Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Major Navistar Fleet, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Adopts eNow Auxiliary Solar System

Mesilla Valley Transportation recently purchased close to 1,000 eNow energy systems for their fleet of Navistar trucks. eNow and Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) will showcase the eNow solar auxiliary power system during the NACFE “Run on Less” program taking place September 5 to 24.

  

 This collaboration is the result of eNow’s work in the industry with multiple truck manufacturers and major fleets. As an example, Navistar’s SuperTruck program demonstration vehicle, CatalIST, recently exceeded the improvement goals set by the Department of Energy for the SuperTruck program. CatalIST achieved a freight efficiency improvement of 104% compared to the control vehicle, sipping diesel at 13 MPG. The vehicle also demonstrated 50.5% Brake Thermal Efficiency (BTE) with plans for Navistar to increase that to 55% BTE. As part of its efforts to create the ultimate fuel-efficient truck, Navistar tested eNow’s solar energy system on its SuperTruck at Navistar Proving Grounds.

     Simultaneously to Navistar’s testing, Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) tested multiple systems on their fleet. “We’re always looking for innovative, more effective and efficient ways to operate,” said Royal Jones, CEO and President of MVT. “Our daily idle time is less than 6% on the whole company fleet and we utilize electric APUs 100%. Over time we had noticed shortened battery life and shortened alternator life due to the demand on batteries and the fact that we run eight batteries.”

The overall results from deployment of the eNow energy system on MVT’s existing Navistar fleet have proven conclusive over diverse road conditions. MVT noted the following results: “Increased daily run time for auxiliary equipment, such as in-cab HVAC; increased battery life from 6 months to 2 years; saved approximately 3 gallons of fuel per day from reduced engine idling; and decreased maintenance cost due to reduction in engine idling."

     The results from Navistar Proving Grounds, combined with MVT’s own testing, led to the purchase of the eNow energy systems for the MVT fleet.

      "These are exciting times for the transportation industry," says Jeff Flath, President & CEO of eNow. "Everyone is looking at ways to reduce cost, improve efficiency, and help the environment, simultaneously. We are about saving fleets money with our technology first and foremost. However, we also believe that leaving the environment in better shape than we found it is critical as well."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Future of Trucking


Imagining the future of the vast trucking industry that will become autonomous in the coming years.

HINO CELEBRATES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY MANUFACTURING TRUCKS IN WEST VIRGINIA

Novi, Michigan – Hino Motors Manufacturing facility in Williamstown, West Virginia celebrated 10 years of Medium Duty truck production. This 245,000 sq. ft. location produces Hino’s award winning Class 6 & 7 Conventional body style trucks. The West Virginia plant has seen exponential growth over its decade of production, facilitating the country’s fastest growing Medium Duty Truck. “I want to thank all of the Team Members at the West Virginia facility. They are the heart and soul of our company. Without their commitment to quality, Hino Trucks would not be the premium brand name it is today. I would also like to thank the State of West Virginia, Wood County and the city of Williamstown for their tremendous partnership over the past 10 years.” said Yoshinori Noguchi, Chairman of Hino Motors Manufacturing and President & CEO of Hino Motor Sales.

This anniversary is a substantial milestone when considering the growth that Hino has experienced
since 2007. Production per year has increased by more than 500% and the production facility has
been expanded and capacities enhanced. Steve Stalnaker, Vice President & Plant Manager
Williamstown said, “Our success has allowed us to invest in our capabilities to better service our
customers as well as support the local job market. Since opening in 2007, the employment at our
Williamstown facility has increased by over 400%.”

As part of the 10 year celebration, Hino held an onsite ceremony to honor this achievement. The
ceremony included statements from state and local government officials as well as Hino leadership.
Hino Motors Sales U.S.A., Inc. 41180 Bridge Street  Novi, MI 48375  Ph 248.699.9300  www.hino.com

About HMM and Hino Trucks. Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. (HMM) headquartered in
Farmington Hills, Michigan, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hino Motors, Ltd., and sister company to Hino Motors Sales, Inc., (Hino Trucks). Together, HMM and Hino Trucks manufacture and distribute America’s fastest growing premier truck brand. With a combined ten facilities spanning five states supporting manufacturing, R&D, Sales and Parts Distribution, the two companies employ over 1,000 people. HMM assembles medium duty trucks in Williamstown, West Virginia, manufactures automotive parts in Marion, Arkansas, and operates parts centers in Mira Loma, California and Gahanna, Ohio. HMM is also a Tier-1 supplier of high quality automotive parts throughout North America.

