Maxon Lift Corp. Launches RA Trailer Side Door Slidelift® Series - Fully Galvanized Standard

Maxon Lift Corp. (Santa Fe Springs, CA) has developed a fully galvanized new trailer side door liftgate, the RA Slidelift® Series. The purpose-built design encompasses wide arm configurations for greatest stability and maximum trailer side rail clearance capabilities.

The new level ride RA liftgate comes standard in 3,500 lbs. and 4,500 lbs. lifting capacities. The new design makes use of the full trailer width resulting in large 48”, 60” and 82” wide platforms with depths of 55” and 79”.

The RA  features two hydraulic lifting cylinders with bi-directional lock valves and comes completely assembled and prefilled with hydraulic oil. Additional features include greaseable pins and bushings at all pivot points. Most importantly, for the utmost in corrosion resistance, the RA features a full galvanized finish that is standard for this gate. No additional charges or lead times.

“Meeting our customer’s needs is our first priority”, says Brent Stratton, co-president of Maxon. “Customers asked us for a trailer side door gate built to Maxon standards and that’s what  we proudly launch today – the RA.”

Additional product information on the RA can be obtained by speaking to one of Maxon's Customer Service Representatives at 800-227-4116 or online at www.maxonlift.com/products/slidelift/RA.


2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty Features Improved Power Stroke Diesel, Stronger F-450, Revamped King Ranch Edition

  • Engineering improvements boost the performance, capability and durability of the Ford-designed and Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine
  • Upgraded 2015 Ford F-450 pickup offers more towing capability than ever
  • 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty King Ranch restyled, combining authentic Texas heritage with modern luxury

Ford, America’s truck leader, introduces the 2015 F-Series Super Duty lineup today at State Fair of Texas, featuring a second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine; increased towing capabilities; and a refreshed, Texas-inspired King Ranch model.

“Truck leadership means never resting, and the Super Duty team has been tireless in finding ways to improve the industry’s most popular heavy-duty pickups,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas, Ford Motor Company. “Super Duty diesel customers will benefit from improved performance and features backed by outstanding Built Ford Tough durability.”

Since the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel debuted in 2011, Ford engineers have listened to customers and continued to examine each component of the engine to develop improved performance.

Ford is the only heavy-duty pickup truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination, ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations – from concept to execution. This approach also enables Ford engineers to optimize the vehicle’s performance across the entire lineup.

A key Ford innovation on the original 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel was its so-called reverse-flow layout. The advanced design places the exhaust inside the engine’s V-shape while the air intake is positioned on the outside of the V. This segment-exclusive design naturally improves a variety of attributes:
  • Shorter airflow from the exhaust system to the turbocharger sitting between the engine’s cylinder banks improves turbo responsiveness – key to providing torque quickly to truck customers when they need it most
  • Positioning the turbo inside the engine’s valley helps isolate the engine’s hottest temperatures, improving performance and efficiency, while also reducing noise, vibration and harshness
Ford engineers built upon the many benefits of this design as they upgraded the Power Stroke. One improvement is a larger GT37 turbocharger that replaces the previous GT32 model, enabling more airflow to the engine to produce more power beyond today’s 400 horsepower and 800 lb.-ft. of torque.

Key components of the new GT37 turbocharger

The GT37 features a single, larger 88-millimeter compressor wheel that replaces the GT32’s dual-sided compressor design. The compressor forces air into the engine’s cylinders to improve performance – especially at high altitude where the air is thinner than at sea level. The turbine size is increased to 72.5 millimeters from 64 millimeters, so exhaust gases have a larger surface area to spin the turbo, providing extra power. The wastegate and the wastegate controls are eliminated, because the turbo operates at lower peak pressures than the GT32.

Second-Generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel Engine

“The original designers of the current Power Stroke V8 diesel forecasted needs for higher output. This facilitated the larger turbocharger, increasing airflow and creating more power,” said David Ives, Power Stroke technical specialist. “We’ve dramatically improved performance while reducing overall engine complexity by focusing on the turbo system.”

A further benefit of the larger turbo is improved engine exhaust braking, manually controlled by a push-button switch on the dashboard. Extra braking power helps reduce wear and tear on wheel brakes and requires less manual brake application from the driver, especially on downhill grades.

Fuel system improvements

Turbo changes drove improvements to the fuel delivery system, specifically a new high-pressure fuel pump and fuel injectors. The pump’s cam stroke is increased to deliver more fuel when desired for increased power. All-new injector tips better atomize the fuel, resulting in improved combustion that enables lower noise, vibration and harshness. Other benefits include cleaner emissions and a reduction in the buildup of fuel deposits on the valves over time.

In addition, a new exhaust temperature sensor enables more accurate fuel control, which improves both durability and driveability – especially when towing – and helps the customer drive the Power Stroke diesel to its maximum capability.

Even though the fuel system delivers extra fuel as needed to provide more power, other efficiency improvements ensure 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup customers see similar performance to today’s best-in-class fuel economy.

