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October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: There's Much to Like About Volvo's New VNL

Volvo’s flagship VNL 860 sports a 77-inch high-roof sleeper and a 455-hp, 1850/1550 lb-ft D13 turbo-compound engine with the XE Economy downsped driveline. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

There’s much to like about Volvo’s new VNL lineup. Drivers will like the solid handling and comfortable environment, while fleet owners will be happy with the fuel efficiency.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, Test Drive, Volvo VNL

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Uncertainty Surrounds Trailers and GHG Phase 2

For the first time, the GHG Phase 2 rule regulated trailers in its effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But now the government is revisiting those regulations.  Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Trailer aerodynamics and glider kits might get a reprieve from the fuel-efficiency rules, but backing away from national rules would turn California loose, some warn.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Trailers, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Are Your Tires up to the Job?

To determine if your tires are up to the job you’re asking them to do, you’ll next to establish a consistent program to track their performance – and then follow through with it. Photo: Michelin

By Jack Roberts

Tires look alike, but the wrong tire doing the wrong job can be a productivity killer for fleets. Tracking tires and matching them for the task at hand takes constant patience and vigilance.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Tires, Tires and Wheels

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Hot in Medium-Duty for 2018

By Jack Roberts

Big rigs are grabbing all the technology headlines today. But medium-duty truck and van models continue to see improved safety and productivity. Check out HDT's annual round-up of what's new in medium-duty.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Medium-Duty Trucks, Vocational Trucks, New Vehicles

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Let's Look More Closely at Automation in Trucking

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

As it currently stands, autonomous technology is impractical anywhere except on smooth and easy highways in good weather, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood in his October column.

Tags: Automation, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: International's Refreshed LoneStar

Internationl demonstrates that technology and style needn't be at odds with its revamped LoneStar tractor. Photo: Christina Hamner

By Jack Roberts

International has revamped its stand-out LoneStar highway tractor with a perfect blend of modern amenities and Old School style. HDT's Jack Roberts got a sneak peek, and here are his first on-the-road impressions.

Tags: LoneStar, International Trucks, Test Drive, Quick Spin

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What's New in Dump Trailers?

New Mac aluminum end-dumps gleam in the lights of the Mid-America Trucking Show earlier this year. Many lose their luster in day-to-day work, but are still are valued for their light weight and corrosion resistance. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Think you’re seeing a lot of aluminum end-dump trailers in recent years? You are. Aluminum’s in, but steel still has a place.

Tags: Trailers, Aluminum, Steel, Dump Trailers

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Alignment and Balancing: Hassle, or Worth the Hustle?

Many fleets dread the downtime. But according to Rush Truck Centers, front-end alignments can be done in as little as 90 minutes. Photo:  Rush Truck Centers

By Jack Roberts

There are three strong arguments in favor of a good tire alignment and balancing program, experts say: Fuel, tread life, and drivers.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Tire Costs, Tires, Wheel Balancers

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Panel: Trailers Next Frontier in Telematics

“The trailer is very much increasing in importance.” says Wabco's Jon Morrison. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By John G. Smith

The power of telematics continues to advance, and there are still plenty of opportunities to be realized – especially when it comes to the rolling assets seen in a rearview mirror. A panel at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show explored the topic.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, NACV Show

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Russia’s Comtrans Show Reflects Improving Truck Market

Daimler, which has a 15% stake in and a 50/50 joint venture with the Russian truck maker Kamaz, is aiming for higher market share in Russia.

By Contributing European Correspondent

Russia’s Comtrans, the largest truck and transportation exhibition in Europe this year, showed off nearly everything offered on the Russian market for five days earlier this month in Moscow.

Tags: Russia, Events, Global

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Panel Educates Fleets on Real-World Electric Truck Operation

 A policy of “opportunity charging” that has drivers putting trucks on charging devices during lunch, breaks and other downtimes is a key component in keeping the trucks’ state of charge high for longer periods of time. Photo: Orange EV

By Jack Roberts

Calculating recharging times, driver training and overcoming “range anxiety” were just a few of the topics covered at an electric truck panel discussion at TMC’s Fall Meeting.

Tags: TMC, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: A Truck Dealer Talks About Industry Challenges

Jodie Teuton

By Denise Rondini

Jodie Teuton, vice president of Kenworth of Louisiana, spoke with HDT about how issues facing truck dealers are impacting fleets as well as shares her thoughts on the challenges dealers face today.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Sales, Dealers

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electric Trucks: Zap in the Pan?

By Jim Park

Electric trucks are coming to market on the strength of their lack of tailpipe emissions. But can trucking get over the cost, weight, and range hurdles?

Tags: Toyota, Mitsubishi Fuso, Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Could Tesla Solve EV Range Issues With Battery Swapping System?

