We know it’s not easy to keep up with everything that happens in the world of trucking. So here are the biggest stories from December focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.
5. Hybrid and electric axles are becoming increasingly important
“No one can deny that electrification is coming. And with new priorities for OEMs come new challenges for suppliers. There’s one particular component that holds a place of supreme importance in electric trucks, and that’s the axle. Yes, the axle is always crucial, but with the absence of a diesel engine, an electric drivetrain is even more reliant on its axle to make the whole thing run.”
With electrification coming on strong, Senior Editor Alex Crissey takes a deep dive on the axles that make the whole thing go.
4. Upgrading to newer trucks more frequently is paying off
According to the latest numbers from Fleet Advantage, fleets are seeing significant cost savings when replacing older-model vehicles with 2018 model year trucks. Editor At Large Carol Birkland looks through the numbers and the reasons behind the savings.
3. FE gets behind the wheel of the Mack Anthem and International HV
The latest episodes of the On the Road video series put Editor Jason Morgan behind the wheel of a Mack Anthem and International HV, respectively. Watch both below.
2. What new technology means for your drivers
It’s time to honestly ask the question: Is trucking’s future a driverless one? Jason Morgan takes a closer look at a question that has surely crossed everyone’s mind in the industry.
1. Electrification named FE‘s Truck Equipment Trend of the Year
What kind of truck trends article would this be without the 2017 Equipment Trend of the Year? FE‘s Trend of the Year articles provide an overview of 2017’s electrification news, what might be coming next, fleet reactions to electric Class 8 trucks, and what fleets should know when considering an electric truck.