Steve Brawner

Business, Equipment

Industry Eyes E-Axles

Hyliion says its e-axle will produce up to 15% fuel savings as it captures regenerative energy that will be stored in the battery pack. (Photo by Hyliion)

Tesla’s announcement in November that it will produce an all-electric Class 8 tractor by 2019 helped highlight the potential for electric power in commercial trucking. But while Tesla and others are electrifying the entire truck, some companies are focusing on the axles.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Analysts Predict Spot Rates Could Soar Once ELD Mandate Goes Into Effect

C.R. England truck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

When the electronic logging device mandate finally takes effect in December, freight hauling capacity will tighten and spot market rates are likely to rise, according to trucking industry analysts.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
August 25, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Engine Maker Cummins Endorses Fuel Additives Amid Tighter Emissions Regulations

Steve Muth Steve Muth, Penray's chief chemist, mixes diesel fuel additive at the company's Wheeling, Ill., laboratory. (Penray)

Cummins Inc. recently endorsed two fuel additives, marking the first time the diesel engine maker has taken such a step.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
July 24, 2017

Nitrite-Free Coolants on the Rise Due to More Aluminum in Engines

As manager of technical development for TA and Petro travel centers, Homer Hogg sells a lot of coolant to fleets of all sizes. In 2010, he started seeing something strange: a white residue plugging coolant filters and coating cylinder liners.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
March 17, 2017
Equipment, Business, Fuel, Government, Technology, Safety

Leaf Spring Vs. Air Ride: Opinions Differ on Suspensions

Xtra Lease

Maryland-based Ramar Moving Systems hauls specialty items such as art, satellites and, once, a moon buggy.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
April 15, 2016
Business, Government, Safety, Logistics

Companies Reimagine Delivery Vehicles


Several companies are testing a wide range of innovative delivery ideas to gain an edge in growing logistics and transportation space.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
April 5, 2016

Wheel Makers Use Coatings in Battle Against Corrosion

TT File Photo

A tiny rock, de-icing material or salt and sand can start the process of turning a perfectly good wheel into a rust-covered embarrassment or, worse, a safety hazard. To prevent that from happening, motor carriers are using effective maintenance techniques, while manufacturers are producing more corrosion-resistant wheels.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
November 1, 2015
Business, Equipment

Vocational Tire Sales Depend on Economy

Alliance Tire Group

National sales data for off-road tires aren’t available because, compared with on-road tires, so few are produced.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
March 3, 2014
Business, Equipment

Dealing With Tire Inflation Problems

Alliance Tire Group

As with on-road tires, incorrectly inflated vocational tires can be problematic — and so can mismatched tires.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
March 3, 2014