With the ELD implementation date behind us and enforcement just around the corner, you’ve probably seen ELDs at work in your fleet over the past several months. Now that you’re comfortable with the logging capabilities, let’s look at some other advantages. The implementation process likely highlighted that there is a lot of information available. With
Hydrogen-electric trucks still have a fully electric powertrain—meaning there’s no diesel or gasoline engine. But rather than being powered solely by electric batteries, the electric motor is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which allows the truck to use a smaller, lighter battery. Naturally that invites another question: what is a hydrogen fuel cell, and
Volvo revealed the new VNX truck for heavy-haul applications. Available with up to 605 HP and 2,050 lb./ft. of torque, the truck comes with multiple configurations and a redesigned cab in the style of the Volvo VNL and VNR; you can read more details about the new trucks here. FE Editor Jason Morgan hopped in
Corrosion resistant coatings fight the elements—such as road salt, dust and dirt—that can negatively affect vehicle structural integrity, especially the undercarriage, that lead to expensive repairs and costly downtime. The climates you trucks operate in play a big role in your coating selection. If your trucks experience harsh winters, you’re going to want protection from
While Air Disc Brake market penetration has pushed into the tractor and trailer segments at approximately 20% (Give or take 5% either way depending on who you talk with), the majority of trucks on the road still use drum brakes. The first major difference between disc and drum brake friction is heat. Disc brakes operate,
After a slow January, travel picked up for the FE team in February with two major events: the first was a test drive of Detroit’s new DD8, 7.7-liter engine in sunny Palm Beach Florida. The DD8 offers the following power ratings: The DD8 single turbo offering boasts engine ratings of: • 260 HP, 660 ft./lb.
Any on-highway truck you spec today will likely employ downspeeding to some degree. Engine downspeeding is enabled through faster axle ratios that allow the engine to maintain a lower RPM—thus saving fuel—while still providing the necessary power to the axle. Axle ratio is written as a ratio, such as 2.16:1. But what does 2.16:1 mean?
The cost of unplanned service for your trucks can add up in a hurry. You may have found yourself thinking: My fleet would be much better off if I could have known in advance that this would happen. That brings us to today’s topic: predictive maintenance.
Medium-duty applications can vary wildly—from pick up and delivery to construction and refuse tasks. The two most important variables to consider are the specific application of the vehicle and weight considerations. Beyond that, gross vehicle weight rating and ride-height requirement, along with durability, traction and climate considerations should all be taken into account. Click here
In addition to the location tracking capabilities that immediately spring to mind when thinking of trailer telematics, today’s offerings take advantage of the latest technology to provide deeper trailer analytics. To make informed trailer management decisions you need as much information in as near as real-time as you can get–everything from cargo status, door status
Las Vegas played host to the 2018 Heavy-Duty Aftermarket week recently, and the show offered a bevy of press announcements. (Click here for all the news from HDAW 2018.) Here are some of the highlights. Meritor announced a new product portfolio strategy with distinct aftermarket brands that includes multiple price points. The portfolio offers Mach
Let’s talk equipment and drivers. American Transportation Research Institute pointed to the driver shortage as the industry’s top concern. As the many of the Class 8 OEMs rolled out their new trucks over the past two years, driver comfort and productivity was a top focus. New cabs, new creature comforts and new uptime solutions