Engine Smarts

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October 15, 2013

Volvo Trucks Announces XE11 Fuel Efficiency Package for 11-Liter Engine

Volvo Trucks expanded its XE powertrain package lineup with the introduction of XE11 for its 11-liter Volvo D11 engine. XE11 is available on Volvo VNM and VNL models and rated up to 80,000 pounds GCWR. The powertrain package improves fuel efficiency by up to 3%, according to the company.

January 10, 2013

Engine Smarts: Owners Cite Woes with Engines, Dealers; Volvo Lists Some Remedies

CORRECTED -- Volvo Trucks executives knew full well what a group of its customers would say about experiences with modern engines, but invited them to speak to press reporters anyway. Then the Volvo people explained what they're doing to alleviate service problems that customers have also experienced

December 17, 2012

Lighter-duty Commercial Trucks Get More Fuel-Efficient Engines

In all the years I've been doing update articles for HDT, particularly on Class 1, 2 and 3 cargo vans, I've repeatedly asked execs at the truck builders about trends in engines

November 15, 2012

Cat Trucks to Get Cummins SCR, But What About Big-Block Diesel?

The idea of Cummins parts in a Caterpillar machine seems odd, but the shrinking world of industry consolidation will result in the use of Cummins-sourced selective catalytic reduction equipment on the Navistar-supplied diesels in Cat vocational trucks

October 21, 2012

One Fleet's Experience in Dealing with Post-2007 Diesel Problems

Several years ago, Paul Wion, corporate fleet supervisor at Lewis Tree Service in upstate New York, got up during a Shop Talk session at a TMC meeting to describe a fix for diesel particulate filters that were plugging up in the field

September 24, 2012

Cummins Ready for Euro 6, But Not to Buy Navistar

HANOVER, Germany -- "We're ready for Euro 6," declared Tom Linebarger, the pleasant, polite and straight-talking CEO of Cummins Inc., in leading off his press conference during the IAA show in Hanover last week

September 21, 2012

Study: More Particulate Emissions From Charbroiled Burgers Than Diesel Trucks

Just how clean is the latest clean diesel technology? Put it this way: A study by the University of California-Riverside found commercially cooked hamburgers emit more particulate matter than diesel trucks meeting EPA 2007 and EPA 2010 emissions standards. The UC-Riverside study was funded by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

August 30, 2012

Modern V-6 with Efficient 8-speed Autotranny Propels Ram to mpg Lead

Who'd-a-thunk that mile-per-gallon numbers would be important to macho owners of pickup trucks? You can thank spiking prices of gasoline, even before Hurricane Isaac finishes making a wake in Louisiana

July 24, 2012

Don't Count Navistar Out

Unless you've been on holiday in some remote spot without access even to carrier pigeons or smoke signals, you'll know by now that Navistar International announced on July 6 that it was giving up on "advanced EGR" as its sole engine emissions technology

July 11, 2012

Remanufacturing Saves Money, Cuts Waste and Pollution, Detroit Reman Says

"Why buy new when you can reuse something that still has value?" That's the mantra at Detroit Reman, which has been remanufacturing engines and engine parts since 1966. And after touring its western plant at Tooele, Utah, one comes away wonderin

July 4, 2012

Where to put all those CNG tanks?

One of the key factors limiting the use of compressed natural gas in trucks has been the question of range. A commercial vehicle body and trailer manufacturer based in Germany may have a solution -- putting extra CNG tanks on the trailer

June 14, 2012

Dual-fuel conversion saves big money every day, supplier-trucker says

A band wagon powered by natural gas seems to have begun rolling, but most of those aboard talk about brand-new heavy trucks with special gas-burning engines. Why not convert existing trucks and engines to use cheap and clean-burning gas

June 4, 2012

Natural Gas Pump Prices Won't Rise Much, Clean Energy Exec Says

Prices paid at the pump for natural gas by truck operators won't rise much even if gas's basic price doubles, said an executive with Clean Energy, a company now setting up retail NG filling stations and selling the fuel

May 30, 2012

Does natural gas make sense as a truck fuel? Why not use it to make stuff that's easier to handle?

Natural gas! Almost everything's natural gas! That was my impression while walking through the displays at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in early May at the Long Beach Convention Center. Suppliers were offering all sorts of equipment and services connected to this fuel that's so much in the news

May 24, 2012

Renewable DME vs. U.S. Natural Gas

Volvo just told the world about its LNG engine coming in 2014 at a recent press gathering in Miami Beach and discussed the future of DME fuel - that's dimethyl ether - in North America

May 24, 2012

Hybrids in Yosemite

As we head into summer vacation season, it's worth noting that hybrids are being used in a somewhat unexpected place - California's Yosemite National Park

May 24, 2012

Turbine-Electric Hybrid Whirs and Whooshes But Saves Fuel, Maker Says

A chrome-plated exhaust stack emits a muted whoosh as this truck's turbine engine spins at tens of thousands of RPMs, drawing the curious among attendees at this ride-and-drive event in downtown Long Beach, Calif.

May 17, 2012

Alternative Fuels Mean Energy Independence, Say ACT Expo Speakers

Suppliers of alternative fuels and the equipment that burns them must cooperate to move America toward energy self-sufficiency and economic growth, says retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark

May 15, 2012

What's up with biodiesel?

Bet you didn't celebrate National Biodiesel Day, did you? March 18 if you were wondering

April 12, 2012

'Virtual' Vertical Integration?

Three weeks after the Mid-America Trucking Show, while I munch on very small, very rich chocolate eggs that were left on my desk by some generous rabbit, I find myself at the keyboard pondering a few things I learned and heard in Louisville. And one in particular


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