Saturday, October 1, 2016

The New 2017 Silverado HD: Guinness World Record at Texas Motor Speedway | Chevrolet



What do you get when you combine the strength of the new 2017 Silverado HD powered by a Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel engine and a U.S. flag that measures nearly 40 by 80 feet? A day at Texas Motor Speedway that won't soon be forgotten. That's what.

Chevrolet set the Guinness World Records title for the World's Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle. Proof that everything is bigger in Texas.

Learn more about the Silverado here: http://www.chevrolet.com/silverado-pi...

Friday, September 30, 2016

Chevrolet Reaches Out to Loyalists With Truck Legends

 

In an interesting marketing strategy to better organize its truck buyers, Chevrolet is creating an exclusive Truck Legends club. Membership is open to anyone with a pickup truck or SUV with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer, or anyone who's purchased or leased two Chevy trucks in their lifetime. Granted, that leaves the "exclusive" club open to just about anyone who's owned a Chevy, but it could be an interesting and valuable way to bring Chevy loyalists closer to the truckmaker and collect some interesting stories.

Membership to this Chevy club does require registering at its website, which means giving some of your personal information and telling about your current or past pickups. In return, Chevy will offer members some interesting gifts and rewards that range from mileage decals to free car washes and discounted oil changes. It'll even offer some once-in-a-lifetime experiences, such as front-row seats at sold-out MLB games or getting a personal behind-the-scenes tour of upcoming models.

The Chevy Truck Legends program is open now for registration, but it's not clear how the stories about your pickups will eventually be used beyond making you more or less eligible to win different prizes. We're hoping Chevy will make those pickup and SUV stories available so we can all enjoy them.

The customer program will first focus on Texas owners and participants but will roll out nationwide in 2017.

Source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/09/chevrolet-reaches-out-to-loyalists-with-truck-legends.html


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Aluminum Removable Tool Tray, No Plastic! - Highway Products



Tool trays made of plastic will crack, bend and break. These durable aluminum tool trays sit high on the tool box for easy access. The easy-to-grip handle enables you to remove the tray or you can slide it to the side. This simple, yet functional design allows you to organize smaller items that would normally get lost on the bottom of your tool box.

2016 GMC Sierra All-Terrain X : Everything You Ever Wanted to Know



2016 GMC Sierra All-Terrain X is the most off-road worthy GMS you can buy as Roman found out in this TFLtruck Everything You Ever Wanted to Know video.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Chevrolet Joins Trailering Leaders to Create Integrated Experience


Industry Collaboration Key to Improved Trailering

 

DETROIT — Each year, approximately 1.2 million horse, boat, RV and work trailers are sold in the United States. These trailers are primarily pulled by fullsize trucks and SUVs, and Chevrolet believes there is an opportunity to help trailer manufacturers and industry leaders better understand the future direction of truck and trailering technology.

As an award-winning industry leader in trailering, Chevrolet is partnering with the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) to create a more integrated trailering experience for trailer owners.

“Our owners are often towing something, from an RV to construction equipment, that is more valuable than their truck,” said Tim Herrick, General Motors future truck executive chief engineer. “Unequivocally, they tell us that they are looking for a better towing experience. Safer, easier, with more integration between their trailer and their truck.”

By working directly with the industry, Chevrolet will help trailer manufacturers develop technologies that improve combined trailer and truck safety and industry safety standards. The partners will also work to increase communication between truck and trailer to provide the driver with more information and help alert customers to prevent trailer tampering or theft.

“This partnership with Chevrolet is part of the trailer industry’s continued commitment to improving safety,” said Pam Trusdale, executive director, NATM. “We are confident that we can collectively improve not only the towing experience for consumers but also public safety, which is why NATM is excited about working with Chevrolet.”

 “Safety and ease of use are key considerations for families that use RV trailers,” said Bruce Hopkins, RVIA vice president, Standards. “We’re pleased to partner with Chevrolet and NATM on this project to create a safer, simpler and easier towing experience.”