Further enhancements to Ford Power Stroke diesel include:
  • Ford-designed and -engineered 6R140 TorqShift® six-speed transmission uses a new torque converter to manage increased horsepower and torque
  • New polymer coating on main bearings for improved wear-and-tear durability and lower friction
  • Improved crankshaft fillet design – the transition point between the crankshaft’s journals – to increase crankshaft power carrying capability
  • Increased crankshaft damper weight to reduce rotating forces on the crankshaft when the engine is performing at peak power levels
  • New five-layer head gasket to handle wider range of engine firing pressures resulting from more powerful engine performance
  • Added material to the engine’s cylinder heads, exhaust manifold and valvetrain to handle increased power levels
  • Redesigned turbo oil and cooling lines to improve sealing
  • Piston assembly upgrades to increase load-bearing capability
  • New four-layer exhaust manifold gasket for improved durability

2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty
2015 Ford F-450 upgrades

The 2015 Ford F-450 tops the F-Series Super Duty pickup truck lineup with maximum towing and hauling capability. Changes for 2015 include a strengthened frame, suspension, new commercial-grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires, and core work components shared with F-Series Super Duty chassis cab models.

Just as the next-generation Power Stroke engine reflects changes that improve power while maintaining durability, the Super Duty engineering team took specific actions to bolster key F-450 components to improve towing capability, including:
  • Upgraded rear driveline U-joints
  • Upgraded suspension components, including new rear leaf springs, front and rear stabilizer bars and shocks
  • Increased fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailer capacity
  • Stronger steering gears and steering linkages
  • Larger brakes shared with Super Duty chassis cab models, including wheel brakes, parking brake and new antilock brake calibration
  • F-450-specific Power Stroke diesel engine calibration

2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch

King Ranch expresses authentic, rugged luxury

The reinvigorated update to the 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty King Ranch edition is inspired by the place where American ranching was born.

“King Ranch is an American original with a proud heritage of hard work that defines the American ranching lifestyle,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager. “The 2015 Ford Super Duty King Ranch seamlessly combines elements of Texas-inspired luxury and Ford capability.”

As part of the Ford Truck commitment to continuous improvement, the F-Series design team traveled to King Ranch, founded in 1853, for fresh perspective and inspiration from the 825,000-acre working ranch, which is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.

“What really stood out is how prominent the ‘Running W’ is, and how it defines and unifies the ranch,” said Barb Whalen, Ford color and material design manager. “Similarly, we wanted that brand to define the new Super Duty King Ranch.”

On the new Super Duty King Ranch, the Running W – the brand used on cattle raised at the ranch – provides a focal point for the interior. It is cut out and stitched to make the seat backs and center console appear to have been branded.

A lighter, richer shade of Mesa leather trims the seats, center console lid, armrests and steering wheel.
Exterior updates include the new, darker Caribou paint for the wheel lip moldings, bumpers and lower body. The bed rail caps, bumper caps and running boards are executed in black. The Running W brings focus to the wheel caps as well.

“Through premium materials and thoughtful execution, we strived to make the 2015 Ford Super Duty King Ranch have a look and a feel as authentic as the ranch itself,” said Scott.



The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is excited to announce the availability of a complete line-up of products compatible with the all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster.

The recently launched ProMaster has multiple models of cargo vans, cutaway chassis, and cab chassis to suit a wide variety of end user applications. Knapheide is uniquely positioned to provide the broadest range of commercial vehicle solutions for the entire Ram ProMaster line.

For the Ram ProMaster cargo van, Knapheide and Sortimo have develped vocational van interior packages to cover electricians, HVAC technicians, telecom providers, and general contractors. These packages utilize the Sortimo Globelyst system which features innovative and lightweight designs that maximize payload and optimize organization. Sortimo BOXXes and components allow the technician to go from curb side to work site with all their needed tools and parts, saving time and increasing efficiency. Sortimo Globelyst vocational van interior packages have been pre-configured for the following ProMaster cargo van models:

  • 118” wheelbase low roof models
  • 136” wheelbase low roof models
  • 136” wheelbase high roof models
  • 159” wheelbase high roof models
  • 159” extended wheelbase high roof models

Additional accessories and options including unique thermoformed van partitions, protective wall cladding and slip-resistant cargo flooring can be added on to interior packages to allow for improved cargo management and vehicle customization.

For the ProMaster chassis cab, Knapheide is offering a full line of open Service Bodies and Platform Bodies. The ProMaster compatible Service Bodies possess the same great standard features that can be found in other Knapheide Service Bodies including E-Coat prime paint coverage for corrosion protection, continuous stainless steel hinges for compartment security, exclusive return flange cargo floor for structural superiority along with many other standard and optional features. Similarly, Knapheide’s Platform Bodies for the ProMaster feature a rugged steel understructure with the choice of wood, smooth steel, or tread plate flooring along with many of the features found on the Knapheide Value-Master X Platforms.

