Monday, February 29, 2016

Ford Medium Duty Trucks Offer the Power of Choice



Jon Taffer’s favorite restaurant is lacking something the new Ford Medium Duty has in abundance.

Learn more about the Ford Medium Duty lineup: http://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks...

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cleveland Engine Plant Gets $145 Million Upgrade, Creates 150 Jobs for New EcoBoost Engine Production

  •     Ford investing $145 million to upgrade Cleveland Engine Plant, creating or retaining 150 jobs as part of the company’s commitment to 8,500 jobs and invest $9 billion in its facilities across the United States over the next four years
  •     Jobs and investment to support production of all-new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine family for 2017 Ford F-150 lineup
  •     All-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor to feature high-output version of second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, producing more power with greater fuel efficiency

CLEVELAND, Feb. 26, 2016 – Ford is investing $145 million to upgrade its Cleveland Engine Plant –
creating or retaining 150 jobs to support strong demand for an all-new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine family for the 2017 Ford F-150 lineup.

The investment in second-generation EcoBoost engine technology is part of the $9 billion commitment the company made in the 2015 Ford-UAW collective bargaining agreement to invest in its U.S. plants. Ford, which has 80,000 U.S. employees, is committed to creating or securing 8,500 hourly jobs in communities across Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York and Ohio over the next four years. Since 2011, Ford has invested more than $10.2 billion in its plants across the United States.

Cleveland Engine Plant produces the current version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which powers 2016 Ford F-150, Explorer, Expedition, Transit, Flex and Taurus.

“Ford customers have embraced EcoBoost’s unbeatable combination of power and efficiency, with more than 60 percent of F-150 customers choosing trucks powered by EcoBoost,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “This second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is another great example of Ford continuously improving and innovating to give these hardworking customers the best engines and trucks we can.”

In addition to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that has been a success throughout the F-150 lineup, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will be powered by Ford’s all-new second-generation, high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost that produces more power with greater efficiency than the previous 6.2-liter V8. The high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost is a Raptor-exclusive in the F-150 lineup, paired with an all-new 10-speed transmission for improved efficiency.

As the cornerstone of Ford’s global engine strategy to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, EcoBoost engines, introduced in 2009, deliver the same capability as larger-displacement engines, with significantly better fuel economy. EcoBoost uses smaller overall engine size combined with turbocharging, gasoline direct injection and variable valve timing to provide customers the power they want and the fuel economy they need.

“This is very exciting news for the hardworking men and women of Cleveland Engine Plant and the Ohio community as a whole,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. “The team at Cleveland Engine is thrilled to begin building one of the most technologically advanced engines ever designed for the all-new F-150 Raptor.”

Cleveland Engine Plant opened in 1951 and employs more than 1,500 people. It has produced more than 1 million EcoBoost engines since 2009.

Along with the current 3.5-liter EcoBoost for F-150, the plant builds the 2.0-liter EcoBoost for Edge, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost for Explorer, Mustang and Lincoln MKC, as well as the 3.7-liter V6 rear-wheel-drive application for Mustang.
All-new Ford F-150 Raptor

The all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor is the toughest, smartest, most capable Raptor ever. It features an all-new purpose-built, high-strength steel frame unique to Raptor, plus a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body that helps save more than 500 pounds versus the previous version for improved off-road performance and capability.

Larger FOX Racing Shox have more suspension travel, plus all-new terrain management technology and the availability of redesigned industry-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels that increase grip in low-traction conditions help F-150 Raptor tackle North America’s toughest trails.

F-150 Raptor will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant. The new truck goes on sale in the United States and Canada this fall.

Related material: Still Unmatched: All-New Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew Is America's Favorite High-Performance Off-Road Pickup Truck

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Unique Mobile Climate and Road Simulators Help Knock Out Squeaks and Rattles in All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty



  •     Unique mobile climate and road simulators test all-new F-Series Super Duty and other vehicles for squeaks and rattles so Ford can minimize these noises ahead of production
  •     The company’s eight mobile climate and road simulators are completely portable, allowing Ford to efficiently test prototype vehicles; one unit was moved to Kentucky Truck Plant to conduct noise testing of the all-new Super Duty
  •     In these mobile labs, vehicles in development are subjected to simulated rough terrain and road surfaces, as well as to extreme differences in humidity and temperature – from 20 degrees below zero to 120 degrees Fahrenheit – to help detect and minimize squeaks and rattles

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 25, 2016 – Ford is using mobile climate and road simulators to minimize squeaks and rattles in the all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever.

Rigorous testing with this equipment includes some of the most extreme conditions imaginable. The simulators are known as Transportable Environmental Four Posters, in reference to their 18-wheeler portability and four-point road simulators that sit under each wheel when a vehicle is in the chamber. Ford is the only automaker to use these mobile simulators.

“Mobile climate and road simulators are absolutely key to finding unwanted noises in the early stages of vehicle development,” said Craig Schmatz, Ford F-Series Super Duty chief engineer. “Extreme climates and terrains are especially known for bringing out squeaks and rattles. Identifying and mitigating these noises long before a vehicle goes into production is one more way Ford is working to deliver great vehicle quality.”

In these mobile labs, Ford puts prototype vehicles through their paces on all manner of simulated terrain and road surfaces, as well as in extreme humidity and temperatures ranging from a bone-chilling 20 degrees below zero to a blistering 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thanks to the portability of these simulators, Ford can move them all over the world to test prototypes wherever and whenever a vehicle is undergoing development. To test the all-new Super Duty, Ford moved one of the simulators to Kentucky Truck Plant, which has produced more than 5 million Super Duty trucks since the vehicle was introduced in 1999.

Before the first all-new Super Duty charges off the line, it will have logged more than 12 million cumulative miles of testing – more than any of its predecessors – to ensure the promise of Built Ford Tough.

Controlled environment allows for comprehensive testing

These initially patented mobile climate and road simulators help Ford ensure quality in a way that’s as unique as it is innovative. The ability to perform tests on-site at Ford facilities is immensely more efficient than sending a vehicle to another location and waiting for results. Prototypes undergo testing all the way to production, with the controlled environment allowing trained experts and advanced audio-sensing equipment to identify the causes of noise.

