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October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TransPower's Totally Electric Class 8 Tractor [Video]

Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. A California-based technology company called TransPower USA has five Class 8 tractors in service now working out of the Port of Long Beach. Jim Park takes one for a drive in this Focus On... video.

Tags: Test Drive, Battery-Electric Vehicles, TransPower

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Spicer Dual Range Disconnect

Dana’s Test & Evaluation truck, a Kenworth T700 with a Cummins ISX15 at 450 hp and 1,650 lb-ft, and an Eaton 10-speed UltraShift Plus transmission. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

It’s easier to describe the performance of Dana’s Spicer AdvanTEK Dual Range Disconnect concept than to explain how it works.

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Behind UPS' Decision to Make Collision Mitigation Standard

UPS driver Bill Lazarski of Chicago (left) and UPS Freight driver Paul Savill of Cincinnati (right) are fans of the collision mitigation technology that’s now standard equipment on every new UPS Class 8 tractor the company orders.

By Deborah Lockridge

While UPS announced that it would be making collision mitigation technology standard on its Class 8 trucks, the decision had its beginnings as far back as 2012.

Tags: UPS, Collision Avoidance Technology, Safety

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Your Cooling System Ready for Winter

Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

As temperatures dip and the leaves change from green to yellow and red, it’s time to think about winterizing your trucks for the siege ahead.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Winter, COOLANT

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Changing How Fleets Buy Onboard Computers

Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

By Jim Beach

Volvo, Mack, Omnitracs have inked a deal for fleet management services straight from the factory.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo Trucks, Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, Omnitracs

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans: Prosperity as a Problem

Ford says its full-size Transit became America’s best-selling commercial van six months after entering production last year. It replaced the venerable E-series van, though E cutaways and chassis-cabs remain in production.

By Tom Berg

‘We’re selling everything we can build,’ manufacturers say as they boost production, and they see no letup.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Freightliner, Ram Truck, Ford, General Motors

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Technology to Improve Workflow

It’s about more than automating manual processes.

By Jim Beach

Workflow can take automation way beyond simply replacing the pen and paper with a smartphone into which a driver keys information.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Automation, Mobile Devices

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What Happens to Trucking When Interest Rates (Finally) Rise?

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

By Evan Lockridge

One day the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates – perhaps as early as this fall. But what will this mean for trucking?

Tags: Economy, Recession, ACT Research, Federal Reserve

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Rocket Science Circa 1995

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Today's complex engines may be different from in 1995 but the principles of getting better gas mileage haven't changed.

Tags: GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How CSA Compliance Can Benefit Fleets and Drivers

Photos: Con-way

By David Cullen

Thanks to a combination of government regulations and market pressures, operating trucks safely has never been more mutually beneficial to fleets and drivers.

Tags: Driver Safety, CSA, Driver Dilemma, Safety

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2016 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

Ford’s 2016 F-650 is being built in the U.S. at the company’s Avon Lake, Ohio, assembly plant.

By Stephane Babcock

From city pick-up and delivery vans to on/off-road service units, this wide range of vehicles is seeing some of the same trends as its bigger brothers, and has a few of its own.

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

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Don't Leave Trade Schools out of 'Free College' Debate

Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The skyrocketing cost of college tuition is indeed a problem. But at risk of being overlooked is the need to get more students into the nation’s trade schools.

Tags: Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Politics

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Trailer Component Supplier Optimistic for the Future

By Denise Rondini

The last few years have been good for suppliers and as new technologies have driven up the value of components.

Tags: Trailers, Supplier, ACT Research, Hendrickson

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Aerodynamic Designs Help Cut Water Spray

By Tom Berg

Good vehicle aerodynamics not only increase fuel economy, but also can reduce splash and spray, a safety bonus that also mitigates wear and tear on vehicles.

Tags: Trailers, Aerodynamics, Weather, Safety

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Nussbaum Boosts Safety Driver by Driver

Photo: Nussbaum Transportation

By David Cullen

Nussbaum continuously makes investments in onboard safety technology, as well as in programs developed in-house to coach and incentivize drivers to perform safely and efficiently.

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sausage Fleet Switches to Propane Autogas

Photo: Stevens Sausage

By David Cullen

Tim Stevens, president of Stevens Sausage, decided in 2013 to move away from spec’ing more diesel engines for the company’s 13-vehicle delivery fleet. So he decided to covert them to propane autogas.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Propane Conversion

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Test Driving the Paccar MX-11 Engine

By Jim Park

We got a sneak preview of the MX-11 in a Kenworth T880 dump truck while at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall Michigan - the one with the dirt track with grades of 20% and worse.

Tags: Paccar, Vocational, Test Drive, Paccar MX Engine

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Customers Make LNG ‘No-Brainer’ for Florida Fleet

Photo: Raven Transport

By David Cullen

The Jacksonville-based truckload carrier's transition to LNG was driven by three factors: addressing customers’ sustainability goals, contributing to U.S. energy independence, and lowering fuel costs for the 500-truck fleet.

