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2019: The Future in Truck Technology Begins

Nikola's April launch of the next generation of its hydrogen-electric truck is just one of the...

This year hasn't yet faded from the rear-view mirror, and HDT's Jim Park is already looking forward to 2019. The technology advances we have been watching over the past few years look finally to be coming to fruition, and some of those new bits will be hitting the street in 2019, some within the first few months of the New Year.

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On the Road to Cracking 10

The Mack Performance Tour 2018 fleet at the end of Day 2 in Memphis.

Rarely do editors get to evaluate fuel economy on test drives. On a recent three-day "Performance Tour" trip in a Mack Anthem, Equipment Editor Jim Park turned in a trip average of 9.5 mpg, with a high of 10.4 on the second leg of the trip. Read how Mack's new engine technology made that possible.

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Tire Blowouts Don't Have to Be Deadly

Authorities suspect a steer-tire blowout was the root cause of a spectacular and deadly...

A fatal accident in New Mexico is a sobering reminder that proper reaction and proven driving techniques are key to ensuring that a truck remains under the driver's control in the event of a tire blowout — even a steer tire failure.

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Of Course Trucking Should Pay for Parking

Publicly funded rest areas amount to a government subsidy of a for-profit industry. Trucking...

Nobody likes having to pay for something that once came free, but we now face a crisis-level shortage of truck parking spaces in this country. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the days of free parking are over, says Equipment Editor Jim Park in his blog.

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Electric Semi: More Sizzle than Steak?

Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted this image of his upcoming all-electric tractor during a TED...

The first image of Tesla's Electric Semi seem to show exactly the wrong type of electric truck. Is this for the benefit of investors or the trucking industry? Equipment Editor Jim Park explores the question in his On the Road blog.

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Steve Carlson is the Xantrex OEM and fleet manager. Steve has over 20 years of...

Xantrex OEM and Fleet Manager

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Xantrex OEM and Fleet Manager