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EUFMC Celebrates 70 Years

| Kate Wade |
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, which brings together fleet professionals, manufacturers and suppliers to network, discuss fleet-related challenges and find solutions through various educational and technical events. Plans for the special anniversary include a drive-through utility equipment demonstration and an equipment show featuring mo…
TEP's Julie Gomez

Women in Utility Fleet: Julie Gomez

| Sean M. Lyden |
In the past, a passion for cars and mechanical expertise marked the starting point for a career in fleet management. Today, there are many roads to fleet success. Take Julie Gomez as an example. Her journey began in 2003 with a customer service role at Tucson Electric Power (TEP). Within a year, she transitioned to office support in the fleet department, steadily ascending the ranks over 12 yea…
Mack-MD-Electric-in-Warehouse-03-2023

Accelerated Development: What’s New in All-Electric Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

As you navigate the opportunities and challenges brought about by fleet electrification, it’s crucial to stay informed about the latest product news. This roundup delves into the latest news in the heavier all-electric truck segment from industry leaders Mack Trucks, Isuzu, Hino, Nikola and Tesla. Consider the impact these electric vehicles might have on your fleet. Mack Trucks: MD Electric Ava…
ZF Friedrichshafen AG

A Roadmap to Autonomous Trucks

| David Cullen |
A Roadmap to Autonomous Trucks The technology and steps to regulate fully autonomous trucks will evolve bit by bit over the coming years. By David Cullen The road to autonomous trucks is a long and winding one. How it’s navigated will ride on everything from how rapidly the technology advances and how quickly it is embraced by truck operators and other motorists to how it will work in practic…
Ford F-150 Lightning Pro

Sizing Up the Electric Pickup Truck

| David Cullen |
It seems like every time you turn around these days, there’s a new battery-electric pickup truck being unveiled. Iconic American truck builders Ford, General Motors and Ram have begun building full-size electric pickups, while startup manufacturers – such as Rivian and Canoo – are rolling out EV pickups of varying designs. Meanwhile, Elon Musk, head of the biggest EV maker in North America, kee…
PowerBully

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Spec’ing All-Terrain Utility Vehicles

All-terrain utility vehicles (ATUVs) are machines that utility fleets use to transport people, materials and equipment across potentially hazardous off-road environments for the purpose of inspecting or repairing power lines or performing other tasks in remote areas. These vehicles go where four-wheel-drive pickups cannot, navigating steep slopes, trudging through heavy brush, hovering over swa…
Electric vehicle

Retooling Your Shops for EVs

| Grace Suizo |
Electric vehicles have been rolling out in more and more utilities as fleets continuously strive to green up their operations. But making the transition from combustion to electric involves more than just getting operators on board. Among other things, it also means making sure shops and technicians are well-equipped to properly service these units. According to Dave Broadwater, manager of flee…
management june 23 UFP leyden

New EPA Rules Proposal: How Will You Prepare Your Fleet?

| Sean M. Lyden |
In April, the Biden administration raised the stakes on its ambitious emissions targets, proposing new rules affecting all vehicle classes starting from model-year 2027. With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency projecting significant increases in electric vehicle market share across various categories by 2032, the proposal is seen by many as a faster route to electrification. But some indu…

EUFMC Celebrates 70 Years: Embracing Change and Shaping the Future of Fleet

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, which will feature a powerful lineup of events and speakers in Williamsburg, Virginia, from June 4-7. Since its inception in 1953, the conference has continuously evolved to address the most pressing challenges for utility fleet professionals. And that’s what makes the networking and education at EUFMC espec…

Training Users of Aerial Lifts

Last year, Utility Fleet Professional published an article by Altec’s Phil Doud regarding changes to the ANSI A92.2 standard regarding vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating aerial devices (see https://utilityfleetprofessional.com/blog/ansi-a92-2-2022-changes-and-training-requirements/). It is a good and timely article. In it, Mr. Doud points out that many of the training requirements in the re…
Lincoln Electric Drive

