It is absolutely crucial to ensure that your technicians have all the information they need to safely and properly work on an electric truck.
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The tailwinds for continued commercial battery electric vehicle adoption seem to be picking up. Stirrings of these changes, though, have been brewing for some time.
It’s easy to focus on the maintenance shop when looking to reduce maintenance-related expenses. But there are many factors beyond the shop that a fleet manager should look into. Beyond focusing on cost savings in the shop, there are several ways fleets can reduce their truck fleet maintenance costs.
Daimler, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt and Volvo all announced battery electric trucks that are either available now or will be in the foreseeable future, and several of those same OEMs, in addition to Navistar and Cummins, are working on hydrogen fuel cell trucks as well.
When looking at truck maintenance and ways to save costs, often we start at the vehicle and move on to the shop. But what is the one missing component that has a major impact on vehicle maintenance needs? What is the one factor a truck fleet manager likely has the least control over? The driver.
By leveraging total cost of operations, fleets can not only reduce the number of roadside breakdowns, but also make informed decisions on asset management.
Autonomous trucks will be here sooner than you think. In fact, partially autonomous trucks could be making their way onto our roads later this year.
Given all the pressures on fleet managers today, now may be a good time to think about outsourcing maintenance and repair to an organization that specializes in it.
Diagnostic capabilities have never been better for fleet maintenance professionals. But time constraints are pushing more and more complex technical issues to dealers.
Communication, or lack of it, was cited as one of the biggest causes of repair delays. Everyone involved in the repair process must have accurate and complete information if a problem is to be resolved quickly.
Fleet managers acquiring electric vehicles need to be making detailed long-term plans and calculations for electrification, a recent study explains.
Small, large and 3PL fleets agree that one positive benefit from COVID-19 is how fleet managers, drivers, and technicians communicate.