The first functional diesel engine was tested in 1897, making the “heat engine” 125 years old this year. Will the diesel see 150 years of service? Allen Schaeffer, the executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum joined HDT’s Jim Park on Rudolph Diesel’s 164th birthday with a tribute to the engine’s inventor and look forward at its future.
Battery-electric is not the only option on the road to zero-emissions trucks. Jim Park and John Zelasko of FEV North America explore the powertrain technologies likely to power tomorrow's fleets.
Wireless electronic truck inspections could revolutionize the harvesting of data from commercial vehicles. But there’s infrastructure to consider, and cost, and fleet sensitivity to sharing proprietary data. Steve Vaughn of PrePass shares his thoughts on what this could mean for the industry.
Matt Srnec, Thermo King’s lead electrical systems engineer, discusses benefits and barriers to standardizing electric TRU and e-PTO technology, and the efforts underway to standardize to those technologies.
A University of Arkansas study suggests electronic logging devices may be responsible for increases in risky driving behavior and crashes among single truck owner-operators and small fleets. Andrew Balthrop of Sam M. Walton College of Business has the details on this episode of HDT Talks Trucking.
It would be easy to argue that the Lakewood, Colo. crash was entirely the fault of the driver. My guest, former fleet manager and safety advocate Brendan Dawson, says the carrier and the broker he was working for at the time should also be culpable for not ensuring the driver was trained in mountain driving.
Paul Kroes, the strategic insights leader at Thermo King, describes the challenges industry faces in bringing electric transportation refrigeration units to our highways.
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