Thursday, October 30, 2014

MotorWeek | Clean Cities: Blue Ridge Parkway


We cruise part of the 469-mile scenic highway to see how the Department of Energy is helping to reduce pollution in 4 national parks.

Check out more at http://www.motorweek.org

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2015 Chevrolet City Express Cargo Van | GM Fleet & Commercial


The 2015 Chevrolet City Express features 122.27 CU FT maximum cargo space, enough to fit 48 inch pallet and features a 40/60 split rear doors that open at either 90 or 180 degrees. With 24 MPG the City Express small cargo van is the perfect commercial vehicle for any business.

The Isuzu Urban


Tim Hicks discusses the key features and benefits of the Isuzu Urban, and explains the differences between the Urban and the N75.190.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

B&W Trailer Hitches “Quietly” Unveils New Patriot 16K Rail-Mounted Fifth Wheel Slider Hitch at 2014 SEMA

Precision engineering techniques and tight manufacturing tolerances allow B&W Trailer Hitches’ new Patriot 16K fifth wheel slider to deliver a quieter, more stress-free towing experience.


HUMBOLDT, Kan. -- B&W Trailer Hitches, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of heavy-duty, engineered trailer hitches and aftermarket truck/trailer accessories, announced that it will introduce its new 16,000-pound Patriot rail-mounted fifth wheel slider hitch at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The innovative Patriot 16K RVK3270 hitch will be shown to the industry for the first time in B&W’s booth (30171) in the Upper South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.


 The versatile new 16,000-pound Patriot rail-mounted slider complements B&W’s full line of hitches and is built to exacting specifications for smooth, flawless and virtually inaudible operation. Unlocking the slider hitch is made effortless, even on irregular terrain, via the locking mechanism’s gear-reduced cam ratio design, which gives the user mechanical advantage.
 
The Patriot’s two, solid one-inch tubular steel carriage rails are designed with sturdy center supports that prevent the rails from deforming or binding as a result of flexing under load. Hourglass-shaped rollers convey the carriage mechanism with fluid motion, regardless of topography. Once unlocked, the hitch is free to slide back into its maneuvering position and afterward, it glides up to its locked position just in front of the rear axle.
 
“Traditional slider hitches are known to make a bit of noise, and this can be disconcerting to some operators,” Don Collins, president, DC’s RV Centers, said. “With its precise fittings and smooth, quiet operation, B&W’s Patriot 16K slider will enhance the end-user’s towing experience.” 
 
B&W’s new Patriot 16K slider hitch accommodates 12 inches of slide and is perfect for popular short-bed pickup trucks that allow less travel distance to the cab. Vertical adjustments can be made from 17 inches to 19 inches, allowing ample clearance for taller truck-bed walls. The Patriot 16K slider will fit on all industry standard mounting rails.
 
The Patriot 16K slider makes it easy to engage and disengage a trailer, as well. Thanks to its cam-lock design and three-quarter-inch-thick wrap-around jaws, an operator can couple or uncouple any trailer, regardless of the lay of the land. Pivot arms feature tough polyurethane bushings that allow the engaged coupler head to pivot smoothly, and the fully articulating head is cushioned by an integrated leaf spring.
 
“The Patriot 16K rail-mounted fifth wheel slider hitch is an American-made alternative to the offshore-manufactured slider hitches that have proliferated in recent years,” Travis McCall, product engineer for B&W Trailer Hitches, said. “Our hitch is engineered to operate as a finely tuned system, and we think users will be very impressed with the fit, finish, operation and overall ergonomics of our newest hitch design.”
 
B&W’s new Patriot rail-mounted slider is made of top-quality, American AISI 1018 steel and is powder coated for a tough, durable finish.
 
The 16K Patriot RVK3270 rail-mounted fifth wheel slider hitch has been tested and meets or exceeds the J2638 standard for a 16,000-pound vehicle tow rating (VTR). As in any towing scenario, B&W strongly recommends that users never exceed the Patriot 16K slider’s VTR.
 
B&W Trailer Hitches specializes in designing and engineering trailer hitches and aftermarket truck/trailer accessories, and is proud of its reputation as an exceptional U.S.-based manufacturer and innovator. The company’s workforce makes all of its products entirely in Humboldt, Kan.
 
