HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

June 2017

Cover Story By Jim Park
Super Trucks: Pie in the Sky, or Pathway to Super Fuel Savings?

The DOE SuperTruck projects have demonstrated what’s possible. The next challenge is to turn the possible into the practical.

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Features

Innovation and Networking at the Inaugural Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange Photo: Kareem Girgis

By HDT Staff

The inaugural Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange focused on promoting networking between fleets and suppliers, as well as educational opportunities revolving around the theme of innovation.

Drivers Key to Cutting Idle Costs Fleets must balance the need to reduce idling with the need to attract and retain drivers. Photo:  Randy Heinitz via Flickr/creative commons license

By Deborah Lockridge

No single technology has emerged as a winner in the idle reduction market, but driver satisfaction and comfort are key factors in finding solutions.

Aerodynamic Devices Can Translate Into Fast Fuel Savings This trailer owned by Illinois-based Nussbaum Transportation has both an aerodynamic “boat tail” from Stemco TrailerTails and extra-long trailer side fairings it developed with Wabash. Photo: Nussbaum Transportation

By Jack Roberts

Falling acquisition prices, proven performance and fast ROI times on aerodynamic add-ons can translate into fast fuel savings for even cash-strapped fleets. Learn more in this feature from June's special fuel issue.

The Rolling Resistance Paradox Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Looking for a tire with the lowest possible rolling resistance? If that’s your only consideration, you might not be happy with the tire you get.

Saving Fuel by the Dollar and by the Minute The latest development with fuel-card programs is the option to access them with cardless technology. Likewise, pre-existing cardlock systems that enable drivers to quickly purchase fuel at unattended fuel islands may now be accessed without an actual card. The enabling technology is radio frequency identification (RFID). Photo: Comdata

By David Cullen

There’s more to saving fuel than just not burning it. It’s called buying it for less. One of the surest ways to do that is to leverage high-tech solutions that take the guesswork and the data-crunching out of where to buy fuel at the best price on the road.

Automated Transmissions Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow More power and increased safety and comfort seem to be the marching orders for OEMs and suppliers developing the next generation of heavy-duty AMTs. The Innovation Truck, unveiled last year, is a concept vehicle proving out these features for ZF. Photo: ZF

By Jack Roberts

Automated manual transmissions surpassed even the most optimistic predictions for adoption. How will the next generation of smarter, faster, and better connected AMTs boost safety, efficiency and, fuel economy?

FA-4: Oil Worth Waiting For The new API FA-4 oil-service category was developed specifically to work in concert with the new generation of more fuel-efficient heavy-duty diesels starting to come on the market. Photo: Shell Oil

By David Cullen

The newest API oil-service category promises to boost mpg, but its use is limited to new engines.

The Latest Fuel-Sipping Engines Mack will add turbo compounding to is MP8 engine lineup in the spring, as will the Volvo D13. Photo: Mack

By Jim Park

How engine makers have met the EPA GHG Phase 1 2017 emissions requirements head-on, with a lineup promising better fuel efficiency and greater reliability.

Departments

How Truck Drivers Can Eat Healthy on the Road A big challenge for drivers who want to eat healthy meals is just getting past the typical high-calorie fare to find inexpensive but healthy food choices while out on the road. Photos: J.J. Keller & Associates

By Terri Dougherty, J.J. Keller

The news came as a shock to Emily Plummer. Her blood sugar level had jumped, threatening to end her 18-year career as an interstate truck driver. Find out how she saved her career and learned to eat healthy on the road.

Editorials

Commentary: Will Electric Trucks Charge Ahead? Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

They are already here in small numbers, and several P&D fleets...are aggressively evaluating their performance today. So what does the future hold for electric trucks? Senior Editor Jack Roberts writes in his June column.

Commentary: Product Standards Coming to Heavy-Duty Market Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a consistent way for everyone across the supply chain to have the same information about heavy-duty truck parts?, asks Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini in her Aftermarket Insight column.

Commentary: Complacency Is a Killer Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Downtime, unhappy drivers, bitching customers... they all contribute to an ugly bottom line, writes Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Commentary: Innovation Comes from the Top - and yet it Doesn't Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

If someone comes up with an idea and it’s ignored, dismissed, or laughed at, what’s going to happen the next time they have an idea? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge examines transformational thinking in her June editorial.

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