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March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

12 Ideas For Lightweighting Your Trucks

By Tom Berg

Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Engines, Lightweighting

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT Top 20 Products of 2015

By HDT Staff

These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

Tags: Technology, Innovative Equipment, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Six Axles and 91,000 Pounds: Will It Fly?

Hartt Transportation runs tri-axle vans, among other things, in Maine, where such rigs may gross 100,000 pounds. Some tractors are specially spec’ed for pulling heavy water tankers, but normal road tractors also are used. Photos: Hartt Transportation

By Tom Berg

The latest congressional proposal authorizing a 91,000-pound weight limit adds productivity, but doesn’t always make operational or economic sense.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Weight, Truck Size/Weight

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Much Work Remains to Get to Final Version of GHG Phase 2 Proposal

Photo: Jim Park

By Deborah Lockridge

The old adage “the devil is in the details” could have been invented for the new “phase 2” greenhouse gas / fuel efficiency regulations proposed by the EPA and the NHTSA.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, FTR, Daimler Trucks North America

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TransPower's Totally Electric Class 8 Tractor [Video]

Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. A California-based technology company called TransPower USA has five Class 8 tractors in service now working out of the Port of Long Beach. Jim Park takes one for a drive in this Focus On... video.

Tags: Test Drive, Battery-Electric Vehicles, TransPower

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Spicer Dual Range Disconnect

Dana’s Test & Evaluation truck, a Kenworth T700 with a Cummins ISX15 at 450 hp and 1,650 lb-ft, and an Eaton 10-speed UltraShift Plus transmission. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

It’s easier to describe the performance of Dana’s Spicer AdvanTEK Dual Range Disconnect concept than to explain how it works.

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans: Prosperity as a Problem

Ford says its full-size Transit became America’s best-selling commercial van six months after entering production last year. It replaced the venerable E-series van, though E cutaways and chassis-cabs remain in production.

By Tom Berg

‘We’re selling everything we can build,’ manufacturers say as they boost production, and they see no letup.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ram, Ford, General Motors, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2016 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

Ford’s 2016 F-650 is being built in the U.S. at the company’s Avon Lake, Ohio, assembly plant.

By Stephane Babcock

From city pick-up and delivery vans to on/off-road service units, this wide range of vehicles is seeing some of the same trends as its bigger brothers, and has a few of its own.

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Ford, International Trucks

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Trailer Component Supplier Optimistic for the Future

By Denise Rondini

The last few years have been good for suppliers and as new technologies have driven up the value of components.

Tags: Trailers, Supplier, ACT Research, Hendrickson

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Aerodynamic Designs Help Cut Water Spray

By Tom Berg

Good vehicle aerodynamics not only increase fuel economy, but also can reduce splash and spray, a safety bonus that also mitigates wear and tear on vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Trailers, Aerodynamics, Weather

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Test Driving the Paccar MX-11 Engine

By Jim Park

We got a sneak preview of the MX-11 in a Kenworth T880 dump truck while at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall Michigan - the one with the dirt track with grades of 20% and worse.

Tags: Paccar, Vocational, Test Drive, Paccar MX Engine

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

QuickSpin: Driving ProStars with Different Engines

International ProStar ES with Navistar’s N13-450 (left) and ProStar ES with Cummins ISX15-450. Bigger displacement seemed to perform better, and might offer extra life. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

With almost identical engine ratings, does bigger displacement really make a difference?

Tags: Cummins, International, Navistar, ProStar, Engines

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Careful Trailer Spec'ing Yields Higher Payloads

A 53-foot trailer allows use of two 9-foot spreads, between axles 1-2 and 2-3, adding another 5,000 pounds of legal gross weight.

By Tom Berg

Lighter-weight equipment is a quest for Jim Burg, president and CEO of James Burg Trucking Co. in Warren, Mich.

Tags: Trailers, Payload, Lightweighting

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Downspeeding Learning Curve

Rolling two-lane roads are no place for a downsped driveline. If you’re considering a downspeeding axle spec, application and terrain must be considered. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Today's "downsped" drivetrains can improve fuel economy, but high torque and low axle ratios can create all sorts of havoc with drivetrain components.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Axles, DOWNSPEED

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driving Freightliner’s Autonomous Truck

By Steve Bouchard

Sometimes, trucking journalists do very funny things — like being certified to drive a truck that is pretty much able to drive by itself.

