Paul Hartley, Author at Fleet Equipment Magazine
Ride & drive of Kenworth’s ‘aero’ designedT680

Kenworth’s T680, introduced in March, offers a truckload of futuristic features that boost economy, improve driver comfort and enhance safety.

Freightliner expands options in Class 7 & 8 vocational trucks

The truck maker has expanded available options to round out its full range of Class 7 and 8 vocational trucks with the introduction of the 108SD and 114SD models.

Refrigerated trucking trends & regulations

Some of the most recent truck and trailer refrigeration unit trends offer fleets greater flexibility and cost savings.

Test drive of Kenworth T700: lean, mean and yellow

Leaner times demand leaner trucks. That seems to be the overarching theme of Kenworth’s T700, introduced in March as the replacement to the T2000, a popular 14-year-old model that borrowed some of its styling cues from the Pillsbury Doughboy. The T700 is sculpted and angular in places where the “T2” was rounded and bulky. The

Diesel-electric hybrid reefers

In the pursuit to make refrigerated truck transport cleaner and greener, diesel-electric hybrid is emerging as a leading technology. Despite the promise these systems offer, though, their widespread adoption in the market hinges on a scenario best described as chicken-and-egg. The technology is not particularly new. Diesel-electric hybrid reefers have been used in Europe for

Meeting trucking industry demands

North American Truck executives talk about government mandates and the impact on future vehicles.

Reflective reefers

How to avoid the effects of the sun’s heat on temperature-sensitive trailer loads.

Reefer roundup

A look at new products and technologies introduced at the Mid-America Trucking Show

Telematics and remote control

Reefers relay increasingly more valuable information to fleets related to temperature sensitive loads

Corrosion protection

aluminum flatbed, dump and transfer trailers. It’s a return ground system (versus the traditional chassis-ground system) eliminating the poor connections that can occur between body, chassis and tractor fifth wheel. Great Dane Trailers—CorroGuard, introduced in 2007, is designed to fully protect the underbody components of trailers. This is a thermoplastic coating that’s sprayed on suspensions

Less trailer weight, more profit

Trucking is a business with razor thin profit margins, where any gains in efficiency can mean the difference between profit and loss. In this type of environment, equipment manufacturers continually strive to develop products that offer both greater capacity and less weight. This is always a tricky balancing act – but especially so for companies