Tags: Green Fleets, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, LNG, Clean Energy

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

QuickSpin: Driving ProStars with Different Engines

International ProStar ES with Navistar’s N13-450 (left) and ProStar ES with Cummins ISX15-450. Bigger displacement seemed to perform better, and might offer extra life. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

With almost identical engine ratings, does bigger displacement really make a difference?

Tags: Cummins, International, Navistar, ProStar, Engines

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Carriers Want Support, Customization From Software Vendors

Photo: iStockPhoto.com, Arda Guldogan

By Jim Beach

Vendor customization and electronic data integration were the top vendor and software factors fleet managers consider when buying software, according to a survey conducted by Carrier Logistics Inc.

Tags: fleet software, Software, Survey, Carrier Logistics

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Proper Fifth Wheel Maintenance is Important

Proper fifth wheel maintenance is important to ensure the tractor and trailer stay together.

By Denise Rondini

Proper fifth wheel maintenance is important to ensure the tractor and trailer stay together.

Tags: Maintenance, Trailers, Fifth Wheels

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PG&E Electrifies Its Sustainability Efforts

Photo: PG&E

By Adam Pringle

PG&E has proposed the building of 25,000 public EV chargers throughout California. Along with San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, it is waiting for approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.

Tags: Sustainability, PG&E, Fuel Efficiency, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CNG: From an Idea to a Solution

Photo: Ryder

By Stephane Babcock

Before starting down the path of alternative fuels Ryder System had the benefit of a deep understanding of diesel technologies, which led them to research some alternatives.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, CNG, Ryder System

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Careful Trailer Spec'ing Yields Higher Payloads

A 53-foot trailer allows use of two 9-foot spreads, between axles 1-2 and 2-3, adding another 5,000 pounds of legal gross weight.

By Tom Berg

Lighter-weight equipment is a quest for Jim Burg, president and CEO of James Burg Trucking Co. in Warren, Mich.

Tags: Trailers, Payload, Lightweighting

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Steps to Getting the Most From Your Software

User conferences, such as the Peoplenet User Conference, allow clients to take advantage of new enhancements, network with other users and learn best practices.

By Jim Beach

Trucking companies make significant investments in software systems — to become more efficient, safer and more profitable. But not all have the same level of success.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, Software

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mesilla Valley Transportation Swears by Its B20 Biodiesel Blend

While biodiesel mandates have probably done more to build resistance to its use than win over its skeptics, some fleets, like Mesilla Valley Transportation, report high levels of success with the fuel.

By Jim Park

While biodiesel mandates have probably done more to build resistance to its use than win over its skeptics, some fleets, like Mesilla Valley Transportation, report high levels of success with the fuel.

Tags: Emissions, Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Downspeeding Learning Curve

Rolling two-lane roads are no place for a downsped driveline. If you’re considering a downspeeding axle spec, application and terrain must be considered. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Today's "downsped" drivetrains can improve fuel economy, but high torque and low axle ratios can create all sorts of havoc with drivetrain components.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Axles, Downspeed

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How To Build An Engaged Driver Workforce

Nussbaum Transportation stresses communication with drivers. Photo: Nussbaum

By Deborah Lockridge

Want drivers who not only stay with your company long-term, but also go the extra mile to make sure it succeeds? The key may be “employee engagement.”

Tags: Driver Retention, Driver Dilemma

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Replacement Brake Friction Can Affect Stopping Distance

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

There is no requirement that aftermarket linings meet reduced-stopping-distance requirements.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Bendix, Brakes

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

The Electric Truck Future

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

We’ve been flirting with electric trucks for an awfully long while now but they remain limited in applications. This is not to say the electric truck idea is dead. Far from it.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Wrightspeed

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driving Freightliner’s Autonomous Truck

By Steve Bouchard

Sometimes, trucking journalists do very funny things — like being certified to drive a truck that is pretty much able to drive by itself.

Tags: Freightliner, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tracking Lifetime Tire Costs

Is the lowest tire cost per mile the ultimate fleet objective? Not necessarily. Strive to keep the rubber costs down, but don’t scrimp on the maintenance. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We offer two opposing views on tracking tire costs. One holds that life-cycle costing is a waste of money and effort, and that close enough is good enough most of the time. The other suggests that nearly all costs associated with tires should be accounted for and built into the cost structure.

Tags: Operating Costs, Maintenance Costs, Tires and Wheels

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

No Easy Math to Plot A Green Path

By David Cullen

Any fleet thinking of going green should think long and hard about what it expects to gain by switching to alternative power.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2015 HDT Fact Book

By HDT Staff

Our second annual HDT Fact Book, aims to give you additional numbers and statistics that can help you in your business.

Tags: Equipment, Industry Research, Fact Book, Highways, Fuel and Oil, Parts and Service, Safety

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: New Committee Head Talks PC-11 Oil Category

Shawn Whitacre, senior staff engineer at Chevron. Photo courtesy Chevron.