Tags: Freightliner, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tracking Lifetime Tire Costs

Is the lowest tire cost per mile the ultimate fleet objective? Not necessarily. Strive to keep the rubber costs down, but don’t scrimp on the maintenance. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We offer two opposing views on tracking tire costs. One holds that life-cycle costing is a waste of money and effort, and that close enough is good enough most of the time. The other suggests that nearly all costs associated with tires should be accounted for and built into the cost structure.

Tags: Operating Costs, Maintenance Costs, Tires and Wheels

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ford Transit Van

The black grille and lower body trim nicely complement the silver paint, and smooth lines suggest speed. The van had plenty of it, thanks to a double-turbo V-6. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

A dual-turbo V-6 makes Ford’s new Euro-style cargo van fast, while the large unibody provides a lot of cargo space.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit, Test Drive

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New Report Explores Lightweighting

via Trucking Efficiency

By Andrew Halonen, NACFE Study Manager

The North American Council on Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room released their most recent “Confidence Report,” on lightweighting strategies for heavy-duty trucks, released August 25 at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Class 8, Fuel Efficiency, Lightweight Materials, NACFE, Truck Weight, Lightweighting

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Mercedes-Benz Updated 13-liter and the Next Detroit Diesel Generation

By Jim Park

For a sneak peek at the next generation of the DD13, look to the latest new engine from Mercedes-Benz in Europe.

Tags: Emissions, Mercedes-Benz, Diesel Engines, Europe, Engines, Global, Daimler Trucks North America

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Mack's mDrive HD

The new mDrive HD automated manual transmission will be standard on Mack Granites. It has toughened gears and synchros, and a more effective fluid cooler. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

What’s better than an mDrive automated manual transmission if you’re running Mack dump or mixer trucks? An mDrive HD, for (extra) heavy duty, the company says. Senior Editor Tom Berg's driving impressions.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Automated Manual Transmissions, mDrive, Test Drive

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Update: A Vehicle for Every Haul

The Mid-America Trucking Show featured many trailer makers. Showgoers here make use of a lowbed trailer to take a break. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Our annual roundup of the latest trailer products and trends.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbed, Dropdeck Trailers, MATS

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Jecka Glasman on Mitsubishi Fuso's Future in America

Jecka Glasman

By Deborah Lockridge

We talk to Jecka Glasman, the new head of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, on what's next for the medium-duty brand in this country.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Leadership, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

VW Updates Transporter and Caddy Vans

VW’s Caddy is equivalent to Ford’s Transit Connect, Ram’s ProMaster City and Nissan NV200/Chevy City Express, which are sold in the U.S. The Caddy isn’t, but might (or might not) be someday.  Photos by Sven-Erik Lindstrand

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand

We check out the updated Volkswagen Transporter and Caddy Vans in France and Sweden and ask the question, could these vans be U.S. bound?

Tags: Volkswagen, Europe, Volkswagen Transporter, Cargo Vans

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Caterpillar CT680 Tractor

Bold styling on tractors with ‘L’ trim includes stainless steel grille bezels and chrome bumper. ‘LG’ styling is simpler.

By Tom Berg

This long-hooded model with forward-set steer axle is the nicest-driving Cat Truck yet.

Tags: Caterpillar, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Spec'ing Trailer Doors and Floors

Most vans get swing doors, which are comparatively simple and, when locked shut, help stiffen the trailer’s body structure. And rugged yet economical laminated hardwood floors go in 95% of dry-freight vans.

By Tom Berg

Freight goes through and on these components, and are among the details to carefully consider when spec’ing dry-van truck bodies and trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Van

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Preventing Irregular Wear on Wide-Base Tires

Wide base tires are thought to suffer premature wear. That’s sometimes the case but it’s not universally true.

By Jim Park

Do wide-base single tires wear differently than standard tires in dual assemblies? We address that question and give tips on how proper care of your wide-base single tires can improve their life and ROI.

Tags: Wide-Base Tires, Tires and Wheels, Tires

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Kenworth's Icon 900

Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint.