About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

About the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
With offices in Reston, VA and Elkhart, IN, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association is the leading trade voice representing the $50 billion RV industry. RVIA represents approximately 400 manufacturers and component suppliers producing 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States. As owner of the National RV Tradeshow and California RV Show, the association promotes and protects the RV industry and its members by focusing on government affairs, standards development, technical education, networking events, and industry research and trends. In addition, RVIA partners with leading RV dealers to expand the RV lifestyle through the Go RVing advertising and promotional campaign.

About the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers
National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) is the Association of light- and medium-duty trailer manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. Founded in 1987, NATM is dedicated to improving trailer safety and performance. The Association seeks to promote awareness of safety and provide a voice for trailer manufacturers and their suppliers when issues of trailer safety and regulation are considered by Congress and relevant government agencies. NATM’s dedication to improving trailer safety is achieved in a myriad of ways, but primarily through the Compliance Verification Program. The Program is mandatory for all trailer manufacturer members, and requires biennial verification that members have the manufacturing processes in place to build trailers that meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and industry best practices. To find out more about NATM please visit www.NATM.com.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

VMAC RAPTAIR-G30 Gas Drive Air Compressor at work



Get all the power you need in this small air compressor. No air tank required. The G30 gas drive air compressor with 30 CFM rotary screw air power.

Patented Adaptive Steering Technology Has Ford Competitors Spinning Their Wheels



Drive smarter not harder with the class-exclusive* new Adaptive Steering System in the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty, which adjusts the steering ratio in response to vehicle speed. It adapts automatically to the driving situation, whether you’re doing a low-speed maneuver like parking, or backing up a trailer, or traveling at cruising speed on the highway. At lower speeds, the steering ratio increases, requiring fewer turns of the steering wheel – and less steering effort. At higher speeds, the steering ratio gradually decreases, providing a steering feel that is firming and more controlled. *Class is Full-Size Pickups over 8,500 lbs. GVWR based on Ford segmentation. Learn more about the Ford Super Duty, here: http://ford.to/SuperDuty2017

Monday, September 26, 2016

CASECO and Sharp Heavy Equipment Work Well Together




Guest post by Ken Keller

Oilfield Tough

The Oilfield Services Industry along with other heavy equipment fleets need tough and well-maintained vehicles to help deliver their services across a wide geographical expanse of our country. Sharp Heavy Equipment Services, with corporate headquarters in Gainesville, Texas, provides that maintenance. Founded as Sharp Oilfield Services in 2011, the company recently rebranded, changing their name to Sharp Heavy Equipment Services. Sharp Heavy Equipment Services provides 24/7 mobile, on-site, preventative maintenance services for oil & gas equipment and other off-highway equipment. Their mission is to keep oilfield and heavy equipment running efficiently and safely.

Sharp Heavy Equipment Services has been expanding and now has outlets across the country including San Antonio and Odessa, TX, Duncan, OK, Hobbs, NM, Zanesville, OH Denver, CO and Williston, ND. Micah Davenport is an owner of Sharp Heavy Equipment Services. Micah describes his business. “We are a mobile Jiffy Lube on steroids,” Micah said. “We provide preventative maintenance for oilfield tractors and trailers. As a 24/7 mobile service provider our well-timed service helps to mitigate downtime for our customers and frees their own mechanics from time consuming maintenance tasks.”

CASECO Truck Body plays an important role in Sharp Heavy Equipment Services’ business. CASECO’s Mechanic Truck bodies are used on Sharp’s fleet of fifty-five Ford F550 lube trucks. “Our business depends on prompt response to our customer’s needs. CASECO Truck Body’s high quality construction gives us one less thing we have to worry about,” Micah said. “We know we can show up on-site looking professional and with the tools and supplies our mechanics need. A well-stocked Sharp lube truck can knock out twenty to thirty jobs a day.”

When on-site, Sharp’s maintenance technicians take advantage of CASECO Truck Body’s efficient storage areas and durable tool drawers. “All of our trucks use the same tool layout to help with our inventory of supplies and tools. Our lube trailers and the CASECO bodies ensure that we have ample space for everything we need. Because of the great construction of the drawers, we never have issues with mal-functioning doors and tool drawers,” Micah noted. The smooth surfaces and fluid motion of CASECO’s doors and drawers adds a safety factor to their value.