For the ProMaster cutaway chassis, Knapheide has developed two KUV (Enclosed Service Body) models for the ProMaster 136” wheelbase cutaway chassis -- a low roof KUV and a high roof KUV. The KUV for the ProMaster is stocked with end user features including conduit chutes for hassle-free pipe storage, oversized enclosed cargo area for securely storing larger items, external compartments for quick and convenient access to tools among many others. The combination of America’s favorite enclosed service body and the feature-rich ProMaster forms a work-ready and rugged commercial vehicle.

To learn more about the high quality commercial vehicle solutions available for the Ram ProMaster from Knapheide, visit www.knapheide.com or contact your local Knapheide distributor.


Oil Field Constultant's Truck Body by Master Series Truck Body


Oil field consulting can be a difficult job unless you have the proper workspace. You need a 4×4 truck and instead of working in the cab of your truck, you can do your work in the comfort of a Mobile Office by Master Truck Body.

View the Master Truck Body Product Video:

Seat more than 1 person for consulting and have all the amenities of a conventional office. With climate control, A/C power, auxiliary seating, bright lighting and many more options; we can suit your needs. Having your unit 4×4 ready to reach any job site, you will have the advantage to do the job you need to get done with the comforts that would be otherwise unavailable.

Remove your body within minutes and use as a stand alone unit or when you need to use your truck for something else.

Our bodies are one of the strongest and most durable fiberglass truck bodies in the industry and offer the highest quality parts and accessories so you can be confident that your body will stand the test of time.


Next-Generation Ford Transit Connect Taxi: Taxi of the Future with Increased Space, Performance and CNG/LPG Capability

  • Ford introduces all-new 2014 Transit Connect Taxi, prioritizing passenger and cargo space, livery-duty durability and low operating costs
  • New 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine expected to have best-in-class highway fuel economy, and available prep package allowing conversion to efficient, clean-burning compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas
  • Redesign lowers vehicle floor for improved access to the cabin; vehicle can be modified to be wheelchair-accessible through Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier program

Ford, America’s commercial truck and van leader, introduces the all-new 2014 Transit Connect Taxi, providing best-in-class performance, low operating costs, and improved comfort and flexibility for the North American taxi market.

The redesigned Ford Transit Connect Taxi was unveiled today at the 2013 International Association of Transportation Regulators Conference in St. Louis. It has been engineered to Ford’s light-truck commercial durability standards.

“We’re leveraging our longtime leadership and expertise in the North American taxi market to ensure Transit Connect Taxi exceeds the expectations of taxi operators and their passengers,” said Tim Stoehr, commercial truck marketing manager for Ford. “Transit Connect Taxi has been popular in major metropolitan cities since it debuted in 2010, and it has only gotten better.”

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi comes with a new powertrain – the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a new, fuel-efficient six-speed automatic transmission – providing drivers with quick response as well as durability, low-rpm cruising and an expected best-in-class highway fuel economy rating.

Ford Transit Connect will be the only taxi offered with a compressed natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas engine prep package. Conversion to CNG/LPG is supported by a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier, enabling significant fuel cost savings.

Improved people mover
The redesign of Ford Transit Connect Taxi features a decreased vehicle height, providing improved clearance for taxicab companies to place advertising on the cabin roof. An interior hood release was added, giving drivers easy access to check fluid levels prior to starting a shift.

The second-generation Transit Connect Taxi is also longer, offering seating for five and increased cargo capacity. The roomy, flexible interior is perfectly suited for livery service and conversion to CNG and LPG. The vehicle’s cargo space accommodates a compressed gas tank, while leaving ample room for luggage and passenger headroom and legroom. It features an anticipated best-in-class 60.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row.

In contrast to a competitor’s compact van-based taxi, which uses a rear suspension with leaf springs and solid axle, Ford Transit Connect Taxi uses a modern, durable twist-beam rear suspension that prioritizes passenger comfort and cargo carrying capability.

The vehicle’s floor has been lowered for improved access to the cabin, and can be modified to be wheelchair-accessible through Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier program.

Technology for the driver also has been upgraded, with useful options like rear view camera, 6.5-inch touch-screen display with navigation, and SYNC® with MyFord Touch® – Ford’s acclaimed voice-activated mobile communications system.

“The new Transit Connect Taxi has been designed with the for-hire transportation driver and their passengers in mind, creating a product that combines stylish looks and improved comfort with legendary Built Ford Tough quality,” said Gerald Koss, fleet marketing manager for Ford.

Taxi operators will benefit from Transit Connect Taxi’s rigorous testing and durability evaluations, which included opening and closing its sliding doors through 250,000 door-slam cycles.
Ford began offering Transit Connect Taxi with the 2011 model year, providing a commercial vehicle that is tested to the company’s toughest truck standards.

“Transit Connect was originally selected from Ford’s global portfolio of high-quality products to bring the advantages of alternative fuel as well as an outstanding interior package to the for-hire transportation industry,” Stoehr said.

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi will go into production and arrive in dealerships by early next year.


Who Remembers The "Carpet Kit?" Check It Out.

