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Five truck trend takeaways from March

Managing Editor of Fleet Equipment Magazine

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Art by Tammy House

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 March focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.

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5. Electrification will change your service operation

The question of how electrification impacts truck service is key. Whether you’re running your own shop or working with a shop under contract maintenance, the service location will need to be prepared for an electric truck long before one ever enters its bays. This story addresses some things you will need to keep in mind on the service side if you’re thinking about investing in an electric truck.

4. Daimler Trucks N.A. outgoing Pres., CEO reflects on trucking’s evolution

Outgoing DTNA CEO Roger Nielsen retires on April 30; and always a friend of Fleet Equipment, Nielsen took some time to sit down for a post-game chat, breaking down the tape of the trucking industry’s past four years and talking about what comes next.

3. Moving the trust needle on cameras in trucks

There are few topics as divisive as the use of cameras in trucking, but both outward-facing cameras and in-cab video recording technology has come a long way over the years.

A big part of using driver-facing cameras to your best advantage boils down to encouraging and working with the drivers rather than against them.

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Our latest On the Road video tackles this topic; watch it here.

2. Hands on with the next-gen Peterbilt Model 579

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the next-gen Peterbilt 579, and who better to be your guide through the new features than Jason Skoog, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president? FE Editor Jason Morgan connected with Jason just after the launch of the 579 next generation and then headed to Denton, Texas, for my own hands-on experience. Click the story here to have your own digital experience of the next-gen Peterbilt 579.

Jason also went hands on with the next-gen 579; you can watch the video here.

1. Microchip supply chain constraints could have an impact on trucking

Think back to the first time you heard about the Coronavirus. Maybe it was January 2020, at a crowded conference when the buzz of the virus was growing, but it still seemed like foreign problem. Three months later, the world shut down. This year there were similar murmurs, not of a virus that could impact the global population, but of a microchip shortage that could put a stranglehold on the global supply chain.

Well, it’s March again, and those murmurs are starting to hit home for the trucking industry.

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