Five truck trend takeaways from December

Five truck trend takeaways from December

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. Volvo Trucks sounds the horn on the start of VNR electric truck’s availability

During a recent virtual press conference, Volvo Trucks announced that its VNR Electric, designed for applications and driving cycles with local and regional distribution ranges, is now commercially available in the U.S. and Canada. Click here to read about all the details of the new truck.

4. NACFE: Hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks have long-haul promise, depend on infrastructure, demand

A recent new report from The North American Council for Freight Efficiency focused on the prospects of hydrogen electric power in the trucking industry. Click here to read recommendations on how to proceed with hydrogen fuel cell electric truck exploration.

3. The ABCs of winter trucking prep: Air systems

Click here to read the latest Bendix Tech Tip about some reminders on taking proper care of air system components.

2. How the right driver workflow lets your drivers get to driving

Recording load and route data, logging hours of service … given the choice, drivers would rather be, well, driving. It’s no secret, and telematics companies will tell you that driver workflow directly relates to driver retention.

1. Let’s get visible: Telematics and visibility are FE’s 2020 Truck Trend of the Year

Every December at Fleet Equipment we write a “Trend of the Year” piece summing up the year in trucking, and of course, in 2020 the mind immediately leaps to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through it all, trucks had to keep on trucking, and one of the major ways they did that was through an increased reliance on telematics—from tracking to cameras to route planning. That positive development has made for 2020’s truck trend of the year. Click here to read our interactive story and find out more.

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