September 14, 2022 - The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker is teaming with a Ferguson, a Newport News, Va. distributor of plumbing supplies, waterworks and fire and fabrication products on an alternative energy vehicle pilot program. With the competition for EV semi-trucks increasing ever so quickly, Ford does not want to be left behind.
The pilot program will evaluate how fuel cell technology will operate within the Ferguson fleet, while providing real-world usage data to Ford. Ferguson will provide Ford with vehicle data and feedback about the technology to help Ford better define the engineering requirements for commercial vehicle duty cycles.
Ford will study the data for ongoing industry challenges within the medium-duty and heavy-duty work truck segments, like battery range and payload capacity, that have prevented faster conversion to environmentally friendlier options. Ferguson previously announced another pilot program to launch 30 class 6 through 8 all-electric delivery trucks in its fleet in collaboration with Holman and Electrada.
There are going to be some amazing speakers at the NETS annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Benchmark Conference in Ann Arbor, including the United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety and a member of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Mechanics like this mobile maintenance app because it helps manage workflow by offering instructions, a checklist and a simple means to record the work being done. All without having to use paper or walk back and forth to a kiosk.
What’s the biggest problem facing fleet? Will EVs change the face of our industry? How long have you been around this industry anyway?
These are just some of the questions FLD has been asking in their weekly fleet polls (as featured in their weekly ad, and elsewhere), as Rich Mallek wraps up in his column today. We certainly appreciate these timely insights.
Speaking of “The State of Fleet," that’s something we’re looking forward to hearing all about at the upcoming NETS Annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS conference in Ann Arbor on October 5th and 6th — from a safety perspective. Have you registered yet?
Then, the following week, we are excited to learn all about what’s happening from a corporate fleet perspective at AFLA’s Forward Together conference in Tucson from October 10th through 13th. Are you registered?
September 12, 2022 - The average price paid for a new vehicle in the U.S. in August topped July’s record and kept the average transaction price (ATP) solidly above the $48,000 mark, according to new data released today by Kelley Blue Book, a Cox Automotive company.
The Kelley Blue Book new-vehicle ATP increased to $48,301 in August 2022, beating the previous high of $48,080 set in the prior month. August 2022 prices rose 0.5% ($222) month over month from July, and 10.8% ($4,712) year over year from August 2021.
New-vehicle inventory days’ supply held steady in the mid-to-high 30s during the summer and is showing signs of increasing. In August, days’ supply was 43% higher than it was in the same timeframe of 2021, when inventory shortages first started to impact the market.