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Is There a Great Future in Plastic Trailers?
Is There a Great Future in Plastic Trailers?

December 9, 2016
Plastics -- specifically, molded structural composites -- might constitute the future of trailers. Some are used in Europe, and Wabash National is ready to...

Daycabs, Vocational Trucks Are Priorities for Nikola
Daycabs, Vocational Trucks Are Priorities for Nikola

December 2, 2016
A daycab version of Nikola Motor Co.’s hydrogen-electric heavy-duty tractor will probably be the first one to enter production, said the firm’s founder and...

Nikola One Fuel Cell Electric Truck Promises High Fuel Economy, Low Maintenance
Nikola One Fuel Cell Electric Truck Promises High Fuel Economy, Low Maintenance

December 1, 2016
If enthusiasm ensures success, Nikola One, the fuel cell-electric long-haul tractor unveiled Thursday night in Salt Lake City, is a sure thing. It promises...

European Cargo Securement Devices are Diverse
European Cargo Securement Devices are Diverse

November 30, 2016
Like here, tying down the goods is a concern in Europe, because a dominant German trailer builder recently displayed a van with numerous securement options...

Otto to Test Autonomous Rig in Ohio
Otto to Test Autonomous Rig in Ohio

November 28, 2016
A demonstration on Monday, using a 35-mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus, was postponed, but may be rescheduled. Next week, the Otto truck will...

Clean Air Plan Encourages Cleaner Vehicles at SoCal Ports
Clean Air Plan Encourages Cleaner Vehicles at SoCal Ports

November 23, 2016
Operation of zero- and near-zero-emissions trucks, locomotives and container-handling equipment would expand beginning in 2019 and culminate with wide use...

Proper Inflation is Elementary
Proper Inflation is Elementary

November 22, 2016
Keeping tires properly inflated is elementary to good maintenance, and products that aid in that quest can be valuable.

The Future of Refrigerated Trailers
The Future of Refrigerated Trailers

November 21, 2016
What will the refrigerated trailer of the future be made of? Strong, lightweight and corrosion-proof composites? Very possibly. Economical, efficient...

Lights Help with Hooking Up, But Inspections Still Necessary
Lights Help with Hooking Up, But Inspections Still Necessary

November 14, 2016
There’s dropping trailers, as in hook-and-drop operations, and there’s dropping a trailer, as in whoops! In his Trailer Talk blog, Tom Berg looks at two...

Powered Trailer Axle Provides an Off-Road Boost
Powered Trailer Axle Provides an Off-Road Boost

November 4, 2016
“SAF Trak” axle is powered from the tractor’s hydraulic wet kit. On the trailer, two hydraulic motors, one at each axle end, turn the wheels to help get the...

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