The truck fleets that service our nation’s oilfield equipment need to be as tough and smart as the men and women working in our nation’s oilfields. Micah’s company certainly displays these qualities. With the support of CASECO Truck Body, Sharp Heavy Equipment Services has grown to be one of the largest preventive maintenance companies in the country.

For information about Sharp Heavy Equipment Services visit their website at: www.sharpHES.com. For more information on CASECO Truck Body go to: www.casecotruck.com.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

2016 GMC SAVANA CUTAWAY 3500 / 4500

 

New for 2016:
•    Standard digital AM/FM radio with auxiliary port
•    Optional GMC IntelliLink with navigation radio
•    OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot
•    Six standard air bags: frontal, side curtain and seat-mounted thorax (models under 10,000 pounds GVWR) 
•    Optional 220-amp generator

2016 GMC SAVANA CUTAWAY ENABLES EASY UPFITS FOR EVERY JOB

The GMC Savana Cutaway van is known for versatility, flexibility and durability, offering of its three available wheelbases, single or dual rear wheels and three engine choices – including the powerful Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel.

For 2016, the Savana Cutaway features a single rear wheel 9,900-pound GVWR (4,490 kg) on 139- and 159-inch wheelbase chassis, and an optional 10,100-pound (4,581 kg) GVWR. Dual-rear-wheel models start at 10,050 pounds (4,559 kg) GVWR and extend to 12,300 pounds (5,591 kg) GVWR. They are available on 139-, 159- and 177-inch wheelbase chassis. 

Also offered on the dual-rear-wheel are 4500 models that have a 14,200-pound (6,441 kg) GVWR, available with the 159- and 177-inch wheelbase chassis.

New for 2016 is OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, which includes a Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected all the time. The hotspot allows passengers to connect up to seven personal devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets to high-speed wireless Internet whenever the vehicle is on.

Also new is an available navigation radio with the GMC IntelliLink infotainment system. Additional highlights:
•    4.8L and 6.0L gas V-8s with six-speed automatic transmission
•    Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8 with six-speed automatic transmission
•    Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock
•    Available locking rear differential (standard with YF2-code ambulance package)
•    110-volt outlet on the instrument panel
•    Standard digital AM/FM radio with auxiliary port
•    Available 220-amp generator.

Special-equipment packages also are available for ambulance, RV, shuttle bus and school bus construction.

Savana exterior features:
•    A chrome appearance package including a chrome front bumper and a chrome grille with dual composite headlamps is available. Black-painted bumper is standard
•    Heavy-duty light-emitting diode flashers are standard
•    Heated and power-adjustable outside folding mirrors are available on 3500 models
•    Wide-stance sail-panel-mounted outside mirrors are available
•    Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard
•    Exterior colors: Quicksilver Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Onyx Black, Emerald Green Metallic, Summit White, Cardinal Red, Wheatland Yellow, and Bronze Alloy Metallic.

Savana interior features:
•    Air conditioning is standard (air conditioning delete is available)
•    Cruise control, power windows and power locks are available
•    A standard digital radio including AM/FM/MP3 capability
•    A range of optional audio systems, including, USB port, CD and navigation is available on all models. An audio system provision package is available
•    SiriusXM Satellite Radio is available
•    Driver information center is standard on all models
•    Brake warning indicator is available
•    Two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets located on the dash are standard
•    110-volt outlet standard on dash
•    Side cut keys
•    Leather-wrapped steering wheel is available
•    Remote keyless entry is available
•    Remote vehicle starter system is available.

Savana powertrains: 6.6L Duramax diesel
The powerful Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 is offered in Savana Cutaway, delivering best-in-class torque and horsepower. Known by its “LGH” engine code, it is rated at 260 horsepower (194 kW) and 525 lb-ft of torque (711 Nm).


The LGH Duramax employs a robust EGR cooling system, along with revised turbocharger tuning that helps enhance EGR performance. It also has a large-capacity selective catalytic reduction system. In fact, the engine features the latest in emission control technology, making it the cleanest Duramax engine ever produced. NOx emissions are controlled via a Selective Catalyst Reduction aftertreatment system that uses urea-based Diesel (Emission) Exhaust Fluid (DEF). The DEF is housed in a 5.83-gallon (20 L) tank and needs to be replenished about every 5,000 miles (8,000 km). Electrically heated lines feed the DEF to the emission system to ensure adequate delivery in cold weather.