For each vehicle launch, climate and road simulation testing is overseen by a Ford launch engineer and a plant vehicle team engineer who work diligently to prevent squeaks and rattles; for Super Duty, this was Abdul Mohammed and Dave Massengill, respectively. This testing is part of the company’s focus on quiet quality – a motto boldly emblazoned on each of the eight simulators as a reminder.

“Ford takes its commitment to delivering quiet quality seriously – devoting a lot of resources to deploying the best people and tools,” said Vy Tran, Ford North American launch supervisor for squeak and rattle testing. “Ford’s approach to testing for squeaks and rattles, both for Super Duty and other vehicle launches, helps the company put customers behind the wheel of vehicles they can enjoy with their ears as much as their eyes and hands.”

Ford worked with suppliers and other companies to develop the Transportable Environmental Four Posters, which have now been used for more than 100 global vehicle launches.

Aside from full-vehicle testing, Ford also performs component-level testing to help limit squeaks and rattles. For instance, the company subjects instrument panels to shake testing on custom stands called Transportable Instrument Panel Sound Testing Evaluation Rigs.

“Simulator technology has come a long way in helping to reduce noises in vehicles,” said Timothy Wittrock, Ford North American current model supervisor for squeak and rattle testing. “Transportable Environmental Four Poster technology has been instrumental in reducing squeaks and rattles under various operating conditions to deliver a whisper-quiet driving experience for customers.”

Mobile climate and road simulators are but one part of a large suite of tools Ford uses to create high-quality vehicles.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Chevrolet Introduces 2016 Silverado with eAssist

New mild-hybrid system delivers 13 percent improvement 
in fuel efficiency, based on EPA city estimates
 

DETROIT – Chevrolet announced today that a select number of 2016 Chevrolet Silverados will be offered with eAssist technology. The new mild-hybrid electrical system leverages many of the technologies and components from Chevrolet’s lineup of innovative electric vehicles – including battery cells from the Malibu Hybrid and software controls developed for the Volt. As a result, Chevrolet can deliver a low-volume, affordably priced hybrid pickup that delivers uncompromised capability and up to 13 percent better fuel economy in city driving. 

“Silverado already leads the full-size truck segment in V8 fuel economy,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevrolet Trucks. “For customers and small-business owners who use their trucks for more urban driving, the addition of eAssist can further reduce their fuel costs without sacrificing the utility they expect in a full-size truck.”

The compact, lightweight system increases curb weight by approximately 100 pounds, and delivers an additional 13 hp and 44 lb-ft of torque from the electric motor.

The eAssist propulsion system, including the 8-speed automatic transmission, will be a $500 premium over a comparably equipped two-wheel drive Silverado 1500 crew cab in 1LT trim.

Initially, Chevrolet will offer approximately 500 Silverado eAssist trucks for the 2016 model year, exclusively through California dealers. Based on feedback from these initial customers, Chevrolet will adjust production for 2017 model year.

The eAssist Silverado adds another piece to Chevrolet’s growing electrification portfolio - from all-electrics like the Chevrolet Spark EV and Bolt EV (slated to begin production in late 2016), to extended-range electrics like the Chevrolet Volt, to full-hybrids like Malibu Hybrid, and mild-hybrids like Silverado eAssist. 

Technology developed from new Malibu Hybrid and Volt

The eAssist system pairs a compact lithium-ion battery pack with the Silverado’s 5.3L EcoTech V-8 and 8-speed automatic transmission to provide: 
-    Electric Power Boost: The on-board electric motor provides up to 13 hp and 44 lb-ft of supplemental power during acceleration and passing. The electric motor also enables the Active Fuel Management system on the 5.3L V-8 engine to operate in 4-cylinder mode for longer periods, resulting in additional fuel economy benefits.
-    Stop/Start capability: Added fuel savings are achieved by seamlessly turning the engine off when stopped at a traffic light or in congested traffic and turning the engine back on when the accelerator is pressed.
-    Regenerative Braking: By using the on-board electric motor as a generator, the energy recovered while braking is converted to electricity to recharge the onboard battery system.

These features deliver a 13 percent improvement in city fuel economy, based on EPA estimates. The 2016 Silverado eAssist will have an EPA estimated 18 mpg city, a 2 mpg improvement over the equivalent Silverado 1500 with the 5.3L V-8 and 8-speed automatic. EPA estimated highway fuel economy for the Silverado eAssist is 24 mpg, while the combined rating is 20 mpg.

Power for the eAssist system is supplied by a 24-cell, air-cooled 0.45 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located under the center console (or front bench seat) that uses the same battery cells as the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.  It weighs nearly 15 percent less than the previous generation eAssist system, yet provides up to 15 kW of power to the electric motor. 

A reengineered power inverter module is now liquid cooled and moved underhood for improved packaging and performance.  The software used to control the battery system is based off a modified version of the software for the Chevrolet Volt.

The compact induction motor, located on the accessory drive, provides peak regen capability of 15kW resulting from advanced software controls based off those used in the Volt.  The motor, which features a stator design leveraged from the Volt and Malibu Hybrid,  acts like an electric torque booster, providing up to 44 lb.-ft. (60 Nm) and up to 13 hp (9.7 kW) of additional boost in high-load situations.

This new generation of eAssist is also more modular than the previous system, meaning it could be more easily used in front-wheel or rear-wheel drive drivetrain configurations and it’s capable of using more or fewer cells, based on power needs for each vehicle application.

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 around 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.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Ford focuses attention on lighting in effort to ease driver stress



Ford is doing its part to make the highway a more friendly place, and it may not be obvious unless you’re in oncoming traffic.

Ford lighting designers and engineers say the irritable mental state that often accompanies a traffic-clogged and horn honking commute is, at least partially, due to poor automobile lighting and how humans cope to it psychologically.

“We know that gradients and homogeneity affect people’s moods,” says Arun Kumar, Ford optics expert and design engineer. “We also know the eye wants to focus on contrast changes and other inconsistencies in lighting – it’s an automatic function of the brain that can irritate mood.”

