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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, Tires, Commercial 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, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

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

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ford Discusses Commercial Fleet Outlook

Photo courtesy of Ford.

By Mike Antich

Michele Bartlett, Ford’s general manager of commercial and government fleet sales, discusses the outlook for 2017.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford F-Series, Ford, Ford Transit

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trends in Trailer Suspensions

Trailer suspensions are oft neglected, so a robust and durable spec is mandatory. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

While suspension producers are constantly upgrading and improving their products and adding new models, overall trends in suspension uptake by fleets remain fairly constant.

Tags: Spec'ing, Trailers, Suspensions

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

The Tales Trailer Tires Tell

Once trailer tire wear begins, only corrective maintenance action will alleviate the problem. Photo: Michelin

By Jack Roberts

Say what you will about a tire, but it won’t lie to you. If there are problems with wheel alignment, suspensions, braking or chassis, your tires will be happy to tell you, if you just take a look.

Tags: Trailers, Tires, Retreads

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kenworth at MATS, from 2017 Outlook to the Future of Autonomous Technologies

Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager, with the T680 Advantage "driver's truck" that's the centerpiece of the Kenworth booth at MATS. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Kenworth returned to the Mid-America Trucking Show this year, highlighting the driver, its strong vocational lineup, and a made-in-America message. We sat down after the pre-show press conference with Mike Dozier, who took the reins as general manager less than a year ago, and Patrick Dean, Kenworth’s chief engineer, for a wide-ranging discussion on the show, the health of the industry, and the road to autonomous vehicles.

Tags: Kenworth, MATS, Autonomous Vehicles

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec'ing for Resale

How vehicles are spec’ed in the first place can positively or negatively affect their resale value. Photo: Jim Park

By Denise Rondini

The way you spec your vehicles on the front end can have an impact on their value — either positive or negative — at resale time.

Tags: Resale Value, Used Truck Sales

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chinese Truck Tire Investigation Shows ‘Pervasive Underselling at High Margins’

Photo: Jim Park

By Joy Kopcha

The International Trade Commission says there’s evidence of “significant” underselling of Chinese truck and bus tires from 2013 to 2015 – yet the ITC voted not to impose tariffs on those imported tires. What's behind their decision?

Tags: China, Tires, Tariffs

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

It's All About the Customers: Dealer of the Year Nominees Speak Out

By Denise Rondini

Economic conditions, used trucks, spec’ing trends and the Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 regulations are shaping business for truck dealers.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Procede Software, Truck Dealers

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Orange EV's All-Electric Terminal Tractor

Orange EV’s T-Series terminal tractor looks and works just like a diesel, but its fully electric drive system produces no emissions and can save up to 90% over existing fuel and maintenance costs. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

It has all the performance attributes of a diesel without the maintenance and fuel costs. And it’s emissions-free, which will keep your neighbors happy.

Tags: Ports, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Orange EV, Electric Terminal Trucks, Terminal Tractors, Test Drive

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Choosing Tires for On and Off the Road

Who knows what you’ll find when the pavement comes to an end. At that point it’s too late to realize that you spec’d the wrong tires.

By Jim Park

There are still big differences in tire designs for on-highway and off-road tires, but newer designs make it possible to do a little of both.

Tags: Tires, Tires and Wheels, Off-Road Vehicles, Vocational Trucks

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailers are Smarter Than Ever

This trailer’s sitting untethered in New Mexico, but its reefer unit can monitor temperatures of the load and transmit data to home base, no matter where that is. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Reefer temperature sensing, remote tracking, and tire pressure management are now in use. Coming soon: monitoring more mechanical conditions.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, Asset Tracking, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Detroit's 5-Liter Street Fighter

Detroit’s new DD5 diesel is a 5.1L engine designed for urban delivery/service applications in Class 5-6 Freightliner M2 106 trucks. Photos: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Even in an age of ‘rightsizing,’ many fleets have been reluctant to give a 4-cylinder engine a chance. Detroit’s new DD5 diesel is about to challenge that point of view.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Detroit Diesel, Test Drive, Detroit DD5, Medium-Duty Engines

