Saturday, October 22, 2016

Highway Products Service Body - Customized for Customer Requirements

Highway Products will build a work truck customized for the customers requirements. Every customer has unique requirements for their particular trade or specific application. Certain contractors have found that a service body configured in a certain way has great benefit to them in making their daily work easier, perhaps reducing waste or getting the job done quicker. Maybe its the storage of tools and equipment,access of cabinets or ladders in a certain way. Maybe its lockable compartments, or access to the welder or air supply, etc.Maybe its adding outside scene or inside cabinet lights for night work. There are many ways to configure a work truck, many features to add that will add benefits to the contractor or municipal utility.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sortimo: Intelligent mobility-unlimited possibilities

Intelligent mobility for all workday heroes. We research and develop, so that you can concentrate on your job and bring over 40 years of expertise for your safety with us.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fuel savings with APUs

What makes auxiliary power units (APUs) such a good investment today? Bill Gordon, division president of Bergstrom Parts LLC, says that the primary reasons are “fuel savings and less wear on the engine as a result of reduced idling. The fuel savings associated with reduced idling are significant. Omnitracs released a whitepaper recently that quantified the amount of money spent on idling per year at roughly $14 billion. Battery-powered systems like the NITE unit play a huge role in reducing that number and represent big savings for fleets.”

“The Carrier Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) is an integrated heating and cooling system that provides up to 12,000 British thermal units per hour (Btuh) of cooling and 10,000 Btuh of heating,” explains David Kiefer, director of sales and marketing for Carrier Transicold, Truck/Trailer/Rail Americas. “The Carrier APU also charges truck batteries, warms the truck engine and is compatible with shore power.” He adds that APUs offer potential for fuel savings as well as compliance with more prevalent and more stringent idling regulations. In addition, fleets understand the impact an APU can have on reducing truck engine maintenance. Fuel prices continue to make compelling financial incentives to use an APU.”

“In addition to the fuel savings, with which everyone is familiar, the TriPac Evolution decreases tractor maintenance costs due to reduced idle time, which increases tractor resale value,” says Steve DeLarosby, product manager of APUs at Thermo King. “Perhaps one of the biggest benefits is how the APU helps with driver retention. Our customers are experiencing a significant shortage in drivers. The TriPac Evolution allows drivers to have access to the comforts home while still being on the road, which helps improve driver satisfaction and reduces turnover. By having APU on a tractor, companies can save money by decreasing recruiting and training costs.”

“While not technically an APU, our product line provides three things: heat, air-condition and alternate power,” shares John Dennehy, vice president marketing and communications for Eberspaecher Climate Control Systems. “Eberspaecher manufactures ‘Fuel Operated Heaters’ that can heat two mediums, air or water (coolant). We don’t produce cool or additional power. We all know that fleets are having a tough time attracting and holding drivers. These heaters can defrost your windshield keeping you safe, they use minimal fuel and they work just like a home furnace, where you set the temperature and let the heater do the rest.”


Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Work Truck Show® 2017 registration and housing open


Registration and housing for The Work Truck Show 2017 are available at The event is scheduled March 14-17, 2017 at the Indiana Convention Center (Indianapolis, Indiana). Educational sessions and the Green Truck Summit begin March 14, and the exhibit hall is open March 15-17.

Note: this year, we're offering more streamlined registration packages to make it even easier to select the options you want. Already know you want to register? Click here.

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Book your room at discounted, NTEA-negotiated rates by calling 317-262-8191, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. EST or visiting


Friday, October 14, 2016

Philly Purchases Plug-in Hybrids for Police

The City of Philadelphia, Pa., is adding plug-in hybrid vehicles to its Police Department for community outreach. By January, the city will have 17 plug-in hybrids in use across multiple departments.

At a press conference, the city displayed Ford Fusion Energi vehicles — standard gasoline hybrids with plug-in capability. On a full charge they will travel 22 miles before the gasoline engine kicks in, and they can get up to the equivalent of 97 miles per gallon, according to the city.

Four Ford Fusion Energi vehicles are now on order for the Police Department and eventually each district will be assigned one, to be used as a community relations vehicle.  The city currently has three plug-in hybrids used by other departments. By January, it expects to have 17 plug-in hybrids in use, including a total of eight for Police and four for Streets for use in their Sanitation Enforcement Division.

The lifecycle of these vehicles is eight to 10 years. “It would most likely take that long to break even at current fuel cost above the cost of a standard vehicle.  Nonetheless, the city considers these vehicles essential as we move to a more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly fleet,” Mike Dunn, deputy communications director, stated via e-mail.

The city’s other fleet greening efforts include 200 standard hybrid vehicles. It has electric Zambonis in Parks & Rec, electric motorcycles in the Fire Department, and will be ordering waste haulers that run on compressed natural gas.

The city has reduced the total amount of vehicles in its fleet by 542 since 2003, replacing many vehicles with car share accounts. Fleet also has been using biodiesel in various blends for several years and has placed exhaust after-treatment filters on all older diesel-powered vehicles.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: 450 Horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of Torque | F-150 Raptor | Ford Performance

The 2017 Ford Raptor, equipped with the all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbo high-output EcoBoost engine, churns out 510 lb.-ft. of torque and 450 horsepower across a wide power band. Thanks to a reduction of up to 500 pounds in weight, the Raptor's EPA-rated combined fuel economy improved 23% compared to the previous generation.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Loading paint with a BEDSLIDE

Loading 19 five gallon paint buckets made easy with a BEDSLIDE. Make your truck bed easier to access. Slide all your card under the tonneau cover on your BEDSLIDE. For more info visit