Ranger Air 260MPX from Lincoln Electric

Lincoln Electric has introduced the all-new Ranger Air 260MPX multi-function engine drive. This machine was designed specifically for the work truck industry, where the unexpected can be expected on any given day. Available later this year, this high-performance, versatile machine is designed to prepare operators for whatever unpredictable circumstances and job demands come their way. The Range…
Stellar Mechanic Truck

Stellar Introduces the TMAX 1-13

Stellar – a 100% employee-owned and -operated manufacturer of high-quality mechanic trucks and cranes, tire service trucks, hooklifts, trailers, and service truck and van accessories – has launched the latest body in its TMAX Aluminum Mechanic Truck Series: the TMAX 1-13. The new 13-foot aluminum body offers additional compartment storage and is intended for a 108-inch cab-to-axle chassis with …

NTEA Releases U.S. Commercial Vehicle Market Report

NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry has released the second edition of the U.S. Commercial Vehicle Market Report – Powered by Commercial Truck Trader, NTEA and S&P Global Mobility. This semiannual industry report delves into the details, data and trends around the commercial vehicle life cycle – from chassis sales to truck registration to later stages when used vehicles re-en…
LineWise Guard Arm

LineWise Fork-Mounted Guard Arm

The new Fork-Mounted Guard Arm from LineWise helps to prevent conductors from falling into right-of-way crossings. Designed to conveniently mount to the pallet forks on a telehandler, the Guard Arm provides a simple yet effective safety measure to securely catch falling lines. Featuring a 1,200-pound capacity, the LineWise Guard Arm has a 12-foot-wide span from tip to tip with the ears installe…

NTEA Show

NTEA Work Truck Week 2023 March 7–10, 2023 in Indianapolis, IN Kurt Moreland, Associate Publisher of Utility Fleet Professional attended the NTEA Work Truck Week that took place March 7–10, 2023, at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Here are images from the event. AutoCrane Ramsey Bergstrom Blink Amy D (2) Bollinger Bos…
Isuzu-N-Series

Isuzu Introduces Its First Electric Truck

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc., distributor of America’s bestselling low cab forward trucks, has announced its first all-electric production model, the N-Series EV. The 2025-model-year Class 5 truck – featuring a full 19,500-pound gross vehicle weight rating, a battery electric platform developed by Isuzu Motors Limited and an all-new cab design – will be available in the first half of …

Terramac Expands Production Capacity

Terramac, a leading manufacturer of rubber tracked crawler carriers, has expanded its production capacity to deliver an increasing number of machines for the North American and international markets with the unveiling of its new assembly facility in St. Louis. This announcement follows on the heels of Terramac opening their new headquarters outside of Chicago in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Terramac …

ATSSA Event 2023

ATSSA’s 53rd Annual Convention & Traffic Exp Feb. 17-21, 2023 in Phoenix, AZ Kurt Moreland, Associate Publisher of Utility Fleet Professional attended the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s (ATSSA) 53rd Annual Convention & Traffic Expo in Phoenix, Feb. 17-21, 2023. Here are images from the event. 334687722_134120959586853_6740675379265397920_n 335275237_1480…

Work Truck Week 2023 Heads Back to Indy

Work Truck Week – North America’s largest work truck event – returns to Indianapolis March 7-10. Education sessions run March 7-9; the exhibit hall will be open March 8-10; and the Ride & Drive is scheduled for March 8 and 9. Also part of Work Truck Week is the Green Truck Summit, which takes place March 7. Produced by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, this year’s Work Tru…
Image courtesy of Hyzon

The Latest Developments in the Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Truck Market

| Gary L. Wollenhaupt |
Fuel cells powered by hydrogen have become an attractive technology because hydrogen powers an electric motor – without plugging in, as you do with a battery-electric vehicle – and the only emission out of the tailpipe is water. Big-name truck makers including Toyota, Kenworth and Navistar have entered the fray. And then there are new entrants like Nikola Motor Co. and Hyzon Motors.

