Jim Mele


Nationally recognized journalist, author and editor, Jim Mele joined Fleet Owner in 1986 with over a dozen years’ experience covering transportation as a newspaper reporter and magazine staff writer. Fleet Owner Magazine has won over 45 national editorial awards since his appointment as editor-in-chief in 1999.

DTNA introduces its first medium-duty diesel

YOUNTVILLE, CA.  Daimler Trucks North American has officially entered the medium-duty truck engine business with the launch of the Detroit DD5, a 4-cylinder diesel based on a new engine platform first introduced in Europe in 2013. 

New York's Strongest

New York City's police are "The Finest," it's firemen "The Bravest," but it's sanitation workers are known as "The Stongest."  And they maintain a fleet of 2,500 refuse trucks and 4,500 other heavy and medium-duty trucks as well as cars and pickups as they earn that title collecting some 9,000 tons of trash and recyclables every day.

NYC Sanitation trucks do much more than collect refuse

NEW YORK. It collects some 9,000 tons of refuse and recyclables a day, but that’s just one of the jobs carried out by the New York City Dept. of Sanitation (DSNY) fleet of 2,500 heavy-duty collection trucks.  They serve as protection for presidents and popes, carry people to safety during floods and hurricanes, lead recovery efforts after disasters and, perhaps most importantly, marshal their full strength within an hour to clean the city streets of snow even when it hits record levels like the 30-inch snow storm last winter.

Mack expects industry truck sales to rebound in 2017

NEW YORK.  Although Mack Trucks is revising its 2016 forecast for North American retail Class 8 truck sales downward to 240,000 units, signs “look much brighter” for a return to higher levels in the first half of 2017, according to company president Dennis Slagle.

Strong sales levels in the first part of 2015 led to some overproduction and higher dealer inventories that created “a small bubble that needed to be corrected,” he said at a press conference.  “The bottom line was that there were just too many trucks in the pipeline.”

California awards $23.6 million for clean drayage trucks

LONG BEACH, CA.  Four truck manufacturers will share $23.6 million dollars for technology development work on zero-emissions drayage trucks under a grant from the state of California. 

Call for cleaner trucks

LONG BEACH, CA.  Once described as brown on the outside and green on the inside, UPS delivery vans and the rest of company’s 100,000 vehicles have made great progress in moving to cleaner alternative fuels over the last decade. “But for all that progress, we still have unfinished business to attend to and we have to move even faster than we have in the past,” according to Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS.

Daimler Trucks On-highway Platooning Demonstration
Watch as Daimler Trucks' semi-autonomous platooning systems links three trucks on an active highway and they navigate midday truck and car traffic.
Connected truck should be 'open to everybody'

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY. There’s general consensus that the connected truck and its path to real-time data will solve many of the trucking industry’s problems, but still to be determined is whether access to that data coming off the connected truck will be in an open format accessible to all or remain tied to proprietary systems developed by truck makers and other providers. 

Daimler connects platooning to industry transformation

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY.  “The hottest ‘things’ going online now are trucks,” according to Wolfgang Bernhard, head of Daimler Truck & Bus. “Connected trucks … will transform transportation completely,” he said during a press briefing.

The connected truck 

The connected truck  is nothing new. Twenty-five years ago, trucking became the first commercial market for the then-revolutionary service of wireless mobile data over satellites.

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