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October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Reinvigorated Cargo Van Market

Based on the high-selling Fiat Doblo, the Ram Promaster will offer an 1,833-pound payload, improved fuel economy and 4.5 feet of room between wheelwells.

By Tom Berg

Many product choices means there’s a roomy truck for every hauling and delivery need.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Isuzu, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Daimler Trucks, Chevrolet Express, Ram ProMaster

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Private Label Parts Equation

Fleets need to do a risk-cost-benefit analysis when considering switching from branded to private label parts.

By Denise Rondini

With the growth of all-makes (often referred to as private label or value line) parts programs, fleets have more choices than ever for fulfilling their parts needs. But do these programs offer real choices or just muddy the parts purchasing landscape?

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Aftermarket Parts, OEM Parts

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Omnitracs Talks About Its XRS Acquisition

Omnitrac’s acquisition of XRS will broaden the company’s portfolio of fleet management applications and augment its current lineup of products, such as the MCP 200 in-cab mobile computing device.

By Jim Beach

Omnitracs announced it had agreed to acquire XRS Corp., Minneapolis, in a deal valued at $178 million. Approved unanimously by XRS’ board of directors, the deal is expected to be finalized by the fourth quarter of this year.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, XRS, Navigation, Omnitracs

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Automation: A Better Way to Recruit Drivers

By Jim Beach

Workflow management tools, analytics and behavioral assessment can make the hiring process easier and quicker.

Tags: Information Technology, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Automation

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Top Tools for the Tire Shop

The one tool every tire shop needs is a tire inflation cage. It's designed to absorb the blast from a tire exploding during inflation.

By Jim Park

Moving tire care in-house can save time and money - if you have the right tools.

Tags: Maintenance Costs, Tires, Tires and Wheels, Tire Inflation

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Full-length Skirts Add Fuel Savings for Nussbaum

The newest in the long skirts run from nose to tail of Nussbaum’s 53-foot Wabash National vans. Skirts, TrailerTails and a few other modifications together save close to 1 mpg.

By Tom Berg

Nussbaum is streamlining its trailers looking to save money on fuel. Skirts, TrailerTails and a few other modifications together save close to 1 mpg.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Nussbaum Transportation, Aerodynamics, Trailer Skirts

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth T880 Heavy-Haul

Smooth styling, roomy cab, projector-beam headlamps and five-piece hood with bolt-on fenders for easy repairs are among the T880’s features. The hood slopes low for good forward and sideward visibility.

By Tom Berg

Heavy haul is one of many tasks that the increasingly popular vocational model has been engineered for.

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive, Heavy Haul, Kenworth T880, Automated Manual Transmissions

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: LED Headlights vs. Halogen

Truck-Lite's senior vice president and chief technology officer, Brad Van Riper, supervises the headlamp changeover between the test runs at the company's Falconer, N.Y., assembly plant.

By Jim Park

A comparison between a set of standard halogen headlamps and LED headlamps reveals, well, there is no comparison.

Tags: Headlights, Truck-Lite, LED Lighting, Test Drive, Lighting

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Schilli Transportation Saves Time With Automated Map Lookups

Schilli's Driver Daily Events tool gives its managers everything they need to know about their fleet shown either on their screen or one keystroke away.

By Jim Beach

Schilli integrated ALK Maps with its fleet management tools to track drivers and increase efficiency.

Tags: ALK Technologies, Fleet Management Software, Vehicle Tracking, Navigation

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Electric Trucks Still Generate a Spark of Interest

EVI assembled 100 electric-drive vans for UPS using FCCC glider kits, and 15 cab-chassis trucks for Frito-Lay from Freightliner M2 gliders.

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg looks at the state of the electric truck market as fleets struggle to balance benefits with economics.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Boulder Electric Vehicle, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Fuel Smarts

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: When Well-Intentioned Rules Have Unintended Consequences

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Keep up the good work on cutting fuel use, but make sure to do your homework.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Aerodynamics, Downspeed, Regulations

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Automation is Taking Over

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

Why bother adding the ability to shift a crash box to the training required by a newbie driver?

Tags: Automation, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Safety & Compliance: Preparing For a Crash

Even if it doesn't appear to be a serious accident, the driver should get photos at the scene.

