Malfunctions: Maintenance or Operations Issue?

Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are an important tool to help commercial vehicle operators comply with federally  mandated hours-of-service regulations that improve safety and ensure drivers are well-rested. They help foster a safer work environment for drivers and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share data on driving and off-duty time.

S.16 - Proper Vehicle Lifting Procedures and Techniques

In today’s increasingly complex work environment, the importance of ergonomics and human factors productivity cannot be overstated. Vehicle lifts improve the working environment by helping fit the job or routine to the technician. Commercial vehicle maintenance operations are having to deal with a maturing workforce in which ergonomics can play a key role in technician retention, and in recruiting experienced technicians where demand far exceeds availability of skilled labor.

S.1 - The Electrified Battery - What Fleets Need to Know (EV Track)

Batteries have been a major component on commercial vehicles since the dawn of trucking. Batteries have seen their fair share of technological advancements, but the revolution that’s now coming thanks to the strong interest in vehicle electrification is unprecedented.