Ford’s latest LED lighting innovation, Crystal Diamond Light, first debuted on the Ford F-150 pick-up. The company says it improves efficiency up to 62 percent while lowering cost. It also miniaturizes the fixture, an aesthetic desired by designers. The diamond-like facets of the lens offer even, broad distribution of light.

“The efficiency of this lighting not only helps to stabilize the psyche, but also has the potential to affect global environmental savings,” Kumar says. “As we democratize this lighting innovation to a broader audience, the impact could be significant, with millions of gallons of fuel potentially saved on a global scale.”

Consideration of human physiology is also a factor with interior lighting, including choosing a color that is pleasing to the eye, one that provides a higher quality of lighting, with good contrast for twilight and night vision. And because men and women see some colors differently, Shannon O’Day, Ford interactions and ergonomics core engineer, says the shade had to be universally accepted by the color cones of both sexes.

“Another obvious issue was to design for people who have color deficiencies,” O’Day adds. “You can’t use a deep saturated red or green for dash lighting because those are colors people most typically have problems with. Eight percent of the global population has this issue, and most are male.”

Red and green are typically reserved for emergency buttons, such as hazard lighting.

Designers and engineers opted to light the Ford vehicle dashboard in Ice Blue, a color that is more easily seen and perceived as brighter by the human eye, and one that O’Day says “cuts through the clutter.”

While Ice Blue is the color of choice for illuminating the Ford dashboard, an available feature for many Ford vehicles allows customers to change ambient lighting colors with in-car controls.
Still, it’s the physiology that matters most to designers.

“Color is one among many factors that make lighting functional and pleasing,” O’Day says. “In the end, it’s really about the eye, what it perceives, and how it affects the driver.”

- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/ford-focuses-attention-on-lighting-in-effort-to-ease-driver-stress/#sthash.HhjKzK1z.dpuf

Highway Products Tonneau Cover



                                           The new Tonneau Cover by Highway Products

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Stahl’s New Aerial Lift Van Replaces Ford E-Series


Stahl has developed the Aerial Lift Van (ALV), a new service van body for the utility and telecommunications industry, which fills the void left by the discontinued Ford Econoline (E-Series) van.

Because Ford’s replacement for the E-Series, the Transit commercial van, will not support an aerial device within its current configurations, many telecom van customers have been looking for other vehicle options.
“The Transit’s narrower chassis, lower GVWR and current suspension cannot accommodate an aerial lift,” says Jeff Jerousek, Stahl’s vice-president of sales and marketing. “This presented us with an opportunity to develop a solution that replaces the standard Ford E-Series Econoline van favored by utility and telecom fleets.”

Ford is still producing the E-Series cut-away chassis that’s used in Stahl’s popular Utility Service Van (USV). A redesign of the USV body, which incorporates the telecom market’s most popular van body features, allowed Stahl to develop the ALV, a patented service body to replace the standard E-Series Econoline van.

Similar to the USV, the ALV offers built-in storage space and interior shelving unlike conventional cargo vans. The ALV also features Stahl’s exclusive lock-bolt and welded hybrid construction, a single rear door and more cubic storage space than its predecessor. Options include a side roll-up door, ladder rack and integrated boom rest. The ALV design utilizes a single rear wheel cutaway chassis and the added security of no side compartment doors.

Stahl has partnered with key aerial manufacturers, along with their distributors, to bring the ALV to market.
“We’re excited to develop the first aerial boom service body that effectively replaces the E-Series Econoline van,” says Jerousek. “This is just another example of how Stahl responds to industry and customer needs with innovative, cost sensitive and durable solutions.”

- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/stahls-new-aerial-lift-van-replaces-ford-e-series/#sthash.Z1DDgnhc.dpuf

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Pickup Pack - Featured in Two Guys Garage



Pickup Pack - Featured in Two Guys Garage

HINO Trucks Expands Nationwide Footprint


Hino Trucks, its local dealers and city officials gathered in Ontario, California to celebrate the grand opening of Hino’s new California Parts Distribution Center (PDC) and Training Center.   The addition of this combined facility to Hino’s U.S. based operations is a part of a growing nationwide foot print for Hino Trucks.

This past year has been a year of phenomenal growth for Hino Trucks.  We once again achieved record sales and market share, expanded our field organization into three regions, and expanded our dealer network to over 235 locations nationwide.  With new product offerings, fully connected vehicles, and expanded maintenance programs – our Total Support Activities will revolutionize the way we interact with our customers.  Not only will our Total Support activities focus on keeping our customers’ vehicles on the road, but will insure we minimize their life-cycle cost. 

This is the first time HMS has combined Parts Distribution and Training functionality. The addition of the California PDC, our second U.S. PDC location, provides our growing U.S. dealer network a more cost efficient way to serve our customers while providing a higher level of overall support to our western region.  And our training facility, designed as an extension of our National Training Center in Michigan, extends our reach to train our network regionally.



Tuesday, February 23, 2016

ACT Expo May 2-5.2016 - More Diverse than Ever

 ACT Expo May 2-5.2016 - Long Beach, CA


The fast-approaching Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, Calif. May 2-5 will be the most diverse ever, with co-hosts including the California Hydrogen Business Council, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, NGVAmerica, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, and the Propane Education & Research Council.

ACTExpo2016_Graphic“One size does not fit all when it comes to the myriad duty-cycles, climates, load and scheduling demands and regional infrastructure availability faced by North American fleets,” Neandross said.

Multiple Vehicle Showcases
CHBC, EDTA, NGVAmerica and PERC will each host vehicle showcase areas in the ACT Expo 2016 exhibition hall, highlighting the offerings of their member companies. A Trucking Efficiency Showcase will be hosted by NACFE in partnership with the Carbon War Room.

“At ACT Expo, all of the options are represented,” Neandross says: “all weight classes and vehicle types, powered by hydrogen, electricity, natural gas, propane autogas, and biofuels.”
Telematics and Autonomous Vehicles, Too

ACT Expo attendees will also learn about the increasing role played by telematics-based fleet management techniques, and even the emerging autonomous vehicle technologies.


Source: http://www.fleetsandfuels.com/fuels/cng/2016/02/act-expo-2016-more-diverse-than-ever/

Monday, February 22, 2016

GM to Make More 6.2 Liter V-8's for Pickups and SUV's


In case you've had trouble finding that crew-cab Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 or a full-size GM SUV with the powerful and efficient 6.2-liter V-8 and eight-speed transmission, you're likely to have more options in the future.