The Patriot 16K RVK3270 rail-mounted fifth wheel slider hitch can be purchased through members of B&W’s extensive dealer network and a dealer locator is available at: http://www.Turnoverball.com/find-a-dealer
 
To access high-resolution images of B&W’s Patriot 16K RVK3270 rail-mounted fifth wheel slider hitch, please visit: http://www.turnoverball.com/media
 
 
About B&W Trailer Hitches
Based in Humboldt, Kan., B&W Trailer Hitches engineers and manufactures trailer hitches and aftermarket truck/trailer accessories. B&W offers a broad selection of products designed to seamlessly integrate with and enhance the use of trucks and the vehicles and equipment they tow. All B&W products are proudly manufactured in the USA, in a state-of-the-art facility that houses a skilled workforce of craftsmen and the most technologically advanced equipment available. B&W is recognized as an innovator and invented the Turnoverball gooseneck hitch, which revolutionized the industry in 1992. To learn more about B&W Trailer Hitches, please visit: http://www.Turnoverball.com
 
Turnoverball and Patriot 16K are trademarks of B&W Trailer Hitches.

Transfer Flow 40 Gallon Refueling Assembly


Ben from Transfer Flow goes over their new 40 gallon refueling tank at the latest Nor Cal Ford Truck Club event in Woodridge CA.  See more at www.transferflow.com

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Towing a Helicopter with a Ford Super Duty


One helicopter company enlists a Super Duty fleet to haul their high-priced aircraft through the Northwest. 

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

World's First Purpose Built Wheel Chair Accessible Vehicle


Kristina shows us the ease of entrance and exit of the MV-1.  World's first purpose built wheel chair accessible vehicle.  See more at http://www.mv-1.us

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hino Trucks Celebrates 30 Years in the United States



NOVI, MI – Hino Trucks reached a milestone of 30 years in business in the United States. Founded in 1984 as a limited distributorship with responsibility for importing class 4 through 7 cab-over trucks, Hino has evolved into a prominent U.S. company with  a dealer network of more than 200 points, assembly and manufacturing facilities in Williamstown WV and Marion, AR, with eight locations throughout the country. 

Having garnered more than a dozen industry awards for customer satisfaction and ‘Truck of the Year” three times in the last six years alone, Hino Trucks continues to set record sales and post market share gains annually that make the 30-year-old company one of the country’s fastest growing medium duty truck brands.

“While we are proud of our many accomplishments, the legacy of Hino Trucks over its first 30 years is not defined by the numbers it has accumulated, but by the lives it has touched in its journey.” said Glenn Ellis Vice President Marketing, Product Planning and Dealer Operations.  He continued, “To some, Hino Trucks represents a reliable transportation source that enables businesses to meet the needs of their customers.  Still others look to Hino Trucks as a trusted business partner that can be counted on as a steadying presence in a volatile economic environment. As we reflect on and celebrate 30 years of Hino Trucks in the U.S., we also celebrate the people that have woven our brand into the American fabric.”

Yoshinori Noguchi, President & CEO of Hino Trucks, said, “It is a great honor for me to celebrate this anniversary as the President of Hino Motors Sales U.S.A.   While many things have changed since 1984, our goals have always remained the same – to create the most innovative, high quality
products in our industry.  To all of our employees, dealers, customers and shareholders, we thank you for your continued commitment to Hino Trucks. In looking back at 30 years in the U.S. market, we have learned how to deal with success and challenges.  We have adapted and will continue to do so to meet the needs of this demanding market.  Our 30th anniversary is a milestone and turning point for Hino to take the next step.  I am excited about this journey and believe the best is yet to come.”


About Hino:  Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, assembles, sells, and services the most environmentally friendly lineup of Class 5-7 commercial trucks in the United States. In 2012, Hino introduced its Class 5 cab-over diesel-electric trucks making diesel-electric hybrids a viable option in the U.S. commercial truck industry for the first time. Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Hino boasts a network of over 200 dealers nationwide committed to achieving excellence in customer service and support. Hino Trucks is the premier medium duty nameplate in the United States with a product lineup that offers the lowest total cost of ownership, superior fuel economy, unmatched reliability and maneuverability, and the most comprehensive bundle of standard features in the market.  For more information, visit our internet home page at http://www.hino.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

CV Show 2014 Interview - Isuzu Truck (UK)



Pete Murphy took over from Nikki King as Managing Director of Isuzu Truck (UK) in August 2013. VansA2Z Editor Neil McIntee caught up with him on the stand at the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show to see how things were going and what was new in the Isuzu Truck line-up.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Six Trucks Featuring Odyne Plug-in Hybrid Systems Delivered to Consumers Energy

Order Includes First System Powering an Under Deck Boss Compressor Truck

Waukesha, WI – October 21, 2014 – Odyne Systems, LLC, a leader in hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, announces that six new trucks featuring Odyne plug-in hybrid systems have been delivered to Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million residents in Michigan.