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Trucking Engineers up to the Challenge

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

"Trucking engenders passion, and I see it in the engineers you depend on, who seem able to beat just about any challenge that comes along," writes Rolf Lockwood in January's "Locking it In" column.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, GHG, EPA

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Chassis Recycling Among Nikola Motor's Plans

Fuel bottles are in a cabinet behind the cab to allow access for required pressure-vessel inspections. Hydrogen is as safe to handle as compressed natural gas and possibly safer than gasoline, Trevor Milton asserted.

By Tom Berg

A "cab replacement program" will enable Nikola fuel cell-electric chassis to be reused "over and over again," the company's founder said, answering one of many questions answered at the launch event last month.

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

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What Will the Class 8 Market Look Like in 2017?

By Steve Graham, FTR

The economy is currently on solid footing, but the Class 8 market has fallen dramatically this year. With the economy expected to grow slightly better in 2017, can we expect this to translate into a better environment for new equipment orders for the truck OEMs and their suppliers?

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, FTR, ELDs

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailers the European Way

High-cube Kögel Mega van has the usual rear doors plus curtain sides and a liftable roof tarp, allowing loading and unloading from docks and over its sides and top. Photo: Kögel

By Tom Berg

European designs are often more elegant (or complex, depending on how you look at it), but these features add functionality to products.

Tags: Trailers, IAA, Europe

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

21st Century Truck Wheels

With strict emissions and fuel-economy requirements of new GHG Phase 2 regulations just around the corner, look to aluminum and lightweight steel wheels to contribute to overall equipment compliance. Photo: Accuride

By Jack Roberts

In practice, wheels function quite well with only limited attention and maintenance. But that’s no excuse not to pay attention to them at regular intervals.

Tags: Wheels, Accuride, Maxion Wheel, Arconic

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: International LT625

ProStar origins are evident in the long-nose LT625, which has enhanced aerodynamics and a swoopier appearance. The “6” means a setback steer axle and “25” denotes a 125-inch BBC. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Quietness and driver-inspired interior amenities are the prime virtues of International’s recently introduced LT series tractor.

Tags: International Trucks, Test Drive, Driver Comfort

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Why U.S. Xpress Uses Automated Manual Transmissions

Out of 7,000 U.S. Xpress tractors running on the road today, only 16 “legacy” units are still equipped with manual transmissions. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Automated manual transmissions rule the roost at U.S. Xpress today. Out of some 7,000 U.S. Xpress trucks running today, the fleet is down to just 16 “legacy” models still equipped with manual transmissions.

Tags: Transmissions, U.S. Xpress, Automated Manual Transmissions

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Paccar’s New Powertrain

The test truck was a 2017 Kenworth T680 with a 76-inch high-roof sleeper. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

With two of the three major components in place, Paccar touts the advantages of an integrated powertrain.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Powertrain, Kenworth T680, MX-13

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Navistar’s SuperTruck Exceeded Goals

Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Navistar's SuperTruck, the CatalIST, makes creative use of existing systems, relying less on advanced technology for its impressive gains.

Tags: Emissions, Navistar, Fuel Efficiency, SuperTruck, Concept Vehicles

December 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Euro-Style Cargo Vans Break the Mold

Euro-style vans, like the Ram ProMaster City,  offer more cargo room than box-style vans and are more easily configurable for a variety of upfitting options. (Photo courtesy of FCA US)

By Jack Roberts

A new breed of commercial van is sweeping the country with capabilities and features unheard of just a few years ago. Here’s why many experts think these vans will soon dominate in light- and medium-duty fleets.

Tags: Nissan NV, Ram ProMaster, Ford Transit, Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

First Look at Detroit DD5 Medium-Duty Engine

Detroit’s new DD5 diesel is a 5.1L engine designed for urban delivery/service applications in Class 5–6 Freightliner M2 106 trucks. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts takes to the streets of Chicago for a first hands-on look at Detroit's new DD5 four-cylinder, 5.1L engine.