GM has announced it will invest $148 million to repurpose machinery at its Spring Hill Manufacturing plant in Tennessee to create a third production site for the popular 6.2-liter small-block V-8. It says the move will retain 200 jobs at the plant.

The larger V-8 for full-size GM vehicles (some of which also are offered with the 5.3-liter V-8) currently is built at Tonawanda, N.Y., and St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, but with fuel prices likely to stay low for a while and demand for half-ton pickups and full-size SUVs (such as the GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade) high, GM decided to make the investment.

The Spring Hill plant currently produces four-cylinder engines, but GM has invested there in recent years in flexible equipment and machining capability. That will allow, GM said, the new engine line to be up and running much faster than the typical two or three years for a new line. GM said the 6.2-liter V-8 production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016.


Source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/02/gm-to-make-more-62-liter-v-8s-for-pickups-and-suvs.html


2017 Ram 4X4 Off-Road Package Video



Ram announced the addition of a new Ram 2500 4x4 Off-road Package for the 2017 model year. The new setup will include several high-performance additions that will make this pickup quite capable on nasty terrain. More importantly, you can option this off-roader almost any way you want, unlike the Ram Power Wagon. Take a look at our video of the actual truck on display at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show through Feb. 21.



Cars.com photo by Angela Connors

Source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/02/2017-ram-2500-4x4-off-road-package-video.html

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Bridj, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Launch Pilot Program to Extend Urban Mobility with Ford Transit Vans


  •     First U.S. public-private collaboration brings together a major U.S. transit system, an automaker and an urban technology company to enhance existing mass transit by providing greater mobility options to residents of Kansas City
  •     Ford is exclusive vehicle provider for Ride KC: Bridj because of its commitment to developing smarter transportation systems through its Ford Smart Mobility plan
  •     By improving access to jobs, one-year pilot program will be a catalyst for social and economic opportunity
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 11, 2016 – Kansas City commuters will be first in the nation to test a unique solution for increased urban mobility.

Urban technology company Bridj is teaming up with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to launch Ride KC: Bridj – a pilot program using a network of locally built Ford Transit vans to provide a new way to access areas of Kansas City that are rich in jobs and housing.

This transformative program is the first U.S. public-private partnership that brings together a major U.S. transit agency, an automaker and an urban technology company with the aim of enhancing Kansas City’s existing mass transit system by providing greater access and mobility to residents.

“Today, we are bringing another transit option to the region with the introduction of microtransit,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president and CEO. “By combining the intelligence of Bridj technology with capable and flexible Ford Transit vehicles, we are creating a seamless and borderless transportation network for our residents that is easy to use, comfortable and affordable.”

Ride KC: Bridj is scheduled to launch in early March. Powered by billions of data points, Bridj’s platform determines where riders want to go and how to get them there most efficiently. Using the Bridj mobile app, riders can request on-demand shuttle service that they can access via pop-up shuttle stations.

“Bridj is thrilled to be the urban technology platform for Ride KC: Bridj,” said Matt George, CEO of Bridj. “Modernizing urban infrastructure will be the single greatest technology challenge of our time, and this pilot is part of the solution by significantly extending the current capabilities of Kansas City’s mass transit system.”

Ford is the exclusive vehicle provider for Ride KC: Bridj because of its commitment to enabling urban mobility through its Ford Smart Mobility plan.

“Our goal is to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves,” said Erica Klampfl, global mobility solutions manager, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering. “The Ford Smart Mobility plan supports our commitment to innovation, and is aimed specifically at developing smarter mobility services. We are excited that Ford Transit was selected for Ride KC: Bridj because this is one of many projects that will help us gain insights into what works and develop smarter, more connected mobility solutions and service-oriented products.”

Ten Ford Transit passenger vans built at Kansas City Assembly Plant will stay close to home, becoming the network of shuttles in the pilot program. The fleet of high-roof, long-wheelbase Transit vans with available 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® engines will be modified with a custom 14-passenger seating layout and custom-installed large running board for passenger convenience. Bright logos on the sides will make for easy visibility.

Ford Transit is America’s best-selling commercial van, offering 58 configurations from the factory and even more customization potential through a network of upfitters – many of which are located near Kansas City Assembly Plant. Ford Motor Credit Company is supporting the one-year pilot with financing through its municipal lease finance program.

After an extensive review process, KCATA was chosen by Bridj as the first transit agency to participate in the pilot. KCATA is an attractive partner due to its commitment to innovation and to establishing collaborations that connect people to opportunities. Kansas City is frequently found on “best of” lists for technology, arts, entrepreneurship and places for young people to live.

Bridj also operates in Boston and Washington, D.C. However, Ride KC: Bridj is the first program being implemented in direct collaboration with a transit agency and with Ford as exclusive vehicle provider.

“Bridj will be an empowering tool that will offer one more option to make it easier for people to get around,” said KCATA’s Makinen. “KCATA is a place where bus, bike, streetcar and rapid transit come together to create a seamless and borderless transportation network that’s easy and friendly to use. Bridj will be a valuable addition to Kansas City’s mix of transportation options.”

The one-year pilot program initially will include downtown Kansas City, the near east and west sides, Hospital Hill, Crown Center, portions of Midtown, University of Kansas Medical Center and the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz district. It will augment and serve as a gateway to other forms of transit as many pick-up locations will be at bus stops and areas served by existing Kansas City transit and bike-share systems. Additional routes will be added based on rider demand as identified through Bridj technology.

“Only 18 percent of jobs in the Kansas City region are accessible within 90 minutes when using existing mass transit options,” said Bridj’s George, citing figures from the Brookings Institute. “By improving access to jobs, Ride KC: Bridj is a catalyst for social and economic opportunity, and an example of what is possible when cities adopt technological innovation and work in collaboration with private entities to create a truly modern city.”
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.
About Bridj

Bridj is a leading urban technology company, based in Boston, MA. Founded in 2013, Bridj has designed and deployed the world’s first smart urban logistics platform, which uses big data, mobile technology, and pattern learning to provide a shuttle network that responds to the city’s demand patterns. Bridj has been widely recognized as the most prominent US based startup working on creating smart infrastructure in cities.

