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John Hitch

Editor-in-chief, Fleet Maintenance

John Hitch is the editor-in-chief of Fleet Maintenance, where his mission is to provide maintenance management and technicians with the the latest information on the tools and strategies to keep their fleets' commercial vehicles moving.

He is based out of Cleveland, Ohio, and has worked in the B2B journalism space for more than a decade.

Hitch was previously senior editor for FleetOwner, and covers everything related to trucking and commercial vehicle equipment, including breaking news, the latest trends and best practices. He previously wrote about manufacturing and advanced technology for IndustryWeek and New Equipment Digest.

Prior to that he was editor for Kent State University's student magazine, The Burr, and a freelancer for Cleveland Magazine. He is an award-winning journalist and former sonar technician, where he served honorably aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723).


ConMet acquires TruckWings maker TruckLabs

Nov. 8, 2023
With the acquisition, TruckLabs’ innovative aero device is under the purview of ConMet, whose six decades of manufacturing and supply chain experience will help make the tractor...
FCA’s Sterling Heights Michigan Assembly Plant

UAW reaches deals with Stellantis and GM, ending strikes at Big Three

Oct. 30, 2023
In a busy weekend for the UAW, they negotiated a tentative deal with Stellantis, provided details behind the previously reached Ford deal, and started striking at lone holdout...
Nikola FCEV fueling up
Emissions & Efficiency

Nikola commercial launch proves hydrogen trucks no longer a joke

Sept. 29, 2023
With the commercial rollout of the Nikola Tre Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, the viability of hydrogen-powered trucks moves closer to a reality.
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Skills stations were set up in the 225,000-square-ft. exhibit space in Cleveland's Huntington Convention Center.
Employees & Training

Looking back at TMCSuperTech 2023

Sept. 26, 2023
TMCSuperTech 2023 hosted 93 professional technicians and 25 students who competed for the top spot in their category. Fleet Maintenance was there to catch the action.
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Battery & Electrical

Despite BEV fires, Nikola on 'path to profitability' in 2025, CEO says

Sept. 14, 2023
While Nikola recalled 209 Tre BEVs due to several battery pack fires, the hydrogen side of the business has new Nikola CEO Steve Girsky optimistic for the beleaguered zero-emission...
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Emissions & Efficiency

CalVans buys 403 Ford E-Transits, which offer emissions and maintenance benefits

Aug. 30, 2023
As much of its fleet nears end-of life, the California Vanpool Authority found the Ford E-Transit will not only reduce emissions, but save on maintenance and take advantage of...