The Duramax also includes GM’s second-generation diesel particulate filter system. Unlike most competitors’ systems, the Duramax regenerates its diesel particulate filter using a downstream injection of diesel fuel directly into the exhaust stream and can travel up to 700 miles (1,125 km) between regenerations – a 300-mile (482 km) increase over the previous Duramax engine. The use of downstream injection also helps improve engine life by eliminating concerns about the possibility of diesel fuel contaminating engine oil, which can happen when fuel used for regeneration is introduced directly into the cylinder. 

Savana Cutaway also provides outstanding cold-weather performance, thanks to the Duramax’s microprocessor-controlled glow plugs, which are capable of a gas engine-like start performance in less than three seconds in temperatures as low as -20 degrees F (-29 o C), without a block heater. The engine has been developed to operate for at least 200,000 miles (322,000 km) on a rough-duty cycle without the need for a major overhaul. It is also backed with a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
(Certain commercial and government fleet customers receive the 5 year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty.)

A fuel-operated heater is available for vans equipped with the Duramax 6.6L to quickly provide heat to the vehicle interior in cold weather. This seamlessly integrated system is designed into the Savana chassis, saving customers the time and labor of upfitting an aftermarket system. The electronically controlled, fuel-operated heater operates automatically, turning on and off within parameters that include outside air temperature, fuel level, coolant temperature and engine use. It features a self-contained, pressurized auxiliary coolant heater (with a surge tank) that uses diesel fuel to generate up to 17,200 Btu/h (5 kW) of heating energy.

The Duramax engine is backed by GM’s Hydra-Matic 6L90 heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission featuring Tow/Haul mode.


Gas engines
A 4.8L V-8 is standard on 3500 models and generates 285 horsepower (212 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (398 Nm), while a 6.0L V-8, available in a flex fuel configuration, is standard on 4500 models and available on other models. It is rated at 342 horsepower (255 kW) and 373 lb-ft of torque (506 Nm).

Each is part of GM’s legendary small-block engine family and designed for quiet operation, including:
•    Special friction-reducing polymer coating on piston skirts
•    Full-floating piston pins
•    Damping patch on the oil pan (externally mounted)
•    Timing chain tensioner
•    Quieter alternator.

Backing the engines’ quietness is the assurance of long-lasting performance. The engine family was validated under extreme conditions, with the 6.0L engine dynamometer-tested to the equivalent of 200,000 miles – 50,000 miles more than other engines in the family. The engines also feature many long-life engine components that can reduce maintenance intervals and costs. The iridium-tip spark plugs, engine coolant, accessory drive belt and sealing gaskets are some of these items.

Some of the stringent durability testing included cycling engines between the peak torque and peak horsepower rpm points – the equivalent of towing a heavy trailer up a steep grade – for 600 straight hours.

The engines are mated to the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission.


Additional powertrain special features include:
•    Dual 145-amp alternators are on Duramax-equipped models
•    diesel engine
•    220-amp alternators are available
•    600-CCA battery is standard with 6.0L engine; 770-CCA battery is available
•    Dual heavy-duty 770-CCA batteries are standard with Duramax-equipped models
•    Fuel-operated auxiliary heat generator is available with Duramax-equipped models
•    Cold-climate package with engine block heater is available on all models
•    High-idle switch for greater accessory performance at a job site is available on all models
•    Oil life monitor is standard on all models
•    Transmission cooler is standard on all models.

Chassis and suspension
Cutaway models are built on a strong, ladder-type full frame architecture. Varying frame sections support the 139-inch, 159-inch and 177-inch wheelbases. Soft-mount body-mount “donuts” and bolts, which attach upfit bodies to the chassis, are available on all models.

All Cutaway models feature an independent short-long arm (SLA) front suspension, power steering and four-wheel disc brakes with four-wheel anti-lock. At the rear is a hypoid drive axle and multi-leaf springs.