About Kansas City Area Transportation Authority

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is dedicated to connecting people to opportunities throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan region. Created in 1965 through special state legislative action in both Missouri and Kansas, the KCATA today operates a fleet of more than 270 Metro buses providing more than 15 million annual customer trips.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

XL Hybrids Trial by BMC in Denver


Pilot for Step Vans for Delivering Construction Supplies

XL Hybrids reports a pilot program with BMC, a provider of building materials and construction services, for two hybrid step vans to be deployed in the Denver area, and their performance compared with non-hybrid vehicles.

The performance of two XL Hybrid-modified step vans will be compared with two non-hybrid vehicles in the challenging Denver area.

The two model year 2015 Ford E-350 vans have been fitted with XL’s XL3 hybrid electric drivelines “to increase miles driven per gallon and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”

They’ll deliver construction supplies, lumber and wood molding products to BMC’s regional stores in the Denver area, XL says. “Each van drives over 20,000 miles annually in a rigorous duty cycle involving extreme altitude and temperature changes,” states a release.

1,000 Vehicles in the BMC Fleet

“With more than 1,000 vehicles in our fleet, BMC is actively looking to increase overall fuel economy,” BMC logistics and fleet operations director Daniel Daly says in the XL announcement.
Better mileage, reduced emissions – and green credibility

Better mileage, reduced emissions – and green credibility

“We chose XL Hybrids’ technology because it can be deployed nationally and deliver results while standing up to our drive cycles,” Daly said. “I have tracked XL Hybrids’ achievements for delivering on-road results for other fleets and look forward to success to expand this hybrid program in the future.”

Cloud-Based Analytics

XL notes that it’s installed its proprietary wireless data connectivity system into four vans– two hybrid electric and two non-hybrid vehicles.

“The vehicle powertrain data transmitted to the cloud-based analytics system will be used by XL Hybrids to measure [miles-per-gallon] performance in the field for BMC,” XL says, “as well as track key performance indicators like idling, vehicle duty cycle and carbon dioxide emissions reduction.

“The vehicle data collection technology deployed on the vans allows XL Hybrids to offer BMC on-road MPG reporting and hybrid system service alerts,” said XL co-founder and VP Clay Siegert.

‘Seamlessly in the Background’

“We look forward to continuing our industry-leading vehicle uptime of virtually 100 percent over millions of customer road miles,” he said.

XL says further that its “XL3 system works seamlessly in the background with minimal impact on fleet operations or service, and no driver training or infrastructure requirements.

“The technology has a quick adoption rate for fleets since there’s no need for special plugs, charging or fueling infrastructure.”

Source: http://www.fleetsandfuels.com/fuels/hybrids/2016/01/xl-hybrids-for-bmc-in-denver/

Friday, February 19, 2016

Ford F-150 with 2.7-Liter EcoBoost Wins PickupTrucks.com Fuel Economy Challenge

  •     2016 Ford F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 beat four competitors, including Ram 1500 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, in head-to-head mileage, payload and performance tests conducted by PickupTrucks.com
  •     F-150 recognized for ideal combination of best-in-class gas mileage, great capability and strong driving performance
  •     Revolutionary 2.7-liter EcoBoost is a hit with truck customers – representing 30 percent of F-150 retail sales
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 15, 2016 – The 2016 Ford F-150 with 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine has been named winner of PickupTrucks.com’s Texas Truck Showdown Max MPG fuel economy challenge.

Ford F-150 beat out four competitors, including Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V8 and Ram 1500 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, thanks to its ideal combination of great gas mileage, capability and strong driving performance.

“In the end, we were impressed with the F-150 for its capability, fuel efficiency and composure when pushed hard, said Mark Williams, editor of PickupTrucks.com. “For a small V-6 engine, it’s very impressive how well it almost eliminates the typical compromises half-ton customers have become accustomed to.”

A hit with customers, sales of F-150 with 2.7-liter EcoBoost are 30 percent of the nameplate’s retail performance, fulfilling Ford’s great expectations for this revolutionary engine. Combined sales of 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines account for 60 percent of F-150 sales.

When equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop, F-150 4x2 has best-in-class EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined (actual mileage will vary).

The engine produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque with a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds and maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds – ideal for meeting mid-range capability requirements and the needs of more than 90 percent of light-duty truck customers.

“We designed Ford F-150 to be a game changer,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “We’re proud that customers and third parties recognize the all-new F-150 as the toughest, smartest, most capable and most efficient F-150 ever.”
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Chevrolet Trucks Back in Black for 2016

New Midnight Special Editions available on Silverado 1500 Z71, Colorado Z71


For 2016, Chevrolet will offer three Z71 Midnight Special editions – on Colorado, Silverado 1500, and Silverado 2500 HD, each combining off-road equipment with a monochromatic black appearance. They join a growing portfolio of special-edition trucks whose popularity helped Chevrolet truck sales increase 27 percent last year – double the increase for the total truck market.

DETROIT – Chevrolet is expanding the popular Midnight Special Edition with new models available on 2016 Silverado 1500 Z71 and 2016 Colorado Z71. They join a growing portfolio of special-edition trucks whose popularity helped Chevrolet truck sales increase 27 percent last year – double the increase for the total truck market.

“We introduced several special-edition trucks in 2015 – each combining equipment and appearance packages designed for specific enthusiasts in mind,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director. “They clearly resonated with buyers, as the special editions sold in one-third the time, and to younger, more affluent buyers than the industry average.

“The Silverado 1500 Midnight was by far the most popular model in 2015,” Piszar continued, “as demand outstripped supply in a matter of months. It only made sense to expand our special-edition offerings for 2016, including new Midnight editions.”
   