Kevin shows us what he calls an "old school" product design that was commonly called a carpet kit and has been in production since the 1970's. This one is manufactured by Bedrug and is The Sportsman model with plenty of storage and also converts into a bed if desired. It's still a great way to finish off the inside of the pickup bed with a camper shell or truck cap when it isn't being used in a work environment.

Whatever truck accessory you want, whether it is new school, old school, or out of school, give him a call at 707-447-9905 and he will find it for you. See the Vaca Valley Truck & SUV website at http://www.VacaValleyTruck.com


Stainless Steel Dump Body by Rugby Manufacturing

Stainless steel dump bodies from Rugby are corrosion resistant and more durable than high tensile steel.

The stainless steel Eliminator LP is built with a one-piece fl oor, dirt shedding sides, a centrally located quick release lever, (fold down side models only) and the patented EZ-LATCH™ system. The unit is designed to provide years of service.

Body Options

Stainless Steel Eliminator LP – Rigid & Fold Down Sides
  •     Cabshields (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, Full) Standard and Tall
  •     304 SS in lieu of 201 SS (extra lead time)
  •     Understructure Options:
    • Fully Stainless Steel
    • Interlaced
    • Crossmemberless
  •     10 ga 201 stainless steel sides and ends standard (304 available on a special order basis)
  •     One-piece 3/16" AR400 crossmemberless steel floor
  •     Pockets for 6" side boards increase load capacity
  •     One-piece sides with no vertical braces
  •     Seamless one-piece front design with 1/4 integrated cab shield with V-bend for added strength
Optional Coal Chute:

Meter asphalt, gravel, mulch and other materials or get a shovel full with adjustable and easy to operate individual or multiple Coal Chutes with single handle lift levers.

See more at www.Rugbymfg.com


Maintenance Of Roads In The Past

Producer: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Public Roads. Production Company: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Public Roads. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Public Roads.

CTS--This is fascinating to watch. It looks like the 1930s and it is most interesting to see the trucks, work equipment (or rather, lack of it), the manual labor and manual tools. There were even some doing work in a shirt and tie. It's almost laughable compared to today. FYI--There is no sound, but it is worth watching some or all of it. Enjoy!



  • Nissan is in the final development phase of its second mass production zero emission vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van, scheduled for launch in 2014

  • e-NV200 has received positive comments from large commercial fleets for its quiet, comfortable driving with no tailpipe emissions and low noise, CO2 reduction, and generous carrying capacity

  • Nissan is exploring further innovative ways of harnessing its world-leading EV technology in the commercial vehicle market with the e-NT400, which is in development phase, the European Cabstar-based light truck (known as the Nissan Atlas in Japan)


IRVINE, Calif. (September 7, 2013) - Nissan is in the final development phase of its second mass production zero emission vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van. Electric vehicles are ideal for urban delivery applications, and this vehicle is envisaged for use as a delivery van that offers a breakthrough type of mobility for entrepreneurs, featuring efficiency and green consciousness. The company has been working with several large commercial fleets in global markets since 2011 to understand how the e-NV200 test car performs under real operating conditions. So far the e-NV200 has received positive comments for its quiet, comfortable driving with no emissions and low noise, CO2 reduction, and generous carrying capacity. Feedback will help Nissan adapt future battery-powered light commercial vehicles to better fulfill exacting customer requirements.
The 100% electric compact van, e-NV200, is scheduled for launch in 2014. As Nissan's second global electric vehicle, it follows Nissan LEAF, the world's first affordable 100% EV for the mass market.

In addition to further reinforcing Nissan's zero-emissions leadership, the launch of the e-NV200 represents significant innovation in the commercial vehicle market. The model offers all the spaciousness, versatility, and practicality of its base vehicle, the multipurpose commercial van NV200. It delivers advanced performance that can only be achieved through the powertrain of the Nissan LEAF. The e-NV200 provides exceptionally smooth acceleration and quietness, driving characteristics that are unique to EVs, while emitting no CO2 emissions at the point of use. e-NV200 displays great potential for businesses, with its advanced telematics system and power-supply function in the cargo compartment. Also, the model's enviable running cost – a priority for most companies – will be highly attractive when competing in the commercial vehicle marketplace.

"The e-NV200 will offer all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of a traditional diesel or gas-powered compact van, but with zero CO2 or other pollutant emissions at the point of use. What's more, it will provide an outstanding driving experience that is unique to EVs. e-NV200 represents a bold and innovative addition to our commercial vehicle range, which is already one of the broadest of any manufacturer," said Hideto Murakami, corporate vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

When e-NV200 production begins it will become Nissan's second zero-emission vehicle, but the company is already investigating further innovative ways of harnessing its world-leading EV technology in the commercial vehicle market with the e-NT400, which is a light truck based on the European NT400Cabstar, known as NT400 Atlas in Japan.

The e-NT400, still in its development phase but with plans for production under study, uses Nissan LEAF running gear to create a zero-emission 100 per cent electric vehicle.

