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Latest Data Analysis Shows Truck Cost Savings Continue to Increase Year-Over-Year When Upgrading to Newer Models More Frequently

Posted by Brian Holland, CTP on 12/6/17 10:45 AM

Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and lifecycle cost management made public today its 2017 Truck Lifecycle Data Index (TLDI) comparing all-in operating costs of early-model Class-8 trucks to 2018 model-year replacements. The TLDI shows significant cost savings when replacing older-model vehicles with 2018 MY trucks. According to Fleet Advantage’s ATLAAS (Advanced Truck Lifecycle Administrative Analytics Software), the TLDI shows that fleet operators can realize a first-year per-truck savings of $22,162 when upgrading from a 2012 sleeper model-year truck to a 2018 model, a 17% increase in savings compared with year-ago figures ($19,023) for 2017 model-year upgrades. 

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Topics: Fleet Maintenance, Truck Fleet Analytics, Data Analytics, Fleet Management, Fleet Optimization

Big Rigs Achieving 10 MPG Will Become a Standard In The NEAR Future!

Posted by Katerina Jones - Sr. Director on 11/9/17 11:59 AM

Fleet Advantage was founded in 2008 on a number of principles formulated around information technology. It was also founded upon the necessity to help organizations improve their tractor fleets’ productivity and to reduce operating costs by improving their fuel efficiency from 6.0 MPG to 10.0 MPG. One of the cornerstones was the Greenhouse Gas Mandate that took effect in 2011 with its requirement to reduce CO2 emissions, which can only be accomplished by improving fuel economy/MPG.  The technology and supporting data analytics have arrived, and we are now seeing the results we knew were there - tracking a goal of 10.0 MPG.

A recent success program called “Run on Less”, organized by the Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, proved that 10 MPG is possible using technology that are available on the market today. The results exceeded the original 9 MPG goal set by CWR and NACFE.

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Topics: Data Analytics, Fleet Management, Fleet Optimization, GHG, Fuel Economy, NACFE

CVSA 2017 International Roadcheck Starts June 6; Your Fleet Safety Checklist!

The annual CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) International Roadcheck will take place this year on June 6 – 8, 2017.  This is the 30th year for this event, known to be the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world.  The organization has on record that that nearly 15 trucks or buses are inspected every minute across North America during this 72-hour period! Here is some helpful fleet safety information to start educating your drivers about this event and its importance in assuring safe commercial vehicle operations, along with information in regards to the roadside inspection program. 

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Topics: Fleet Safety

The GHG Mandate Big Dipper: A Drop in Transportation Operating Costs That Will Last a Decade

Posted by John Flynn on 10/14/16 11:40 AM

There have been literally hundreds of articles and commentaries written on the environmental effects on the transportation industry of the latest GHG Regulations that were finalized on August 16, 2016.  While we all understand that the regulations will reduce millions of metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, few understand the long-term impacts on their operating budgets and their bottom line. 

With the high cost of the emissions regulations of the 2000’s still reeling in the minds of many transportation executives, these new regulations may trigger ‘Particular Matter’ anxiety.  However, this time is different, it delivers enormous cost saving opportunity that will last through the next decade—but only to those willing to change the status quo.

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Topics: Trucking Environmental Sustainability

GHG Phase 2 Mandate Unquestionably Affects Businesses’ Bottom Line - Here's How!

Posted by Fran Flynn - Vice President of Sustainability on 9/29/16 11:03 AM

GHG Phase 2 Mandate - Affects on Heavy Duty Truck Fleets

A competitive advantage goes to the business visionaries that act faster than the competition to changes in the market providing a greater value at a lower cost.  The initial Greenhouse Gas mandates have already saved Class 8 transportation fleets millions of dollars in operating costs by reducing fuel consumption. On August 16, 2016 the federal government passed the proposed regulation, GHG Phase 2, to further tighten emissions and improve fuel economy for heavy duty trucks by up to 25% from 2017 through 2027 model years. 

The GHG Phase 2 final rule, issued by the US EPA and the NHTSA also contains the first-ever federal efficiency standards for new trailers. 

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Topics: Trucking Environmental Sustainability

CVSA Annual Brake Fleet Safety Week Planned for September 11-17, 2016 - Is Your Fleet Ready?

What do you think the most important operating component of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is?  Although there are many components, the most important one is the part that makes the equipment stop - the brakes!!!!! It is critical that brakes operate properly at all times to ensure safety.  The braking system on CMV’s is designed for tough conditions, but like anything, it must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently.  By doing this, the brake system will operate properly throughout the life of the truck.

Brake Fleet Safety Week was established in 1998 as an annual outreach and enforcement campaign with the goal of improving CMV brake safety and awareness throughout North America.  More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception. 

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Topics: Fleet Safety

CVSA 2016 International Roadcheck will take place June 7 – 9; Your Fleet Safety Checklist is Here!

The annual CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) International Roadcheck is approaching again and will take place on June 7 – 9, 2016.  This is the 29th year for this event, which is known to be the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world.  Would you believe that they have on record that nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute across North America during this 72-hour period? 

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Topics: Fleet Safety

Diesel Fuel Winterization - Prevent Delays Due To Fuel Problems Without Compromising Your Fleet's MPG Performance

Posted by Matthew Wiedmeyer on 11/18/15 12:18 PM

For heavy duty truck fleets, the winter months are more than just that risky season when they have to be extra careful in driving. As fleets prepare for the harshest season for trucks, the question of MPG performance, disruptive breakdowns, fuel supply and how to effectively treat fuel that can be used in cold temperatures emerge. Download this whitepaper today to learn about winter’s effect on MPG and how to prevent delays due to winter fuel problems without compromising your MPG performance.

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Topics: Fleet Maintenance

CVSA 2015 Operation Safe Driver Week is October 18-24, 2015 - Fleet Safety Tips

A week of intensified traffic safety enforcement  - Operation Safety Week - is approaching!  

This program launched in 2007 by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and with the support from industry and transportation organizations, was established to help reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving all type of motor vehicles, including commercial trucks, buses and cars.  

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Topics: Fleet Safety

CVSA Annual Brake Fleet Safety Week Planned for September 6 – 12, 2015

What do you think the most important operating component of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is?  Although there are many components, the most important one is the part that makes the equipment stop - the brakes!!!!! It is critical that brakes operate properly at all times to ensure safety.  The braking system on CMV’s is designed for tough conditions, but like anything, it must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently.  By doing this, the brake system will operate properly throughout the life of the truck.

Brake Fleet Safety Week was established in 1998 as an annual outreach and enforcement campaign with the goal of improving CMV brake safety and awareness throughout North America.  More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception. 

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Topics: Fleet Safety