While the basic principles of Ohm’s Law haven’t changed, the architecture of a truck’s electrical system certainly has. Are fleets doing enough to keep their technicians ahead of the rapidly steepening technology adoption curve? Our guest on this episode of HDT Talks Trucking is Larry Rambeaux, a sales application engineer at Purkeys Fleet Electric in Rogers, Arkansas. He worries truck fleets could face a skills deficit as truck electrical systems grow ever more complex. Larry discusses some of the weaknesses in basic electrical maintenance and provides a few tips to help fleets keep the lights on now and into the future.
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