Test Drive: Detroit’s Smooth Self-Shifter
Now available with the less powerful DD13 diesel, the proprietary automated
transmission remains a smooth work- and fuel-saver
“Proprietary” is a magic word among truck builders. It describes components of the company’s own manufacture or design that are installed on the company’s own trucks. For truck users, this can be a good thing, because they’re designed to work specifically with a company’s other components.
Making the Case for Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires
Low-rolling-resistance tires do come with a payback, but you'll have to be patient
How do you explain to the boss that the tires you want to buy are going to cost more up front but run fewer miles? You can explain they will save money on fuel, but then she's going to want numbers.
Pushing the Telematics Boundaries
Fleets adopt new tools to take advantage of the data “fire hose.”
Most large fleets have extensive experience with telematics: GPS location and mobile communications systems that collect data and communicate it back to a server where the fleet can access the information. As the amount and kind of data has increased in recent years, fleets have adopted tools to make sense of all that information and use it across their operation.
A Tale of Two Natural Gas Fleets
Tanker, refuse fleets share their stories at conference.
At a time when many shippers have chief sustainability officers and government contracts are requiring low-emissions or alternative-fuel equipment, some fleets are finding it pays to have natural gas trucks in their arsenal.
Save Fuel, Increase Profit, Save the Planet
New greenhouse gas regs for 2014 are here – and might be a win-win.
Is this a case of win-win? Do the new regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions help both the environment and truck operators’ bottom lines? So it seems.