August 22, 2014
You would be hard-pressed to find a company more enthusiastically pursuing efficiency than UPS. After all, this is a company that has determined that its no-left turns policy across North America has saved almost 10 million gallons of fuel over the last 10 years. So we asked UPS to distill its fuel-saving philosophy into three bite-sized ideas.
August 7, 2014
Peterbilt is offering new, lightweight Alcoa Ultra aluminum wheels as a factory-installed option for all Peterbilt heavy-duty trucks.
July 29, 2014
A 2015 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 with a 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost engine scaled at 4,942 pounds, while a comparable 2014 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 with a 5.0L V-8 weighed 5,674 pounds.
Webb Wheel OEM has redesigned its ductile-iron TN-model trailer hub to make it lighter and to simplify brake drum installation. The hub now weighs 35 pounds, which Webb claims is the lightest ductile iron hub available for 25,000-pound-rated TN trailer axles.
July 24, 2014
Is lightweighting actually new? Well, not really, at least not in our world of big trucks and long trailers, says Rolf Lockwood in July's "Locking It In" column.
July 1, 2014
A lightweight honeycomb sidewall design on straight truck bodies allows increased payload and promises long life and low maintenance, Supreme Industries says.
June 17, 2014
From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.
June 9, 2014
Specs include the 12.9-liter MX-13 diesel mated to an Eaton Advantage transmission, a 6x2 tandem, wide-base single wheels and tires, and an aluminum fifth wheel.
April 17, 2014
SAF-Holland introduced what it says is the industry's first integrated yoke mount air suspension axle system, the CBXy Series, designed for lowboy and dropdeck trailers.
April 11, 2014
Senior Editor Tom Berg takes Volvo's lightweight Optimized VNL430 for a drive near Volvo's New River Valley plant in Virginia.
March 28, 2014
MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Making its debut this week at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show is Trail King Industries’ prototype All-Aluminum Center Frame Step Deck trailer.
March 27, 2014
MATS, LOUISVILLE -- The new aluminum wheels and landing gear together can save 90 pounds per trailer while maintaining high strength.
MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- Alcoa has rolled out what it says is the world’s lightest heavy-duty truck wheel, with the help of a new alloy.
MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Truck owners seeking to help offset the pounds added with today's emissions systems can choose Dana's new E-Series or D-Series steer axles.
March 14, 2014
Ox Bodies introduces its new Stampede Ultralight series dump body. The Ultralight is well suited for a range of applications from sand-to-small aggregates and asphalt.
March 12, 2014
When Bill Bliem became vice president of maintenance at NFI five years ago, his first priority was to get maintenance costs under control.
March 9, 2014
TMC, NASHVILLE – Accuride unveiled two new aluminum wheels for wide-single tires that are up to 4 pounds lighter than the models they replace. With the addition of the Accu-Lite Duplex line of aluminum wheels to its portfolio, Accuride claims it has the lightest-weight range of standard aluminum wheels in North America.
January 15, 2014
Extensive use of aluminum and high-strength steel in Ford's new F-150 pickup saves 700 pounds over Ford's current full-size pickup.
October 28, 2013
Volvo Trucks in North America says its new Optimized Series, now available for order, includes eight models equipped with proven fuel- and weight-saving specifications for regional tanker, bulk haul, refrigerated, dry van or flatbed applications.
October 14, 2013
Lightweighting. You’ll hear this word a lot in the next few years. It refers to engineering efforts to slice weight from just about every single component on a truck or tractor in the name of fuel efficiency. And where better to start than with a truck’s backbone, its frame?
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