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February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Cummins X12 Diesel Engine Version 2.0

We tested our X12 in a Cascadia daycab on Interstate and two-lane highways in Western New York, near Cummins’ Jamestown plant. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Originally released in China as the ISG, the upcoming Cummins X12 diesel engine has been 90% re-engineered for North America. And it works like a charm.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Cascadia, Test Drive, Engines

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's Top 20 Products of 2018

The most significant trucking products for 2018 as chosen by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's editors.

By HDT Staff

The most significant trucking products for 2018 as chosen by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's editors.

Tags: Upfitting, Tires, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Reefers, Engines, Axles, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Top 20 Products, Trailer Aerodynamics

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Is There an Electric Truck In Your Near Future?

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

With all the talk about trucking's electric future, it's important to remember that trucks will be drinking diesel for a long time to come, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - How-To

4 Keys to Spec'ing the Right Liftgate for your Truck or Trailer

You need to understand your application and how it affects liftgate specs for your truck or trailer. Photo: Anthony Liftgates

By Ronnie Garrett, Contributing Editor

While the right liftgate can reduce operator fatigue and injuries, shorten delivery times and improve productivity, the wrong liftgate can open the door to a host of new problems.

Tags: Spec'ing, Trailers, Anthony Liftgates, Maxon Lift Corp., Liftgates, Last Mile Delivery

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Distributor, Dealer and Service Provider Panel On Handling Disruption

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week. Photo: Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week

By Denise Rondini

When asked to name one disrupting force in the truck parts aftermarket all members of a panel of aftermarket executives said technology whether on the vehicle, in the shop or in back office.

Tags: Aftermarket, Dealers, HDAW, Distributors, Parts and Service, Disruptive Technology

January 2018, Government Fleet - Feature

The Role of GVWR and GCWR in Spec'ing Work Trucks

It is important to make sure the trucks you purchase are designed for their intended purposes. Photo: International Truck

By Bob Raybuck

Make sure the trucks you buy are designed for their intended purposes with properly specified GVWR and GCWR.

Tags: Driver Safety, NTEA, Work Truck Show, Spec'ing, Work Trucks, Gross Vehicle Weight

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Phillips Industries, From Signal Arms to Autonomous Trucks

The original name of the company was H.W. Phillips Co. Photo: Phillips Industries

By Deborah Lockridge

Phillips Industries is celebrating 90 years in business. We talk to its third- and fourth-generation leadership to learn more about the history of the company and how it's looking ahead to wireless technology, autonomous trucks and more.

Tags: Phillips Industries, History, Q&A, Trucking History, Anniversaries, HDAW

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

The Quest for Lighter Trailers

New composite materials show great promise in lightening trailer designs. But their use must be tempered by cost and maintenance concerns. Photo: East Manufacturing

By Jack Roberts

Semi truck trailers need to be as light, strong, cheap and durable as possible, creating a never-ending race for an always-lighter design.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, Lightweight Materials, Lightweighting

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Fleets Can Get the Most From a National Tire Account

National tire management programs initially began as roadside assistance services, but now include complete tire life cycle management and data analysis options as well. Photo: Goodyear

By Jack Roberts

New options and greatly expanded services mean more choices for trucking fleets. Here’s how to fine-tune your fleet's tire management services.

Tags: Replacement Tires, Tire Costs, Fleet Manager, Tires

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Chanje Electric Cargo Van

The Chanje V8070 boasts a 580-cubic-foot cargo space on a 26-foot-long chassis that will haul up to 6,000 pounds of payload – and happens to be electrically powered. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Chanje's electric cargo van will certainly have great appeal among delivery fleets concerned with their carbon footprint, but at the end of the day it's a big, nicely setup delivery van that just happens to be electric.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Test Drive, Electric Vehicles, Chanje Energy, Full-Size Vans

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Electrical Systems on Heavy Duty Trucks

Alternators like this one will probably disappear from the front of engines, replaced by a starter generator built into the transmission. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Within a decade’s time we will probably have very different electrical systems on trucks than those in use today. The trucking industry is on the cusp of major changes to electrical systems for heavy duty trucks. Do we go to 24-volt or 48-volt systems — and what will it take to get there?

