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Volvo Trucks Adds Second All-Electric Truck in Europe

Volvo Trucks expanded its European push into electrification, announcing its FE electric model, intended for heavier city distribution and refuse transport operations with gross weights of up to 59,525 pounds.

Transport Topics
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

All-Electric Trucks Present Training Challenges

All-electric Class 8 tractors can present new challenges for maintenance shops, including the training of technicians, but fleets said they expect overall maintenance requirements to decrease.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Charging All-Electric Trucks

Tesla Inc.

As trucking fleets prepare for the availability of all-electric, plug-in Class 8 tractors, they are evaluating existing power capabilities at terminal locations and working through what’s needed for charging infrastructure to support these vehicles.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber to Offer Food Delivery by Drone in San Diego

Getty Iamges

Uber Technologies Inc. plans to deliver food by drone in San Diego as part of a wide-reaching commercial test program approved by the federal government May 9, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said.

Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone | Bloomberg News
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Data Management and Cybersecurity

ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council will host the Fleet Data Management & Cybersecurity Conference, a new event to address pressing issues in fleet data management and cybersecurity, June 5-7 in Raleigh, N.C.

Robert Braswell | Executive Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

The ‘Other’ Components: Oft Ignored, But Important

Engines. Brakes. Tires. These are among the major components of a Class 8 truck that tend to get the most attention in the transportation industry and in the trade press that covers it.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
May 11, 2018
Business, Equipment

Both Composites and Foam Have Roles in Reefer Insulation

Wabash trailer Wabash refrigerated trailer under construction. (Wabash National)

Reefers need to be able to keep freight at a specified temperature, but there is more than one way to achieve thermal efficiency.

Bruce Lilly | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Equipment

Figuring Out Fan Drives

Ryder truck Most of Ryder's trucks have the traditional on-off drive. (Ryder System Inc.)

Many in the industry say variable-speed drives, which run only as fast as necessary, are increasingly popular. Variable drives can save on horsepower and therefore save on fuel. However, the more traditional on-off drive also is a popular choice because it’s simplest and cheapest.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Discs or Drums?

Bendix collision mitigation Bendix offers collision mitigation braking. (Bendix)

Not all fleets are convinced of the benefits of air disc brakes. But suppliers maintain there is a growing acceptance of them for heavy-duty trucks, driven by an increase in the deployment of active safety technology, such as collision mitigation and avoidance systems.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trailer Composites in Focus

Stoughton trailers Stoughton Trailers

In the endless quest to make trailers lighter, sturdier and more thermally efficient, some trailer manufacturers are expanding their use of composite materials, which could offer the potential for a higher strength-to-weight ratio.

Bruce Lilly | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018

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