The biggest medium-duty truck stories of 2021

The biggest medium-duty truck stories of 2021

What truck classification do you give Santa’s sleigh? Based on the weight of the world’s gifts alone, it’s tempting to hop straight to Class 8, but I think Santa’s got some magic elf nonsense that makes weight a non-issue. If we use application as a clue, he’s kind of on the longest last-mile route there is, moving goods from the North Pole warehouse workshop to their final destination. And with that, I’m guessing Mr. Claus’s whip falls somewhere in medium-duty trucking (sleighing) territory.

If you’re like Ol’ Saint Nick, running last-mile or vocational routes, chances are the medium-duty truck space is an important one. Versatility, maneuverability, efficiency… all of these terms make medium-duty mobility possible, and with the advancements we’ve seen this year, 2021 has been no exception. So, here are the biggest medium-duty headlines that drove your business forward this year.

Peterbilt’s new medium-duty models

Just months after Peterbilt unveiled its next-generation Peterbilt Model 579 Class 8 on-highway truck, the company gave us the new medium-duty Model 537 and Model 548, designed for the Class 7/8 segment; as well as the medium-duty Model 535 and Model 536, designed for the Class 5/6 non-CDL lease and rental markets. Each truck is updated with updated PACCAR PX engines.

Here are the details on the new trucks, as well as the company’s new PACCAR TX-8 automatic transmission and updated PACCAR PX engines:

International reimagines Class 6-7

In September, International Truck revealed its new International MV Series Class 6-7 vocational vehicles at the Utility Expo September 28-30. The OEM noted that the new MV Series was designed for increased maneuverability, visibility and safety. The trucks are supported through OnCommand Connection, Navistar’s remote diagnostics system. Customers have the option to receive real-time information to protect their assets through GPS and geofencing capabilities as well as actionable vehicle health reports.

Here’s what you need to know in case you missed the announcement:

Kenworth lines up a new medium-duty lineup

Kenworth also introduced a full lineup of new medium-duty conventional trucks ranging from Class 5 to light Class 8 in early April. The new models are the Kenworth T180 (Class 5), Kenworth T280 (Class 6), Kenworth T380 (Class 7) and Kenworth T480 (light Class 8), and they were designed to serve a variety of applications – we’re talking including cargo and reefer van, beverage, tow and recovery, utility and government, fuel oil and propane, landscaping… the list goes on.

Here’s the announcement with the full list of features:

The evolution of last-mile

Back in April, we caught up with Chad Heminover, president of The Shyft Group’s Fleet Vehicles and Services business unit, to see where the last-mile segment has grown. At the time, the answer was that last-mile delivery was booming. Has the growth of this segment changed since then? Nope.

But what has changed is the proliferation of electric vehicles in the last-mile space. Back in April 2021 we didn’t know what electric infrastructure changes would be coming down the pike, but now the muddy water is… well let’s be honest, it’s still pretty murky. But murky is clearer than muddy, right? I think so – you get the point. We’re getting there. And, since last-mile delivery trucks/vans typically drive on defined routes, this is a natural fit for the world of electric trucks.

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Thomas Built Buses celebrates 200th Proterra-powered electric school bus delivery

Thomas Built Buses (TBB) announced the delivery of TBB’s 200th Proterra Powered Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley battery-electric school bus to Monroe County Public Schools in Indiana. Monroe became the first county in the state to receive an electric school bus in fall 2020. Since then, the district has continued to grow its zero-emission fleet, ordering an additional two buses

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Sonepar has selected Penske Truck Leasing to provide its new light-duty electric fleet. Penske Truck Leasing is in the process of delivering nine Ford E-Transit all-electric cargo vans to support the initiative. Related Articles – Lightning eMotors launches fleet planner, configuration tool – Extending equipment sustainability strategies to electric transportation refrigeration units – Voltera partners on EV maintenance,

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