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive, Icon 900

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Nice Cabs Can Affect Driver Satisfaction

It’s all about making the best of 50 square feet of living space.

By Jim Park

Whatever the reason for their discontent, the driver turnover rate for 2014 wound up at over 95%. Perhaps a newer, better mattress would help them sleep better at night or an on-board satellite TV system or a more comfortable seat?

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Driver Comfort

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Can Autonomous Trucks Solve the Driver Shortage?

Being able to do other things while in autonomous mode could make the job more productive and attractive to drivers. Photo: Freightliner

By Deborah Lockridge

One thing the developers of autonomous technologies have emphasized is that they are not a “driverless truck.” So how can they help with the driver shortage? Part 7 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Productivity, Autonomous Vehicles

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Unmanned Vision

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

While much has been made about autonomous trucks lately, at least one group is looking ahead to unmanned vehicles altogether.

Tags: Volvo, Technology, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 5 Arguments for Heavier Trucks

Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While states are thinking of ways to fund highway infrastructure, Michigan is considering rolling back truck size and weight regulations.

Tags: Regulations, Michigan, Infrastructure Funding, Oversize Loads

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler's SuperTruck Revealed

With a 115% freight efficiency improvement and 12.2 mpg, the DTNA team had to pull out all the stops to turn its goals into realities. Photos: Stephane Babcock

By Stephane Babcock

With a 115% freight efficiency improvement and 12.2 mpg, the DTNA team had to pull out all the stops to turn its goals into realities.

Tags: Aerodynamics, SuperTruck, Freight Efficiency, Powertrain Integration

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Bendix’s Wingman Fusion Can Stop a Truck [Video]

By Tom Berg

As the government contemplates making collision avoidance systems mandatory, HDT's Tom Berg takes you behind the wheel of one of the systems currently available for heavy trucks, the Bendix Wingman Fusion.

Tags: Navistar, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Forward Collision Warning

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Breaking the 11 MPG Barrier

For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.

By Stephane Babcock

For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Off-roading with Mercedes Trucks

The star of the demonstration run was the ordinary white two-axle tractor (center) with HAD on the front wheels. The silver truck to the left is an 8x8 and the yellow one in the background a 6x4. (Photo: Daimler Trucks)

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand

At a large driving demonstration with some 20 Mercedes Arocs construction trucks in various configurations, Daimler recently showed off its new hydraulically operated front-wheel drive, named HAD, plus a new Turbo Retarder Clutch from Voith.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Global

July 2015, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ford Brings 2016 F-650/F-750 In-House

Box truck versions of the F-650/F-750 are among the vocational upfits available for fleets. Photo: Ford Motor Company

By Chris Wolski

Ford is bringing the vocational-oriented Ford F-650/F-750 back into the fold of Ford’s complete design and manufacturing processes.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2016-MY, Dump Trucks

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Targeting Inefficient Fleets Leads to Big Gains

Ian Wright

By Steven Martinez

Q&A with Fleet Technology Expo's opening keynote speaker Ian Wright. He's one of the founders of Tesla Motors but these days he is setting aside luxury electric cars to tackle a much larger problem: How to make medium-duty trucks more efficient.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Turbine Truck Engines, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Fleet Technology Expo, Wrightspeed, Medium-Duty Trucks

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo's VHD Tractor for On- or Off-Road

Metallic black paint sets off bright-metal trim on the chunky-styled on/off-road tractor. In keeping with Volvo’s safety heritage, vehicle has roll-stability control and traction control working off the Bendix electronic ABS.  Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Volvo Heavy Duty model has its own styling and extra-strong specs, but retains most of the comfort of better-known VN road tractors.

Tags: Volvo, Test Drive, Off-Road

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

High-mpg Model Round-Up

Start with these aero tractors for the best fuel economy.

By Tom Berg

The best fuel economy starts with a truck model specifically designed to squeeze the most possible miles from a gallon of diesel fuel and all major builders offer these for their on-highway customers.

