With medium- and heavy-duty truck electrification, we’re seeing a unique alignment of traditional truck manufacturers, tier-1 suppliers and start-up companies simultaneously competing and collaborating. We have companies that started building electric trucks in their garages now developing trucks for the parcel delivery market. We have two tier 1 suppliers going from axle, brake and driveline suppliers to providers of full electric powertrains. And we have major truck manufacturers working alongside silicon-valley start-ups. We asked Meritor's vice president for Global Business Development, T.J. Reed, if all these diverse interests play together in the same sandbox.
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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.
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.
Phase 2 of the EPA and NHTSA Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations will change the way fleets spec heavy trucks. The rule calls for a reduction in carbon emissions, or a boost to fuel economy, of 25% by 2027. Dr. Mihai Dorobantu, the Eaton Vehicle Group’s director of Technology Planning and Government Affairs, joins us to explain some of the advanced technologies we’ll need to meet the requirements, and how they work.
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