EUFMC
| Kate Wade |

EUFMC Celebrates 70 Years

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, which brings together fleet professionals, manufacturers and suppliers to network, discuss fleet-related challenges and find solutions through various educational and technical events. Plans for the special anniversary include a drive-through utility equipment demonstration and an equipment show featuring more than 60 displays, activities for attendees and their spouses, and live music. James Lawrence, also known as the Iron Cowboy, will share his inspiring message as EUFMC’s dinner speaker. Known for …

TEP's Julie Gomez
| Sean M. Lyden |

Women in Utility Fleet: Julie Gomez

In the past, a passion for cars and mechanical expertise marked the starting point for a career in fleet management. Today, there are many roads to fleet success. Take Julie Gomez as an example. Her journey began in 2003 with a customer service role at Tucson Electric Power (TEP). Within a year, she transitioned to office support in the fleet department, steadily ascending the ranks over 12 years before taking charge of TEP’s fleet in 2015. Now, as the T&D Supervisor II of Fleet Services, Gomez oversees TEP’s extensive fleet operations, including about 1,000 assets, 24 employees a…

Mack-MD-Electric-in-Warehouse-03-2023

Accelerated Development: What’s New in All-Electric Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

As you navigate the opportunities and challenges brought about by fleet electrification, it’s crucial to stay informed about the latest product news. This roundup delves into the latest news in the heavier all-electric truck segment from industry leaders Mack Trucks, Isuzu, Hino, Nikola and Tesla. Consider the impact these electric vehicles might have on your fleet. Mack Trucks: MD Electric Availability: End of 2023 Range: Up to 230 miles Mack Trucks unveiled its first electric medium-duty truck, the Mack MD Electric, at the 2023 Work Truck Week held in Indianapolis. The MD El…

ZF Friedrichshafen AG
| David Cullen |

A Roadmap to Autonomous Trucks

A Roadmap to Autonomous Trucks The technology and steps to regulate fully autonomous trucks will evolve bit by bit over the coming years. By David Cullen The road to autonomous trucks is a long and winding one. How it’s navigated will ride on everything from how rapidly the technology advances and how quickly it is embraced by truck operators and other motorists to how it will work in practical terms and how many regulations will impact its adoption. The general media is wont to drum up the coming of “self-driving” or “driverless” trucks. Those adjectives make for grabby headlines tha…

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro
| David Cullen |

Sizing Up the Electric Pickup Truck

It seems like every time you turn around these days, there’s a new battery-electric pickup truck being unveiled. Iconic American truck builders Ford, General Motors and Ram have begun building full-size electric pickups, while startup manufacturers – such as Rivian and Canoo – are rolling out EV pickups of varying designs. Meanwhile, Elon Musk, head of the biggest EV maker in North America, keeps promising to soon produce the purpose-built Tesla Cybertruck. These manufacturers and others are poised to profit from what may go down as the golden age of electric pickups. Truck makers are be…

PowerBully

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Spec’ing All-Terrain Utility Vehicles

All-terrain utility vehicles (ATUVs) are machines that utility fleets use to transport people, materials and equipment across potentially hazardous off-road environments for the purpose of inspecting or repairing power lines or performing other tasks in remote areas. These vehicles go where four-wheel-drive pickups cannot, navigating steep slopes, trudging through heavy brush, hovering over swamplands, and even floating and powering across creeks and rivers, depending on the make and model of the ATUV. But with a wide range of capabilities and options available, it can be easy to over…

Electric vehicle
| Grace Suizo |

Retooling Your Shops for EVs

Electric vehicles have been rolling out in more and more utilities as fleets continuously strive to green up their operations. But making the transition from combustion to electric involves more than just getting operators on board. Among other things, it also means making sure shops and technicians are well-equipped to properly service these units. According to Dave Broadwater, manager of fleet management services for Holman (www.holman.com), the methods by and pace at which organizations are embracing EVs vary greatly from fleet to fleet. “Generally speaking, some fleet operators ar…

management june 23 UFP leyden
| Sean M. Lyden |

New EPA Rules Proposal: How Will You Prepare Your Fleet?