With the addition of the Silverado 2500 HD Z71 which was introduced in September, customers now can select from midsize, light-duty and heavy duty Midnight editions. Each combines off-road equipment and monochromatic details, such as:

•    Off-road suspension
•    Locking rear differential
•    Transfer case shield
•    Hill Descent Control
•    Aggressive Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac all-terrain tires
•    All-black front end with body-colored grille, bumper, headlamp bezels, tow hooks and fog lamps
•    Black side moldings and beltline moldings
•    Black painted alloy wheels
•    Special Z71 badges on the doors
•    A spray-in bedliner (black, of course)
•    And black Chevrolet bowties for the front and rear

Other special-editions available for 2016 include the Silverado Realtree®, Silverado Special Ops, and Colorado Trail Boss, with additional models to be announced later this year.

“Each special edition is tailor-made to fit a specific customer – whether you are an off-road enthusiast who wants a Colorado or a hunting enthusiast who wants a unique Silverado,” said Piszar. “In addition, each special edition is designed to attract attention at the dealership and in the customer’s driveway.”

Please visit Chevrolet.com for more information on the special editions available for Silverado and Colorado.

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.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

NTEA Enhances Work Truck Show for 2016


The NTEA has announced three new features at The Work Truck Show 2016 (held March 1-4 in Indianapolis), which are designed to give a glimpse into the future of vocational trucks.

A demo truck displayed near the Show entrance highlights the lifecycle cost benefits of spec’ing trucks that weigh less and use less fuel. A bright red, life-size Shelby Cobra convertible replica on the Show floor will draw attention to the power of 3-D printing to reduce manufacturing and R&D costs, and maximize innovation. And, outside, attendees can test drive commercial vehicles incorporating the latest advanced technologies and alternative fuel applications to identify those that might work in their fleets.

The Lightweight and Advanced Technology Demo Truck display consists of an Isuzu NRR diesel Class 5 truck upfitted with lightweight components. The truck itself is lightweight — weighing 760 pounds less than a conventional cab — and equipped with a driver feedback reporting system, speed limiting and idle shutdown to maximize fuel efficiency.

The truck is upfitted with:
  •     Alcoa one-piece forged aluminum wheels with corrosion-resistant Dura-Bright finish. These wheels are typically about 50 percent lighter than the same size steel wheel.
  •     A Switch-N-Go hoist system from Deist Industries Inc. This detachable body system permits total unloading of a full, partial or empty body onto the ground, removing body weight and load. Switch-N-Go equipped vehicles operate with no body at all during transport trips. Utilizing a detachable truck body system may allow fleets to use one chassis for multiple applications, such as dump, dumpster, chipper and flatbed.
  •     Voth Truck Bodies’ lightweight aluminum detachable dump body. Aluminum bodies provide an average weight reduction of 50 percent compared to steel units, which results in reduced fuel consumption and greater payload capacity.
The GTA, an NTEA affiliate division, teamed up with its Lightweight Materials Technology Council to build the lightweight concept truck. To analyze the vehicle’s life cycle costs, GTA worked with the National Renewable Energy Lab, which is part of the Department of Energy and is associated with the Clean Cities program that seeks to cut petroleum use in transportation. The results of the National Renewable Energy Lab’s in-depth analysis will be available in the display at The Work Truck Show.

To demonstrate the potential of 3-D printing technology, The Work Truck Show will feature a full-size 3-D-printed replica of a Shelby Cobra convertible and an SAF Holland truck and bus suspension in Booth 3400 next to NTEA’s booth. Both models were built by Cincinnati Incorporated. The company will have representatives on hand to answer questions about 3-D printing and its Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) product line.

Formerly known as the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive, the NTEA is expanding the focus of this popular Show feature to include the latest advanced productivity technologies as well as alternative fuel applications. The Work Truck Show Ride-and-Drive is open to all Show attendees on Wednesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 3, from noon to 4:30 p.m. The event gives Show attendees the opportunity to drive a variety of vehicles on city streets or in a closed course.

The vehicles available to drive in The Work Truck Show Ride-and-Drive include:
  •     Alliance AutoGas — Bi-fuel propane autogas Ford Transit 15-passenger van equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 engine running on propane autogas.
  •     BEAU-ROC/Palmer Power & Truck Equipment — Kenworth T370 with a municipal BEAU-ROC body and bed.
  •     Cummins Inc. — Greenhouse gas 2017 compliant ISB6.7 high-efficiency diesel box truck, optimized for pickup and delivery.
  •     Eaton — International DuraStar 4300 crew-cab chassis with the all-new Procision 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
  •     Eaton — Kenworth dump truck featuring an automated VCS UltraShift PLUS transmission.
  •     Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation — S2G propane-powered medium-duty truck featuring an 8-liter engine with a CleanFUEL USA liquid injection propane fuel system and equipped with a bobtail bulk propane delivery tanker body.
  •     Hino Trucks — Hino COE 195H Class 5 electric hybrid truck.
  •     Hino Trucks — A second Hino COE 195H Class 5 electric hybrid truck.
  •     Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. — Isuzu low cab forward N-Series Class 4 truck upfitted with an IMPCO bi-fuel system.
  •     Kenworth Truck Company — Kenworth T-880 straight truck equipped with a roll-off system and powered by a Cummins ISX12-G natural gas-fueled engine.
  •     Lightning Hybrids — Ford E-450 cargo truck featuring the company’s energy recovery system for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
  •     Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. — FUSO FE E-Cell prototype all-electric, battery-powered medium-duty cabover work truck.
  •     Peterbilt Motors Company — Peterbilt 337 tractor equipped to operate on natural gas utilizing a Cummins Westport ISL-G engine and Agility CNG fuel system.
  •     VIA Motors Inc. — 2015 Silverado with VIA’s eREV electric hybrid powertrain.
Participation in The Work Truck Show Ride-and-Drive is free, and no advance registration is required. The Ride-and-Drive is sponsored by Hino Trucks.

Produced annually by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, the 2016 Show will be held March 1–4 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Educational sessions begin March 1, and exhibits open March 2.


Source: http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2016/02/ntea-announces-new-work-truck-show-features.aspx

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ford to Add Four New SUV Nameplates as Millennials, Boomers, Global Demand Drive Continued SUV Growth

  •     Ford will add four new nameplates to its global SUV lineup in the next four years in segments in which company does not currently compete
  •     Millennials starting families lends strong support to ongoing SUV boom in the United States
  •     As baby boomers age, they’re more likely to stay in or return to SUVs
  •     Increased fuel efficiency of Ford’s newest utility vehicles makes consumers less sensitive to fuel costs
CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2016 – Together, millennials and baby boomers give Ford 160 million good reasons to expect the surge in SUV sales will continue into the next decade.