Tags: Kenworth, International, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Fuel Economy

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Disruption is the Latest Technology Buzzword

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck at it's Hoover Dam introduction. Photo: Stephane Babcock

By Jim Beach

The key disrupter in recent years has been the Internet, which has changed the way a number of industries operate. In trucking, e-commerce has profoundly affected trucking operations, especially those that serve retailers.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, E-commerce, Autonomous Vehicles

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Peterbilt 567 SFFA

The Model 567 SFFA’s set-forward steer axle sits 17 inches closer to the bumper than the 567’s setback axle. High-mounted headlight pods should avoid most job-site collision damage. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The Peterbilt 567 SFFA's set-forward front axle adds payload in bridge-formula states, but doesn’t seem to come with the usual penalty in maneuverability.

Tags: Peterbilt, Model 567, Quick Spin

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Wrightspeed's Tantalizing Turbine-Electric Drivetrain

Wrightspeed’s Fulcrum turbine-powered generator charges batteries that power electric motors at the truck’s rear axles. The motors act as generators during braking, further charging batteries. The turbine will burn a variety of fuels.

By Tom Berg

California trash fleet hopes ‘out of the box’ heavy-duty series hybrid will save big money in fuel.

Tags: California, Fuel Efficiency, Turbine Truck Engines

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kelley Platt on Taking the Reins at Western Star

Kelley Platt speaks to the trucking press at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., in late March. Photo: Stephane Babcock

By Deborah Lockridge

Western Star's new chief talks about how Western Star and school bus customers are alike, getting her CDL, the reaction to the 5700EX and more.

Tags: Western Star, Daimler Trucks North America, Q&A

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Are You Ready for the New Food Safety Rules?

Shippers of perishable foods are supposed to tell carriers what they expect in cleanliness as new FDA rules phase in beginning this summer.

By Tom Berg

Under FDA dictates, shippers must specify in writing the sanitary requirements for vehicles carrying perishable foods.

Tags: Trailers, Food Trucks, FDA, Reefers

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Quick Spin: TRW's Smart Power Steering

ReAx reduces the steering effort dramatically, making it possible to one-finger the wheel. Try that with regular power steering.

By Jim Park

TRW’s new ReAX electric/hydraulic power steering senses vehicle speed and proportionately assists the steering effort, which is great in tight spots.

Tags: TRW Automotive, Steering System, Test Drive

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Challenge of Standardizing Aerodynamic Testing

One of the new testing methods allowed for EPA SmartWay verification is wind tunnel testing. Here a scale model is prepped carefully before the test; small irregularities can make a big difference in the outcome.

By Jim Park

Aero device manufacturers now have a choice of test methods to prove the effectiveness of their devices. Are consumers any better off?

Tags: SmartWay, Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Test Drive, Aerodynamics

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Supplementing Dump Trucks with 'Slingers'

A slinger places stone and other materials exactly where a customer wants it. The driver operates the conveyor from inside the cab or outside, with a remote control box.

By Tom Berg

Dump trucks can do a lot of hauling and delivery work, but there’s a limit to how precisely certain loads can be placed. One alternative is the “slinger,” which adds a high-capacity conveyor-belt mechanism to a hopper body.

Tags: T800, Trailers, Dump Trucks

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Automated Revolution is Real

Eaton AMTs come with a choice of a dash-mounted keypad shift control or the more driver-friendly cobra-head shift selector.

By Jim Park

After 20 years on the fringes of the heavy-duty transmission world, the switch from sticks to semiconductors may be reaching the tipping point.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driving on Kilowatts

The diesel and original manual transmission are replaced by a Power Control and Accessory Subsystem and a pair of inverter-charger units. They convert 220-volt AC power during charging to 360 volts DC for storage in the batteries, and back to AC to power two electric motors (green in the illustration) that run through an Eaton UltraShift 10-speed automated transmission. Motors use as much as 150 kilowatts to make up to 400 peak hp and 880 lb-ft.

By Tom Berg

From a distance, this green tractor looks pretty much like any other International ProStar daycab. But the powerplant is very different. Senior Editor Tom Berg drives the TransPower battery-electric tractor.

Tags: California, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kenworth Truck Co. GM Preston Feight

Photo: Kenworth

By David Cullen

On the Floor of MATS, HDT had a few minutes to talk trucking with Preston Feight, who in January was named the General Manager of Kenworth Truck Co. and a Paccar Vice President.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Sales, GHG

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