By Deborah Lockridge

There's a new head of the committee developing the new heavy-duty engine oil classification, known as PC-11. HDT talked to Shawn Whitacre to find out what fleets need to know about the new oils.

Tags: PC-11, Chevron Lubricants, Chevron Delo, Engine Oil, GHG, Fuel Economy, Low-Viscosity Oil

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Don Daseke on Building a Nationwide Flatbed Carrier

Don Daseke

By Deborah Lockridge

The longtime businessman and investor talks about how he's adapted the Warren Buffet model to trucking as he builds a nationwide flatbed presence through mergers with well-run carriers, and why he got into trucking at an age when many are thinking of retirement.

Tags: Flatbeds, People, Mergers & Acquisitions, Q&A, Daseke Inc.

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Start Reliably and Reduce Idling This Winter

Photo: Maxwell Technologies

By Jeremy Cowperthwaite, Maxwell Technologies

Every driver with experience operating heavy-duty diesel trucks knows that batteries have their limitations in cold weather-- they can’t maintain their cranking power when temperatures drop. Extreme cold is their enemy.

Tags: Maxwell Technologies, Idling, Winter

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tips for Checking Greased Wheel Ends

This wheel is weeping but is essentially OK. Photo courtesy SKF

By Scott Simmonds, SKF

Maintenance tips to help achieve maximum service life for greased wheel ends, as well as several symptoms that may indicate potential problems down the road.

Tags: Grease, Wheels, Lubrication

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ford Transit Van

The black grille and lower body trim nicely complement the silver paint, and smooth lines suggest speed. The van had plenty of it, thanks to a double-turbo V-6. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

A dual-turbo V-6 makes Ford’s new Euro-style cargo van fast, while the large unibody provides a lot of cargo space.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit, Test Drive

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New Report Explores Lightweighting

via Trucking Efficiency

By Andrew Halonen, NACFE Study Manager

The North American Council on Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room released their most recent “Confidence Report,” on lightweighting strategies for heavy-duty trucks, released August 25 at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Class 8, Fuel Efficiency, Lightweight Materials, NACFE, Truck Weight, Lightweighting

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

SmartWay List Swells with Cheap Chinese Tires

Will an increasing number of cheap imported tires cause a rise in the amount of roadside tire debris? Photo by Jim Park.

By Jim Park

A massive influx of Chinese tires, some costing $100 or less, has flooded the U.S. EPA's list of SmartWay verified tire in the past year. What does this mean for tire retailers and retreaders, fleets and even the enforcement community?

Tags: China, EPA SmartWay, Tires

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Mercedes-Benz Updated 13-liter and the Next Detroit Diesel Generation

By Jim Park

For a sneak peek at the next generation of the DD13, look to the latest new engine from Mercedes-Benz in Europe.

Tags: Emissions, Mercedes-Benz, Diesel Engines, Europe, Engines, Global, Daimler Trucks North America

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Mack's mDrive HD

The new mDrive HD automated manual transmission will be standard on Mack Granites. It has toughened gears and synchros, and a more effective fluid cooler. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

What’s better than an mDrive automated manual transmission if you’re running Mack dump or mixer trucks? An mDrive HD, for (extra) heavy duty, the company says. Senior Editor Tom Berg's driving impressions.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Automated Manual Transmissions, mDrive, Test Drive

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Starship Rig Shooting for Top MPG

Artist’s rendering of what the StarShip fuel-econnomy vehicle may look like.

By Tom Berg

By the early ’80s some fleets were using roof-mounted air fairings on their road tractors to reduce drag. That got the attention of owner-operator Bob Sliwa, who figured a lot more could be done.

Tags: Shell, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: New Life For Old Parts

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

For fleets that are trying to extend the life of their vehicles, recycled or reconditioned parts might be the answer.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Volvo Group

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Change in Excise Tax Removes One LNG Stumbling Block

By Deborah Lockridge

The temporary highway funding bill passed this summer changed how liquified natural gas is taxed to make it more equitable to diesel fuel, and one LNG provider believes that will lead more fleets to consider using it as an alternative fuel.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Diesel Tax, LNG, Pivotal LNG

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: GHG - A Look Beyond the Machinery

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

The problem with the proposed Phase 2 GHG regulations is that Washington never sees the whole picture with the trucking industry.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

The Smart Road to Younger Drivers

Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While lowering the age of drivers may cause panic in the media, being smart about training young drivers can significantly reduce the risks.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Training, Driver Shortage

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Closer Look at Proposed Phase 2 GHG Rules

Photo: Jim Park

By David Cullen

We take a close look at the proposed 'Phase 2' greenhouse gas/ fuel economy rules.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Risks of Hiring Inexperienced Drivers

By Denise Banks, HNI

Trucking companies hiring inexperienced drivers may be opening themselves up to more risk than it's worth.

Tags: Driver Training, Driver Shortage, High-Risk Drivers

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