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WELCOME – FEBRUARY 2024 PROPUBS

 

The Cornerstone

Relationships are how commercial vehicle business was historically built and it’s still the cornerstone of all we do. Use technology to connect, but when you can meet face-to-face, do so, such as at conventions/expos like NADA and Work Truck Week. Hopefully I’ll see YOU at some of these shows throughout the year. 

The mission of the CVBNetwork is to be the toolbox of resources for the entirety of the commercial vehicle ecosystem:

  • To support the entire network of businesses in the ecosystem and increase their connectedness through the exchange of ideas with peers;
  • To offer education plus exposure to resources, procedures and best practices being used by others in the industry;
  • To be a meeting place and hub of resources, information, stories and breaking news.

FEBRUARY 2024 – LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Relationships – Still a Cornerstone There’s no doubt the world of business – of buying and selling goods – has changed. It’s no longer simply going down to the corner store to purchase what you need. Or heading to the one and only dealership in town to buy that vehicle you need. The way in which we purchase goods, both for our personal use and for our businesses, is vastly different than what it once was, and some of it is probably for the better,...

SAFETY CENTRAL

Yet Again, Safe Fleet Prepares to Conduct Its Masterclass in All Things “Fleet Safety” At Work Truck Week 2024 For the biggest fleets and manufacturers, something special happens in the first week of March; the floors of the Indianapolis Convention Center open, the industry’s best get together, and a period of discovery ensues for 3 days during NTEA’s Work Truck Week. For Safe Fleet, it’s an opportunity to continue its annual tradition of putting their best fleet feet forward, specifically those of their Commercial Vehicle...

Take the latest commercial EVs, trucks and technology for a spin at Work Truck Week® 2024 Ride & Drive

Attendees can experience 19 vehicles March 6–7 in Indianapolis FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (Feb. 6, 2024) — Go beyond “hands-on,” and get “on-road” experience with the latest work trucks and equipment at Work Truck Week Ride & Drive. Held as part of Work Truck Week® 2024, Ride & Drive is free and open to all event attendees on a first-come, first-served basis March 6–7, from 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Choose from 19 vehicles, including all-electric vans, trucks and chassis, as well as internal combustion vehicles featuring advanced technology to improve...

Listening to Voices in Commercial Fleet

By Lucas Lowden, Escalent Insights Consultant, Automotive & Mobility Program Lead, Fleet Advisory Hub The business to business commercial vehicle and fleet sector of automotive is unique, to say the least. A traditional space built on legacy knowledge and symbiotic relationships, it has arguably evolved more in the last five years than the last fifty. These statements should resonate deeply with anyone who has been working in this space for longer than a cup of coffee. Product and service evolutions, and recent events not previously...

 California Regulators Charge Ahead with EV Work Trucks 

Electric vehicles (EV) in the US have been growing in popularity for over a decade. Tesla began production of its Roadster sports car in 2008 and followed that with various other models in the ensuing years.  Tesla and others have also developed first generation electric pickups and semi-trucks and vans. But power requirements for passenger vehicles and vans are vastly different than for work trucks – especially if those work trucks are outfitted with cranes and generators and hoists, etc. A delivery van or lightweight...

Navigating Networks: Building Valuable Connections in the Work Truck Industry

Those who have been around the work truck industry for decades may remember simpler times when solid craftsmanship, handshakes, and print ads were all that was needed to thrive in this business. Because of technological advancements, the world has grown tremendously bigger and smaller at the same time. To remain dynamic in the ever-changing landscape of the work truck industry, success often hinges on the ability to forge meaningful connections and lasting partnerships. Know the players In the complex work truck industry, we are a...

Delivering a Higher Standard 

Rockport Commercial Vehicles may have been a little later to the Commercial Body manufacturing industry, but it has quickly established itself as a market share leader and preferred supplier of delivery and service vehicles.  As a Division of Forest River, Inc., a multibillion enterprise producing the largest portfolio of RVs, Pontoon Boats, Buses, and Cargo Trailers, Rockport operates two commercial body manufacturing facilities.  Headquartered in Elkhart Indiana, Rockport just surpassed 50,000 vehicles shipped, while their second location opened in Ocilla Georgia, and has just recently...

Work Truck Solutions Featured on E-Commerce Platform “The Shop” from FordDirect

Only commercial vehicle-centric partner included at launch Chico, CA, February 1, 2024 (GlobeNewswire) — In FordDirect’s recent launch of their new e-commerce platform called “The Shop“, Work Truck Solutions was the only commercial partner presented, and one of only eight vendors included. The Shop’s goal is to assist Ford dealerships address the challenges faced in today’s rapidly evolving automotive business landscape. These selected vendors will help dealers explore new revenue opportunities and drive cost efficiencies, while allowing them to keep their primary focus on their...

FORD TO OFFER COMPLIMENTARY TESLA SUPERCHARGER ADAPTER TO ELIGIBLE EV CUSTOMERS

Last year, Ford announced that its EV customers would gain access to Tesla Superchargers across the U.S. and Canada beginning in Spring 2024. As that moment approaches, Ford President and CEO Jim Farley said today that eligible Ford EV customers will soon be able to reserve a complimentary Fast Charging Adapter.   The Fast Charging Adapter will provide Ford F-150 Lightning, and Mustang Mach-E owners access to Tesla’s V3 and above Superchargers. Ford will start to transition to the NACS charge port from 2025, removing the need for...