Truck powertrain downspeeding—how low can you go?
It’s been part of the specification vernacular for many years. As a powertrain-focused strategy for improving fuel economy, downspeeding has been of interest to fleets looking to lower fuel costs. For manufacturers, it is also a means of meeting efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions regulations. The concept itself is simple. With downspeeding, the rear axle
Cummins to acquire Meritor
Cummins Inc. and Meritor Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Cummins will acquire Meritor. Under the terms of the agreement, Cummins will pay $36.50 in cash per Meritor share, for a total transaction value of approximately $3.7 billion, including assumed debt and net of acquired cash. “This agreement with
Meritor, PACCAR Extend Electrification Agreement
Meritor has announced an extension to its current PACCAR agreement to supply 14Xe ePowertrains and battery electric vehicle integration kits for theClass 8 Kenworth T680E, and Peterbilt 579EV tractors and 520EV refuse trucks. The integrated, modular design of the 14Xe ePowertrain, Power Controls and Accessories (PCAS) and Energy Storage System (ESS) helps enable PACCAR to meet
Can a change in application impact your truck axles?
The easy answer to the headline question is: Yes! The more complicated answer to the seemingly simple follow up: How? … that will take some explaining. The impact on your equipment operation The pandemic put all fleets in a do-what-you-gotta-do predicament. With so much uncertainty, no one could fault you for rolling your trucks into
Answering your tire pressure management questions
You’ve heard the stats: tires are the second-highest annual cost for the average fleet, behind fuel; and a major component of that is tire pressure. But why is that, and what can you do about it? FE spoke with many major players in the truck tire industry to answer your biggest questions about tire pressure
Connecting brakes, wheel ends and other trailer components with telematics
The majority of fleet managers are used to the capabilities of truck telematics, but they may not be as familiar with trailer telematics, which are newer and just now starting to grow into their potential usefulness. Why have trailer telematics lagged behind their tractor brethren? It’s a complicated question, with an uncomplicated answer. “At the
Keeping an eye on brake wear
A vehicle cuts in front of your truck and stops abruptly. The truck driver slams on the brakes only to find that the truck’s stopping distance isn’t what it once was—these brakes haven’t been inspected recently. Without the proper stopping distance, an accident becomes inevitable. It’s an extreme example to be sure, but it’s just
Preventative maintenance to avoid brake wear
It’s important that your technicians are trained on how to spot brake wear, and that your shops have systems and schedules in place aimed at avoiding wear issues on brakes. “The only real way to keep an eye out for irregular brake wear is visual inspection on both drum and disc systems. Spotting irregular wear provides
Meritor makes improvements to MeritorPartsXpress.com
Meritor, Inc. has announced enhancements to MeritorPartsXpress.com that include Xact Search, a tool for users to identify and order brake shoe kits based on specific search criteria, and a redesigned homepage. Improvements also include the addition of Xpress Lane, a tool that offers quick ordering, as well as price availability for registered customers, the company
Behind Meritor’s strategy to meet evolving fleet demands
Push a button, get what we want. That’s our expectation as consumers, and we bring that expectation to work with us.
Kenworth to collaborate with Meritor on electric powertrain development
Kenworth is developing T680E battery-electric vehicles with help from Meritor.
Live: News from HDAW 2020 (UPDATED)
There’s plenty of talk of the challenges, changes and opportunities in today’s heavy-duty truck aftermarket, with plenty of news coming from the show.