Equipment

Rolf Lockwood

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Trucking Engineers up to the Challenge

"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.

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.

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Chassis Recycling Among Nikola Motor's Plans

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.

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What Will the Class 8 Market Look Like in 2017?

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?

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

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Trailers the European Way

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

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

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21st Century Truck Wheels

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.

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

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Quick Spin: International LT625

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

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

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Why U.S. Xpress Uses Automated Manual Transmissions

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.

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

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Quick Spin: Paccar’s New Powertrain

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

Photos: Jim Park

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How Navistar’s SuperTruck Exceeded Goals

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

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)

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Euro-Style Cargo Vans Break the Mold

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.

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