By Deborah Lockridge

Drivers and others at your company need to know what to do in the aftermath of a serious accident.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Safety & Compliance

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2015 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

By Stephane Babcock

We take a look at the latest medium-duty offerings and highlight the 2015 models while manufacturers weigh in on industry trends and issues.

Tags: Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram, Hino Trucks

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Green Fleet Conference Offers Ride & Drive Event

The Zenith Electric Shuttle Van (pictured at last year's event) will be there at this year's Ride & Drive.

By Steven Martinez

This year’s Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., features the Ride & Drive event where attendees will have the chance to get behind the wheel of alternative-fueled vehicles from major automotive manufacturers.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Events

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

‘Lightweighting’ the F-150 Brings More Performance, Economy, Payload

SuperCrew with XL trim looks plain, but it has metallic black paint, power windows and mirrors, and a double-turbo gasoline V-6 that help boost its list price with shipping to $38,985, including $1,195 increase for 2015. Base RegularCab XL shortbed with a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 begins at $26,615. Headlights are halogens; upscale trim levels get LED headlamps with illuminated amber surrounds, and of course lots of chrome. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Aluminum body and bed, redesigned steel frame, and a small but lively V-6 are the new truck’s highpoints.

Tags: Ford F-150, EcoBoost, Aluminum, Test Drive, 2015-MY

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Get the Most from Your Tire Pressure Sensors

Nearly all roadside tire failures can be traced back to underinflation. A TPMS system can reduce such incidents and pay for itself in less than 8 months. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fleets are increasingly looking to tire pressure and temperature monitoring systems to optimize tire life and performance -- but if the system is not installed right, you won't get the full benefit of your investment.

Tags: TPMS, Bendix, Advantage PressurePro, Tires, Inflation

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Navistar's Troy Clarke

Troy A. Clarke. Photo: Navistar

By Deborah Lockridge

Navistar recently reached a near-breakeven point in its efforts to stage a comeback following its rocky road through trying to meet EPA 2010 emissions requirements. We talked to CEO Troy Clarke about the company's progress following its third-quarter earnings conference call.

Tags: Navistar, SCR, Engines, Warranty

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Got A Knowledge Gap?

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

What new technology that you’ve used in the last 10 years has made a real difference to your operation? Do you know?

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, TMC, NACFE, PIT

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailer Tracking and Food Safety

By Jim Beach

It's time to start asking questions about tracking trucks and trailers as new regulations will soon make it more prevalent.

Tags: Information Technology, Refrigerated Truck, Vehicle Tracking, Reefers, Trailer Tracking

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Don't Count Diesel Out

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Alternative fuels may be more popular but diesel will still be the fuel of choice for most of trucking for a long, long time to come.

Tags: Diesel, Alternative Fuels, Clean Diesel

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tech Bytes: Decker Uses Two-Way Refrigerated Monitoring from Orbcomm

Decker Truckline will install Orbcomm’s RT6000+ refrigerated two-way monitoring/tracking devices to its fleet of refrigerated trailers.

By Jim Beach

Decker Truckline, Fort Dodge, Iowa, is installing Orbcomm’s RT6000+ trailer telematics devices on 500 of its 800 refrigerated trailers.

Tags: Reefers, ORBCOMM, Information Technology, Refrigerated Truck

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Managing the Shop

Aftermarket Editor, Denise L. Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Does the system come before the leadership? Or do you need the leadership and then the system?

Tags: fleet maintenance, Aftermarket, Managing the Shop

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Fuel Smarts: Opposed-Piston Diesels About Five Years Away

An OP can be configured and packaged to fit the vehicle it’s intended for. For trucks, the cylinders are likely to be vertical or slanted. Photo: Achates Power

By Tom Berg

Truck users can look forward to 30% better fuel economy at 10% lower production cost, says Achates Power

Tags: Diesel, Technology, Fuel Efficiency, Engines

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Alt Fuel Aftermarket Options: Propane Autogas Proves Affordable, Environmentally Friendly

Photo via PERC.

By Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor from the Propane Education and Research Council answers some common questions about converting a fleet to propane and outlines the benefits of switching to a more environmentally friendly option.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Propane Conversion

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kwik Trip's Joel Hirschboeck

Photo via Kwik Trip

By Steven Martinez

Joel Hirschboeck, the superintendent of commercial and alternative fuels at fueling station chain Kwik Trip, will speak at this year’s Green Fleet Conference & Expo on the fueling station's experience with CNG.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Kwik Trip

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Discussing DME with Oberon Fuels Co-Founder Elliot Hicks

Graphic via Oberon.

By Steven Martinez

At this year’s Green Fleet Conference Elliot Hicks of Oberon Fuels will be part of a panel called Looking Ahead: Emerging Alternative Fuels & Powertrains where he will discuss DME as a sustainable, clean and efficient alternative to diesel.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Safety & Compliance: Using a Simulator in Your Safety Program

Photo: DriveWise

By Deborah Lockridge

Although driving simulators have been around for a long time, the current technology is more sophisticated, takes up less space and more affordable.

Tags: Training Simulator, Virtual Driver Interactive, DriveWise, Virage Simulation, Driver Training

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Evaluate Performance of Improved Tire Designs

By Pressure Systems International

Tire companies continue to make improvements to existing products on an ongoing basis. New materials in combination with new and improved design construction may significantly help tire performance.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Tire Inflation

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Oshkosh S-Series Mixer

The front-facing barrel and chute on this Oshkosh S-Series allow the driver to place the concrete right where the crew wants it, and front-driving axle helps get it through sand and mud. Here the chute is stowed for travel, with its extensions flipped up.

By Tom Berg

Precise concrete placement is a traditional feature for this front-discharge mixer, but relatively new is natural gas power.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Oshkosh, Test Drive, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Vocational, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Ways to Get the Most Out of A Driver Simulator Program

Deciding what you want to get out of a simulator program is the first step. Photo: Virage Simulation

By Deborah Lockridge

Driving simulators today are more sophisticated, take up less space and are more affordable. How do you make sure you're choosing the right one for your company and getting the most you can out of it?

Tags: Driver Training, Training Simulator

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Peterbilt Model 220

Peterbilt’s Model 220 features the PX-7 engine, Allison automatic transmission and all the visibility a driver could hope for.

By Jim Park

Peterbilt's new Class 6/7 COE is ideally suited for city P&D as well as landscaping applications.

Tags: PACCAR, Peterbilt, COE, Peterbilt Model 220, Quick Spin, Test Drive, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gas-to-Liquids Technology Makes Fuel, Oil From Natural Gas

Shell’s gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar is the largest in the world. Photo: Shell

By Deborah Lockridge

A a giant facility in Qatar, Shell is turning natural gas into products normally produced from crude oil — fuel, base oils, paraffin, kerosene, etc.

Tags: Shell, Gas-to-Liquid, GTL

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: David Wangler, President, TMW Systems

TMW Systems President, David Wangler

By Jim Beach

In a time of rapid industry change, what trends are driving fleet technology needs and use? TMW Systems President David Wangler talks to HDT about these trends in this Q&A.

Tags: Information Technology, TMW Systems, Industry Trends

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Vocational Sales Climb as Construction, Energy Grow

By Tom Berg

Demand for vocational trucks and trailers continues to be pushed by oil and gas producers, road building and municipal business, according to truck manufacturers and researchers. Revivals in housing and commercial construction are also factors as vocational Class 8 retail truck sales are up 9.2% through July compared to last year, and should be up by 16.4% for all of 2014.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Sales, Vocational

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DME: Companies Testing 'Alternate’ Alternative Fuel

Photo: Volvo Trucks

By Stephane Babcock

Volvo Trucks is testing dimethyl ether in a pair of Volvo VNL 300 trucks with D13 DME engines with partners Oberon Fuels and Martin Energy Services.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, DME, Oberon Fuels, dimethyl ether

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Alternative Fuels: There’s More Than One Path to Sustainability and Savings

By HDT Staff

Whether you’re looking to improve the environment, tap into demand for “greener” transportation options, or save money on fuel, there are many possible routes to take when it comes to alternative fuels.

Tags: Natural Gas, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, DME, Hybrid Trucks, Gas-to-Liquid

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Emerging Technologies Enlarging Playing Field for Biofuel

A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a way to transform a mixture of algae and water into a form of crude oil in less than an hour. Photo: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

By Stephane Babcock

The face of biofuels is changing, and more than one company is responsible.

