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Kate Wade

Terex Utilities Names First 9 Utilities to Order New All-Electric Bucket Truck

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Terex Utilities recently introduced the industry’s first all-electric bucket truck at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. In addition, the company has also announced the first nine customers who will receive these new Terex Optima 55-foot aerial devices, powered by the HyPower SmartPTO by Viatec and mounted on an International Class 6/7 medium-duty electric chassis.

“Xcel Energy, which provides power to millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states, will take delivery of the first unit later this month,” said Joe Caywood, director of marketing and product management.

Nine utilities of all sizes, representing investor-owned and municipal utilities from across the U.S. and Canada, made early commitments with orders prior to EUFMC. The first 10 units will be delivered in 2022. The other utilities receiving units are Oncor Electric Co.; Central Hudson Gas & Electric; CenterPoint Energy; PNM Resources; Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Con Edison; San Diego Gas & Electric; and SaskPower. www.terex.com/utilities/en/products/terex-green-solutions/terex-ev

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Kate Wade

DECKED CargoGlide Extends Truck-Bed Utility

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DECKED has revealed CargoGlide, a heavy-duty sliding bed platform that makes loading, unloading, organizing and accessing gear for work and play more efficient. CargoGlide allows owners to store and easily retrieve heavy and bulky items like welders, compressors, heavy-duty tools, spare tires, rescue gear, boxes and more without crawling into the back of the truck.

With the pull of a lever, CargoGlide rolls forward out of the truck bed from its locked position. Extending past the end of the bed by as much as 100%, CargoGlide puts gear that would be otherwise out of reach at chest level.

More than a standalone storage solution, the CargoGlide sliding tray is designed to complement the DECKED Drawer System. Bolting CargoGlide atop the DECKED Drawer System is the ultimate solution in truck-bed utility. Owners can store heavy equipment on the CargoGlide. Beneath it, they can secure tools and smaller gear inside the Drawer System’s two full-length drawers.

DECKED CargoGlide comes in 1,000-, 1,500- and 2,200-pound payload options, with either 75% or 100% extension of the tray available. The 1,000-pound, 75% extension option is compatible with the DECKED Drawer System, enabling a truly multifaceted approach to organizing and accessing gear. https://decked.com/products/cargoglide

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Grace Suizo

Spec’ing All-Terrain Utility Vehicles for Fleet Applications

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Industry experts share important factors to consider before ordering an ATUV.

One of the most common mistakes utility fleet managers make when it comes to all-terrain utility vehicles (ATUVs) is purchasing machines that are either too heavy or too light for the work they most commonly perform, according to Tavis Renglich, sales representative for UTV International Inc. (www.utvint.com).

“If you don’t have the right tools for the job, you take a financial loss by having to replace the equipment you bought with the right equipment. In the meanwhile, until you can get this done, you may have to pay an outside contractor with the right equipment to do it,” he explained.

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Jim Vaughn, CUSP

The Skinny on Confined Spaces

Author’s Note: Yes, this is a fleet-oriented magazine, so you might ask why this issue includes this article on confined spaces. Well, I’m glad you asked. All utility employees, including fleet employees, are required to have the skills to recognize a confined space and the hazards in the confined space, and they must also know how to protect themselves from confined space hazards. As you read through this article, you will note the descriptions and characteristics of a confined space, and you may find that some fleet-related spaces do qualify as confined and have the same hazards as a plain old manhole. It doesn’t matter who you work for or what you do, a confined space represents risks that will kill if you don’t recognize them.

There are rules in our industry. We, as utility or utility contractor employers, must follow the rules for two reasons. The first reason is that, if we don’t follow the rules, we get into trouble with the regulatory authorities. The second and more important reason is that the rules are in place to protect employees from injury or death. So it is with confined spaces. Confined spaces can and have killed workers.

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David Cullen

Damage Control

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Tracking collision damage limits vehicle downtime and repair costs.

The larger the fleet, the more complex the repair process and the higher the cost to fix body and frame damage. No one aims to bang up a bucket truck or other fleet equipment, but it does happen.

Once damage occurs and is properly reported, the repair process can begin. Obviously, significant cosmetic damage or damage that interferes with driving the vehicle or using it as a work platform must be dealt with as soon as possible. And while some fleets may back-burner minor dings and scrapes, others have policies that mandate no repair delays to keep on-road equipment looking tiptop.

Either way, the damage must be fixed at some point. But in the meantime, how do you track damage? That may include distinguishing between old and new damage. Which is which and were all incidents reported? On top of that, what do you do about drivers who don’t report damage?

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Sean M. Lyden

Will Hydrogen Electrify the Future of Heavy-Duty Trucks?

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An industry executive says that hydrogen fuel-cell trucks – and the fueling infrastructure to support them – will become more practical and affordable in the not-so-distant future.

Most discussions around fleet electrification today focus on battery-electric vehicles. And for good reason. More EV models are becoming available, costs are getting closer in line with conventional vehicles, and charging infrastructure continues to expand.

