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.

Vans to test hydraulic hybrid power
A hybrid powertrain that uses hydraulic pressure to recover energy normally lost during braking will be tested in a fleet of Ford E550 vans in commercial
Wireless ePOD for Palm
An electronic proof of delivery system that combines handheld devices running the Palm OS, a variety of wireless communications options and Web-based
Honoring Sept. 11
Next month brings the sad first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Many events that appear momentous as we first experience them often fade in importance
Browsing on the Road
Trucking was an early adapter of wireless data services and was also quick to embrace Internet applications. What seems like a natural next step wireless
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ASP fuel optimizer targets small fleets
The lowest-cost route based on current fuel prices can be calculated by any fleet with Internet access using Online Fuel Advice. The new subscription-based
Trailer tracker uses solar power
A new untethered trailer tracking system relies on a solar panel to recharge its batteries and offers coverage throughout North America, according to
Keate says Cat will hurt International sales
International Truck and Engine Corp. said today that it expects to lose sales because of Caterpillar's recently implemented engine allocation. Steve Keate,
All about engines
Everyone knew that the October 2002 switch to low-emissions diesel engines was going to be messy, but that's not making the actual experience any easier
Pulling the plug on OBCs
It's a sign of our mobile society wireless access to computer networks is everywhere. It's in offices, hotels, homes and even throughout the entire town
Surfing for freight
If you're a truckload carrier or a private fleet with common carrier authority, a reliable source of backhauls can change red ink into black. Services
Security imperative
Terrorism is quickly reshaping our lives. Nine months ago, it was a foreign problem largely experienced here as horrendous photos in the news from remote
FFE secures new credit line
As it continues to reorganize its operations, refrigerated carrier Frozen Food Express Industries has negotiated a new three-year, $40-million revolving
@Track changing name
Having changed its name from HighwayMaster to @Track Communications two years ago, the company has asked stockholders to change the name once again, this
@Track changes name
Having changed its name from HighwayMaster to @Track Communications two years ago, the company has asked stockholders to change the name once again, this
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