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INDUSTRY NEWS: JANUARY 2019

MAINTENANCE FACILITIES RELY ON STERTIL-KONI SUPPORT STANDS FOR ADDED SAFETY, EXPANDED CAPABILITY

A recent overview conducted by Stertil-Koni found that fleet facilities are increasingly relying on support stands in their daily operations to boost safety and extend the capabilities of their existing lifting systems. Support stands are generally used in even-numbered sets of two, four, six, or more depending on a vehicle’s weight requirements. Stertil-Koni support stands are available in capacities from 7 to 18 tons per stand.

In addition to using support stands with portable lifts, such as Mobile Column Lifts, support stands can be paired with a range of in-ground piston and scissor-style vehicle lifts. Heavy-duty vehicle technicians note that their reasons for using support stands are many, but topping the list are the design features that emphasize safety, the ability to support heavy loads, and the ability to support a diverse range of vehicles. For more, visit www.stertil-koni.com

PETERBILT INTRODUCES MODEL 220EV AT CES

Peterbilt Motors Company gave attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show a first look at its all-electric medium-duty Model 220EV. The 220EV joins the previously announced Model 520EV and the Model 579EV in the Peterbilt electric vehicle lineup. Peterbilt will have more than 30 electric vehicles in operation by the end of 2019 with customers representing the refuse, regional-haul, and city delivery applications.

The zero emission 220EV is powered by two TransPower battery packs with a total of 148 kWh and a Meritor Blue Horizon two-speed drive eAxle. It features a range of 100 miles and recharge time of one hour when using a DC fast-charging system.

In addition, Peterbilt is engaged in testing at the PACCAR Technical Center (PTC) in Mount Vernon, Washington. Data collected during customer trials and testing at PTC will be used to ensure that Peterbilt’s EVs meet the same rigorous standards as the brand’s current trucks. Delivery for the 220EV begins in the summer of 2019. For more, visit www.peterbilt.com

ADVANCED ELECTRONICS SOLUTIONS PROVIDER LAUNCHES REDESIGNED WEBSITE

InPower, a manufacturer of electrical systems and components for all types of vehicles, launches a redesigned website. The new site offers several features that ease the process of finding product information, data sheets, and other resources, including an improved throttle selector to help customers choose the best high idle electronic throttle for their vehicle. The new website also features a mobile-responsive design to allow for optimal viewing on all types of mobile devices.

“Over the last few years, we’ve added several new products to our lineup, so it was important for our website to showcase these latest innovations and make it easier for customers to understand their tremendous potential,” J. Patrick Sullivan, InPower’s operations manager, says. “We believe our redesigned website does just that.” For more, visit www.inpowerelectronics.com

SHELL ROTELLA EXPANDS PORTFOLIO WITH GAS TRUCK ENGINE OIL

Shell Rotella introduces Gas Truck full synthetic engine oil, providing extreme protection for towing and hauling for gasoline-powered pickup trucks. The oil offers protection these engines need in three viscosity grades: 0W-20, 5W-20, and 5W-30 beginning in January in the US and May in Canada. The oil will be available in 1 quart, 5 quart, and Ecobox in the US and 5 liter in Canada. 

All three grades of Gas Truck motor oil are formulated to provide unsurpassed wear protection in even the most extreme conditions trucks face including heavy hauling, towing, extreme temperatures, and off-road. The synthetic base oil delivers added oxidation stability, improved volatility, and low-temperature properties. For more, visit www.rotella.shell.com.  

RANGER DESIGN ANNOUNCES MORE AVAILABLE PRODUCTS IN QUICKSHIP

As of January 2, more Ranger Design accessories are available in the brand’s QuickShip program. Products on QuickShip ordered from Ranger Design before 1 PM EST ship from the factory the next business day. For more, visit www.rangerdesign.com

WEST COAST FLEETS ADOPT XL ELECTRIFICATION SYSTEMS TO MEET EMISSIONS GOALS

Tacoma Public Utility, Clark Public Utilities, and the City of Palo Alto are the latest West Coast municipalities and utilities to electrify portions of their fleets with XL-equipped vehicles. The fleets can expect to increase the mpg of their plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Ford F-150 pickup trucks by up to 50 percent and reduce CO2 emissions by one-third when compared to their standard gasoline-powered vehicles.

All three fleets are in the process of deploying multiple XL plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks, the first and only PHEV F-150 on the road today. Tacoma Public Utility is also adding several of XL’s hybrid electric units, including XL hybrid-equipped Ford Transits and Ford F-250 trucks.

Municipalities along the West Coast have been among the most active in the nation in reducing the environmental impact of their fleet vehicles to meet state, city, and organization-wide emissions reduction targets. Additionally, California’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent to reach 1990 levels by 2030. For more, visit www.xlfleet.com.  

NTEA ANNOUNCES FULL SCHEDULE, KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR MANUFACTURER, AND DISTRIBUTOR INNOVATION CONFERENCE

The Association for the Work Truck Industry announces the lineup for the Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. This event teaches commercial truck manufacturers, upfitters, distributors, and body builders of all sizes how to improve manufacturing efficiency and business results using the latest techniques and technology.

The Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference begins March 5 at 8:30 AM with opening remarks followed by a keynote address at 8:45 AM by Stan Stanford, general manager of Parker Hannifin. After the keynote address, attendees can participate in a variety of general sessions covering topics such as welding as a core competency, using government programs to improve productivity, building a better culture of mentoring, using a lean approach to foster an innovative environment, and developing a process to attract and train workers. For more, visit www.worktruckshow.com

ISUZU SHATTERS SALES RECORDS FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Isuzu announces that the company broke multiple sales records in 2018, making last year its new benchmark for sales of Isuzu-brand trucks and Isuzu parts. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Isuzu has established records in these important metrics.

Isuzu dealers retailed 23,914 Isuzu trucks to customers in 2018—a record for Isuzu-brand trucks in the United States. Additionally, Isuzu parts sales increased 5.9 percent versus 2017, setting another record. For more, visit www.isuzucv.com

VOLVO GROUP VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTS IN WIRELESS ELECTRIC CHARGING

Volvo Group Venture Capital announces an investment in Momentum Dynamics Inc, a company in high power wireless charging of electric vehicles. Momentum Dynamics develops and commercializes high power inductive charging for the automotive and transportation industries, especially suitable for commercial electric, autonomous, and connected vehicles. For more, visit www.volvogroup.com.


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