Additional chassis and suspension features include:
•    A locking rear differential is available on all models
•    Axle ratios include: 3.42, 3.54, 3.73 and 4.10.

Savana safety and crash-avoidance features
Savana is equipped with a host of safety features, including six standard air bags: frontal, head and side curtain, and thoracic air bags, which provide a higher level of protection in the event of a side impact or a vehicle rollover.

Ford Transit & Kargo Master Help Bell Bros. HVAC Serve Northern California



Guest post by Ken Keller

Brothers Jerry and Kenny Bell founded Bell Bros. in 1991. The company is a premier heating and cooling (HVAC) contractor, window installer and plumber in Northern California with a fleet of 137 vehicles, including 120 Ford Transits completely upfitted with Kargo Master van interiors and roof racks.

With 57 technicians, 200 employees, and a territory that ranges several hundred miles from Fresno to the south, Vacaville to the west, Yuba City to the north and Pollock Pines to the east … including the Sacramento Valley … Bell Bros needs the reliability of the Transits and the durability and functionality of the Kargo Master interiors and ladder racks.

When asked about why Bell Bros choose Kargo Master, Russ Beauchamp, facilities and fleet manager, put it succinctly: “It’s the products … quality craftsmanship … they look great … and our upfitter’s customer service is exceptional. Russ, who’s been with Bell Bros. since 2009, said the company had been purchasing Kargo Master products long before he arrived and he saw no compelling reason to change vendors based on Kargo Master’s relationship and reputation with the company.”

Adding a vehicle to their fleet, which they do often, is a three-step process:

1. Purchase a Transit.
2. Take the newly acquired vehicle to the sign shop for branding.
3. Then off it goes to upfitter for installation of Kargo Master products.

Ian, a tech at Bell Bros, was asked his opinion of the Kargo Master roof racks, “They are awesome. It is easy for me to access my ladders … put them on the roof or take them off.”


His vehicle is equipped with the EZ Drop Down Ladder Rack … a nifty mechanism which allows a ladder (in his case 2 ladders) to be loaded from the side of the van by a single driver … with little effort or reach. The ladder is easily raised and locked with a removable handle which is stored inside the van. The rack works perfectly on all Transits … from the compact Transit Connect to the high roof big boys.


While functionality is paramount, Bell Bros. is acutely aware of the visibility of their vans which are moving billboards … thousands of miles are travelled every day. The look of their vans is extremely important … from the quality and style of the Transits, to bold and dynamic branding, to the finishing touches to their vehicles … Kargo Master racks and van interiors help them to work efficiently and promote Bell Bros. professionalism.

See more about Bell Bros. at www.bellbroshvac.com and you can see more about all the the products from Kargo Master at www.kargomaster.com

Saturday, September 24, 2016

PTO Driven Underdeck Systems Walk Around Video



Understand the unique and powerful components of Vanair's PTO Driven Underdeck Air Compressor/Generator Systems, their benefits and features.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

ENKI Brewing Chooses Ford Transit Van with Swivel Loading Ramp



Guest post by Ken Keller

ENKI Brewing, a small micro-brewery located in Victoria, Minnesota on the outskirts of Minneapolis, made their first batch of beer in June, 2013. ENKI Brewing is now moving from their present 3,000 square foot brewery to a larger 46,000 square foot building with loading docks. ENKI Brewing has been developing a growing customer base, making the move to a larger facility necessary.

John Hayes, President and co-founder of ENKI Brewing, explains. “Since 2013 we’ve been producing 20 barrel batches of beer from our brewhouse and three fermenters, delivering it to local bars, restaurants and liquor stores. We have since tripled our fermenter capacity to meet the growing demand for our beers.”

Many breweries have a wholesale distributor that picks up their beer, stores and delivers it to retail outlets. ENKI Brewing self-delivers. “We have been able to grow while retaining our distribution rights,” John explains. “We feel that there is a strategic, competitive advantage to self-deliver because it keeps us in close contact with the retailers and the end customer. A wholesale distributor just cannot devote the same amount of time and care to our products as we do.”

