2016 Benchmarking Statistics

The Government Fleet collected data this year that suggests there is a slight increase in the average fleet size in comparison to the previous year. Also adding to this information there were reports that a higher percentage of respondents had increased their annual budgets. Whats new for the survey lists this year includes the title of the person that is overseeing fleet as well as the services fleets insource.

Key Takeaways:

  • Data collected from Government Fleet this year suggests a slight increase in average fleet size in comparison to the prior year.
  • In addition, a higher percentage of respondents said their annual budgets had increased, a trend continuing since 2013, when this question was first asked in the annual survey.
  • New for this year, the survey lists the title of the person overseeing fleet and the services fleets insource, with about one-third of respondents saying they perform preventive maintenance and repair for other agencies.

“Data collected from Government Fleet this year suggests a slight increase in average fleet size in comparison to the prior year. In addition, a higher percentage of respondents said their annual budgets had increased, a trend continuing since 2013, when this question was first asked in the annual survey.”

http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/operations/article/story/2016/09/2016-benchmarking-statistics.aspx

Volvo’s SuperTruck Exceeds EPA Freight Efficiency Goals

The author describes the features of a redesigned and upgraded big rig from Volvo. The article lists the many fantanstic features of the truck, that have exceeded expectations and are incompatible to any other vehicles in its class. The writer also lists a detailed description of how the rig is better on gas and a hosts of other superior qualities.

Volvo’s SuperTruck Exceeds EPA Freight Efficiency Goals

Volvo SuperTruck in Photos

When people think Volvo, they think about compact cars. Not Semis. They should be. With aerodynamic add-ons and an all aluminum frame they saved two and a half tons of weight while retaining 88% freight efficiency. Who ever said shedding some weight wasn’t a good thing? And with 70% fuel efficiency you’ll be saving money while riding in a flashy, freshly designed Volvo semi. Money for a Volvo car maybe? Think Volvo, think semis.

Volvo SuperTruck in Photos

Mack Offers Light-Weight Solution for Concrete Mixer Applications

With industrial revolutions happening in every aspect of our nation. Trucking company has revolutionized its 11 liter by making it fifty one pounders lighter while still holding all of its power needed to move a semi. It is no surprise that lighter is better and understanding power to weight ratios will be crucial in development.

Key Takeaways:

  • Mack Trucks is offering a lightweight version of the Mack Granite model, equipped with the 2017 MP 7 11-liter engine and mDrive HD 14-speed automated manual transmission aimed at concrete mixer applications.
  • Combined with a two-speed coolant pump, the new features help increase MP7 fuel efficiency by up to 2.1%, according to Mack.
  • Mack Granite models for concrete mixer applications also come standard with Mack ClearTech One, a single-package Exhaust Aftertreatment System that frees up frame rail space and reduces weight by approximately 17 pounds.

“The MP 7 11-liter engine received improvements for 2017, simplifying maintenance and improving efficiency. The MP7 is about 51 pounds lighter with up to 425 horsepower and 1,560 lb.-ft. of torque.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/products/news/story/2016/09/mack-offers-light-weight-solution-for-concrete-mixer-applications.aspx

Luxury Owners More Likely To Accept Driverless Cars

With technology taking off at an exponential rate, it will be no surprise that we are going to eventually see driverless cars. The first demographic group that will likely be targeted could potentially be the wealthy. Knowing that those who can afford the nicer things easily separates the high class from the middle class, but for how long?

Key Takeaways:

  • Cars that drive on there own.
  • What does someone thing about cars that drive on there own
  • Not everyone would like a car that drives on its own.

“According to one new study, your feelings about tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles may depend on what you drive today.”

http://www.lctmag.com/vehicles/news/715623/luxury-owners-more-likely-to-accept-driverless-cars

We Hear: Lamborghini Working on Electric Hypercar

Recently there was a report that was given from AutoBild that said that Lamborghini is working on a particularly new electric hypercar that has been dubbed the Vitola. The report that was given says that the Vitola will be similar to the scalable J1 architecture that is associated with the Porsche Mission E. It will also be similar to the fast-charging system associate with the Porsche Mission E.

We Hear: Lamborghini Working on Electric Hypercar

GM Recalls Multiple Models for Air Bags

Recently General Motors has recalled around 3.64 million of their 2014 to 2017 model year vehicle due to a particular defect in their diagnostic and sensing modules. The particular defect may be causing air bag malfunctions. To fix this problem General Motors is offering to update the software of the recalled vehicles free of charge so as to fix the problem for you.

GM Recalls Multiple Models for Air Bags

Goodyear Seeks Nominations for Highway Hero Award

As with everything if multiple people can do it, there must be a grand award for being the best at it. This can apply to anything, even within a family siblings may try to compete to see who brushes their teeth the fastest. Fortunately for truckers everywhere, Goodyear has a Highway Hero Award.

Key Takeaways:

  • Goodyear is still looking for candidates for its annual Highway Hero Award, honoring professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.
  • To be considered for the award the following criteria must be met: Must be a full-time truck driver Must reside in the U.S. or Canada The heroic incident must have happened in the U.S. or Canada Nominee’s truck must have had 12 wheels or more at the time of the incident Nominee must have been on the job – or on the way to or from work, in his or her truck – at the time of the incident Incident must have taken place between Nov. 16, 2015, and Nov. 16, 2016
  • The winner will be announced next March during the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

“Goodyear is still looking for candidates for its annual Highway Hero Award, honoring professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/news/story/2016/09/goodyear-seeks-nominations-for-highway-hero-award.aspx

Trailers an Important Part of 2016 SuperTech

Competitions, the challenger versus the challenger, to seek a title of being number one. There are competitions for everything these days. From professional sports, to new trends like vaping. Now it has come to light that there is even a competition for semi-trailers. With different categories in every aspect of a trailer, you better bet that one is the brakes.

Key Takeaways:

  • TMC’s SuperTech competition concluded Wednesday (September 21) with a special luncheon and reading of names of the numerous winners who trouped up one by one to get their awards.
  • It went on for more than two and a half hours, yet almost everyone in the audience, contestants and non-contestants alike, stayed ‘til the bitter end. Of course, they wanted to see who won.
  • The folks who run the Technology & Maintenance Council’s SuperTech program saw fit to inaugurate a Trailer Track for competitors. Trailers get little enough attention in the real world, and this new focus gives them the respect they deserve.

“Trailers (and truck bodies) are where the payloads go, after all. Besides, they’re getting more complex, and mechanics need to know what makes them tick – or hum, preferably.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/blog/trailer-talk/story/2016/09/trailers-an-important-part-of-2016-supertech.aspx

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Medical Review Report Filed for Proposed Diabetes Rule

There has recently been a completion in a step for the proposal of a rule that would allow CDL drivers that have controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus, the ability to operate commercial motor vehicle for interstate commerce. The ruling would allow drivers with ITMD to obtain an annual certificate from a medical examiner to allow them to operate within interstate commerce.

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Medical Review Report Filed for Proposed Diabetes Rule

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