Tesla has filed a patent for a hoist system capable of swapping out electric vehicle battery packs in less than 15 minutes. Image via Tesla

By Jack Roberts

Tesla filed for a patent on a high-speed battery replacement system for electric vehicles that would quickly swap out a spent battery with fully charged one. Could this be the key to solving charging time and EV range issues?

Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Batteries, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Smart Trucks Have Already Arrived

Trucks and cars alike are being designed with new sensing abilities and greater intelligence.

By Jack Roberts

A new kind of truck is already here. And very soon, the incredible capabilities of these smart, connected vehicles will revolutionize virtually every aspect of fleet operations.

Tags: Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Trucking in the 21st Century, Connected Platform

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's Guide to the New Volvo VNL

Photo: Jack Roberts

By HDT Staff

The VNL is Volvo Trucks North America's first all new Class 8 highway tractor in 20 years, building on the company's established styling cues combined with dynamic, modern features.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, New Vehicles, Volvo VNL

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Talk ELDs, Specs, Self-Driving Trucks on FTR Equipment Panel

From left, Greg Eddy, president and CEO of Venture Logistics; Don Hinkle, vice president of equipment services at YRC Worldwide; and  Maverick Vice President of Maintenance Mike Jeffress. Photo by Evan Lockridge

By Evan Lockridge

How fleets think about equipment, electronic logging devices and even the future of autonomous vehicles were in the spotlight Wednesday afternoon at the annual FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, as three trucking fleet people spoke on a panel about the challenges they face in today’s uncertain trucking environment.

Tags: Spec'ing, Safety & Compliance, FTR, Maverick, YRC Worldwide, ELDs, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo’s Not-So-Vanilla VNL

The Volvo VNL 740 tractor tested by Jack Roberts featured a 70-inch high-rise sleeper, a 424-hp D13 Volvo engine with compounded turbocharger and predictive cruise control. Photos: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Volvo took everything it has learned about tractor aerodynamics, powertrains and driver comfort and safety over the past 20 years and distilled those lessons into the new Volvo VNL. Find out what Jack Roberts thinks of it after a test drive.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, Fuel Efficiency, Test Drive, New Vehicles, Volvo VNL

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: ZF’s Reax Electronic Steering System

A single index finger was all that was needed to whip this Peterbilt through a Figure-8 course with ZF's Reax steering system. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

ZF's Reax is a smart, electronic control system that takes input data from various sensors around the vehicle, including the driver, and either loosens, or tightens steering response based on what the truck is doing and what the driver needs in terms of steering inputs to do it safely.

Tags: Driver Comfort, ZF, Autonomous Vehicles, Steering, Driver Safety, Test Drive

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Paccar's New Automated Transmission

The Paccar Automated Transmission: 12 forward gears and two reverse packed into a 657-pound package that was engineered from the ground up as an automated transmission. It's new to the game, but it performs like a veteran. Photo: Paccar

By Jim Park

Paccar is the latest North American truck manufacturer to bring a proprietary automated transmission to market. HDT's Jim Park got a sneak preview of the new 12-speed Paccar Automated Transmission ahead of its official launch. Here are his driving impressions.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Transmissions, Test Drive, Automated Manual Transmissions

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Solar Power for Your Truck or Trailer Refrigeration Unit

Carrier Transicold Thin Film Flexible Solar Panels are designed to maintain the refrigeration unit’s battery charge. Photo: Carrier Transicold

By Deborah Lockridge

Transport refrigeration system batteries are increasingly being tapped to power additional electronics such as telematics devices, fuel-level sensors, interior trailer lighting and other accessories. But that means batteries can go dead faster than ever. Solar power to the rescue.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, Thermo King, Carrier Transicold, Transport Refrigeration, Refrigerated Trailers, Batteries, Electrical, Alternative Fuels

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mesilla Valley Adopts Auxiliary Solar System

Note the eNow solar panel on the roof fairing of this MVT rig. Photo courtesy MVT.

By Deborah Lockridge

Mesilla Valley Transportation recently purchased close to 1,000 eNow solar auxiliary energy systems for its Navistar trucks. The pioneering fleet discovered benefits beyond reduced idling.

Tags: Idle Reduction, eNow, Mesilla Valley Transportation

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Taking Tires for a Test Drive

Tread depth measurements and tire condition checks should take place at regular intervals, and all relevant data noted on the evaluation. Photo: Michelin

By Jim Park

If you want to test drive some new tires before you buy — and who wouldn’t — be prepared to invest significant time and energy in the project.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Fuel Economy, Tires

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo's VNR Could be an Urban Legend (in the Making)

Volvo’s new VNR 640 with a 61-inch sleeper provides drivers all the comfort and storage options they’ll need for week-long excursions. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The new VNR line up from Volvo Trucks North America is everything a driver and a fleet could want in an urban or short haul tractor, and then some.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Test Drive, Regional Haul, Volvo VNR

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's 2017 Trailer Update

By Steven Martinez

Our annual roundup of trailer trends and new trailer announcements, from the July issue of HDT.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Underride Guard, LED Lighting, Dropdeck Trailers

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Demise of the Dumb Dump Truck

Dump trucks have always been tough. But today, they’re getting increasingly smarter as well. Photo: Mack

By Jack Roberts

Today’s dump trucks are smart, connected and integrated — but still tough enough to handle heavy loads in tough working conditions.