Like e-NV200, e-NT400 would be able to enter city areas denied to conventional vehicles powered by diesel or petrol engines, while its near-silent running means it could operate around the clock as it creates no noise or emission nuisance.

Low running costs would make e-NT400 a breakthrough business proposition, while the high output, high capacity lithium-ion battery powering the 80kW electric motor gives smooth, vibration-free acceleration for a completely unprecedented driving experience.

With a cruising range of 87 miles (140 kilometers) in NEDC mode, and the availability of fully integrated Quick Charging potential - allowing the battery to be charged to 80 per cent capacity in just 60 minutes - the e-NT400 has the potential to make a serious contribution to lowering CO2 emission in cities. At the same time, it will increase productivity and lower running costs for operators.

Hideto Murakami, Nissan corporate vice president responsible for the Global LCV Business Unit, said: "As well as e-NV200, Nissan is developing a number of vehicles that adapt a diverse range of EV technologies. We want to explore the potential of EV technology in the light commercial market to diversify the value that Nissan's commercial vehicles provide to businesses."


Hackney Advantages Innovation Zone

Chief Wylie explains some of the advantages to getting a Hackney emergency vehicle. See more about Hackney Emergency Vehicles at http://www.hackneyev.com/ and other Hackney products at   http://www.vthackney.com/



Electric, Diesel or LPG? Which is right for my business? by Mark Enright

Fuel prices are on the rise and show no signs of slowing down. High prices for fuel can cut into profits and be the point that tips a business from profit into loss. 

Luckily there are now other types of fuel available which can save your company money as well as being more environmentally friendly - great for reducing your carbon footprint!

With a wealth of options available on the market nowadays, you need to know the information about these different fuel types in order to choose the right fit for your business. The options available for you are diesel, electric or liquid petroleum gas.

Here are the benefits and drawbacks of each type of fuel:



* A diesel engine can maintain full power output at all times. If there is fuel in the tank, then the engine will perform 100% of the time
* Diesel is readily available. This fuel is sold in almost every filling station in the country and can be refilled quickly and easily
* Power output from diesel engines is higher than electric or LPG. Because of this it can be used to pull heavier loads and will excel if it has to pull these loads uphill

Disadvantages :

* Whilst modern day diesel is cleaner than the diesel of yesteryear, it still produces more pollution than electric or LPG
* Diesel doesn’t burn cleanly. This will lead to buildup with your engines and will lead in turn to higher maintenance costs.
* Because diesel doesn’t vapourise, there is a risk from spillages 
* Diesel fumes are toxic. Meaning they can not be operated inside unless the area is appropriately ventilated. 



* Like diesel, LPG provides full power output throughout its operation. 
* LPG is cheaper than diesel, often little more than half the price.
* Exhaust emissions are lower compared to diesel or petrol engines 
* LPG burns cleanly. This means no engine build up, and so, lower maintenance costs
* Because LPG vapourises, there are no risks from spillages
* Low emissions means the vehicles can be used inside and out
* Because the fuel is liquidised gas, there is no risk of fuel theft by syphoning. This means you can leave your vehicles full of fuel over night, saving the effort of having to drain the tanks 


* LPG is a relatively new technology so it isn’t readily available yet. Only some filling stations supply it
* The initial cost of converting your vehicle can be very expensive
* A new fuel tank will have to be installed in the vehicle. This will take up boot space
* There are currently some restrictions on where you can use these vehicles. For example the Eurotunnel does not allow LPG vehicles even if the tank is disconnected 



* Electric vehicles produce no emissions. When recharged with renewable energy, car can be carbon neutral. This makes them ideal for businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprint.
* Electric motors are extremely efficient. They provide enough energy on average to drive around a city
* All it requires to refill the battery is a plug. This means charging is simple and hassle free
* Like LPG, electric doesn’t produce any fumes. Meaning it can be used indoors
* Also like LPG, electric motors operate cleanly. This means no engine build up, and so, lower maintenance costs


* The initial cost of electric vehicles is usually higher than diesel or LPG
* Unlike diesel or LPG, electric motors will lose power as their fuel runs out
* Current batteries only have a lifespan of two to three years. This means the expense of replacing them. However, new technologies will increase the length of battery life
* Power output from electric motors tends to be lower than diesel or LPG, meaning steep gradients may be a problem

As you can see, there are positives and negatives for each type of fuel. Fuel technology is improving all the time, with more efficient and cheaper engines being developed every day. Until a fuel source is discovered which offers all of the benefits of existing varieties and none of the drawbacks,
compromises will have to be made. It is up to you to look at these points and decide which is best for your business. 

This piece was written by Mark Enright, a car enthusiast and writer www.centralcontracts.co.uk, an independant car contract hire and leasing company. 



  • Nissan on target to be the world's leading LCV manufacturer by 2016
  • Global LCV sales already account for more than 20 per cent of all Nissan sales
  • The ambition will be achieved by expansion into new markets, development of strategic partnerships and substantial growth in traditional markets

IRVINE, Calif. (August 27, 2013) - Nissan Motor Company is on track to become the world's leading manufacturer of light commercial vehicles (LCV) by fiscal year (FY) 2016.

