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The Unanswered Questions About BEV Trucks [podcast]

There's a lot more to adopting electric trucks than batteries and range, as HDT's Deborah Lockridge explores in this conversation with Hendrickson's Jeff Sass.

This episode of HDT's Leadership Insights is produced in partnership with, and sponsored by, Hendrickson.

Jeff Sass, vice president of marketing for Hendrickson, has spent decades in the truck business, and he’s been talking frankly about how technology is changing the industry for years. Three years ago at HDT's Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange event, he promised that "electric trucks are coming." And indeed, they are here. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a lot of questions and a lot of hurdles to overcome, from weight to cradle-to-grave issues.

Topics Covered in This Episode:

  • Electric trucks are here
  • EV range and battery weight
  • Dealing with EV weight challenges 
  • Last-mile delivery
  • How much is electricity going to cost? 
  • Broader environmental concerns

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How Your Fleet's Safety Manuals Could be a Goldmine for Plaintiffs' Attorneys

If you’re concerned about how to defend your company against aggressive plaintiffs’ attorneys who target trucking, you’ve probably heard of the “reptile theory.” But there’s another type of attack that has gotten less attention, and it means your safety manuals and policies could be a goldmine for them – and a landmine for you.

Listen: Can Microgrids Speed the Transition to Electric Trucks?

Joshua Goldman, vice president of E-mobility at microgrid and DER deployment advisor Xendee, says off-grid energy sources offer resiliency from power outages while helping to level the cost of electricity supplied by utility companies. Could a microgrid kickstart your fleet's transition from diesel to BEV?

Listen: Energy One's First Megawatt Charging Hub in Findlay, Ohio

One Energy is an industrial power company and installer of on-site, behind-the-meter, wind energy systems. In early October, the company unveiled its first 30 megawatt battery-electric truck charging site. The site is fully developed, energized, and waiting for its first fleet customers in Findlay, Ohio.

How to Run a Top-Notch Safety Program and Earn Drivers' Respect [Podcast]

Meet Sarah Cates, the rock-star safety director at Keller Trucking of Defiance, Ohio. Her bosses love her. Her drivers love her. And she's the recipient of HDT's 2023 Safety & Compliance award.

Listen: Do a Tune-up Now to Prepare for Next Freight Upturn

“Once you really look at the numbers, you will almost always be surprised at what's in there, and that’s golden.” Learn why in this episode of the HDT Talks Trucking podcast.

Expert Advice on Reducing Truck Out-of-service Violations [Podcast]

Want to learn how roadside inspectors see that puts trucks out of service? Find out in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking. John Seidl is vice president of risk services at Reliance Partners, the owner of transportation consulting company Trucking Wins, and a former Wisconsin State Patrol roadside inspection officer.

How Can Trucking Solve its Parking Shortage? [Podcast]

Trucking has a parking problem — more trucks than parking spaces. ⁠Jim Ward⁠, president of the Truckload Carriers Association, joins HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park on HDT Talks Trucking to discuss the scope of the problem, potential solutions, and the thorny issue of paying for parking.

How Did Bison Transport Achieve its Phenomenal Safety Record?

Bison Transport is a big believer in leveraging technology to improve safety, but the real focus of the safety program is the driver. Listen to this episode of the HDT Talks Trucking podcast to learn more.

Listen: Fleet Doubles Down on Safety With Advanced Truck Tech

Trucking fleet owner John Vaccaro became a big believer in automatic emergency braking, dashcams, and other advanced safety systems after he nearly lost his business due to what could have been a so-called nuclear verdict. Learn why in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking.

Build Better Driver Relationships With Communication [Podcast]

Happy drivers tend to stay put. So, it's important to open up communication channels with your drivers -- and keep them open. And modern communication technologies can help you do just that.

What Truck Driver Job Application Data Says About Recruiting and Retention [Podcast]

The softer freight market has made truck drivers more likely to seek greener pastures. What can fleets learn about recruiting and retention from job application data?

New Near-Zero Emissions Diesel Sales Top 57% [Podcast]

Today, clean diesels make up 57% of the new commercial vehicle population. That’s nearly double where we were a decade ago. And it’s a 10% jump over this time last year. So, what's going on?

How to Maximize Trailer Cargo Capacity [Podcast]

At a time when fleet expansion is an iffy proposition, adding additional carrying capacity to your existing fleet can lower equipment costs, increase profits, and even help reduce your carbon footprint.

The State of Autonomous Vehicle Development [Podcast]

Where is the autonomous/self-driving truck industry today? How much longer will we have to wait for Level 4 to mature? What's the holdup? Listen to this podcast episode of HDT Talks Trucking to learn more.

Navigating Battery-Electric Truck Charging Challenges [Podcast]

Matt Horton, CEO of Voltera Power, talks to Jim Park on HDT Talks Trucking about BEV charging infrastructure challenges for trucking.

Bringing the Fleet Perspective to Self-Driving Trucks [Podcast]]

Former USA Truck CEO James Reed recently joined Kodiak Robotics as chief operating officer. He joins HDT's Deborah Lockridge on HDT Talks Trucking to talk about the move and the state of the autonomous-truck industry.

Listen: How Will EPA’s 2027 Ultra-Low-NOx Rule Affect Trucking?

EPA's new diesel emissions rule sets very aggressive NOx reduction targets and gives engine makers a very short timeline to get it done. How will these changes affect fleets and truck makers?

Listen: Will EPA’s 2027 Low-NOx Rules Cause a Truck Pre-buy?

Hear from ACT Research Senior Analyst Tim Denoyer about the likelihood of a pre-buy ahead of the new EPA 2027 emissions rules in this HDT Talks Trucking podcast.

How FMCSA Scores Carrier Safety is Changing [Podcast]

The FMCSA has proposed some significant changes to its Safety Measurement System, which is how it prioritizes motor carriers for enforcement. What will those changes mean to trucking companies?

UPS on its New Electric Heavy-Duty Trucks [Podcast]

Electric and alternative-fuel vehicles aren't new to UPS, but the company recently took delivery of its first fully electric Class 8 truck, a Freightliner eCascadia. Learn more in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking.

Staying on Top of Automatic Electronic Tolling Costs [Podcast]

Automatic electronic tolling is becoming more and more common. But a missed plate-read or other error can quickly add up to big bucks. Listen to learn more.

Does Hyliion’s Hypertruck ERX Beat BEVs at Their Own Game? [Podcast]

After a test drive, HDT’s Equipment Editor Jim Park sat down with Thomas Healy to talk about the thinking behind the ERX, the benefits of range-extender configurations, and the GHG reduction potential of renewable natural gas.

Waabi: Using AI to Train Autonomous Trucks Means Faster Commercialization [Podcast]

Listen as Waabi's Dustin Koehl, a former fleet manager and HDT Emerging Leader, explains how the startup company's approach to autonomous trucks is different.

Meet Nikola's New CEO Michael Lohscheller [Podcast]

HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park sat down with the new CEO of Nikola, Michael Lohscheller, for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of the company and its battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

Electrifying Transport Refrigeration: Overcoming the Challenges

As of January 2024, most refrigerated truck fleets operating in California will need to have at least 15% of the fleet converted to fully electric refrigeration units. In this Leadership Insights podcast, we explore what that rule will mean for fleets large and small.

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