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How many drivers do we really need?

August 1, 2012

Do we really have a shortage of truck drivers in this country or are we simply adding up the empty seats across the land and calling that under-utilized capacity a driver short-age

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, August 1, 2012 1:54 PM | » Comments(5)

Trucking down the glass highway

A highway that produces electricity and delivers messages to drivers? It's already in the prototype stage.

January 9, 2012

Glass highway? Does that have something to do with electronic dashboards, as in the Glass Cockpit concept in modern aircraft? Nope, we're talking about roadways made of glass. But you're not far off on the electronic angle

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, January 9, 2012 10:41 PM | » Comments(0)

Automotive assembly with nothing to hide

Parts are delivered to VW's Dresden assembly plant on a street car.

November 13, 2011

An automotive assembly plant with oak hardwood floors transparent glass walls? There's such a place, and it's where Volkswagon builds its luxury Phaeton model. It's located in the heart of Dresden, Germany, and it fits in like a luxury hotel

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Sunday, November 13, 2011 11:50 PM | » Comments(0)

Maybe what we're waiting for is the iCar?

Imagine Valmet's Think City EV with a bite-out-of-the-apple logo on the door.

March 27, 2011

Electric cars are just now hitting the streets. A few of them anyway. They are by no means burning up Main Street. I think I know why. Electric cars look too much like every other car. Maybe we need an iCar

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Sunday, March 27, 2011 10:14 PM | » Comments(0)

Silent Running

Under the right conditions, electric trucks will run up to 100 miles on a charge, or at least a day's driving in an urban stop 'n' go duty cycle.

March 9, 2011

I had my first drive in an all-electric vehicle recently. I'm not sure, in the long run, if industry will accept this technology as an alternative to diesel-powered trucks, but plug-in trucks are certainly worth watching

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, March 9, 2011 11:39 PM | » Comments(0)

Trucking in Japan

February 14, 2011

Having returned from my first trip to Japan just over a week ago, I'm still marveling at the differences between North America and that geographically small island nation. From a trucking perspective, there is almost no comparison.

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, February 14, 2011 10:01 AM | » Comments(2)

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