Light Commercial Vehicles include several classes of vehicles that are designed and developed primarily for work use. Nissan offers one of the widest ranges of LCVs, from mini-LCVs up to 7.5-ton trucks.

Strong sales are expected in 2013, led by the NV200, an award-winning, new-generation compact van which will hit 200,000 cumulative sales by the end of fiscal year 2013 (April 2013-March 2014).
Overall Nissan's LCV sales were 1.14 million units in FY2012. The number of units sold topped one million for the first time in FY2011, putting Nissan a full year ahead of the Power 88 mid-term plan's target for LCV sales.

Under Power 88 Nissan is targeting eight percent global market share with a consistent operating profit of eight percent or more by the end of FY2016.

Nissan has increased sales of LCVs by closely studying customer needs and adapting global and regional models to suit specific local requirements. It means that not only are the vehicles practical for everyday use, they also feature low running costs matched by high levels of quality and reliability.

Quality covers every aspect of the vehicle, not just how well it is built. It includes the design of the vehicle, its practical aspects as well as its features. Nissan sees no reason why drivers of commercial vehicles should not enjoy the same levels of comfort and technology as car drivers.

The ownership experience has been similarly enhanced. A new set of dedicated dealer standards ensuring competitive sales and aftersales service have been implemented globally. The aim is to provide the highest levels of service to secure customer satisfaction.

"Our ambition to become a global LCV player has been achieved. Our target now is to be the world's leading LCV manufacturer by 2016," said Hideto Murakami, corporate vice president in charge of Nissan's Global LCV Business Unit.

Global LCV sales already account for more than 20 per cent of all Nissan sales and the ambition will be achieved by expansion in new markets, strategic partnerships and substantial growth in traditional markets. An ongoing new model offensive will see the company with one of the youngest model ranges of any manufacturer.

As further evidence of the company's global presence, Nissan has also been chosen to be the LCV official supplier for the highly successful Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 Team.

And Nissan's global leadership of the zero-emission passenger car market will be matched in the LCV market when sales of an all-electric version of the award winning compact NV200 - e-NV200 - start in 2014.

"Nissan's LCV offering is a compelling one," said Hideto Murakami. "The range is wide, varied and packed with innovative technology, while Nissan's global leadership in zero-emission mobility will be underlined by e-NV200.

"Our plans might sound ambitious, but I have no doubt we will succeed in our aim to be the world's leading LCV manufacturer by 2016."

For news and information about Nissan's Light Commercial Vehicles, please visit:

For LCV videos: http://www.nissanlcv.com/EN/VIDEOS/


Mitsubishi Fuso and Nissan Agree on Van OEM Supply for Export

YOKOHAMA, Japan (September 11, 2013) - Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd today reached a basic agreement regarding original equipment manufacturer (OEM) supply of finished commercial vans for export. The agreement is based on the strategic partnership between Daimler AG and Renault-Nissan Alliance announced on April 7, 2010.
The basic OEM supply agreement is as follows:
  • Nissan to supply the “NV350 Urvan" to Mitsubishi Fuso.
Mitsubishi Fuso and Nissan Agree on Van OEM Supply for Export
A formal contract will be concluded in the future that will determine specifics of the OEM supply timing and volumes.
Mitsubishi Fuso and Nissan is already running a strategic OEM supply which include, Mitsubishi Fuso's supply of Canter light-duty truck (payload: 2.0 tons) to Nissan, and Nissan's supply of Atlas F24 light-duty truck (payload 1.5 tons) to Mitsubishi Fuso.

Dr. Albert Kirchmann, MFTBC President & CEO, said: “The agreement today is a next successful step after our mutual supply of light-duty trucks already running in Japan and represents a second real synergy taking place under the strategic partnership by Daimler AG and Renault-Nissan Alliance. We will be starting the sale of commercial vans first time in our history, and for FUSO, this will not only mean an expansion of our already robust global product portfolio, but is also a sign of our commitment to continually enhance our business solutions for our customers."

Mr. Toshiyuki Shiga, Nissan Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are delighted that we will be able to supply NV350 in addition to reciprocal OEM supply of Atlas F24 and Canter that is going on track. We hope this will lead to improved production efficiency in Japan."

Vauxhall Vivaro - IBC Luton 900,000 Production Milestone

For the full story go to http://www.vansa2z.com/Vauxhall-Vivar....

Vauxhall's Vivaro has passed the 900,000 production milestone at its IBC plant in Luton. To celebrate the landmark event the keys to a fully liveried Vivaro were handed over to the AA's 2013 patrol of the year, Tony Rich, by Vauxhall's chairman and managing director Duncan Aldred.


