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Leaner and meaner: Cummins readies the X12 engine for the road

Late last summer, just before Cummins unveiled its Class 7 all-electric concept truck, the engine OEM took journalists through a tour of its technical center, an incubator for the hatching the next generation of powertrain technologies. We walked through corridors of testing bays. The rumbling of super-secret prototype engines being put through rigorous testing procedures

Cummins X12 Engine
Transformational technologies: Electric vehicles from Workhorse Group are filling vocational and last mile delivery needs

“It’s all about savings,” says Angela Strand, vice president at Workhorse Group. “Electric vehicles have an higher acquisition cost,” she says, “but our experience over nearly two million miles of operations indicates that operating and maintenance costs are 60% to 70% lower. “Our data shows that a traditional Class 5 truck costs one dollar per

Talkin’ tough transmissions: automatic, automated manual transmissions for vocational applications

Crawling through cramped city streets in stop-and-go pick-up and delivery applications. Driving through the dugout tire tracks of a dirt-caked construction site. Rolling through residential refuse duties. Vocational applications tackled by Class 6 through 8 trucks can place unique demands on transmissions compared to their on-highway counterparts. Yet that hasn’t stopped the trend turning toward

Getting the most value from your vocational fleet

As light- and medium-duty work trucks become more complex, well-written specifications are increasingly important for avoiding costly mistakes. That is the key message in an article by Christopher Lyon, director of fleet relations at NTEA, as part of the organization’s efforts to provide resources for improving operational efficiency and fleet performance. Efficient vocational vehicle specifications

A diverse offering: Western Star sharpens its vocational focus

In addition to her duties as Western Star’s president, Kelley Platt is also the chief diversity officer for Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). It’s a position that urges the company to reach out beyond the normal channels one would think to pull from when hiring and promoting. “Daimler Trucks North America, as a company, wants

Photo gallery: Volvo vocational trucks at work

At a recent event at Volvo’s Construction Equipment Demonstration Center in Shippensburg, Pa., Volvo showcased its line of work trucks, as well as the company’s proprietary engines and transmissions. The event took place at Volvo’s Construction Equipment Demonstration Center, where potential customers can test out the trucks for themselves, and see a demonstration of the trucks’ capabilities. Check

Need a lift? Elevating axles for vocational trucks

If you’re looking at spec’ing a lift axle for vocational applications, you want to know the loads you will be hauling and the capacity of the suspension you’ll need. You’ll also want to take a close look at your frame rail. Click here for more lift axle insight. “More and more lift axle manufacturers are

SAF Holland Lift Axle
The vocational truck rollouts roundup

When more than 10,000 truck fleet managers, manufacturers and equipment distributors descended on the Indiana Convention Center for The Work Truck Show 2015 they were able to witness the debut of a number of new vocational truck products. Among them were three vehicle announcements. Extending its lineup from Class 4 through Class 7, Hino Trucks

Cabover offerings for medium-duty vocational fleets

While cabover engine (COE) style trucks are rarely if ever seen in on-highway trucking operations, they are considered effective by many local and regional medium-duty operations. Highly maneuverable in tight spaces and offering exceptional visibility and maneuverability, COEs are the vehicle of choice for a range of vocations, including pick-up and delivery, lease and rental,

Mitigating cost of ownership: Trends, challenges and solutions for vocational truck owners

Even though the U.S. economy continues to improve, vocational fleets still face challenges related to the cost of doing business. According to Todd Bloom, president and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, “Vocational fleets, today, are building their businesses on pennies saved—in other words—they need to minimize every possible cost to be

Mitigating cost of ownership
Peterbilt expands natural gas options for Class 8, vocational vehicles

Peterbilt Motors Co., in its 75th year, announced new powertrain options for several of its natural gas vehicles that provides customers with an automated transmission and 100% natural gas engine that can be powered by either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid natural gas (LNG). The Eaton UltraShift PLUS and Cummins Westport ISX12 G are