Learn more about HMM at http://hmmusa.com

Learn more about Hino Trucks at http://www.hino.com


Sunday, August 13, 2017

2017 TITAN Interior Styling


The experts at Truck Trend loved TITAN’s details, like the Zero Gravity Seats. That’s one reason they named TITAN the 2017 Truck Trend Pickup of the Year.

CargoGlide HVAC WallGlide 30 Broadcast


CargoGlide HVAC WallGlide 30 Broadcast showing the features and benefits 
of the WallGlide system

Saturday, August 12, 2017

TITAN - Off Road Performance


Sand dunes didn’t stop the TITAN in Truck Trend’s test. It climbed, descended, and never flinched. No wonder they awarded it the 2017 Truck Trend Pickup Truck of the Year Award. 

Learn more about the Nissan TITAN: https://www.nissanusa.com/trucks/titan

Friday, August 11, 2017

Longest-Lasting Pickups | Lynda’s Ram 1500 | 602,325 Miles


Lynda’s 1997 Ram 1500 is one of the #LongestLasting on the road. She's driven over 600,000 miles in her Ram Truck on the original engine and transmission, and it’s still going strong. Check out her story, and share the story of your Ram Truck on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or in the comments below.

GUTS. GLORY. RAM.

With legendary power, performance and dependability, we’re determined to work hard and play even harder, boldly forging ahead to get the job done. 
If you have questions about our products or would like to contact Ram Trucks directly, please use the "Contact Us" option from our website: www.ramtrucks.com


FORD CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF TRUCK HISTORY -- FROM 1917 MODEL TT TO 2017 F-150 RAPTOR


  • Ford celebrates 100 years of leadership, innovation, capability and durability for its iconic trucks – from the Ford TT that kicked off this rich history on this day in 1917 to the new Ford F-Series lineup
  • Henry Ford’s vision to create a vehicle with a cab and work-duty frame capable of accommodating cargo beds and third-party upfit equipment proudly endures a century later in the Built Ford Tough F-Series lineup – from F-150 to F-750 Super Duty 
  • F-Series reigns as America’s best-selling truck for 40 straight years and best-selling vehicle for 35 straight years, thanks to Ford listening to and understanding the needs of truck owners, developing customer-centric product innovations, and delivering purpose-built capabilities, features and configurations; Ford has sold more than 26 million F-Series trucks in the United States since 1977


DEARBORN, Mich., July 27, 2017 – One hundred years ago today, Ford introduced its first purpose-built truck, the 1917 Ford Model TT, forever changing the auto industry – and the very nature of work itself.

A century later, Ford trucks are among the most iconic vehicles in the world. F-Series is America’s best-selling truck for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 35 straight years. In Canada, Ford F-Series has enjoyed 51 consecutive years as best-selling pickup and now marks seven straight years as best-selling vehicle.

Throughout this rich history, Ford continuously has worked to improve its trucks by listening to truck owners and developing new innovations that improve their ability to get the job done. These innovations give today’s Ford truck owners greater towing and hauling capability, advanced engines for improved efficiency, and driver-assist technologies that make it easier and more convenient to operate.

Birth of a legend

Nine years after the first Model T saw Ford customers asking for a vehicle that could haul heavier loads and provide greater utility for work and deliveries. On July 27, 1917, Ford responded with the Model TT, which retained the Model T cab and engine. The Model TT came with a heavier-duty frame capable of carrying one ton of payload. The factory price was $600; 209 were sold that year.

Similar to the Fordson tractor introduced in 1917, Henry Ford envisioned a chassis that could accommodate third-party beds, cargo areas and other add-ons to deliver the increased functionality needed to get work done. It was a formula for success. By 1928, Ford had sold 1.3 million Model TTs before replacing the truck with the more capable Model AA with a 1.5-ton chassis.

Henry Ford marketed his early trucks heavily in rural areas, according to Bob Kreipke, Ford historian. “Model AA trucks in particular had a certain class to them,” he said. “Customers could use them on the farm, yet still take them to church on Sunday.”

