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Joe Bryant, a flatbedder from Ohio, checks the strapping on his tarped load of steel coils while fueling near Wilmington along I-71. He prefers manual tarps because it’s hands-on.
Retractable Tarping Mechanisms Quick, Safe
By Tom Berg
Throwing a tarpaulin over a big load on a flatbed trailer, especially on a cold, snowy windy day might be the most difficult job in trucking but there are easier alternatives.
Corrosion wreaks havoc on big robust connectors like this. What do you think happens in systems that need to detect changes of mere millivolts?
How Corrosion Causes Electrical Problems
By Jim Park
Almost every electrical or electronic problem with trucks today can be traced back to one single source: corrosion-induced voltage irregularities.
The third generation of TransPower’s ElecTruck powertrain includes four large battery boxes hung from frame rails and another mounted behind the cab. 
Trading Diesel for Kilowatts
By Tom Berg
In California, electric vehicles’ zero tailpipe emissions are golden, that’s why Transportation Power Inc. has been designing and testing battery-electric heavy drayage and yard tractors.
The F-650 offers the same cab choices as other Super Duty trucks. This one’s long crew cab required a lengthy wheelbase, but the steering gear’s tight wheel cut allowed great maneuverability. 
Test Drive: CNG F-650 Dump Truck
By Tom Berg
Ford’s big V-10 is strong and fairly quiet as it revs to make horses that feed on natural gas.
Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor
Commentary: Self-Driving Trucks Sooner Than You Think
By Rolf Lockwood
Dutch transport officials have a plan that would see self-driving trucks hauling freight from Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, to other cities in the next five years.

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Used Truck Sales Jump 14 Percent in March
March used Class 8 truck sales jumped 14% over February to 2,770 units for the month according to the latest report from ACT Research.
The Orange EV T-Series electric terminal tractor. Photo via Orange EV
Kalmar, Orange EV Collaborating on Electric Terminal Tractor
Kalmar Ottawa and Orange EV are collaborating on a zero-emission, electric terminal tractor. The companies will incorporate Orange EV’s technology into the Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractor.
Rush says its aftermarket activity in the energy sector remained steady this quarter, but activity has started to decrease slightly. Photo: Rush Enterprises
Increased Truck Sales Push Rush Profit Higher
A big jump in truck sales helped push profits higher in the first quarter for the network of dealerships under the Rush Enterprises banner.
The Freightliner Cascadia is available with the AeroSmart and SmartAdvantage packages. Photo: Freightliner
Freightliner Offers Efficient Packages for Cascadia
The Freightliner Cascadia is now available with the AeroSmart and SmartAdvantage Powertrain packages designed to enhance efficiency and performance.
Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America
Mitsubishi Fuso Displays Curb-Side Access Delivery Truck
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America is displaying its new Canter route delivery truck at this week's NAMA OneShow, a trade show for automatic merchandizers and the U.S. vending industry.
Photo: Tom Berg
Huge Trailer Backlog Fuels Build but Slows Orders
Net trailer orders in March saw an incremental increase over February as OEMs are still increasing build to meet the surge in orders from late last year.
Martin Lundstedt.  Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand
Persson Out, Scania’s Lundstedt in as Volvo Group’s Chief
By Sven-Erik Lindstrand
AB Volvo’s board of directors has named a Scania executive, Martin Lundstedt, as the president and chief executive officer of the Volvo Group, replacing Olof Persson, who has led the group for almost four years but is out immediately. Volvo Group is the corporate parent of Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks in North America.
Photo of exising USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.
USPS Narrows List of Next-Gen Vehicle Builders
The U.S. Postal Service has chosen 15 possible manufacturers to build its next-generation delivery vehicle, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, Nissan, and Freightliner.
Paccar Increases First Quarter Profit 38%
By Evan Lockridge
Paccar Inc. reported first quarter earnings of $378.4 million, a 38% gain from the same time a year ago, while net sales and financial services revenue increased 10% to $4.83 billion.
Infographic detailing the driver facing amenities of Con-way Truckload's newest trucks. Graphic via Con-way Truckload
Big Con-way Truckload Order Features Automated Transmissions
Con-way Truckload is buying 635 new twin-screw tractors equipped with automated manual transmissions -- a move that will more than double the AMTs to nearly half its fleet.

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Fuel Max Retread Designed for Regional Fleets The Goodyear G682 RSD Fuel Max is a PreCure retread option designed for drive applications in regional fleets that require fuel efficiency, traction and long miles.
Mitsubishi Electric Offers Starter Developed for DD15 Engine Mitsubishi Electric introduced its Diamond Power S60 starter as an upgrade for Freightliner and Western star trucks using Detroit DD15 and DD16 engines.
Trail King Returns to End-Dump Market The Steel End Dump is a project that has been in consideration over the past few years and, with the re-awakening of construction activity, the company decided to re-introduce the model.
Stemco Launches New Shop Tool Line Stemco recently announced the launch of a new product line segment called Stemco Equipment featuring several shop tools designed for fleets and commercial vehicle technicians.
GTL922 Tire Designed for Line Haul Trailer Use The GT Radial GTL922 is a line haul trailer tire designed for better driving stability and wet grip performance.
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Barriers to the Increased Adoption of Fuel Efficiency Technologies
A new fleet survey and research conducted by The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has identified what stands between fleets and better fuel economy.

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