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Michelin enhances small commercial fleets advantage program

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Michelin enhances small commercial fleets advantage program
The enhancements to the MICHELIN Advantage Program include a simplified application process — available in the U.S. and Canada — that can be accessed by desktop computer or mobile device and offers same-day use-of-program benefits. (Courtesy: MICHELIN NORTH AMERICA)

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America has initiated application and billing enhancements to its popular MICHELIN Advantage program introduced in 2007 to help support the needs of owner-operators and fleets.

The Advantage program provides competitive, consistent nationwide pricing on new MICHELIN heavy-truck dual and X One tires for fleets operating under 100 power units; as well as for fleets using bus and RV tires; car and light-truck tires; earthmover, construction, and TWEEL tires; Michelin Retread Technologies retreads; Michelin services; and BFGOODRICH heavy- and light-truck tires at home and on the road.

The enhancements include a simplified application process — available in the U.S. and Canada — that can be accessed by desktop computer or mobile device and offers same-day use-of-program benefits. The billing process also has been improved, allowing dealers to take control of the process, including registering the credit card for the fleet. The online application is also now available for Canada customers in English or French.

“We listened to our dealer network and fleet participants to improve the program with the goal to be more user-friendly for our 20,000 participants,” said Coy Jones, senior operational marketing manager, B2B – regional and small fleet, Michelin North America. “This improves the purchasing process, and new members do not have to wait to purchase tires. This enhancement continues Michelin’s customer-centric journey.”

Jones said members receive unique access to the MICHELIN Commercial Service Network, with knowledgeable Tire Industry Association-trained technicians able to take care of service needs at any of more than 5,000 authorized truck dealer locations. Consistent service is provided with professional equipment and management, all adhering to rigorous certification and audit standards.

Program members also have access to MICHELIN ONCall 2.0 Emergency Road Service, with no dispatch fee. This service is available round-the-clock by calling 800-TIRE-911. The MICHELIN Event Viewer provides online updates regarding ERS service action status. Getting vehicles back up and running — whether it involves tires, repairs or towing — ensures maximize productivity, saving critical time and money.

Jones said MICHELIN Advantage program members have access to the member website and its online business tools, which help improve business performance. Members can manage accounts online, register and update credit card(s) on file, check pricing, view invoices or purchase history. Access to the dedicated MICHELIN Advantage member customer service team is available on business days to answer questions about the program, including pricing, orders, billing, invoicing or purchase history.

Program purchases can be made day of sign-up with any Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit or debit card. The program website also gives members access to other resources, such as training information, videos and maintenance tips. Regular e-newsletters offer product updates, promotions and ongoing news and announcements.

To sign up or get more information, visit www.MichelinTruck.com/Advantage.

 

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Kenworth to collaborate with Meritor on T680E Electric powertrain development

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The electric Kenworth T680E will be a short-hood day cab in tractor configurations of 4x2 and 6x4 axles and as a 6x4 axle straight truck. The T680E will offer an operating range between 100 to 150 miles, depending on application. (Courtesy: Kenworth)

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Kenworth has announced it will collaborate with Meritor on electric powertrain development for Class 8 Kenworth T680E battery-electric vehicles.

The electric Kenworth T680E will be a short-hood day cab in tractor configurations of 4×2 and 6×4 axles and as a 6×4 axle straight truck. The T680E will offer an operating range between 100 to 150 miles, depending on application.

“The Kenworth T680E development in collaboration with Meritor is a major advanced technology step in Kenworth’s evolution of zero-emission electric powertrain solutions for our customers,” said Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. “Initial production of the Kenworth T680E is expected to begin in the fourth quarter 2020 and ramp through 2021.”

Meritor, Inc. is a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. Meritor is based in Troy, Michigan.

“We look forward to working closely with Kenworth to help develop the Kenworth T680E as an important, viable battery-electric answer for the day cab market,” said T.J. Reed, vice president of Global Electrification for Meritor.

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New Kenworth parts, service locations now open in Maryland and Nebraska

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Kenworth service location in Maryland
West Point Kenworth is approximately one hour south of Sioux City, Iowa, and located along Highway 275, a major trucking route in the area. (Courtesy: Kenworth)

WESTMINSTER, Md. And West Point, Neb. — Kenworth now offers additional locations for parts and services. Mid Atlantic Kenworth has added a full-service location in Westminster, Maryland, while Sioux Falls Kenworth has opened a new parts and services dealership in West Point, Nebraska.

Maryland

In Westminster, Maryland, the 17,400-square-foot facility features a full parts and service department, with 10 service bays to maximize customer uptime for truck operators passing through the area. A drivers’ lounge is available to customers while their trucks are serviced.

The facility, Kenworth Mid Atlantic Westminster is located on three acres, which offers customers ample room to park their trucks.

The Westminster, Maryland facility is located at 821 Baltimore Blvd. and its hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Nebraska

With its new parts and service dealership in West Point, Nebraska, Sioux Falls Kenworth can now offer expanded support to fleets and operators in the greater Sioux City, Iowa area.

West Point Kenworth is approximately one hour south of Sioux City and located along Highway 275. The 12,800-square-foot building is situated on 3.5 acres. The facility features an 8,600-square-foot service department with eight service bays. Also included is a 1,200-square-foot parts retail display area and a 1,900-square-foot space for bulk storage.

The West Point facility is located at 1805 Sycamore St. in West Point. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.

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Agility partners with XStream Trucking to distribute aerodynamic TruckWings

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a patented design allows truckwings to swing out and retract
The patented TruckWings design incorporates folding panels made of impact-resistant, glass-reinforced composites attached to the rear sides and roof of the cab that automatically swing out to close the cab-to-trailer gap at highway speeds and retract at lower speeds. (Courtesy: Agility Fuel Solutions)

COSTA MESA, Cali. — Agility Fuel Solutions and XStream Trucking have announced that Agility will be the exclusive distributor of Xstream’s TruckWings aerodynamic systems for compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks in North America. Agility will also distribute TruckWings on a non-exclusive basis to the diesel truck market.

The patented TruckWings design incorporates folding panels made of impact-resistant, glass-reinforced composites attached to the rear sides and roof of the cab that automatically swing out to close the cab-to-trailer gap at highway speeds and retract against the rear of the cab at lower speeds to leave room for turning maneuvers.

“TruckWings is the first device which completely solves the turbulence problem created by the open area between the tractor and trailer that contributes significantly to a truck’s overall aerodynamic drag,” said Daniel Burrows, XStream Trucking’s founder and CEO. “We are pleased to now partner with Agility to offer TruckWings as a factory option for CNG trucks in North America.”

Agility, a business area of Hexagon Composites ASA, and XStream Trucking have previously partnered to provide TruckWings systems for over 750 CNG trucks used by major fleet operators. Agility’s leadership in providing clean fuel solutions for commercial vehicles coupled with its extensive customer base and value-added aftermarket services will expand XStream’s TruckWings solution to reach the growing CNG truck market throughout North America.

“Agility’s trucking fleet customers are focused on fuel cost savings and on increasing the fuel economy of their CNG trucks. TruckWings are a great answer to this problem, as we’ve demonstrated in real-world use with some of our major fleet customers,” said Eric Bippus, Agility’s senior vice president of global sales and marketing. “We are very pleased to enter into this distribution agreement and to continue to work with XStream Trucking to deliver clean and efficient transportation solutions for the North American trucking market.”

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