May 6, 2011 Isuzu Commercial Truck of America will now offer Fleet Director, a telematics system from Teletrac Inc., as an option in its 2011 and 2012 model year N-Series trucks. The company describes it as a fully integrated, web-based solution that tracks vehicle usage in real time by sending vehicle and driver performance reports that is accessible from any internet-connected personal computer. It will be offered as either a port- or dealer-installed option for 2011 and 2012 NPR-HD, NQR and NRR models beginning this month. Availability for 2011 and 2012 NPR ECO-MAX and 2012 N-Gas models will be announced at a later date.ISUZU TELETRAC
April 8, 2011 Legrand has introduced its new electric vehicle chargers for residential and light commercial applications with charging stations, which it claims are weatherproof rated and compatible with all plug-in electric vehicles. According to Legrand, choices include the Level 1 15A/120V charger, a portable charger that plugs into a standard 15A or 20A receptacle and includes built-in ground fault protection, and the Level 2 20A/240V charger, which is hard-wired to a 20A circuit and can charge vehicles in approximately three to six hours.
April 8, 2011 Hino Trucks has introduced Hino Insight, which it calls the most advanced, tailored, comprehensive web-based location and telematics solution in the medium-duty commercial truck market. This “innovative” GPS-based system offers remote fleet management capabilities to fleet operations of all sizes, including driving efficiencies, safety, security, customer satisfaction and green initiatives, it says. The solution was developed in partnership with WebTech Wireless and is currently offered for 2008 through 2012 model year trucks.
April 7, 2011 Leviton’s Evr-Green 120 Level 1 Portable Charger, which it says allows drivers to charge a plug-in vehicle anywhere a standard outlet is available, has received UL Listing for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) in the United States and Canada. Available for purchase this spring, the charger is part of the Evr-Green line of residential, commercial and public charging equipment. According to Leviton, the charger can be plugged into any standard 15-amp or 20-amp, 125-volt grounded receptacle found in almost all homes, buildings and public facilities.
March 30, 2011 A.R.E. has expanded its line of truck cap accessories with the AluRack by Prime Design – a 100% aluminum construction roof-mounted rack available from A.R.E. for full-size short bed and long bed trucks. Featuring an over-the-cab design, the AluRack has a rear roller crossbar for easy material handling and removal, said the company. "Its sturdy design, great styling and polished aluminum finish make it an ideal accessory for the commercial market," it added. The AluRack attaches directly to factory tracks (sold separately) on the A.R.E. cap and is said to work with most aftermarket tracks as well.  
In a really big event today, March 8, 2010, at the Work Truck Show, Hino Trucks unveiled “a revolutionary addition to its product lineup”—Hino is offering four models of the newly designed Class 4 and Class 5 cab over engine (COE) trucks. In the Class 4 market, Hino will offer the 155 diesel model and the first-ever U.S. class 4 diesel-electric hybrid model, the 155h. In the Class 5 market, Hino will offer the 195 diesel model and the first-ever U.S. Class 5 diesel-electric hybrid model, the 195h. The 195 and 195h models will carry a 19,500 lb. GVW rating. “With the introduction of this new truck, Hino Trucks is making the diesel-electric hybrid a viable option in the U.S. commercial truck industry for the first time,” said Sumio Fukaya, president and CEO of Hino Trucks. (Video courtesy Hino)
February 07, 2011Knaack’s web-based interactive tool, GearUp, aims to help trucks owners ensure their Weather Guard professional storage equipment fits their new vehicle, and it’s been updated to include 2011 models. The GearUp truck fit guide includes data on all models going back to 2000, and provides guidance for every Weather Guard storage equipment item, including truck tool boxes, ladder racks, sliding platforms, and heavy-duty drawer units. Users can search the guide by selecting the make, model and year of their vehicle. Models emphasize bed size and include special notes such as interference between ladder racks and a pickup’s side rails.WEATHER GUARD
February 07, 2011GE says facility managers of office locations, hotels, public parking garages and university operations administrators who are early electric vehicle (EV) adopters will welcome its Industrial Solutions’ stainless steel EV charging station. The new system features flexible mounting options, RFID user authorization as well as the electrical distribution equipment needed to provide power to the charging stations. GE’s EV charging station is the first phase in a family of charging stations that will be launched over the course of the year. This first product provides Level 2 plug-in charging. The charging station’s design offers several mounting options for various locations, such as the double pedestal option, offering two charging stations in the space of one.GE
GE unveiled its GE WattStation, a residential electric vehicle (EV) charger, which aims to help accelerate the adoption of plug-in EVs by decreasing time needed for vehicle charging and—using smart grid technology—allowing utilities to manage the impact of EVs on the grid. (At this time, it appears only available in the States.) On average, the GE WattStation’s charging time is four to eight hours (assuming a full-cycle charge for a 24 kWh battery). GE WattStation will be commercially available globally in 2011. In May 2010, GE Global Research and Nissan signed a separate three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore new technologies that are needed to build a reliable, dynamic smart-charging infrastructure.GE
Knaack jobsite storage products are now manufactured using a new powder paint process, which promises improved resistance to corrosion and abrasion. The new powder paint program extends to the Custom Color Paint Program announced in March, and gives contractors the opportunity to customize the paint finish on Knaack jobsite products.KNAACK
Knaack Weather Guard introduced an all-steel, low-profile saddle box; it fits just above a truck’s bed rail, providing greater visibility through the rear window. The box comes in two sizes to fit both full-sized and compact pick-ups. Its construction is topped off with a powdercoat finish (black or white). Installation promises to be quick and easy with crimp-/drill-free mounting brackets. For security, the saddle box features an Extreme Protection lock. A full weatherseal keeps out moisture, while a weatherproof power cord pass-through permits easy access for tool recharging. The box also features gas shocks that ease lid opening.WEATHER GUARD
Weather Guard introduced van storage solutions for the Ford Transit Connect van. Features include a custom bulkhead, space-maximizing design and a range of shelving and accessory options. For greater visibility, a wire mesh bulkhead is available, along with wire mesh window screens. Shelving units fit tightly to the Transit Connect’s walls, freeing up floor space while 12-in. and 14-in. shelf widths provide storage flexibility. There’s also a range of cabinets, drawer units and floor storage options; Pack Rat and Itemizer drawer units are available in a variety of sizes, compartments and divider configurations. (Appears EBMag April 2010, Products)KNAACK WEATHER GUARD
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