It’s going to take a lot more than better aerodynamics and low-rolling resistance tires to meet the EPA’s next round of emissions reductions for heavy trucks. Trucks from model-year 2021 are included in the rulemaking. All the OEMs met those requirements handily, and vehicle owners hardly noticed. That probably won’t be the case in 2024 and we will certainly notice the changes needed to meet the 2027 standards. Joining me in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking to explain what these advanced technologies are and how they work is Dr. Mihai Dorobantu, the Eaton Vehicle Group’s director of Technology Planning and Government Affairs.
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Trucking and truckstops are strange bedfellows. There are plenty of parallels between the two industries, yet the relationship isn’t always mutually beneficial. Truckstop business consultant Don Baglien, aka That Truckstop Guy, shares what it’s like on his side of the doors that never close. We discuss menus, hospitality, paid parking, rest area commercialization and alternate fuels.
With medium- and heavy-duty truck electrification, we’re seeing a unique alignment of traditional truck manufacturers, tier-1 suppliers and start-up companies. As a group, they are simultaneously competing and collaborating on the advancement of truck electrification. Can all these diverse interests play together in the same sandbox?
Are fleets doing enough to keep their technicians ahead of the rapidly steepening technology learning curve? Larry Rambeaux of Purkeys Fleet Electric in Rogers, Arkansas worries truck fleets could soon face a skills deficit as truck electrical systems grow ever more complex.
Engine downspeeding is an elegant way of reducing fuel consumption, and thus CO2 emissions. But if drivers don’t embrace it or won’t use the technology properly, nobody sees its full benefit. Jamie Hagen of Hell Bent Xpress in Aberdeen, South Dakota is an expert on the gear-fast, run-slow concept. He shares his experience learning to love trucking at 900 rpm.
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