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INDUSTRY NEWS: DECEMBER 2018

US ISUZU TECHNICIANS WIN SILVER IN WORLD TECHNICAL CHALLENGE

US Isuzu technicians win silver for the second year in a row at Isuzu’s 13th Annual Isuzu One Grand Prix World Technician Competition. The competition requires outstanding performance on written exams and hands-on tests of vehicle diagnosis and repair skills. Prior to 2017, no US team made the top three in the championship’s history.

The Isuzu Commercial Truck of America (ICTA) team consisted of Kiel Trout of RWC Isuzu Truck in Seattle, Washington; Matthew Bertagnoli of Lynch Isuzu Truck in Waterford, Wisconsin; and Josiah Carr of Susquehanna Isuzu Truck in West Milton, Pennsylvania, who attended as an alternate in case the other two were unable to compete. The team was coached by Justin Ridings, ICTA technical training specialist. For more, visit www.isuzucv.com

CUMMINS X12 ENGINE NOW AVAILABLE IN FREIGHTLINER 114SD

The Freightliner 114SD can now be spec’d with the lightweight Cummins X12 engine. The combination provides a new option for a wide variety of vocational applications, particularly in segments where weight savings is a key consideration.

The Cummins X12 engine is up to 600 lbs lighter than other medium-bore engines in the 10- to 13-L category. Its lightweight design contributes to increased productivity and payload without compromising power and performance. The 2,050-lb engine delivers 500 hp and 1,700 lb-ft of torque. For more, visit www.freightliner.com

XL WINS S&P GLOBAL PLATTS GLOBAL ENERGY AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR

XL, a company involved in vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, won the 2018 Commercial Technology of the Year award from the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards. The award recognizes companies for applying new technology in the pursuit of efficiency, business advantage, and profit. Companies considered for the award must have a commercially applied innovation that demonstrates the significance of their technology in relation to practicality, reliability, emissions reduction, and overall commercial success. For more, visit www.xlfleet.com

SAFE FLEET ACQUIRES ROLL RITE

Safe Fleet, global provider of safety and productivity solutions for fleet vehicles, announces the acquisition of Roll-Rite. Roll-Rite is a global provider of OEM and aftermarket safety products that protect cargo, reduce risks to drivers and roadways, and improve fleet efficiencies. Roll-Rite manufactures application-specific automated and semi-automated tarping systems, controls, motors, and tarps for open body dump trucks, open top trailers, and detachable containers.

“The addition of Roll-Rite is yet another important step in Safe Fleet’s journey in building the leading safety company for fleet vehicles across a variety of end-markets with leading brands and products,” John Knox, chairman, president, and CEO of Safe Fleet, states. “Roll-Rite greatly expands our capabilities in serving customers in the construction, agriculture, and recycling markets.” For more, visit www.safefleet.net

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR NAFA 2019 INSTITUTE AND EXPO

NAFA Fleet Management Association opens registration for its annual conference held April 15-17 in Louisville, Kentucky. NAFA’s Institute and Expo is the largest event of the fleet management industry and introduces several improvements to the 2019 event to fit attendees’ goals.

The 2019 event features: new, compact format (the show is now three days instead of four); enhanced networking opportunities with the addition of two happy hours, a closing reception, and the “Dinner with Strangers” program; improved educational sessions on emerging trends with revitalized, interactive session formats; and added value for products/service providers. For more, visit www.nafainstitute.org

TRANSFER FLOW INTRODUCES 55-GALLON REPLACEMENT FUEL TANK SYSTEM FOR GM/CHEVY DIESEL TRUCKS

A new, 55-gallon fuel tank for 2017-2019 GM/Chevy 2500/3500 crew cab short bed heavy-duty diesel trucks is available from Transfer Flow. The replacement tank ships complete with everything needed for installation, carries a six-year, unlimited mileage warranty, and is made in America with ReliaSteel, 12-gauge US high-yield aluminized steel.

The tank is fully baffled to prevent fuel slosh, is completely legal, and won’t void a customer’s truck warranty. For more, visit www.transferflow.com

FEDEX ADDS 1,000 CHANJE ELECTRIC VEHICLES

FedEx announces the expansion of its fleet to include 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric delivery vehicles. FedEx is purchasing 100 of the vehicles from Chanje Energy Inc and leasing 900 from Ryder System Inc. The electronic vehicles will be operated by FedEx Express for commercial and residential pick-up and delivery services in the US. For more, visit www.fedex.com

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