HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue


Federal Stimulus Includes Billions For Alternative-fuel and Electric Vehicles Sterling and Kenworth drayage tractors fill up at a new liquified natural gas station opened by Clean Energy Fuels Corp. adjacent to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in southern California.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Kimberly Taylor of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute was almost ecstatic. "The whole world is watching their calendar, waiting for their grants to come out," she said of people in the business of producing and using cars, truck

Air Disc Brakes: You Can't Inspect What You Can't See The caliper is nearly impossible to see without removing the wheel, leaving CVSA inspectors at a loss on how to determine brake functionality.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Imagine having a brand new truck sidelined during a roadside inspection because the inspector didn't understand what he was looking a

Maintaining Air Disc Brakes Air disc brake systems (pictured) don't look anything like drum brake systems. Inspection standards and procedures are not the same either.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The new federal mandate requiring shorter stopping distances dictates more brake torque for the front axle of trucks and tractors. The regulation can be accommodated by bigger drums, but it may stimulate a faster acceptance of the air disc brake for steer axle brakes.

FleetMind's Management Solutions Focus on Safety

FleetMind Solutions, a Montreal-based fleet management solutions provider, has enhanced its system's capabilities to make it easier for fleets to manage safety initiative

EGR Engines and Oil Control

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

One of the planks in Caterpillar's argument for its Acert technology was that no particulate-heavy exhaust was recirculated into the inlet, as is the case with other exhaust gas recirculation technologies

The Green Public Face of Private Fleets Kraft recently bought a first-of-its-kind International Durastar hybrid delivery truck with cold-plate refrigeration technology.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Private fleets often have an extra incentive to be "green." Those trucks on the road may be the most publicly visible element of a parent company's "green" strategy, sending out a message to the public that the company is concerned about the environment.

Get More Work Out of Your Work Trucks

By Bob Johnson, director of fleet relations, NTEA

Maximizing fleet productivity starts with getting the most out of your vehicles.

Test Drives

Test Drive: Detroit Diesel's DD13 and DD15 - Driving With SCR This 2011 Cascadia with EPA 2010 DD15 engine, above, is a customer demo unit already in revenue service. We drove it first. We liked it a lot.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Call it pre-need planning. When Detroit Diesel rolled out its DD15 engine in October 2007, the company said it was a clean-sheet design, birthed EPA-'07-compliant and 100 percent ready for EPA-201


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