CTE Begins Houston Zero Emission Delivery Vehicle Project

Houston-Galveston Area Council teams with
Center for Transportation & the Environment and Smith Electric Vehicles to deploy 30 all-electric delivery trucks
Houston, TX – August 2013 – (Business Wire)- The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has partnered with the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and Smith Electric Vehicles Corporation (Smith Electric) to reduce vehicle emissions from delivery trucks in the Houston-Galveston region.  As part of a U.S. Department of Energy sponsored effort, local fleets will replace existing diesel delivery vehicles with all-electric medium- and heavy-duty Smith Newton trucks for daily operations in the Houston-Galveston area.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) awarded a grant to H-GAC with an objective of accelerating the introduction and penetration of electric transportation technologies into the cargo transport sector.  DOE selected this project to improve local air quality in the Houston-Galveston area, which is currently designated as a National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) 8-hour ozone nonattainment area.

The H-GAC Zero Emission Truck project will demonstrate the effectiveness of all-electric delivery vehicles to perform at the same level of operation as similarly sized diesel delivery vehicles while significantly reducing emissions and petroleum use.  By deploying 30 zero emission trucks targeted for this program, H-GAC expects to reduce petroleum consumption by over 250,000 gallons of diesel fuel over the 2-year demonstration period. The project will have additional impact with an expected reduction in GHG emissions by 37.5 million tons of carbon equivalents per year and an expected reduction in criteria pollutants of over 2,000 tons per year.

The Smith Newton trucks include the company’s proprietary Smith Power, with variable 40-120 kWh battery pack options; Smith Drive, and Smith Link, an onboard system for monitoring the vehicle’s vital statistics.  The vehicles that will be deployed under this grant are based on Smith’s latest production model Series 2000, which has been fully deployed in several locations across the country.
Each Smith Newton will be delivered with an electric vehicle charging station (EVSE).  Fully recharging the vehicle will take approximately 6 to 10 hours per night, depending on the size of the battery pack and the state of charge when the vehicle returns to the fleet depot.

The H-GAC Zero Emission Truck project will serve as a pioneer for this innovative clean technology by helping fleets deploy all-electric delivery trucks that will improve their fleet operations and benefit the local community. CTE, a nonprofit and leader in alternative transportation technology deployments, will manage the project, collect operational data, and report on the project’s impact.   The combined efforts of project partners will help further the objective of developing a market for this advanced electric transportation technology.

Fleet managers operating in the Houston-Galveston area that are interested in participating in the program are encouraged to contact Smith Electric at http://www.smithelectric.com/contact-us/.

About H-GAC
The Houston-Galveston Area Council is the region-wide voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning region of Texas. Its service area is 12,500 square miles and contains more than 6 million people. H-GAC’s mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region’s orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens.
About Smith Electric
Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. is a leading designer and producer of all-electric commercial vehicles for short haul urban fleets. Smith produces zero-emission vehicles that deliver a significantly superior performance to traditional diesel trucks, at greater operational efficiency and significantly lower cost. The Smith mission is to be the leading producer of high efficiency, zero-emissions vehicles in the commercial transportation industry, utilizing its unique platform to partner with world-class brands to transform their entire fleets, help them operate more profitably and return energy to the grid.
The Smith Newton™ and Edison™ models are deployed in several countries across a variety of applications, including parcel, food, beverage and equipment delivery, and personnel transport. Smith Electric provides a full end-to-end approach to fleet transformation, comprising Smith Drive™ (fully integrated EV drive and control system maximizing vehicle performance), Smith Power™ (networked battery & power management system) and Smith Link™ (networked performance data). The Company operates manufacturing facilities in Kansas City, Mo., and Newcastle, U.K.

About CTE
The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Atlanta, Georgia that facilitates programs to develop technologies and implement solutions for energy and environmental sustainability. Since its founding in 1993, CTE has managed a portfolio of more than $250 million in federal, state, and local cost-shared research, development, and demonstration projects involving more than 200 organizations in the advanced transportation technology field. CTE has facilitated and leveraged funding for its projects and initiatives from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Interior, and Transportation, as well as from the U.S. Army, Environmental Protection Agency, and NASA, among many others.

Smith Electric Fleet Surpasses 700 Vehicles and Five Million Miles of Operation

Milestone marks transition into commercial manufacturing phase

Kansas City, Mo., June 11, 2013 – (Business Wire) – Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. (‘Smith Electric’ or ‘the Company’), the leading global producer of all-electric medium-duty commercial vehicles, today announced that it has now produced over 700 of its all-electric Edison™ and Newton™ trucks, which have cumulatively generated over five million miles on the road. This is a significant milestone for the Company and shows that the adoption rate of commercial electric vehicles by major global blue chip corporations continues to expand.


The Benefits
The growing demand for fleet transformation through electrification is driven by Smith Electric’s customers in recognition of the significant economic and environmental benefits of short-haul fleet electrification. Medium-duty gas and diesel trucks are expensive to operate and are one of the biggest contributors to urban pollution. These vehicles typically travel on fixed routes of fewer than 100 miles in a single day, and are based in a centralized depot, making them ideal for conversion.