But when it comes to electrifying the Class 8 truck segment, battery power remains impractical and insufficient to meet the performance and range requirements for most heavy-duty truck applications.

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Gary L. Wollenhaupt

The State of Electric Vehicle Order-to-Delivery Times

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Despite manufacturers' reassurances, vehicle delivery delays are expected.

In February, Ford began deliveries of its E-Transit EV van to fleet customers, one of the earliest of the highly anticipated commercial-grade battery-powered vehicles to have its orders fulfilled. It's a bright spot in the electric vehicle market as fleet managers keep an eye on shifting EV delivery dates.

Some delays are out of the manufacturers' control as the supply chain, including semiconductor manufacturers, struggles with its own set of challenges.

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Sean M. Lyden

All-Electric Medium-Duty Trucks Coming to SMUD this Summer

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The new Class 5 trucks nudge the utility closer to its goal of zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District expects to take delivery of five new all-electric medium-duty trucks this summer that will offer an estimated range of 100 to 150 miles.

The vehicles will be built on the Z-19 model – a 19,500-pound-GVWR chassis – by Zeus Electric Chassis Inc. (https://zeuselectricchassis.com), a startup based in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

This purchase is part of SMUD’s goal of removing all carbon emissions from its entire power supply and fleet by 2030. As of press time, the utility had electrified 120 vehicles, or about 13% of its fleet of more than 900 units.

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David Cullen

On the Road to Self-Driving Trucks

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The trek to fully autonomous trucks is a journey in stages driven by partnerships – yet the pace of development is quicker than one might expect.

One of the only technological advancements in trucks that sparks as much interest as the rollout of electric vehicles is wondering when fully autonomous trucks will be available. 

Your fleet may already be familiar with automated vehicles. At the lowest level of automation (see sidebar), a truck spec’d with adaptive cruise control is a stepping-stone to self-driving. At the high end will be trucks that can be autonomously operated in a limited manner and trucks that are entirely self-driving. Those entirely self-driving vehicles may not even need to have a cab.

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Sean M. Lyden

Electrifying Heavy-Duty Trucks with Hydrogen

Any fleet pursuing a goal of 100% electrification will need to plan to include hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in their mix, specifically for their Class 8 truck segment.

That was the overarching theme of a Green Truck Summit panel session – “How Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Will Affect Work Trucks” – that I attended in March at NTEA Work Truck Week.

The panelists included Morgan Andreae, executive director of the Growth Office at Cummins Inc.; Craig Knight, CEO at Hyzon Motors; and George Rubin, chief commercial officer at Loop Energy.

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Phil Doud

ANSI A92.2: 2022 Changes and Training Requirements

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Here’s what owners and operators should know about upcoming updates to the standard.

Updates are coming to the ANSI A92.2 standard, titled “American National Standard for Vehicle-Mounted Elevating and Rotating Aerial Devices.” Your most common piece of powered equipment soon will have new or revised requirements for design, manufacturing, testing, training and operation. These new requirements go into effect in August of this year. 

First, let’s cover some of the most notable changes, and then we’ll look at some often misunderstood training requirements.

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Kate Wade

DICA Expands Ground Protection Mats

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DICA has announced the expansion of its ground protection products and the addition of new access mats. Light-duty LibertyMats join the current ground protection mat product line. Additionally, a new access mat product line provides solutions for temporary roadways and includes the heavy-duty TuffTrak XL, a combination ground protection/access mat, and the TuffTrak XT, an overlapping and interlocking access mat that is designed to support mobile or crawler equipment.

LibertyMats have built-in handholds and a chevron traction surface ideal for lighter-duty equipment and pedestrian use. This cost-effective ground protection option is an excellent solution for applications like walkways, work platforms and storage areas.

TuffTrak XL is a multipurpose, heavy-duty ground protection and access mat designed for extra-wide applications and is capable of supporting mobile equipment on wheels or crawlers. The mats are 13 feet 6 inches wide, nearly 7 feet long and can be installed with 4-foot tines. This durable mat has a load-bearing capacity of 150 tons.

TuffTrak XT overlapping and interlocking access mats are the lightest, most durable access mats on the market. They are designed to remain rigid and do not conform to the subsurface. The internal closed-cell foam design prevents water penetration and helps make the mats buoyant, which is perfect for wetlands, marshlands, peat bogs and river deltas. https://dicausa.com

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Kate Wade

Miller CabEn Climate Solutions for Work Trucks

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Miller Electric Mfg. LLC has announced the release of new CabEn Climate Solutions for truck cab heating and cooling. The only fully integrated cab heating and cooling systems on the market, CabEn Climate Solutions provide all-day relief from the outside environment while the truck is turned off.

Miller partnered with recognized industry leaders Bergstrom Inc. and Eberspacher to design, engineer and manufacture the systems with legendary Miller dependability. When the systems are paired with an EnPak power system, fleets and truck operators have the ultimate solution to eliminate truck engine idling.

Three new CabEn Climate Solutions are available. For work trucks that operate in both cold and hot environments, CabEn Climate Pak is a fully integrated heating and cooling solution.

