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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

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Transmission Trends

Most automated manual transmissions go into highway tractors, but Eaton offers three vocational versions of the UltraShift Plus for on/off-road trucks such as dumps and mixers.

By Tom Berg

The swing continues toward heavy automated products, but manuals still dominate. Light and medium trucks are almost all ‘shiftless.’

Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Eaton, Mack, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

LEDs Light the Way

Freightliner’s Cascadia is standard with custom-fit LED lamps.  Truck-Lite is also making LEDs for International’s ProStar and Volvo’s VNL.

By Tom Berg

If you were in trucking about 30 years ago, you might remember the switch from incandescent sealed-beam headlamps to halogens, which were so much better that some truck operators stopped using auxiliary fog and driving lights. A more recent step up was projector-beam lamps, whose optics better aim the lumens from halogen bulbs and even more effectively light the way for drivers.

Tags: Volvo, Navistar, Freightliner, Optronics, Trucklite, LEDs, J.W. Speaker

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Optimized Lightweight VNL

The Bulk-hauling Optimized series also includes shorter VNM tractors that, like VNL versions, come as a daycab and several sleeper types.

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg takes Volvo's lightweight Optimized VNL430 for a drive near Volvo's New River Valley plant in Virginia.

Tags: Volvo, Test Drive, Lightweighting

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

MATS Focus: Integrated Drivetrains and Automated Transmissions

The Cummins ISX 15 SmartAdvantage powertrain.

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

If there was an unspoken theme to this year's Mid-America Trucking Show, it was probably the focus on integrated drivetrains. And Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, had some interesting things to say about automated transmissions in general.

Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Paccar, Eaton, Fuel Economy, Transmissions, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12, ZF

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pushing the Telematics Boundaries

A truck’s telematics unit acts as a communications hub, transmitting data from various sensors and systems on the truck. While they send the collected data back to the fleet, they also receive data such as driver instructions, or commands to various devices such as the refrigeration unit.

By Jim Beach

Most large fleets have extensive experience with telematics: GPS location and mobile communications systems that collect data and communicate it back to a server where the fleet can access the information. As the amount and kind of data has increased in recent years, fleets have adopted tools to make sense of all that information and use it across their operation.

Tags: telematics, Volvo, GPS Insight, Information Technology, Navistar, Telogis, Daimler Trucks, PeopleNet, XRS Corporation, Carrier Transicold, Cadec, Omnitracs, Thermo King

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stay Ahead of Trouble on EGR Engines

EGR valves live in a very hostile environment.

By Jim Park

While most of the early problems have been engineered out of the exhaust gas recirculation systems on today’s clean diesel engines, corroded coolers, stuck valves and other problems still plague owners of older equipment.

Tags: Emissions, Volvo, Cummins, Navistar, Detroit Diesel, SCR, EGR, EPA, Mack, DPF

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Save Fuel, Increase Profit, Save the Planet

By Tom Berg

Is this a case of win-win? Do the new regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions help both the environment and truck operators’ bottom lines? So it seems.

Tags: Volvo, Kenworth, Eaton, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, SCR, EPA, Mack, GHG emissions, API, GHG14

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 8 Update: Economics Forge Change

Western Star:The flagship from Western Star, a Daimler Trucks brand, is the 4900 with 132-inch cab and hood and long sleeper that’s built for the highway but looks good in town. It and the shorter 4800 are also equipped for vocational work with forward and setback steer axles or twin-steer configurations. Just announced is a 4800SB 8x8 whose setback, driving steer axle is paired with Meritor tri-drive rear axles.

By Tom Berg

Is trucking in for a transformation? Many believe that long-haul trucking will become less important as regional operations grow and intermodal takes over more long-haul freight, and that will change the type of heavy-duty tractor bought by many trucking companies.

Tags: Volvo, Kenworth, Cummins, International, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Class 8, Western Star, Caterpillar, Mack

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

8 Things to Expect on Tomorrow’s Trucks

Freightliner’s Revolution concept truck took some fairly radical approaches to designing a better truck for a regional or hub-and-spoke trucking operation.

By Deborah Lockridge

In some ways, the truck of the future is here today. What would a truck driver from decades ago think if he were suddenly transported from his own time into one of today’s state-of-the-art rigs?

Tags: Volvo, Isuzu, Kenworth, Ryder, ATA, Mitsubishi, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, GHG, TMC, EPA, Fuel Economy, Zonar, APU, Drivewyze, Daimler, Idle Reduction, eNow, Maverick Transportation, SuperTruck, Automated transmissions, Detroit Connect, Future Trucks

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DME: An Alternative Fuel that is Coming Soon

This DME engine is based on a Volvo D13 diesel. This prototype has common-rail fuel injection, which the production engine might or might not use.

