May 24, 2016
You don’t think about “lightweight” when talking about lowboys, which are often long and multi-axled. Nevertheless, today’s heavy-haul trailers are not as heavy as their predecessors – but it’s a careful balance.
May 19, 2016
Kenworth showed off eight trucks and tractors to reporters and customers at its plant in Chillicothe, Ohio, in May 2016. They included three models and two Paccar MX diesels. Here are some of them, as photographed (and driven) by Senior Editor Tom Berg.
April 15, 2016
Ford has beefed up the axles, brakes, hitch, and suspension of its 2017 Super Duty pickups, after removing 350 pounds in weight-saving aluminum body panels, the automaker has announced.
April 13, 2016
We talk about some of the hottest trends in engineering drivetrain components-- including downspeeding and selecting axle ratios-- with Dana’s Steve Slesinski, who heads up product planning for the company's commercial-vehicle operation.
March 22, 2016
Rugby Manufacturing’s SR-4016 subframe scissor hoist is designed to be 20% lighter than comparable hoists, improving fuel efficiency and payload capacity.
March 18, 2016
ConMet has added a new lightweight version of its popular TruTurn brake drum called the TruTurn Lite.
January 27, 2016
Accuride president and CEO Rick Dauch spoke about the company’s recently acquired metal matrix composite technology during a briefing at HDAW, explaining the role MMC would play in Accuride’s lightweight components.
November 1, 2015
Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.
September 22, 2015
Lighter-weight equipment is a quest for Jim Burg, president and CEO of James Burg Trucking Co. in Warren, Mich.
August 26, 2015
The North American Council on Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room released their most recent “Confidence Report,” on lightweighting strategies for heavy-duty trucks, released August 25 at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.
July 13, 2015
A metals industry group is exploring lightweight ferrous products as an alternative to more expensive materials in the quest for cutting weight from trucks and other transport vehicles, says Grede Holdings, an iron castings supplier that’s involved in the project.
June 5, 2015
Air-ride's more complex and requires more maintenance, so some fleets that watch costs very closely never got on the air-ride band wagon.
April 29, 2015
Wide-based single tires have proven weight- and fuel-saving properties, but not every fleet can make them work. Yet there may still be options.
April 9, 2015
Peterbilt has introduced a 58-inch sleeper for its Model 579 in both low- and mid-roof configurations for weight conscious short- and regional-haul operations.
April 6, 2015
Ford has given additional details about how it achieved an approximately 700-pound weight reduction on its 2015 F-150 truck beyond its use of military-grade aluminum in the body panels.
April 5, 2015
At the Mid-America Trucking Show, Alcoa showcased several vehicle components currently in development that could reduce the weight of a typical highway tractor by as much as 2,500 pounds.
March 26, 2015
Mudguard Technologies announced the V-Flap II aerodynamic mud flap, the second generation of the company’s V-Flap product.
February 18, 2015
Meritor has developed a larger trailer axle said to be stronger but lighter than its current 5-inch-diameter tube-type product. The MTec6 experiences less bending at the wheel end and better tire wear, and cuts out 40 pounds of material.
February 4, 2015
The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking have announced the 2015 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, four fleet executives being recognized for their leadership and forward thinking.
January 26, 2015
Torque is both an enabler of downspeeding and a source of concern about
delivering peak torque at very low engine speed.
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