For work trucks that primarily operate in cold environments, CabEn Heat warms the cab using a heater that’s powered by the truck’s diesel fuel supply. The truck’s engine never needs to run to keep technicians warm.

For work trucks that primarily operate in hot environments, the truck’s EnPak power system provides the power that CabEn Cool needs to maintain the cab at a comfortable temperature all day without the limitations of battery-operated cooling systems.

CabEn Climate Solutions utilize many existing truck HVAC components and controls, so the truck doesn’t require major modifications or additional components that take up room. www.millerwelds.com

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2022 NAFA Trade Show

 

UFP Magazine attended the 2022 NAFA Trade Show on April 11 - 13, 2022 in Columbus , OH. Below is video from the event!

For more information visit www.nafa.org/event/nafas-2022-institute-expo/

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Kate Wade

NTEA Truck Equipment Handbook

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NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry has released the 15th edition of its Truck Equipment Handbook, the work truck industry’s most comprehensive pocket guide for commercial vehicle components and equipment. The new version includes updates to U.S. and Canadian regulations along with an expanded set of industry definitions. This edition also covers the vehicle certification process and regulatory standards applicable in Canada.

The new handbook is available for $15 to NTEA members and $29 to nonmembers. www.ntea.com/handbook

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Kate Wade

Speed Spots Portable Speed Bump System

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Speed Spots is a portable speed bump system developed to quickly and easily reduce traffic speeds in utility work zones, construction zones and more. The lightweight, easy-to-handle Speed Spots, made from recycled rubber, are intended to be placed in a staggered pattern across lanes to reduce traffic speeds. They are sold in packs of eight, and the company recommends six to eight Speed Spots per lane. Each Speed Spot weighs 6 pounds. Their built-in handle makes it easy for anyone to carry four at a time. www.speedspots.net

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Kate Wade

Dejana Van Shelving System

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Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment announced the launch of their brand new DuraRac R-Series Interior Van Shelving System at Work Truck Week 2022. The R-Series is the second product line in the DuraRac van shelving family and features a heavy-duty aluminum extrusion frame with a contoured design to give it exceptional strength and rigidity. Units are designed with a hardwood base with an anti-skid surface and nickel-plated steel brackets for a stronger installation and quieter ride. The all-new system will be available as the DuraRac R100 Series for compact vans and the DuraRac R200 Series for full-size vans.

The DuraRac Interior Shelving System features an all-aluminum design that is lighter and stronger than traditional racks and bins packages. Its corrosion-resistant, lightweight design lends itself to higher load capacity and longer product life. Laminated half-inch hardwood shelf bases assist in its structural integrity while keeping your tools and equipment in place while in transit. One-hundred percent configurable, the R-Series van shelving systems are the all-aluminum work truck to toolbox solution. https://dejana.com

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Kate Wade

Cummins Propane Autogas Engine

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Medium-duty fleet owners looking to invest in an alternative energy source that provides clean, affordable, reliable benefits have new technology to turn to with the Cummins B6.7 Propane. The 6.7-liter displacement engine will be built on Cummins’ recently announced fuel-agnostic B-series platform and powered with propane autogas. Backed by data and support from the Propane Education & Research Council, the new engine offers fleets a path to decarbonization without compromising on performance or range.

The new engine will provide fleet owners with diesel-like performance and durability, uptime and low total cost of ownership, with expected power ratings between 280-360 horsepower and 600-860 pound-feet of torque.

The B6.7 Propane is suited for several applications, including medium-duty truck, vocational, school bus and terminal tractor markets, making it a low-emissions solution designed to meet or exceed EPA and CARB regulations in 2024 and beyond. https://propane.com/fleet-vehicles

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Jim Vaughn, CUSP

Safety Signs and Sign Policy

You might be surprised how a little thing like a safety sign can turn out to be one of your company’s biggest financial losses of the year. Over the last decade, I’m aware of three clients who lost big because a sign they put up was the wrong color, the print was imprecise, or the employer didn’t have a sign policy or effective safety sign training.

Let’s start with having a sign policy. When helping to develop any policy, I always tell clients that the policy you write is only as good as the training you provide when you roll it out. For instance, if I were to research signs in preparation for a sign policy, I would likely start with the ANSI Z535 safety sign standard. That is where you find the results of the research and testing performed by industry on how to compose and employ effective safety signs. Having done all the research, you establish a procedure and policy that ensure signs are effective. Your new policy enhances worker safety and the safety of the public, and it protects the employer. There is only one very big problem: Your sign program will not be effective if the workforce that uses the signs, the facilitator who provides the signs, and the employees who install or maintain the signs don’t understand sign color, size, print and placement. This is especially true over time when the signs become worn, illegible or damaged, or if they need to be replaced or moved.

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Sean M. Lyden

What's New in Truck and Van Upfits in 2022?

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Despite a lingering pandemic and a supply chain crisis, truck and van upfitters continue to bring new products to market that will help utility fleets cut costs, improve crew safety and productivity, and reduce carbon emissions.

So, what are some notable new products and design enhancements to keep your eye on in 2022? Here are eight developments.

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