By Tom Berg

Volvo Trucks North America believes dimethyl ether, or DME, is the real fuel of the future, and the company intends to get it to market as a motor fuel by 2015 in Volvo VN models as well as Mack Pinnacle trucks from its sister company.

Tags: Volvo, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, DME, Oberon Fuels

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Brakes: Shorter Stopping Distances, Again

Tractors with gross-weight ratings of over 59,600 pounds, like this heavy haul model, are among those affected by FMVSS 121’s requirements for shorter stopping distances.

By Tom Berg

Coming up: another “non-event” for brakes? That’s what Phase Two of new federal stopping-distance requirements will be for truck operators, according to people we talked with. Stronger, higher-performance brakes on certain vehicles won’t even cost much more in most cases. But like Phase One two years ago, which was hardly noticed by truckers, Phase Two represents a lot of work for brake makers and truck builders.

Tags: Volvo, Freightliner, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Bendix, Meritor, Brakes, Daimler Trucks North America, Air Disc Brake, Drum brakes, NHTSA

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailers: The Next Generation

This is what a tractor-trailer could look like following the work being done through the SuperTruck program.

By Kate Harlow

There aren’t many things less aerodynamic than a box. And a dry van trailer is basically a 53-foot box on wheels. The drag caused by that box and its effect on fuel economy is a challenge that has been taken up by the SuperTruck program.

Tags: Volvo, Fuel Savings, DTNA, Trailers, DOE, SuperTruck, Strick

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo Thinks the Fuel of the Future is DME – and It’s Almost Here

DME engine is based on Volvo D13 diesel. This prototype has common-rail fuel injection, which production engine might or might not use. In the background you can see the back of a cab set up for CNG, with the cabinet behind the cab housing four high-pressure tanks. Volvo remains committed to natural gas for customers who want to use it. (Photos by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg

Think “alternative fuel” and what comes to mind – natural gas, or maybe propane? Volvo Trucks North America believes it has one better: dimethyl ether, or DME, which it thinks is the real fuel of the future. Volvo, with the help of a small chemical company, financial investors and officials in the state of California, intends to get it to market as a motor fuel by 2015.

Tags: California, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, DME, Safeway, Volvo, Natural Gas

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: Owners Cite Woes with Engines, Dealers; Volvo Lists Some Remedies

J.D. Marshall, dayshift shop foreman at Nacarato Volvo Trucks in LaVergne, Tenn., demonstrates how the Volvo Assist system ties together all pertinent data on a truck to aid in quick diagnosis and servicing.

By Tom Berg

CORRECTED -- Volvo Trucks executives knew full well what a group of its customers would say about experiences with modern engines, but invited them to speak to press reporters anyway. Then the Volvo people explained what they're doing to alleviate service problems that customers have also experienced

Tags: Engine Smarts, Volvo, Dealers, Engines, Diagnostics

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mack, Volvo Trucks Meet 2014 GHG Standards

By Truckinginfo Staff

Mack and Volvo both announced that their model year 2014 trucks and tractors are now certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as meeting 2014 fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas regulations

Tags: Volvo, GHG, Mack, EPA NHTSA

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Successful Field Tests of DME in Europe prompt Volvo to Consider the Alternative Fuel for U.S.

In Volvo's field trials in Sweden, DME is produced from a forestry-based biomass known as black liquor.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor & Sven-Erik Linstrand, European Editor

Engineers at Volvo Trucks are exploring the possibility of using dimethyl ether, or DME, as an alternative fuel in North America, following successful field tests in Europe.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, DME, Volvo

May 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Evaluating Range Of Renewable Fuels

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Volvo has committed to a long-term program of evaluating seven renewable fuels made through five processes from nine feedstocks.

Tags: Volvo, Diesel, Renewable Fuel, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

May 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Searching For Middle Ground In Highway Debate

By Oliver Patton, Washington Editor

Oliver Patton's monthly update from Washington includes a report on the federal highway program, the Highway Trust Fund, and congestion pricing in New York City.

Tags: Volvo, Clean Air Retrofit

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Volvo VHD 430 Sleeper

By Tom Berg

The point of Volvo Trucks' latest model, the VHD 430, is its sleeper compartment. While previous VHDs have daycabs and work as dumpers, concrete mixer chassis and equipment haulers, the 42-inch-cab addition, with its 36-inch-wide by 79-inch-long bunk, provides a comfortable place for a driver to rest and to legally overnight no matter where he and his rig are.

Tags: Volvo, Test Drive, sleepers

October 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo VT830

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

This heavy truck is a complex and integrated vehicle that has so many more features the deeper you delve into it.

Tags: Volvo, Test Drive

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Class 8 Hybrids

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Diesel-electric trucks for the Air Force save big on fuel, and they're also easy to drive.

Tags: Volvo, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Test Drive

February 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Volvo's VT800

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

It's made for hauling heavy loads in contemporary style and comfort.

Tags: Volvo, Diesel, Heavy Haul

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