Volvo Truck’s SuperTruck was revealed in September 2016. It achieved more than 12 mpg during the test run, and demonstrated an 88% improvement in freight efficiency and a 70% improvement in fuel efficiency over the baseline truck, a 2009 Volvo VNL 670. Photo: Jim Park


Super Trucks: Pie in the Sky, or Pathway to Super Fuel Savings?

The DOE SuperTruck projects have demonstrated what’s possible. The next challenge is to turn the possible into the practical.

About the tariff ruling, Toyo’s Mike Graber says, “It is too early to predict the impact. It is also a possibility that tariffs or duties on truck tires could be revisited by authorities at some point in the future.”


No Tariffs, No Certainty for Truck Tires

When it comes to medium truck tires, fuel efficiency and cost-per-mile considerations remain priorities, but there are other trends driving the segment as well.


Solving Medium-Duty Upfitting Challenges

The number of available options, combined with getting exactly what is needed for your fleet, can be daunting at best. But, with some homework and research doing the upfitting job right can be easier than it appears.

UPS is among the companies that are committed to exploring alternative fuels and drivetrains. Photo: UPS


A Changing Climate: Is There Still a Case for Greener Trucks?

There is no mistaking a change in the underlying business climate when it comes to greener trucks. Diesel is relatively cheap, and a new administration in the White House wants to slash funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But don't prepare to burn coal dust just yet.

A bold grill and striking swept-back fenders give the new Volvo VNR tractor a bold, big-truck vibe with real-world aerodynamic and visibility benefits. Photo: Jack Roberts


Driving Impressions: Volvo's Tough Tech Truck

Volvo blends real-world work demands and cutting edge technology together seamlessly in its new VNR vocational daycab tractors. HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts files this report from North Carolina with his first driving impressions of the new regional truck.

A Mac Trailer aluminum drop deck’s transition area includes the 90-degree step (upper left) and a large curved “radius” beneath the upper and lower decks (center). The radius evenly distributes weight and stress between the two areas. Here, I-beam-like flanges add strength to the curved members. Photo: Tom Berg


Drop Deck Decisions

Special cargos require specialized trailers, and one is the drop deck, whether made of steel, aluminum, or a combination of the two.

Wide-base single tires could start showing up on vocational trucks such as refuse haulers under GHG Phase 2. EPA likes the fuel efficiency, while operators like the weight savings. Photos: Jim Park


What's Ahead for Wide-Base Single Tires?

Could the next round of greenhouse gas reduction rules push more fleets over to wide-base single tires? It seems likely, given not only their relatively low rolling resistance but weight savings as well.

Photo: John G. Smith


Daimler Chief Unfazed by NAFTA Talk

Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, doesn’t seem concerned by talk about renegotiating NAFTA – even though its manufacturing footprint includes Mexico.

Trucks under development, like this camouflaged rig, will be put through their paces at the new facility. Photos: John G. Smith


Daimler Unveils New Oregon Proving Grounds

Daimler Trucks North America has officially opened its High Desert Proving Grounds, representing a $18.7-million investment that will put the company’s trucks through their paces – including connected, platooning and autonomous vehicles of the future.

Rolf Lockwood


Commentary: No Free Lunch When It Comes to Parts

If you can’t determine that the part is of good quality, bypassing the low-price product is your only option. Commentary by Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

6 Things to Consider When Selecting a Weigh Station Bypass System
Weigh station bypass technology saves you time, fuel and money. But which type of bypass technology is right for your fleet? How do you compare different solutions? Download the free whitepaper to make sure you are saving as much as possible.

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