Tags: Class 8, Electrical System, Alternators, Wiring

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Making Tank Trailers Safer

There are plenty of ways drivers can get hurt with tank trailers. Industry is taking steps to make them safer to work on and around. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Statistically, cargo tanks, both liquid and dry bulk, are statistically among the safest vehicles on the road today. But the tank sector does face certain challenges that are inherent with the job.

Tags: Trailers, Wabash National, Tankers, Bulk Tank Trailers, Safety

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

10 Most Watched Videos of 2017

Photo: Jim Park

By HDT Staff

2017 was a big year for new equipment with major manufacturers introducing brand new flagship trucks, concept vehicles, and even a few electric vehicles and HDT was there to test drive and report on these trucks with in-depth videos. Here are 10 of the most watched videos from 2017.

Tags: Video Series, Test Drive, New Vehicles, Tesla Semi

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: HX Series - International's Refined Linebacker

The new International HX’s exterior bears more than a passing resemblance to the older PayStar it replaces. But inside the truck is completely different story. Photos: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

The new International HX Series severe-duty tractor resembles the PayStar it replaces but it has a tough, no-nonsense stance and a quiet and ergonomic interior - much like International's other new trucks, the LT and RH.

Tags: WorkStar, Severe Duty, International Trucks, Test Drive, Quick Spin

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: International's A26 Engine

We drove the A26 engine in a 2018 International LT chassis. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

With the industry’s appetite for smaller-displacement engines on the rise, International’s new A26 is nicely sized, and well positioned to pick up a good chunk of the company’s truckload carrier business.

Tags: Diesel Engines, International Trucks, Test Drive

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Jon Morrison on Wabco's Technology Strategy

Wabco's Jon Morrison at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show earlier this fall. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Wabco is increasing its presence in the North American market and working to push the implementation of advanced driver assistance systems. HDT's Deborah Lockridge recently sat down with Wabco chief Jon Morrison to discuss the changes.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Meritor Wabco, Wabco

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Bendix's Bracht on the Changing Truck Industry

Berend Bracht. Photo courtesy Bendix.

By Deborah Lockridge

We recently caught up with Berend Bracht, president and CEO of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, at an industry event to talk about his first two years on the job in a rapidly changing industry, from electrification to connectivity to automation.

Tags: Brakes, Electric Vehicles, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Air Disc Brakes

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Refuse Fleet Depends on Aluminum Trailers

Enviro Recyclers Inc. uses East Genesis smooth-sided aluminum refuse trailers like this one to haul trash and recycling. Photo: East Manufacturing

By Deborah Lockridge

A variety of trailers serve a growing Georgia business, but the light weight and strength of aluminum trailers allow for higher payloads for the refuse hauler.

Tags: Trailers, Aluminum, East Manufacturing, Refuse Fleets

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Bold New Look for an Old Dog

There will be no mistaking an Anthem when you see one coming down the road. Mack has dumped the conservative Pinnacle set-back axle model in favor of this show-stopper. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

There will be no mistaking an Anthem when you see one coming down the road. Mack has dumped the conservative Pinnacle set-back axle model in favor of this show-stopper, writes Jim Park in this Test Drive.

Tags: Class 8, Mack Trucks, Test Drive, Anthem

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Tech, New Challenges for Axles & Suspensions

By Jack Roberts

As the trucking industry moves into the future, even the most basic components can be subject to new operational demands. Here’s how heavy-duty axle manufacturers are responding.

Tags: Paccar, Reyco Granning, Meritor, Bosch, Suspensions, Axles, Dana Spicer, SAF-Holland, Ridewell

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's 2018 Class 8 Truck Preview

Paccar’s new, fully integrated powertrain featuring the all-new Paccar Automated Transmission offers customers 399 lbs. of total vehicle weight savings and 7% total fuel economy savings on the Model 579 Epiq model.

By Jack Roberts

A host of new models and features show that 2018 will be a game-changer in terms of Class 8 truck productivity and technology.

Tags: Kenworth, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Class 8, Western Star, Mack Trucks, International Trucks, New Vehicles, Volvo Trucks North America

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 HDT Staff & Contributors

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, Tesla Semi

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, TruckingInfo.com - 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

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