Tags: Detroit, Quick Spin, Medium-Duty Engines, Detroit DD5, Test Drive

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Europe is Different

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

What are the differences between trucks and trucking in North America versus Europe? Try to drive a long-nose conventional on roads that were conceived in the year 1403.

Tags: Europe, Global, Cabovers

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Technology Is Global and Local

Germany’s Daimler Trucks this year announced that it is pushing its global platform strategy beyond the existing modular drivetrain components. Photos: Daimler Trucks

By David Cullen and Deborah Lockridge

Even as innovative technologies leap borders, the engineering focus of truck builders and suppliers remains fixed on meeting the needs of local markets.

Tags: Europe, Daimler Trucks North America, DAF, Navistar, Peterbilt, Mack Trucks, Volvo, Cummins, Eaton, Dana, Meritor, ZF, Global

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Oak Harbor Maximizes Asset Utility With A Decking System

Loading cargo in a traditional fashion would elave trailers half empty. Cargo loaded with the Kaptive Beam adjustable decking system improves trailer utility without the risk of damaging customers’ freight. Photos: Kinedyne

By Jim Park

Oak Harbor Freight Lines avoids wasting trailer space and damaging its customer's freight by using Kinedyne's decking system to maximize its asset utility.

Tags: Asset Management, Cargo Management, Trailers

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

The Future of Refrigerated Trailers

Wabash National’s prototype composite reefer trailer uses fiberglass, carbon fiber and resin in its panels, including the floor and supporting structure. It’s said to weigh and perform about 20% better than conventional temperature-controlled trailers. Photo: Wabash National

By Tom Berg

What will the refrigerated trailer of the future be made of? Strong, lightweight and corrosion-proof composites? Very possibly. Economical, efficient aluminum sheet-and-post design, like now? Yes, for a number of years yet.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Wabash National, Refrigerated Trailers

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Freightliner’s ‘New’ Cascadia

The 2018 “new” Cascadia is worthy of the name and will, I think, be widely embraced by drivers.

By Jim Park

From the November Issue of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, equipment editor Jim Park test drives the new Freightliner Cascadia. Daimler loaded up this truck with some amazing technology and created an environment drivers will love.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, New Vehicles, Test Drive

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

10 Things to Consider When Spec'ing an Inverter

Sine wave is the same power as what you get at home – meaning the voltage is consistent without spikes or drops. Photo courtesy Xantrex

By Staff

Inverters, which convert DC power into AC power to power creature comforts in the truck cab, have always been a magnet for controversy. An expert at one inverter company offers his tips for what to think about when spec'ing an inverter.

Tags: Inverter, Idle Reduction

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Quest for Peace and Quiet

Driveline vibration can be felt in the cab and it can result from incorrect driveline angles, damaged U-joints or an unbalanced condition.

By Jim Park

Noise, Vibration & Harshness is something manufacturers try very hard to engineer out of their products, but it’s often like a game of whack-a-mole. Once you solve one problem, another shows up.

Tags: Driver Comfort, Driver Retention, Vehicle Engineering

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Continental Safety Technologies Help Build Road to Autonomous Vehicles

Continental's heads-up display shows vital information without the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road.

By Deborah Lockridge

Continental recently showed off systems that will help truck makers meet safety needs down the road, whether pushed by regulations or customer demand, as well as pave the way toward autonomous vehicles.

Tags: Continental, IAA, Global, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Eaton Showcases Near- and Far-Future Technology

Eaton showed off a four-speed transmission designed for electric vehicles, with the initial target being city buses for urban areas. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

You may think of Eaton as primarily a transmission company, but at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, this fall, they showed a range of future technologies both near and far, from transmissions for electric vehicles to autonomous vehicle technology to waste heat recovery.

Tags: Eaton, IAA, Transmissions, Autonomous Vehicles

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