“The challenge for self-distributors is that we have to make all these stops around town. It is a lot of work. So we needed a vehicle that accommodated our ability to self-distribute. That’s why we went with the Ford Transit and the National Fleet Products swivel loading ramp,” John said. “Our primary delivery vehicle is an insulated Ford high-roof Transit van, upfitted with a cooler and the National Fleet Products Swivel Loading Ramp. We use it for hauling kegs and cases to our 250 local accounts.”


The National Fleet Products Swivel Loading Ramp is a spring assist ramp with a unique 180 degree external & internal swivel. “The swivel loading ramp is a simple and elegant solution,” John comments. “The folding, 8-foot ramp resides within the interior of the van. If we don’t want to use the ramp we can swing it out and have direct and complete access to the back of the van.”

“One of the reasons we got the National Fleet Products ramp is that it really saves time,” John said. “Since we are delivering more and more kegs, we need that time. The result is our guys do not feel rushed and are less prone to knocking up the interior of the van. I want to keep our van in good condition, so this ramp is one of the tools that help us do that.”

 “The National Fleet Products ramp can also go up to the height of loading docks, as opposed to going down to ground level. This is a key advantage for us,” John explained. “Some of the places we deliver have high loading docks. Before we had this ramp we had to pull the keg off the van, put it on a dolly and then run it up stairs. This was slow and back-breaking. Each keg weighs 165 pounds, so this ramp saves our peoples’ backs.”

ENKI Brewing is a well-managed, highly organized enterprise. The company takes its name from ENKI, the ancient Sumerian god of flowing water. ENKI brought fresh waters to the land, prompting the start of agriculture and quickly followed by the discovery of beer. ENKI Brewing is now rolling off more and more kegs of their fine beer with the help of the National Fleet Products Swivel Loading Ramp. ENKI Brewing’s mission is making the world a friendlier place by encouraging people to share a beer together.   They are making lots of new friends and quite a name for themselves along the way.

To check out ENKI Brewing, go to: www.enkibrewing.com. To see National Fleet Product’s complete offerings, visit their website at: www.nationalfleetproducts.com.

Ford Issues New Mobility Challenge to Unlock Innovation, Boost Community Response to Natural Disasters



In conjunction with September’s National Disaster Preparedness Month, Ford Motor Company will award three grants of up to $70,000 each for U.S.-based nonprofit organizations to purchase and modify a Ford Transit van for use in disaster relief work.

Ford Motor Company launches Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge to inspire creative new ideas for making the best use of Ford Disaster Relief Vehicles

The winning entries will be awarded grants of up to $70,000 each to purchase a Ford Transit van with modifications to best serve the needs of the community

The Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge is another way Ford is using innovative mobility solutions to build stronger communities and make people’s lives better


DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 15, 2016 – When disaster strikes, three nonprofits in the United States will be able to beef up their response capability to help people faster and more effectively through a new program called the Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge.
In conjunction with September’s National Disaster Preparedness Month, Ford Motor Company will award three grants of up to $70,000 each for U.S.-based nonprofit organizations to purchase and modify a Ford Transit van for use in disaster relief work.

Ford is asking nonprofits to describe how the versatile Ford Transit van, which is offered with multiple roof heights, body lengths, wheelbases and engine options, can serve their disaster response needs. Winners who meet the challenge will be selected based on proposed vehicle use and community need. Additional ground rules include:
  • Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2016
  • Applicants must be a certified U.S. 501(c) 3 non-profit organization
  • Government organizations and municipalities are not eligible
  • Winners will be notified in November 2016
To share an idea, please visit fordbetterworld.org. Click to hear Jim Vella discuss the challenge.

“We’re asking for help from the experts on the ground on how to best utilize Ford vehicles following an earthquake, hurricane or other devastating natural event,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Ford’s strength as a mobility company combined with the know-how of dedicated disaster responders can take our efforts to a higher level and help more people.”

Ford has a long history of supporting disaster relief efforts in the United States and overseas, working with the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other nonprofit groups. As a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Ford pledges support in advance of major disasters, ensuring that the Red Cross is prepared to respond immediately to emergencies. Over the past several years, Ford has provided 15 disaster response vehicles to organizations in communities across the U.S., from New Jersey to Oregon and California.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.