NTEA Releases Vehicle Specification Process Guide

NTEA recently launched a Vehicle Specification Process Guide as a free resource to the work truck industry. The specification development process encompasses a systematic and defined set of interactions between various stakeholders, including the vehicle user, fleet team and supply chain (comprised of chassis OEMs, truck dealers, body and truck-mounted equipment companies, vehicle upfitters and fleet management companies). NTEA’s specification development tool is intended to improve this process by applying leading techniques widely recognized by industry professionals. For those with more experience, it can serve as a guide – a checklist approach to confirm established processes are followed.

“For today’s increasingly complex equipment, creating effective commercial vehicle specifications requires a multifaceted approach that involves input and participation from various stakeholders. NTEA’s new Vehicle Specification Process Guide outlines leading techniques that can help the industry navigate these complexities,” said George Survant, NTEA senior director of fleet relations. “This tool is designed to ensure a predictable and well-crafted final product each and every time.”

The guide:

  • Identifies critical factors to be considered when creating or revising vehicle specifications;
  • Ensures alignment with the application and truck buyer needs/expectations;
  • Enhances vehicle productivity and safety;
  • Discusses new approaches to improving efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Provides guidance for determining optimal frequency of specification revision;
  • Offers common ground for stakeholders to see where their expertise relates to the process;
  • Includes links to relevant NTEA resources (i.e., Truck Equipment 101/201, Vehicle Life Cycle Cost Tool, and Vehicle Center of Gravity and Axle Weight Calculator).

Vehicle Specification Process Guide supports development of effective specifications, which provide the foundation for vehicle optimization with widely recognized virtues for managing overall costs and improving both reliability and user safety. In addition, it supports development of consistent specifications that provide for procurement efficiencies within the supply chain.

NTEA offers a variety of fleet resources, including custom sessions, events and opportunities at The Work Truck Show® 2020, to be held March 3-6 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Source: NTEA, The Association for the Work Truck Industry

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