Tags: Kenworth, Freightliner, Class 8, Western Star, Mack Trucks, International Trucks, Dump Trucks

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Volvo’s New VNL Tractor Blends Technology, Functionality, Capability

Trucking reporters took the new Volvo VNL for a spin on the test track at Volvo's New River Valley facility. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts shares his first impressions of Volvo's new VNL highway tractor. In a world increasingly focused on new technology, Volvo designers made sure to keep their focus on the “human element.”

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Volvo VNL, Class 8

July 2017, Work Truck - Cover Story

Importance of Mobile Truck, Van Marketing

Vehicle graphics can offer 101 impressions per mile traveled, and at a significantly lower cost per impression than billboards and radio advertising.  (Photo courtesy of Avery Dennison)

By Shelley Ernst

A truck and van owner's guide to mobile vehicle graphics and advertising. A vehicle wrap on a typical trailer makes 10 million impressions every year. Adding graphics to fleet trucks or vans can go a long way toward boosting brand recognition.

Tags: Vehicle Graphics, Truck Graphics, Advertising, Mobile Advertising

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Six Months In: Q&A with Yokohama COO, Jeff Barna

Yokohama COO, Jeff Barna Photo: Yokohama

By Jim Park

Yokohama Tire Corporation’s New COO, Jeff Barna candidly looks at his first six months at Yokohama and what he sees as the latest tire industry trends and challenges.

Tags: Yokohama, Tires, Q&A

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Will Electric Trucks Charge Ahead?

Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

They are already here in small numbers, and several P&D fleets...are aggressively evaluating their performance today. So what does the future hold for electric trucks? Senior Editor Jack Roberts writes in his June column.

Tags: Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Hybrid Trucks

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Rolling Resistance Paradox

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Looking for a tire with the lowest possible rolling resistance? If that’s your only consideration, you might not be happy with the tire you get.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Automated Transmissions Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

More power and increased safety and comfort seem to be the marching orders for OEMs and suppliers developing the next generation of heavy-duty AMTs. The Innovation Truck, unveiled last year, is a concept vehicle proving out these features for ZF. Photo: ZF

By Jack Roberts

Automated manual transmissions surpassed even the most optimistic predictions for adoption. How will the next generation of smarter, faster, and better connected AMTs boost safety, efficiency and, fuel economy?

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Latest Fuel-Sipping Engines

Mack will add turbo compounding to is MP8 engine lineup in the spring, as will the Volvo D13. Photo: Mack

By Jim Park

How engine makers have met the EPA GHG Phase 1 2017 emissions requirements head-on, with a lineup promising better fuel efficiency and greater reliability.

Tags: Cummins, Paccar, Diesel Engines, Detroit Diesel, Fuel Efficiency, International Trucks, Engines, Volvo Group

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Super Trucks: Pie in the Sky, or Pathway to Super Fuel Savings?

Volvo Truck’s SuperTruck was revealed in September 2016. It achieved more than 12 mpg during the test run, and demonstrated an 88% improvement in freight efficiency and a 70% improvement in fuel efficiency over the baseline truck, a 2009 Volvo VNL 670. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The DOE SuperTruck projects have demonstrated what’s possible. The next challenge is to turn the possible into the practical.

Tags: Navistar, Volvo Trucks, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Daimler Trucks North America, SuperTruck, Future Trucks, Concept Vehicles

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

No Tariffs, No Certainty for Truck Tires

About the tariff ruling, Toyo’s Mike Graber says, “It is too early to predict the impact. It is also a possibility that tariffs or duties on truck tires could be revisited by authorities at some point in the future.”

By Joy Kopcha

When it comes to medium truck tires, fuel efficiency and cost-per-mile considerations remain priorities, but there are other trends driving the segment as well.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Truck Tires, Tires, Tariffs

June 2017, Work Truck - Feature

Solving Medium-Duty Upfitting Challenges

By Lauren Fletcher

The number of available options, combined with getting exactly what is needed for your fleet, can be daunting at best. But, with some homework and research doing the upfitting job right can be easier than it appears.

Tags: Upfitting, A.R.E., Medium-Duty Trucks, Pace Edwards, Stellar Industries, Reading Truck Body, American Eagle, Dejana Truck Equipment, Truck Upfitting

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Changing Climate: Is There Still a Case for Greener Trucks?