Growth in SUV sales is expected to continue – not only in the United States, but around the world – and why Ford is adding four new SUVs in the next four years – all four in SUV segments in which the company does not currently compete.

“As members of the 80-million-strong millennial age group enter their prime child-rearing years, a leading indicator of more SUV sales, nearly 80 million aging baby boomers continue to prefer their SUVs,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Company vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service. “It’s a demographic double whammy and it all points to one thing – more SUVs for the foreseeable future.”

LaNeve cited recent Ford research that shows once millennials even begin thinking about starting a family, their interest in shopping for SUVs goes up significantly. And as many have delayed starting families, these yet-to-form family households represent additional SUV growth opportunities for the company.

Yet millennials alone aren’t expected to drive SUV growth – aging baby boomers tend to stay with or return to SUVs, in part because it’s easier to get in and out of a vehicle that sits higher off the ground than a passenger car. LaNeve also noted that many boomers feel younger and more active driving an SUV.

While low gas prices have contributed to the growth in SUVs in recent years, much improved fuel efficiency in the latest generation of utility vehicles leads Ford to believe a potential rise in gas prices wouldn’t push consumers back to passenger cars.

“Some SUVs now rival the fuel efficiency of V6-powered midsize sedans from only a few years ago,” said LaNeve, “and as baby boomers grew up with much less capable, much less efficient vehicles, they tend to appreciate the efficiency of Ford’s newest SUVs.” Even if gas prices go up, he added, refueling costs for owners of modern SUVs will be much less than they were during the last SUV boom.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Propane-Autogas-Powered Vehicles by Roush CleanTech



Roush CleanTech, a Ford QVM, engineers vehicles that run on propane autogas, including school buses, fleet vehicles, and a bobtail. These vehicles have attracted school districts, government agencies, municipalities, and companies like Frito-Lay, UPS, and Dish Network. Propane-autogas-powered vehicles have exceeded customer expectations by providing proven performance, lower operating costs, and reduced emissions. The Propane Education & Research Council has worked with Roush CleanTech since 2006 to introduce products that run on propane autogas. With the introduction of a propane-powered bobtail, the industry can enjoy the advantages of its own product.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Clean American Innovation video series highlights America’s propane technology leaders. As more U.S. manufacturers strive to meet demand for powerful, environmentally friendly products, propane is emerging as a popular fuel solution in markets beyond Agriculture, Residential, and Commercial. Propane has impressed consumers with performance comparable to conventional fuels, while also reducing emissions and lowering operating costs. Explore our YouTube channel to watch more videos in the series, and learn more on http://www.cleanamericaninnovation.com.

ABOUT PERC: The only energy council of its kind, PERC leads safety and training efforts among propane retailers and consumers and drives technology development to expand adoption of propane as a clean, domestic, and affordable energy source. For more information, visit http://www.propanecouncil.org.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

VMAC - Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors Company Profile



VMAC (Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors), founded in 1986, is the world-leading manufacturer of truck mounted mobile air compressors, used in a wide spectrum of industries: oil and gas, mining, transportation, mobile tire service, municipal operations and public works.

Our success comes from designing and manufacturing the most compact mobile air compressors available, which provide high power and demonstrate extraordinary quality, durability and fuel- efficiency.

The company operates globally and has a wide international network of 400 dealers, distributing VMAC’s products to the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Australia.

We attribute our success to our people - highly professional, passionate and ambitious engineering and design team, manufacturing and service specialists. Thanks to them the company can surpass customer needs with leading edge technology and exceptional customer care.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Rugby Manufacturing unveils TB-12 and TB-14 Trailer Hoists



NTEA Rugby TB-12Rugby Manufacturing introduced the all-new TB-12 and TB-14 Trailer Hoists.

Rugby Manufacturing is a world-class leader in the design and testing of trailer hoists – each Rugby hoist is engineered and tested for an extended lifecycle at full-rated capacity. The TB-12 and TB-14 scissor hoists are designed for 10- to 16-foot trailers with capacities ranging from 6.9 tons to 15.7 tons.

Benefits of the new TB-12 and TB-14 Trailer hoists include:

    Weight savings of almost 100 lbs
    New body prop incorporated into the hoist with no installation required
    Three-year warranty

For more information, visit rugbymfg.com.


Harbor Lo-Pro Workmaster -a Single Rear Wheel Cutaway Chassis, Perfect for a Plumbers or HVAC truck


The Harbor Lo-Pro Workmaster on a SRW Cut-Away

The Harbor WorkMaster is a Service Body with a roof and additional useful features. Available in a 10' (10' 4") for the single rear wheel cutaway chassis, perfect plumbers or HVAC truck, and is also useful in any number of different professions such as remodeling, mobile mechanic, locksmith, and other service industry uses to name a few. If you could use a truck that has storage for tools and parts and want a space that you can stand up in and is enclosed to do your work in or keep larger items out of the weather and public view, the WorkMaster is your truck.

Interior Ladder Rack keeps them out of sight. Standard with Rear Grab Handles, Interior Dome Lamp and a Rear Access Panel that is flush with the first shelf to handle occasional longer cargo. The Master Lock System is standard. A Florescent upgrade package is available.

See all of our hard working Harbor bodies at our website at http://www.htbi.net or give us a call at 800-433-9452.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Ron Sadler Explains How the Harbor Service Body with a Cargo Bed Enclosure Keeps Stuff Out-Of-Sight



This is an example of a new GMC 2500HD chassis upfitted with a Harbor 8' Service Body with a Forklift-Loadable Rack, Class IV Receiver, and a 3-Piece Cargo Bed Enclosure. It's a great way to keep your stuff accessible and yet out of sight. Ron Sadler is the Fleet/Commercial Manager at Lehmer's Buick-GMC in Concord CA. See more at http://www.lehmersgmc.com

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Harbor Service Body False Floor keeps the cargo separated, secure and easily accesible






Here’s a great solution for contractors, utilities and municipal water departments, etc. - a false floor for the Harbor service body. The Dual Tailgate keeps contents secure while allowing access to each independently.


