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Innovators Talk Engine Tech

We spoke with several of Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators to get their thoughts, experiences and purchase plans regarding the new EPA 2010 engines

What constitutes a fuel-efficient retreaded tire? An industry committee could soon have the answer. (Photo by Jim Park)

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Retreads May Soon Be On SmartWay's Green List

Have a look at the list of U.S. EPA SmartWay approved low-rolling-resistance, fuel-efficient tires and you'll notice there are no retreads on the list

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Heavier Front Axles: What do They Mean for Spec'ing Engines and Other Components?

When the International ProStar was first introduced, my colleague Jim Park and I drove one, with a loaded trailer, from Los Angeles to Tacoma, Wash., to evaluate the truck over a good run and to deliver it to Cascadia International.

The heavier the load, the greater the draw on the auxiliary batteries that power a liftgate's electric motor. State and municipal restrictions on engine idling often reduce time for recharging.

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Solving Liftgate Charging Problems

Liftgates take goods from a trailer or truck body to the ground, where drivers can roll the cargo into customers' establishments

(Photo by STF)

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First Impressions of New Kenworth T700

Last week's ride 'n drive at the Mount Vernon, Wash., Paccar Tech Center was set up to experience over a day both the new Kenworth T700 and the Paccar MX along with other Kenworth models and optional Cummins engines

(Photo by STF)

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First Impressions of New Kenworth T700

Last week's ride 'n drive at the Mount Vernon, Wash., Paccar Tech Center was set up to experience over a day both the new Kenworth T700 and the Paccar MX along with other Kenworth models and optional Cummins engines. Several hours with Kenworth's redo of the T2000 show the new T700's way better

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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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