Because daycabs idle so much, payback can be quick on an auxiliary A/C unit.


Daycab A/C Units Offer Quick Payback

Dump trucks sit in a line waiting to load or unload, and the line moves every few minutes, trucks idling all the while

The eStar's turning circle is only 36 feet. Electric propulsion is so quiet that Navistar is thinking of broadcasting music from an external speaker to avoid sneaking up on pedestrians. (Photo by Navistar)


Driving Navistar's eStar Van

Primitive batteries and limited range caused electric cars and trucks to lose a technology battle with the internal combustion engine in the early 20th century. But electrics have come a long way, buddy

Their track record is firmly established and the efficiency gains are well documented, but they are not for every operation. Will they work for you? (Photo by Jim Park)


Wide-Base Singles: What You Need to Know

Many who have switched from duals to wide-base single tires have an almost evangelical enthusiasm for the things. They report better fuel mileage, longer tread life, better handling and stability, higher payload potential, and reduced maintenance costs


25 Percent Better Fuel Economy?

The economy mandate for medium and heavy duty trucks, signed by President Obama in a May 21 Rose Garden ceremony, has been greeted by the industry with broad support. This is maybe a little surprising

Built for New York City's sanitation department, American La France Condor has a Cummins ISM and Rexroth hydraulic hybrid system. It was smooth and quiet. (Photo by Tom Berg)


Hydraulic Hybrids: Ride-and-Drive Report From Work Truck Show

Well-attended educational sessions and an ever-larger trade display marked the National Truck Equipment Association's annual meeting and Work Truck Show, held in March at the St. Louis Convention Center

Fuel economy can be an added bonus for special anti-spray flaps. (Photo by Koneta Rubber)


Spray and Splash and MPG

Water spray kicked up by heavy tractor-trailers blinds motorists, something that got a lot of attention in the early 1980s from government and industry

King Ranch seats have thick, soft leather like that on a quality baseball mitt, but they're part of a high-end trim package. (Photo by Tom Berg)


Test Drive: Ford's New Power Stroke Diesel's a Smoothie

There apparently was never any question whether Ford Motor Co.'s new Power Stroke diesel would be another V-8 because, as an engineer explained when it was announced last year, "V-8s are in Ford's DNA.


Better Fuel Economy ... From Air?

International has made a major bet on its 11- and 13-liter MaxxForce engines to take the place of current 15- and 11/12-liter power units

Fuel efficiency hasn't been a high priority for tire makers' medium-duty and regional service offerings - until now. (Photo by Jim Park)


All That, And Fuel Economy Too

Talk tires with anyone in the long-haul truckload sector, and fuel economy won't be long percolating to the surface. Every mile they run is pure cost, and any savings are big savings


Top Dealers Talk EPA 2010

This year's nominees for the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year say fleets are holding back on buying new 2010-technology engines, not because of concerns about how well the new engines will work, but because the high price is hard to swallow for fleet

Understanding Trailer Tire Pressure
With a continued focus on increased productivity, fleets and owner-operators are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs and increase up-time. Tires are one of the top ten expenses in the trucking industry.
12-point Buying Guide to Video-Based Safety Systems
Fleets of all sizes and across all industries are leveraging video to improve driver performance and eliminate risky driving that leads to collisions and drives up costs. Download this free 12-point Buying Guide that outlines the selection criteria to consider whether you’re just getting started with video technology or looking to upgrade your current program.

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