Tags: Biodiesel, Algae Biodiesel, Biofuels, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Propane Remains Popular Alternative Fuel in the U.S.

UPS made headlines earlier this year when it announced a $70 million investment in propane-powered delivery trucks. Photo: UPS

By Tom Berg

The country’s third most popular vehicle fuel powers everything from gas grills to medium-duty trucks.

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Companies Moving Forward with Hybrid Truck Technologies

Coca-Cola purchased 100 gasoline-electric hybrid Chevrolet Express delivery vans that were converted using the XL Hybrids powertrain. Photo:XL Hybrids

By Deborah Lockridge and Jim Park

A pioneering supplier has exited the market, but up-and-coming companies aim to fill the gap for light-, medium- and even heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Eaton, BAE, Hino Trucks, XL Hybrids, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Odyne Systems, Crosspoint

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas Technology Improvements Changing Attitudes

CNG distributors often rely on a large "anchor" fleet to build start-up volumes in an area. Other business soon follows, once fuel availability is established.

By Jim Park

While adoption is slower than expected, technology improvements are changing some traditional assumptions of compressed and liquified natural gas.

Tags: Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, LNG, CNG infrastructure

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

4 Workers’ Comp Tools Every Trucking Company Should be Using

Photo via user Veronica 538/ Wikipedia Commons.

By Corey Lile

Using the right tools can prevent a vast majority of workers’ comp legal nightmares. By using four strategic tools at the disposal of every trucking company, you can eliminate most major legal issues associated with workers’ comp claims.

Tags: Insurance, Workers' Compensation, Safety & Compliance

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What’s Going on with my Brakes?

Front-axle brakes designed to meet reduced stopping distance rules may not run hot enough under normal driving conditions.

By Jim Park

When we started looking at wheel-end issues for this month's Tires & Wheels story, we discovered that reduced stopping distance rules have had some unintended consequences.

Tags: Brakes, Regulations, Maintenance

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

24 Crucial Things to Know About Running Natural Gas Trucks

By Today's Trucking

At a natural gas vehicle conference, Bison's VP, Western Operations Trevor Fridfinnson and Robert Transport's Engineering Manager, Yves Maurais, shared— quite openly — their challenges with implementing natural gas tractors into their respective operations.

Tags: Canada, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Would Your Brakes Pass Inspection?

Photo: J.J. Keller

By Betty Weiland, J.J. Keller

Out-of-adjustment brakes and other brake system violations make up almost half of the out-of-service roadside inspection violations on commercial vehicles.

Tags: Inspections, Brake Safety Week, Brakes, CVSA

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Explaining the Internet of [Trucking] Things

OEMs are increasingly getting involved in this web of smart devices, sensors and data, such as the recently announced partnership between Volvo and Telogis. Photo courtesy of Telogis.

By Jim Beach

OEMs are increasingly getting involved in the web of smart devices, sensors and data.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, OEMs, Internet, Telematics, Volvo, Telogis, PeopleNet, Omnitracs

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Safety and Compliance — Everyone’s Problem

By Deborah Lockridge

From drivers to dispatchers to upper management, safety and compliance is everyone's responsibility, says Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her August Editorial.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, CSA, Fleet Safety Conference

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Attorneys: Don't Restructure Yet Based on Graves Amendment Case

By Rob Moseley & Kristen Nowacki

Although a recent court decision appears to strike a blow to fleet corporate structures where a separate company owns the equipment and leases it to the motor carrier or driver/owner-operators, one trucking-specialist attorney's firm says don't start restructuring just yet.

Tags: Leasing, Graves Amendment, Litigation

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Green Fleet Conference Speaker Mark Smith

Mark Smith

By Becky May

Mark Smith, the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program’s vehicles technologies deployment manager, will be kick starting the 2014 Green Fleet Conference as its opening keynote speaker. We talked to him about he program, fleet challenges and more.

Tags: Clean Cities, Green Fleet Conference, DOE, Alternative Fuels

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Allison’s TC10 Automatic Transmission

By Tom Berg

This 10-speed brings continuous power to a crowded field of smooth self-shifters.

Tags: Allison Transmission, Test Drive, Navistar, Transmissions

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