Fuel Smarts

Rolf Lockwood


Commentary: More on the Electric Truck Option — From a Century Ago

In 1930, there were more than 100 U.S. companies manufacturing electric and hybrid commercial trucks, something that may not be common knowledge says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood in his March column.

Mercedes Benz vans has developed potential logistics concepts involving electric vans, robots, drones, and smart autonomous loading systems. Photo: Mercedes-Benz


What Do Final Mile Trends Mean for Equipment and Maintenance Managers?

As urban centers increasingly battle problems with pollution and congestion while e-commerce grows by leaps and bounds, we’ll see changing technologies in last-mile logistics – and changing maintenance challenges.

This schematic drawing illustrates some of the potential for off-boarding drive components to lessen parasitic loads on engines. Source: Eaton


The Case for On-Board Electrification in Class 8 Trucks

On-board electrification can take some of the load off the main diesel engine, allowing for greater operational flexibility and efficiency.

Demand for electric energy is rising, fueled by a boom in battery electric vehicle sales. Does the grid have the capacity to handle it? Photo: Trekphiler via Creative Commons


Can the Electrical Grid Handle Electric Trucks?

Very few new power plants have been built in the U.S. in the past 10 years, yet demand for electric energy is rising, fueled by a boom in battery electric vehicle sales. Does the grid have the capacity to handle it?

Zero emissions vehicles are only as clean as the electrical grid they draw power from. Photo via Tony Webster on Flickr


Zero Emissions Vehicles Can Still Impact the Environment

When people speak of zero-emissions vehicles, they are really referring to tailpipe emissions. But what about upstream emissions from power plants, especially those that burn coal?

Rolf Lockwood


Commentary: Is There an Electric Truck In Your Near Future?

With all the talk about trucking's electric future, it's important to remember that trucks will be drinking diesel for a long time to come, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Determining the operating costs for electric trucks can be difficult because electric equivalents to “fuel economy” ratings are not published for commercial vehicles. Photo: TransPower


How Much Does it Cost to Operate a Battery Electric Truck?

Calculating the cost of operating an electric vehicle can be complicated because electricity prices fluctuate far more frequently than diesel fuel.

Aftertreatment system maintenance is easier when you stay ahead of the demand.


What You Should Know About Aftertreatment System Maintenance

We appear to be learning from our mistakes in aftertreatment system maintenance, but we still have a way to go before we’re at peace with the things.

Modern filtration media technologies such as Donaldson’s Synteq XP Media feature thermally bonded fibers for a high level of efficiency and contaminant retention. Image via Donaldson


5 Things Fleets Should Know About Fuel Quality and Filtration

Clean fuel has never been more important for proper fleet equipment operation and diesel fuel filtration has become more complex. Here are five facts that you may not have known about fuel quality and today’s technology.

New composite materials show great promise in lightening trailer designs. But their use must be tempered by cost and maintenance concerns. Photo: East Manufacturing


The Quest for Lighter Trailers

Semi truck trailers need to be as light, strong, cheap and durable as possible, creating a never-ending race for an always-lighter design.

What Fleets Need to Know About Low Carbon Regulations
California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is changing the state’s transportation landscape — and experts say its influence has the potential to affect all of America. Find out what you need to know about the LCFS, no matter where your fleet operates, and how biodiesel can help in this white paper.

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