UPS is among the companies that are committed to exploring alternative fuels and drivetrains. Photo: UPS

By John G. Smith

There is no mistaking a change in the underlying business climate when it comes to greener trucks. Diesel is relatively cheap, and a new administration in the White House wants to slash funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But don't prepare to burn coal dust just yet.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, GHG Phase 2

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Impressions: Volvo's Tough Tech Truck

A bold grill and striking swept-back fenders give the new Volvo VNR tractor a bold, big-truck vibe with real-world aerodynamic and visibility benefits. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Volvo blends real-world work demands and cutting edge technology together seamlessly in its new VNR vocational daycab tractors. HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts files this report from North Carolina with his first driving impressions of the new regional truck.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks, Regional Haul

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Drop Deck Decisions

A Mac Trailer aluminum drop deck’s transition area includes the 90-degree step (upper left) and a large curved “radius” beneath the upper and lower decks (center). The radius evenly distributes weight and stress between the two areas. Here, I-beam-like flanges add strength to the curved members. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Special cargos require specialized trailers, and one is the drop deck, whether made of steel, aluminum, or a combination of the two.

Tags: Trailers, Aluminum, Steel, Dropdeck Trailers

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What's Ahead for Wide-Base Single Tires?

Wide-base single tires could start showing up on vocational trucks such as refuse haulers under GHG Phase 2. EPA likes the fuel efficiency, while operators like the weight savings. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Could the next round of greenhouse gas reduction rules push more fleets over to wide-base single tires? It seems likely, given not only their relatively low rolling resistance but weight savings as well.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, GHG Phase 2

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler Chief Unfazed by NAFTA Talk

Photo: John G. Smith

By John G. Smith

Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, doesn’t seem concerned by talk about renegotiating NAFTA – even though its manufacturing footprint includes Mexico.

Tags: Mexico, NAFTA, Daimler Trucks North America

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler Unveils New Oregon Proving Grounds

Trucks under development, like this camouflaged rig, will be put through their paces at the new facility. Photos: John G. Smith

By John G. Smith

Daimler Trucks North America has officially opened its High Desert Proving Grounds, representing a $18.7-million investment that will put the company’s trucks through their paces – including connected, platooning and autonomous vehicles of the future.

Tags: New Facility, Vehicle Testing, Oregon, Daimler Trucks North America

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: No Free Lunch When It Comes to Parts

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

If you can’t determine that the part is of good quality, bypassing the low-price product is your only option. Commentary by Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Parts and Service, Counterfeit Parts

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nikola Motor CEO Compares Truck Manufacturers to Kodak

Photo: Tom Berg

By Today's Trucking

Nikola Motor CEO Trevor Milton said that the Nikola One's hydrogen-powered electric motor could change the industry in the same way digital cameras changed photography.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Nikola Motor Company

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

New Refrigerants on the Way

Photos: Carrier Transicold

By Jim Park

Transport refrigeration units will soon be subject to tighter regulations on the use of hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Refrigerant, Reefers

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

To Outset, or Not to Outset

The greater axle track width used with dual wheels would make that same axle too wide when equipped with wide-single tires. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fleets spec’ing wide single tires need to decide upfront whether to trade the vehicle as is or to spec axles and wheels for a later conversion to duals.

Tags: Spec'ing, Tires, Wide-Base Tires

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Volvo’s SuperTruck

Volvo’s SuperTruck uses advanced engine programming to reduce energy consumption and old-fashioned aerodynamics to reduce drag. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

What you can see of Volvo’s SuperTruck vehicle is pretty spectacular, though fairly plain at heart. It’s what you can’t see that stirs the imagination. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains in this first-person Test Drive.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Test Drive, SuperTruck

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Clean Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles: Are We There Yet?

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

How far away is truly clean hydrogen power? We're getting closer, thinks Contributing Executive Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Fuel, Nikola Motor Company, Alternative Fuels

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

KW’s New T880S Has Traditional Looks, Surprising Turnability

The styling of Kenworth’s new vocational T880S has sparked interest from non-vocational users.

By Tom Berg

A forward-set steer axle is usually a way to stretch truck’s wheelbase to meet weight-distribution laws in so-called bridge states, but the styling of Kenworth’s new vocational T880S has sparked interest from non-vocational users.

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive, T880, Vocational Trucks

April 2017, Work Truck - Feature

Improving Truck Ergonomics for Driver Safety

Photo from iStockphoto.com

By Mike Antich

OSHA regs require an employer to provide a workplace (which includes upfitted work vehicles) free from recognized hazards. The best way to make a work truck fleet more ergonomic is to proactively identify and rectify potential issues.

Tags: Workers' Compensation, Driver Comfort, Ergonomics, Driver Safety

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