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                                                                               By Francois Provost




                The Rising Challenge
                Can fleets afford to live without inverters?
                   Power inverters are more popular than ever        good drivers to other industries or competitors?         budget inverters, propane stoves, BBQ grills
                for drivers due to economical, health and            Unlike any other sector of activity, the truck-          and all sorts of heating devices connected to
                autonomy reasons. Facing this reality, a lot of      ing industry is spending millions per year in            lighter plugs, and how frequent these fittings
                drivers have taken it upon themselves to buy         recruitment, cash incentives and free training.          are in fleets known to have a very strict “no
                and install power inverters. Today’s fleets are       How can an industry still endure a 125 percent           inverter” policy.
                dealing with trucks equipped with inverters          annual turnover rate without collateral damag-              The advantages for drivers are obvious and
                which may not have been specifically designed         es and profitability losses?                              easy to calculate, but inverters can also be very
                for highway trucks, resulting in battery, alterna-     Inverters are not miraculous, but are part of          beneficial for fleets. Drivers will spend less time
                tor and electrical issues.                           a solution in a long-term plan that should bring         in truck stops and restaurants, so more time
                   Can large fleets afford to keep struggling         fleet managers and drivers together again.                on the road. They will clock fewer miles and
                against inverters? This is a question that’s been    There are still carriers thinking that forbid-           use less fuel by doing quick stops in rest areas,
                around for at least 15 years. Power inverters        ding inverters is the way to go, but this fight for       they will be able to eat while being unloaded
                are among the most efficient and cost effec-
                tive tools to improve drivers’ performance and



                                                                     H     ow can an industry still endure a 125
                generate savings.
                   The primary reason for drivers to use power
                inverters is simple: saving money. We all know             percent annual turnover rate without
                how much it costs eating at restaurants when
                on vacation or on a business trip and how             collateral damages and profitability losses?
                comforting it is to come home! The only thing                                                                                            Francois Prevost
                drivers are asking for is minimal comfort and
                autonomy. Without an inverter, life on the road
                can be much more difficult than most people           economy & autonomy by drivers could become               and be ready to go back on the road quicker.
                realize. Trucks may be more comfortable than         a serious threat in placing valuable equipment           They will benefit from longer periods of rest
                25 years ago, but the reality today is that even     like trucks at high risk, and cost them millions         by losing less time during the day, which is a
                with the best seat, air suspensions and cushy        per year in added maintenance and related                significant reduction of stress.
                carpeting, being a truck driver isn’t much easi-     problems with unauthorized and inadequate                   Looking at the potential wages, driving a truck
                er than in was in the ’90s.                          items. You would be surprised how imagina-               for $50,000 a year is an attractive job. But let’s
                   Can large fleets still impose a widely spread      tive drivers can be in trying to upgrade their           be honest: if drivers have to spend $40/day in
                “no inverter” policy, and still afford to lose       quality of life with temporary fittings such as           restaurants, they will end up earning $12,000
                                                                                                                                         less per year. With an inverter, those
                                                                                                                                         expenditures could be reduced by
                                                                                                                                         60 percent.

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Description: Inverters are not miraculous, but are part of a solution in a long-term plan that should bring fleet managers and drivers together again. There are still carriers thinking that forbidding inverters is the way to go, but this fight for economy & autonomy by drivers could become a serious threat in placing valuable equipment like trucks at high risk, and cost them millions per year in added maintenance and related problems with unauthorized and inadequate items.
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