Steve Sturgess

Business, Technology, Safety

LEDs Represent Future of Truck Headlamps

LED LED headlamps have been used on American combat vehicles for many years. (Truck-Lite Co.)

The LED is the alternative to the long-established halogen-enhanced incandescent bulb and the more recent high-intensity discharge (HID) bulbs that have seen some uptake by truck manufacturers.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
January 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Tire Monitoring and Inflation Systems Can Lead to Fuel Savings, Longer Tire Life

Tire Monitoring A technician installs a tire pressure inflation unit on both tractor drive axles. (Aperia Technologies)

Tire failures remain the No. 1 reason for roadside assistance calls. And most tire-related problems come from underinflation as a result of leaks, punctures or just poor maintenance programs.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Regular Realignment Is a Savings, Not a Cost

Maintenance technician Most alignment systems require setting bar-mount laser projections. (E-Z Red Co.)

Tire wear often is blamed on a number of things, and many times, on the brand of the tire. But aggressive tire wear is a symptom that something else is wrong with a truck.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
July 20, 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

Fuel Cells Gain Momentum as Range Extenders for Electric Trucks

Nikola One Ryder System Inc.

When Nikola Motor Co. President Trevor Milton pulled the wraps off the Nikola One prototype Class 8 truck last year and announced it would have a hydrogen fuel-cell power plant, it seemed a radical approach at the time.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
November 27, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Air Disc Brakes for Trailers Slowly Gaining Momentum in Market

Wabco Maxx22T air disc brake Wabco Maxx22T air disc brake by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

Adoption of air disc brakes for trailers is slowly trending upward as some fleets look beyond the tractor to improve stopping power and enhance safety, industry experts said.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
October 30, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Automated Steering Is Next Step

ZF Innovation Truck ZF Innovation Truck (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

Automated steering capabilities are coming soon to commercial vehicles, suppliers of truck steering systems said.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
September 8, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Steer Axle Suppliers Focus on Weight Reduction

Dana axle Dana axles (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Shaving off weight has become a central objective of truck component design, and nowhere is that “lightweighting” trend more apparent than on the front axle.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
September 8, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Cummins Debuts All-Electric Demonstration Truck, the Aeos

Aeos main view Up close with the new Aeos at its unveiling. (Steve Sturgess for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins Inc. has unveiled a concept truck with an all-electric powertrain, highlighting the diesel engine manufacturer’s commitment to electric power as an important part of its future.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
August 29, 2017
Business, Equipment

Zero Emissions, Potential Savings of Electrics Appeal to Some Carriers

Daimler Trucks

Nikola Motor Co. founder and CEO Trevor Milton said he has figured out electric power for longhaul trucks with his upcoming Nikola One, due in production in the 2020 timeframe.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
May 19, 2017

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