The best of both worlds, space for your equipment above and other storage below. For instance the storage below could serve as a sign box, storage for road signs or long tools while keeping the cargo area free for equipment.




Note that the lower compartment is lockable.

Find out more: Harbor Truck Bodies 800-433-9452

Switch-N-Go Operational Video



Switch-N-Go Operational Video shows the use and operation of the Switch-N-Go Product

Friday, February 12, 2016

Ford F-Series. America’s best-selling trucks for 39 years.



Since 1977, Ford F-Series has introduced one innovation after another. No wonder F-Series trucks are the best-selling trucks in America for 39 straight years.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Jordan Lewis Explains How the Harbor Contractor II Boosts Capacity and Effectiveness



Jordan Lewis, Commercial Truck Manager at Dow Lewis GMC in Yuba City CA shows off a great solution for many contractors who want storage, but also want the benefits of a flatbed truck. This body, mounted on a 2014 GMC 1-ton Dually chassis is a Harbor Contractor II Body. The twist with the Contractor II Body is the tall and deep compartment at the front of the body. The open lid typical upper box is retained, but the real value of this body is the combination of the two types of boxes.

You can see how much more storage capacity there is in the Contractor II arrangement. The shelves are moveable or removable and the compartment is deep enough to carry a wide variety of items, including tall items.

This unit also has a removable forklift loadable rack, fold-down contractor style gates in the rear, and a class IV receiver, and 7-pin trailer connector. It also has a great full-length step for easy rear access.

See more at http://DowLewisTrucks.com

   

Transfer Flow's TRAX 3™ Fuel Monitoring System!



The next generation of Transfer Flow's TRAX auxiliary fuel tank operating system is here! TRAX 3™ is a computer controlled, self-diagnosing fuel monitoring system that transfers fuel from your Transfer Flow auxiliary fuel tank to your main fuel tank. For your peace of mind, the TRAX 3™ computer module constantly monitors fuel levels in both tanks. Now, you’ll always know the percentage of fuel in your Transfer Flow auxiliary fuel tank and main fuel tank!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Vanair Air N Arc 150 All-In-One Power Unit



The Vanair Air N Arc 150 is a combination air compressor, welder, generator and jump starter that saves you money and space in the back of your work truck. Available from Realworktrucks.com. This video is an excerpt from a longer video on the show Truck-U.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Vanair Manufacturing Product Enhancements



Jim Perschke goes over the latest inmprovements for the under vehicle PTO air compressor and generators. See more at http://www.vanair.com

Daimler AG showing its complete product range at the 2016 IFAT show


•    Wide portfolio of Euro VI commercial vehicles: All model series represented - from the lightweight Sprinter and the versatile Unimog to the heavy-duty Arocs
•    Tailor-made bodies, conversions and fittings for municipal services in Hall C4, stand 341 and in the open area
•    Expert advice on all services relating to municipal vehicles

Stuttgart/ Munich – At this year's IFAT show, the world's leading trade fair for water, effluent, waste and raw materials management, Daimler AG is once again represented with a broad product portfolio. From 30 May to 3 June, Daimler is showing numerous powerful, economical and safe vehicles for the municipal sector.
Internationally represented decision-makers, procurement specialists and users are able to familiarise themselves with the entire vehicle range and innovative body variants on stand 341 in Hall C4 and in the open area.

This time the very latest technological developments in trucks, vans and special trucks by the Mercedes-Benz and Fuso brands will also be on display. In addition to the performance, functionality and economy of Daimler municipal vehicles, the focus is above all on environmentally friendly Euro VI, Euro 5b+ technology and innovative hybrid drive systems.

Job-matched configurations developed by Daimler in cooperation with bodybuilder partners for collecting and transporting waste, for winter and road maintenance services and for on and off-road operations will be showcased at the fair.The range of vehicles covers the Antos, Arocs and Atego as well as the Unimog and Econic special trucks and the Sprinter. Plus the latest generation of Fuso Canter models.

From the lightweight Sprinter and the versatile Unimog to the heavy-duty Arocs

The stand exhibits include a Mercedes-Benz Atego with a crewcab and platform, a Mercedes-Benz Arocs with a road sweeper body and a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 5.5-tonne panel van.

Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks is represented with a Mercedes-Benz Econic 2630 6x2/4 chassis, and is presenting two Mercedes-Benz Unimog implement carriers: The Unimog U 430 with a front-mounted mulcher by Mulag and a special platform plus a frame-mounted cable winch with rear extension and slope support by forestry specialist Schlang & Reichart shows the possible applications in water management.
The second exhibit, a Unimog U 530 as the largest model in the implement carrier series, is on display as a professional winter service vehicle for Alpine regions. For operations with an FS 105 snow blower by Schmidt, the Unimog is equipped with hydrostatic drive, a mechanical front-mounted pto and four-wheel steering to further improve manoeuvrability. Also included in the equipment is a four cubic metre flat-hopper wet salt spreader mounted on the Unimog's ball points.

The compact and versatile Fuso Canter is displayed in a separate area, where it will impress specialist visitors with its economy and environmental compatibility as a waste collection vehicle.
Tailor-made body and conversion solutions for all seasons

Daimler AG is teaming up with specialist bodybuilders at IFAT 2016 to present numerous industry-specific solutions for all seasons. The exhibited vehicles will demonstrate their suitability for numerous public service tasks thanks to a combination of power, economy, safety and ergonomics in conjunction with various bodies, conversions and items of add-on equipment. In addition to new concepts for waste collection vehicles and road sweepers, a broad range of winter service equipment will also be on show.

The long-standing partners from the bodybuilder sector include specialists such as Palfinger, Meiller, Küpper-Weisser, Aebi Schmidt, Mulag, Heinz Schutz, Bucher-Schörling, Müller Umwelttechnik, Faun and Zöller-Kipper.

Expert advice and information on all aspects of municipal vehicles

At IFAT 2016 Daimler AG is presenting both innovative vehicle developments and a range of tailor-made services. Specialist visitors to the Daimler stand can receive expert practical advice on tailor-made financing schemes with various options for great flexibility, and find out why leasing can be a cost-effective alternative for municipalities.