In April, the Biden administration raised the stakes on its ambitious emissions targets, proposing new rules affecting all vehicle classes starting from model-year 2027. With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency projecting significant increases in electric vehicle market share across various categories by 2032, the proposal is seen by many as a faster route to electrification. But some industry leaders, like Chris Spear of the American Trucking Associations, have voiced concerns about the feasibility of the timelines, mainly for heavy-duty vehicles. Since tighter restrictions seem…

EUFMC Celebrates 70 Years: Embracing Change and Shaping the Future of Fleet

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, which will feature a powerful lineup of events and speakers in Williamsburg, Virginia, from June 4-7. Since its inception in 1953, the conference has continuously evolved to address the most pressing challenges for utility fleet professionals. And that’s what makes the networking and education at EUFMC especially important today as the industry undergoes a tectonic shift to all-electric transportation. The 2023 educational program – Driving Safety, Sustainability & Technical Expertise – will featur…

Training Users of Aerial Lifts

Last year, Utility Fleet Professional published an article by Altec’s Phil Doud regarding changes to the ANSI A92.2 standard regarding vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating aerial devices (see https://utilityfleetprofessional.com/blog/ansi-a92-2-2022-changes-and-training-requirements/). It is a good and timely article. In it, Mr. Doud points out that many of the training requirements in the revised 2021 edition of the standard were already expected, but the standard now captures in detail the type and content of training for aerial lift operators and supervisors of those operators. It i…

Lincoln Electric Drive

Ranger Air 260MPX from Lincoln Electric

Lincoln Electric has introduced the all-new Ranger Air 260MPX multi-function engine drive. This machine was designed specifically for the work truck industry, where the unexpected can be expected on any given day. Available later this year, this high-performance, versatile machine is designed to prepare operators for whatever unpredictable circumstances and job demands come their way. The Ranger Air 260MPX is many things: an air compressor, generator, battery charger, battery-jump assist and multi-process welder all in one. This versatile, compact machine eliminates the need to carry num…

Stellar Mechanic Truck

Stellar Introduces the TMAX 1-13

Stellar – a 100% employee-owned and -operated manufacturer of high-quality mechanic trucks and cranes, tire service trucks, hooklifts, trailers, and service truck and van accessories – has launched the latest body in its TMAX Aluminum Mechanic Truck Series: the TMAX 1-13. The new 13-foot aluminum body offers additional compartment storage and is intended for a 108-inch cab-to-axle chassis with 22,000 to 22,900 pounds GVWR, such as the Ford F-600 or Chevrolet 6500. Similar to other TMAX 1 models, the TMAX 1-13 Aluminum Mechanic Truck is ideal for cranes up to 53,100 foot-pounds, like the …

NTEA Releases U.S. Commercial Vehicle Market Report

NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry has released the second edition of the U.S. Commercial Vehicle Market Report – Powered by Commercial Truck Trader, NTEA and S&P Global Mobility. This semiannual industry report delves into the details, data and trends around the commercial vehicle life cycle – from chassis sales to truck registration to later stages when used vehicles re-enter the sales market. The second report was released in March in conjunction with Work Truck Week 2023 during a session on trends impacting the North American commercial vehicle population led by r…

LineWise Guard Arm

LineWise Fork-Mounted Guard Arm

The new Fork-Mounted Guard Arm from LineWise helps to prevent conductors from falling into right-of-way crossings. Designed to conveniently mount to the pallet forks on a telehandler, the Guard Arm provides a simple yet effective safety measure to securely catch falling lines. Featuring a 1,200-pound capacity, the LineWise Guard Arm has a 12-foot-wide span from tip to tip with the ears installed, allowing it to accommodate a variety of distribution lines. When not in use, the ears can be easily stowed on the unit to maintain a more compact profile. The Guard Arm also includes a cross rol…

NTEA Show

NTEA Work Truck Week 2023 March 7–10, 2023 in Indianapolis, IN Kurt Moreland, Associate Publisher of Utility Fleet Professional attended the NTEA Work Truck Week that took place March 7–10, 2023, at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Here are images from the event. AutoCrane Ramsey Bergstrom Blink Amy D (2) Bollinger Boss…

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