Customers who work with Smith Electric to transform their fleets save an estimated 70% annually on fuel and maintenance during the life of the vehicle and eliminate all vehicle-based emissions. Across a large fleet this can mean millions of dollars in annual operational savings, hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel offset, and sparing the air of tens of thousands of tons of greenhouse gases.
The five million miles travelled by Smith Electric vehicles have resulted in significant environmental benefits including the offsetting of an estimated 700,000 gallons of fuel, and eliminating more than 10,000 short tons of greenhouse gases.

“We do not think in terms of the truck; we think in terms of full end-to-end fleet transformation and all its associated benefits. This delivers substantial economic and commercial benefits for our customers and helps drive the growing demand for our product”, commented Bryan Hansel, chief executive officer of Smith Electric.  “With these important milestones achieved, Smith will be positioned to move fully into commercial scale manufacturing and enable electric fleet transformations around the world. Most importantly, we have first mover advantage in a vast global market for full fleet transformation. We look forward to the future with confidence.”

The Demand
Demand for Smith Electric’s complete, end-to-end fleet transformation service, which comprises initial consultation, vehicle supply and ongoing performance monitoring and maintenance, is frequently driven by CEOs and CFOs of companies who recognize the economic, environmental and commercial benefits of fleet electrification.

As a result, Smith Electric is the market leader in the commercial electric vehicle industry, with more miles and more trucks on the road than its three largest competitors combined.

Smith Electric believes that short haul urban transport is the current greatest market opportunity for fleet electrification, a market in which operator demand, logistical viability, political support and environmental benefit are all aligned. There are six million medium-duty commercial vehicles, representing a $40 billion market across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The company estimates that a significant portion of these vehicles service short-haul routes in urban centers, and is targeting this segment for fleet electrification.

About Smith Electric Vehicles           
Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. is a leading designer and producer of all-electric commercial vehicles for short haul urban fleets. Smith produces zero-emission vehicles that deliver a significantly superior performance to traditional diesel trucks, at greater operational efficiency and significantly lower cost. The Smith mission is to be the leading producer of high efficiency, zero-emissions vehicles in the commercial transportation industry, utilizing its unique platform to partner with world-class brands to transform their entire fleets, help them operate more profitably and return energy to the grid.

The Smith Newton™ and Edison™ models are deployed in several countries across a variety of applications, including parcel, food, beverage and equipment delivery, and personnel transport. Smith Electric provides a full end-to-end approach to fleet transformation, comprising Smith Drive™ (fully integrated EV drive and control system maximizing vehicle performance), Smith Power™ (networked battery & power management system) and Smith Link™ (networked performance data). The Company operates manufacturing facilities in Kansas City, Mo., and Newcastle, U.K.


Bedslide and Rack-it = A Great Combination!

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9' Harbor Utility Body On 3500HD Chevy Chassis Gets It Done

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Lockable Transverse Compartment

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This is an option, the value of the Transverse Compartment is to give more lockable space. You lose a bit of the front of the cargo area, but we think you'll agree that it is a very worthy trade-off. This is not an expensive option and Harbor does them all the time in various ways on a number of Harbor products. This is just one of the many modification we can make to our standard products to make them more useful for your business.

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    Liftmoore Cranes meet the requirements of OSHA 1910.180

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    Know the "FACTS" about Moment Rating and how it determines the Capacity of your Crane.

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Nissan on Track for 200,000 Cumulative Sales of NV200 By End of Fiscal Year 2013

  • Award-winning Nissan NV200 compact van is a key part of the company's push to become the world's leading LCV manufacturer
  • Cumulative sales have topped 170,000 units, will reach 200,000 units by the end of fiscal year 2013
  • The Nissan NV200 is the base vehicle for the specially designed and equipped New York City "Taxi of Tomorrow"

  • IRVINE, Calif. - Nissan's NV200 is on track to reach a sales milestone of 200,000 cumulative units by the end of the fiscal year.

    The award-winning compact van is a key global growth vehicle for Nissan, which is seeking to become the world's leading manufacturer of LCVs by the end of fiscal year 2016 (April 2016-March 2017).

    The Nissan NV200 is now sold in more than 40 countries after recent launches in the United States and South Africa. It offers outstanding cargo space and class-leading cost of ownership. Best performance for maneuverability, drivability and load accessibility are matched to attractive design.
    The NV200 is the base vehicle for New York's "Taxi of Tomorrow." In Japan, the NV200 Vanette taxi makes an innovative contribution to the country's barrier-free public transportation infrastructure. Wheelchair users can roll on and off the vehicle through the rear door with no impediments.

    The Nissan NV200 has won awards in many different parts of the world including 2010 International Van of the Year award in Europe and the 2010 Commercial Delivery Van (CDV) of the Year in China. It was awarded the 2011 Universal Design Award from Universal Design GMbH, a German organization dedicated to promoting the convergence of design and the emerging importance of customer needs, as well as the 2011 Universal Design Consumer's Favorite Award, making the first time in the automotive industry that one vehicle was awarded both accolades.

    About Nissan North America
    In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

    About Nissan
    Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

    For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


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