The market for battery- or fuel cell-electric trucks is still in its infancy. It could be another 10-15 years before production and deployment numbers achieve a critical mass where scale begins to provide significant cost reduction. In the meantime, subsidies and incentives will keep the industry moving forward while the electrical infrastructure is built out and new efficiencies are realized in battery design and execution. Joining me on this episode to talk about the road to an electric future are Jeremy Frenznick, Dana's senior director of commercial vehicle engineering and Beyza Sarioglu, Dana's senior director of strategy and business planning for commercial vehicles.
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While battery-electric trucks seem to be the darlings of the green movement here in North America, hydrogen fuel cells struggle for acceptance. A recently formed joint venture between Daimler Truck and Volvo Group Company aims to change that. Volvo Group's chief technology officer, Lars Stenqvist, explains the company's strategy to increase hydrogen's market penetration by 2050.
Most drivers and carriers seem supportive of the recent updates FMCSA made to its hours-of-service rules. To some, if the trucking industry is happy with a rule change, it must be bad for safety. Are the changes generally good for drivers and carriers? We'll find out on this episode.
The trucking industry is facing tectonic change to risk mitigation and its relationships with the insurance industry. Several factors are pushing up the cost of managing risk and defending accident claims. How the industry solves this problem isn't completely clear yet, but Brendan Dawson of the Trucking Defense Network has a few thoughts on the first steps we need to take.
While most autonomous truck developers are teaching and testing their AI in single trucks on highways in the southwest, Locomation is taking a different approach. Dr. Çetin Meriçli, CEO and co-founder of autonomous truck developer, Locomation explains why his company is taking a different approach, operating two trucks in a human-controlled partially automated environment.
After nearly 15 years aftertreatment systems continue to cause heartburn among maintenance technicians and fleet managers. Steve Hoke and Steve "Junior" Stratton of Diesel Emissions Service in Redding, California help make sense of the systems, explain what can go wrong with them, and reveal how to look after them.
Season 6 of HDT Talks Trucking digs into bunch of hot-button issues, from aftertreatment system maintenance to managing litigation costs resulting from accidents. We also dig into the new Hours of Service rules, automated trucks, electric trucks, and we add a dose of politics for a little spice.
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