Like the Model TT, the Model AA was available exclusively as a chassis cab offered in two lengths, with new powertrain and axle options for greater capacity. To stay ahead in what had become a hotly competitive business, Ford replaced the Model AA with the even more capable Model BB in 1933. Many were outfitted as mail and freight vehicles, ambulances and stake trucks. Two years later, Ford introduced the 1935 Model 50 pickup, powered exclusively by its famous Ford Flathead V8 engine.

By 1941, Ford had sold more than 4 million trucks. Changing over to war production resulted in the loss of consumer sales but a gain in experience building heavy-duty military truck chassis and four-wheel-drive personnel carriers. A year after consumer production resumed in 1947, Ford leveraged that knowledge to provide even more innovations for its customers.

“After the war, a lot of rural Americans moved to urban and suburban centers looking for work, and many took their Ford pickups with them,” said Kreipke. “Ford saw this as an opportunity, and began work on the next generation of trucks for 1948, what came to be known as F-Series Bonus Built trucks.”

This first-generation F-Series covered Classes 2 through 7 capacities – from the half-ton F-1 to the much larger F-8 cab-over truck. With the arrival of the second-generation F-Series for 1953, Ford increased engine power and capacity, and rebranded the series. The F-1 became the
F-100, while F-2 and F-3 trucks were integrated into the new F-250 line. F-4 became F-350. Class 8 trucks were spun off into a new C-Series commercial truck unit that produced iconic C-, H-, L-, N-, T- and W-Series Ford trucks.

Throughout this period, Ford trucks started looking less utilitarian, sporting two-tone paint, automatic transmissions, and improved heater and radio offerings. New standard features debuted with the 1953 F-100, including armrests, dome lights and sun visors. Lower and with a wider cab, the new truck featured integrated front fenders and a more aerodynamic design.

Then, in 1957, Ford tested out a car-based truck – the Falcon Ranchero. Marketed as “More Than a Car! More Than a Truck!,” this light-duty truck brought car-like amenities to consumers.

In 1961 – 44 years after the Model TT – Ford introduced its fourth-generation F-Series. The company’s revolutionary twin I-beam front suspension debuted in 1965. An upscale Ranger package appeared in 1967. Ads emphasized improved comfort, value and durability, as Ford trucks now offered power steering and brakes, and a lower chassis profile. A larger SuperCab option introduced in 1974 featured more comfortable seating to attract dual-purpose work and family buyers.

With the arrival of the sixth-generation F-Series in 1975, Ford dropped the popular F-100, replacing it with a higher-capacity F-150 pickup to combat the C/K trucks from General Motors. By 1977, F-Series pulled ahead in the sales race, and 26 million trucks later, Ford hasn’t looked back.

That same year, a copywriter for a Ford truck magazine is said to have written three simple words that would come to define the brand – Built Ford Tough. It is more than a slogan – it’s the F-Series brand promise to its owners and the mantra for Ford’s entire truck team.

Trucks were fast becoming universal family vehicles, in addition to being work trucks, according to Kreipke. Instead of renting a truck for a big job or for towing, people now had ones they could use for work during the week, then hitch a trailer to and haul the family in for weekend getaways. Ford trucks were adapting to the changing, more active American lifestyle.

Premium edition trucks, such as the Lariat package introduced in 1978, offered more comfort features including air conditioning, leather trim, and power windows and locks. In 1982, Ford charted a different course with an all-new compact truck – Ranger. Versatile and efficient, Ranger quickly built a reputation for being tough and capable, leading it to thrive in diverse markets around the world. Now, after a seven-year hiatus, Ford is reintroducing an all-new Ranger in North America in 2019.

Expanding the Built Ford Tough Lineup

Ford reset the benchmark again in 1998 with the introduction of F-Series Super Duty. Engineered for fleet and heavy-duty work use, Super Duty – from the F-250 all the way up to the F-750 – more clearly defined Ford trucks for a growing base of commercial applications.

With an expanding lineup of F-Series trucks, the company added high-end trim and technology packages to meet customers’ diverse needs. The addition of King Ranch, Platinum and Limited model trucks provided more luxury content along with improved functionality and capability. Features such as premium leather-trimmed seating, SYNC® with navigation, sunroofs and heated seats, along with gross vehicle weight and tow ratings in the 15,000-pound range combined to deliver on the Built Ford Tough brand promise.

