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Can Electric Trucks Ease the Technician Shortage?

Electric trucks have thousands fewer moving parts than vehicles with conventional powertrains. Does that mean near-future fleets could get by with fewer technicians? Senior Editor Jack Roberts takes a look in the Truck Tech blog.

Silver Streak Trucking Keeps Running with Mack

Mack’s GuardDog Connect telematics solution helps reduce downtime by proactively monitoring fault codes that could lead to an unplanned visit to the dealer or even shut down or de-rate a truck.

Why Small Carriers Have It So Tough

Many fleets say 2018 was one of their best years ever, but smaller carriers (1-100 trucks), while growing, struggle with challenges such as drivers, high fuel and insurance costs, government regulations and fierce competition. HDT has an exclusive first look at a new survey by Bibby Financial Services.

10 Trends: Vocational Work Trucks Cost of Ownership

Total cost of ownership for vocational truck fleets is trending upward, primarily due to higher fuel prices, increased maintenance costs due to higher labor rates and parts prices, and commodity-driven increases in tire prices.

Designing a Truck for Total Cost of Ownership

Spec’ing and maintaining trucks for the best total cost of ownership is a tricky balancing act to master. Achieving the optimal total cost of ownership means weighing the benefits of every spec on a truck.