The vehicles delivered include three Terex Commander digger derricks, two Terex material handling bucket trucks and the first under deck compressor vehicle with a Boss hydraulic lift and compressor. The Odyne plug-in hybrid system powers the equipment on the trucks without use of the engine in most cases, saving fuel, reducing emissions and significantly reducing noise levels at the work site. Hybrid propulsion also increases vehicle efficiency during driving. The on-board Boss lift can stow, load and unload heavy air tools which will be used in Consumers Energy’s gas operations. The compressor powers a pneumatic jackhammer used to break up cement and pavement and also tests gas lines for leaks. The exportable power runs an electric pipe fusing machine. All six trucks feature IHC chassis, and DUECO, Inc. was the final-stage manufacturer.

The Odyne hybrid power system features proprietary and patented hybrid technology combining reliable electric power conversion, power control and energy storage technology. The Odyne plug-in hybrid drive system reduces fleet operating and maintenance costs, and depending on duty cycle, enables large trucks to obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50% compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines. Odyne continues to be the only plug-in hybrid system on a medium- or heavy-duty truck to deliver greater fuel efficiency both while driving and at the work site.

The six trucks were manufactured as part of a $90 million program to produce about 300 plug-in hybrid trucks. The program was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and California Energy Commission (CEC), with cost-share contributions from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the program participants. Odyne is developing and deploying about 120 plug-in hybrid systems for trucks for companies and governmental entities throughout North America as part of the award. The trucks delivered with Odyne plug-in hybrid systems will feature advanced smart grid capabilities to charge the hybrid batteries at the most opportune time, reducing charging costs and excess demand on the utility grid.

Consumers Energy has been using a 5FC-55 bucket truck equipped with an Odyne system delivered in 2011, which crew members appreciate.

Joe Dalum, President and CEO of Odyne systems noted, “With delivery of these six vehicles, we continue to expand the applications where an Odyne plug-in hybrid system is providing the power and advantages that only the Odyne system offers. Our hybrid system is unique in the industry in delivering unprecedented high efficiency power both during drive time and at the work site across many truck applications.”

For further information on those advantages, see Odyne’s new comparison chart at http://odyne.com/aboutodyne/242.html


About Odyne Systems, LLC
Odyne is a leader in hybrid drive systems for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Odyne’s advanced plug-in hybrid technology enables trucks over 14,000 pounds to have substantially lower fuel consumption, lower emissions, improved performance, quieter job site operation and reduced operating and maintenance costs. Odyne has fielded more plug-in hybrid systems for large trucks throughout the United States than any other supplier. Odyne systems are modular and are integrated to powertrains during the new vehicle manufacturing process or are retrofit to existing truck chassis in various applications. The systems are sold and serviced through a worldwide distribution network including Altec, DUECO and Terex Utilities. Odyne has also authorized selected Allison Transmission distributors to service Odyne systems across North America. For further information, visit us at www.odyne.com  and follow us on Twitter @Odyne.

About DUECO, Inc. 
DUECO is a women-owned business and the largest independent provider of Terex bucket trucks, digger derricks, and cranes for the utility market in the nation. Additionally, DUECO manufactures custom utility truck bodies; distributes mini derricks/aerial lifts, stringing equipment and trailers; and supplies tools and accessories for all truck brands. Family owned and operated since 1955, DUECO’s philosophy of teamwork, integrity, and open communication with customers and employees ensures high quality equipment at the best value. With headquarters in the Metro Milwaukee area, DUECO services customers 24/7 in 17 states. To learn more, visit dueco.com or call 800-558-4004.

About Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Innovation Spotlight: Silver Moon Brewing

When partners James Watts and Matt Barrett purchased Silver Moon Brewing in Bend, Ore., in 2013, they had the intended to shake things up and do business a little differently. Recognizing that Central Oregon, and Bend specifically, is known for being an “outdoor town,” Watts said, the co-owners immediately looked for something they could take to outdoor festivals, fund-raisers, marathons, cycling races, and other events to represent the brand well outside of the brewery.



See rest of article here: Innovation Spotlight: Silver Moon Brewing

CV Show 2014 Interview - Renault Trucks (UK)


VansA2Z Editor Neil McIntee caught up with Nigel Butler, Commercial Director at Renault Trucks (UK), at the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show to find out just how important the new revised Master range is to the company.

Monday, October 20, 2014

CV Show 2014 Interview - Rhino Products


On the Rhino Products stand at the 2014 CV Show, VansA2Z editor Neil McIntee spoke to Managing Director Steve Egerton and Clive Boult, Sales & Marketing Director. New products being launched at the show included SafeStep and TowBar and later in 2014 Rhino will be introducing the new Aluminium Bar range.

Iveco Vision Concept Van | IAA Hannover 2014


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Iveco pulled the covers off its innovative Vision concept delivery van at the IAA Hannover 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show. It's designed as a test bed for future delivery van hybrid drivetrains, the human/machine interface and load management technologies.