While Ford worked to continuously increase truck capabilities, the company made bold investments in efficiency, too. Powerful, yet efficient EcoBoost® V6 engine technology debuted for 2011, providing customers with better fuel economy and power. This was followed by the industry’s first high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body for the 2015 F-150, providing customers the “and” solution of greater efficiency and more capability. Two years later, 2017 Super Duty trucks also got lighter-weight high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy bodies – a savings Ford reinvested in providing best-in-class towing and hauling capability.

Innovation on the performance front continued, too, with Ford leading the way in the specialty truck segment. Early examples include Harley-Davidson F-150 and F-150 SVT Lightning. Then came Raptor – the first off-road trophy truck from a major manufacturer.

Inspired by desert racing and designed specifically to meet the needs of off-road truck enthusiasts, the purpose-built F-150 Raptor set the bar high for off-road performance. Today’s second-generation 2017 F-150 Raptor features a 450-horsepower EcoBoost V6, 10-speed transmission, and segment-exclusive Terrain Management System™ with electronic-controlled transfer case and differentials.

Ford is credited with putting the world on wheels, and Ford trucks helped build America. “Ford trucks carried the loads, the people and the products necessary to get the job done,” Kreipke said.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 203,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.​​

Thursday, August 10, 2017

WEATHER GUARD | EZGLIDE2 Drop-Down Ladder Rack Walk Around


Weather Guard Van Roof Racks Create Space To Carry Long Equipment. 

Weather Guard Van Roof Racks are made of aluminum, steel and plastic to provide long lasting durability even in harsh outdoor elements. Roof racks fit vans with roof racks. Additional Cross Members can be added for longer material and ladders. Velcro straps assist in securing objects for transport. Anti-wear protection on cross members protect ladders and building materials during transport. Available styles include All Purpose Van Rack, Conduit Carrier, Conduit Carrier w/Extension, Conduit Carrier Kit and Cross Member. Types are 2- or 3-Cross Member, or High Roof for Full Size, 11-Foot or Minivans. ARMOR-TUF® Powder Coat finish available in White, Black, Red or Aluminum. Fits van models including Chevy, GMC and Ford. Dimensions vary.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Henke - 100 Years of Innovation and Performance

Since 1916, Henke has been providing innovation and excellence to the snow management industry. We are proud of our heritage, and we look forward to our next century of service to those who clear the way.

Henke Today

Today's Henke
A century in the making, Henke Manufacturing has evolved to become an industry leader in designing and building a full line of first quality, commercial duty snow management equipment and allied products.

Our commitment to superior product design and exceptional performance continues to fuel the growth of the Henke brand. Our products are focused on meeting the snow management challenges faced by city/county/state governmental agencies, as well as the surface maintenance operations of commercial and industrial facilities.

Henke’s broad product line provides a wide range of snowplows and spreaders, along with hitches, attachments and accessories. We support our products with a robust Parts Department and responsive Service Department. Centrally located in the greater Kansas City area, Henke offers its products through a network of commercial truck and construction equipment dealers throughout the United States and Canada.

Learn more at: http://henkemfg.com/about/


Truck U - Load'N'Go Powerbody Work Truck


Truck U on the SPEED Channel hosts Matt Steele and Bruno Massel demonstrate the Load'N'Go Powerbody slip-on work truck tool box from Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies. The work truck industries original full size steel pickup truck utility - service body.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Knight Life: Episode 3 | Awesome Women in Trucking



In this episode Linda Dominy, Director of Payroll for Knight Transportation rides along with Susan Hoagland, Veteran driver at Knight Transportation. Flat Tires, Broken mud flaps, and traffic jams are a little taste of what Linda and Susan experience on this trip to Las Vegas and back.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Towing and Hauling - Nissan TITAN


The TITAN climbed Mount Whitney’s epic grade...with ease. See how the TITAN hauled past the competition for the 2017 Pickup Truck of the Year Award in this Truck Trend video. 

Learn more about the Nissan TITAN: https://www.nissanusa.com/trucks/titan

2017 Nissan Titan XD Cummins Diesel - Advantage Nissan


Luke with Advantage Nissan gives a snapshot of the new 2017 Nissan Titan XD See more at http://www.advantageworktrucks.com