Equipment

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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Choosing Tires for On and Off the Road

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.

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

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Trailers are Smarter Than Ever

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

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

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Test Drive: Detroit's 5-Liter Street Fighter

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.

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.

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