Summer is coming, and with it will come batteries that drain faster, engines that overheat quicker, tires deflating, and other fleet issues that can pop up at the worst possible time. If you want to beat the heat and keep your fleet rolling, here's what you should be aware of, and how to prepare for it.
Modern commercial vehicles have more auxiliary units drawing battery power than ever before. In the past, when vehicles were powered off, all electrical loads were also, but many of today's commercial trucks require electricity full time, especially those with sleeper cabs.
For this reason, low voltage demands are a greater concern of fleet managers than ever before, as the increased loads can cause stalls and breakdowns at unexpected moments, costing time and money for fleets.
Enter battery management to the rescue. Learn what components you need to keep from draining batteries and stalling vehicles.
Running a fleet isn't cheap. When asked to list some of the top costs, many people would likely name fuel, oil, or tires. However one major cost that some do not even consider is fleet downtime. With the high cost of purchasing and maintaining fleet vehicles, every hour or day they are out of commission equals profits lost. In a 2015 survey conducted by Decisiv, a fleet management software company, fleets reported that downtime cost them an average of $448 to $760 a day, per vehicle.
Electrical system problems is a common cause of downtime and service calls for fleet vehicles, with blown fuses being one of the most common types. Modern applications require more power than ever before, which can overload circuits.
As technology advances, the demand for high amperage circuit protection only increases. To support these applications, we're proud to announce we now carry the Series 17 Thermal Circuit Breakers by Mechanical Products (MP) in high amp options of up to 300A.
Fleets are always thirsty for fuel. Even with the stunning advances made in fuel efficiency for industrial vehicles, from tractor trailers to agricultural equipment, everybody wants to get more out of every last drop in the tank. And you can always get at least a little bit more out of your fuel budget, especially from the electrical system, if you know where to look.
New York City alone owns nearly 9,000 police vehicles, nearly a third of all vehicles of the state's municipal fleet, and spends a fair chunk of its $700 million yearly fleet budget on the fuel and repair for those vehicles. When considering costs like these, it's easy to see why many municipalities are looking to electric vehicles. But how, when and why will these be adopted? What about maintenance costs? Lets explore these questions...
A commercial operation often runs on its batteries. Poorly maintained batteries can take fleets off the road right when they need to be rolling the most. So how can you get more life out of your batteries, and keep up with proper battery management?