1. It’s time to start preparing for GHG Phase 2
“The new standards separate rules for engines and vehicles, an approach that some manufacturers supported while others preferred a single standard. In general, industry reaction was positive.”
It’s time to gear up for phase 2 of greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards. The new standards will cover all types of trucks, including large pickups, vans and buses, for model years 2021 through 2027.The proposed “Phase 2 GHG standards” will reduce carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption for tractors by as much as 24 percent in 2027 compared to 2018.
Seth Skydel talks to the major truck OEMs about how they plan to prepare for the changes the new standards will bring. Click here to find out each manufacturer’s reactions to the new standards, and what they plan to do when Phase 2 comes around.
2. The business side of the trucking industry should not be forgotten
“Trucking in 2015 is not a place that forgives mediocrity readily, and so the reality of the marketplace—at least in terms of the equipment itself—is one that does not distinguish between good and bad, but good and better.”
Trucks are becoming today’s rolling technology platforms, but Oliver Dixon reminds us not to forget about the business side of this new technology. Click here to read his take on trucks, technology, and the almighty dollar.
3. People judge a book by its cover; so make sure that cover’s a good one.
“People judge a book by a cover. It happens. First impressions matter and the same goes for fleets: Customers may judge your service based on your trucks’ finishes. Beyond that, corrosion is a big culprit in undermining the longevity of your equipment. So let’s start at the finish.”
It’s never a bad time to look at your fleet’s finish. Does it stand out? Does it send the message you want it to send?
These finishes stand out more than ever in the bright, sunny months of the summer. So when is a good time to upgrade or change your fleet’s finish? How can you ensure that your finish will stay intact for the long haul? Click here for Editor Jason Morgan’s look at paints, primers, and finishes.
4. Are automatic transmission positioned to gain ground in the Class 8 market?
“As of now, Navistar is the only OEM that offers the automatic TC10 transmission, but Dewey hints that something bigger is on the horizon, saying that Allison is in ‘very active negotiations’ with other OEMs, both in North America and abroad.”
That’s what Allison Transmission believes. Trucks have always been the domain of manual (and lately, automated manual) transmissions, but could things be changing in the future?
Allison Chairman, President and CEO Larry Dewey talks to Associate Editor Alex Crissey about that and much more in this interview. Click here to read his thoughts on automatics, fuel economy, and more.
5. Among all these innovations, don’t forget about the dealer relationship
A fleet can add as many new innovations as it wants, but it can’t forget the very important relationships it forges with its service support network. Western Star knows this; watch the video below for a look at the Western Star 5700XE and a talk with Daimler Senior Vice President Friederich Baumann on the importance of a good service network.
Want more FE videos? August also brought us this look at UPS’s newly adopted safety system, the Bendix Wingman Advanced. If that’s still not enough truck video for you, all of the videos from FE’s On the Road series are archived here.