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The third generation of TransPower’s ElecTruck powertrain includes four large battery boxes hung from frame rails and another mounted behind the cab. 
Trading Diesel for Kilowatts
By Tom Berg
In California, electric vehicles’ zero tailpipe emissions are golden, that’s why Transportation Power Inc. has been designing and testing battery-electric heavy drayage and yard tractors.
The F-650 offers the same cab choices as other Super Duty trucks. This one’s long crew cab required a lengthy wheelbase, but the steering gear’s tight wheel cut allowed great maneuverability. 
Test Drive: CNG F-650 Dump Truck
By Tom Berg
Ford’s big V-10 is strong and fairly quiet as it revs to make horses that feed on natural gas.
Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor
Commentary: Self-Driving Trucks Sooner Than You Think
By Rolf Lockwood
Dutch transport officials have a plan that would see self-driving trucks hauling freight from Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, to other cities in the next five years.
Interior of a Ford Transit van upfitted with Adrian Steel products. Photo: Adrian Steel
How to Shop the Perfect Upfit
By Todd Goldmeyer, Adrian Steel Co.
With so many different products on the market, made with different materials, it can take a lot of time and effort to find the perfect upfit for vans and trucks.
Sealed LED lamps will resist intrusion of salt spray and other contaminants while the structure surrounding the lamps will protect them from impacts and resulting damage. Photo: Tom Berg
Spec'ing Electrical Parts for A 12-Year Life
By Tom Berg
Thee Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations has a recommended practice to help trailer buyers spec electrical systems.

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Infographic detailing the driver facing amenities of Con-way Truckload's newest trucks. Graphic via Con-way Truckload
Big Con-way Truckload Order Features Automated Transmissions
Con-way Truckload is buying 635 new twin-screw tractors equipped with automated manual transmissions -- a move that will more than double the AMTs to nearly half its fleet.
Photo: Isuzu Truck
Class 8 Truck Orders Down, Medium-Duty Up
Class 8 truck orders were weak in March, with just over 24,600 units ordered due to a seven-month backlog of unbuilt orders from last year. Medium-duty orders were up thanks to strong truck and bus segments.
Navistar's ProStar ES 110, unvieled at Expocam in Montreal, April 17. Photo by Jim Park
Navistar Takes ProStar ES to 110,000 GVW
By Jim Park
Downspeeding isn't a good approach to fuel savings in high GVW applications, so Navistar is offering Canadians a ProStar ES spec designed for 110,000 GVW. It features Eaton's 16-speed UltraShift and engines from Cummins and Navistar optimized for higher weights.
Photo courtesy Carrier Transicold.
Carrier Transicold Marks 75 Years of Road Transport Refrigeration
Carrier's reefer activities date to 1940, and Transicold brand was formed in 1970, when the company acquired Transicold Co., based in California.
The Ingersoll Lube System and the Kimax 2 Ingersoll Load Monitoring system. Photo: Ingersoll Axles
Ingersoll Axles Offers Load Monitoring and Lube System
Ingersoll Axles has two new offerings, the Load Monitoring system by Kimax and the Ingersoll Lube System.
Ford F-650 featuring a bi-fuel AutoGas system conversion. (PHOTO: Alliance AutoGas)
Alliance Debuts Propane Autogas System for F-650/750
Alliance AutoGas showcased its new "plug and play" Bi-Fuel AutoGas System conversion on a Ford F-650/F-750.
Photo: XTRA Lease
XTRA Lease Offers 2015 Size and Weight Guide
A reference guide containing state-by-state listings of size and weight regulations, called the 2015 Size and Weight Guide, has been made available for download by XTRA Lease.
Photo courtesy of Peterbilt
Peterbilt Adds LNG Versions of Model 579 and 567
Peterbilt recently introduced its Model 579 and 567 in liquefied natural gas powered configurations, expanding the company’s lineup of natural gas vehicles. Production is scheduled to begin in June.
Alcoa Swings to Profit, Predicts Aluminum Wheel Market Growth
By Evan Lockridge
Alcoa reported strong profits for the first quarter, saying its transformation "is fully on course," and is bullish about the commercial vehicle market.
Peterbilt's 58-inch sleeper is made for weight-sensitive applications and includes the amenities of Peterbilt's larger sleeper configurations. Photo: Peterbilt
Peterbilt Adds 58-Inch Sleeper for Model 579
Peterbilt has introduced a 58-inch sleeper for its Model 579 in both low- and mid-roof configurations for weight conscious short- and regional-haul operations.

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Fuel Max Retread Designed for Regional Fleets The Goodyear G682 RSD Fuel Max is a PreCure retread option designed for drive applications in regional fleets that require fuel efficiency, traction and long miles.
Mitsubishi Electric Offers Starter Developed for DD15 Engine Mitsubishi Electric introduced its Diamond Power S60 starter as an upgrade for Freightliner and Western star trucks using Detroit DD15 and DD16 engines.
Trail King Returns to End-Dump Market The Steel End Dump is a project that has been in consideration over the past few years and, with the re-awakening of construction activity, the company decided to re-introduce the model.
Stemco Launches New Shop Tool Line Stemco recently announced the launch of a new product line segment called Stemco Equipment featuring several shop tools designed for fleets and commercial vehicle technicians.
GTL922 Tire Designed for Line Haul Trailer Use The GT Radial GTL922 is a line haul trailer tire designed for better driving stability and wet grip performance.
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Barriers to the Increased Adoption of Fuel Efficiency Technologies
A new fleet survey and research conducted by The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has identified what stands between fleets and better fuel economy.

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