Business, Equipment

APUs: Diesel or Electric?

The climate control panel for the Volvo parking cooler can be seen on the wall to the right in a Volvo truck sleeper. (Volvo Trucks)

Auxiliary power units allow truck drivers to have climate control for their sleepers and electricity for hotel loads without needing to idle the tractor engine, but fleets that elect to add APUs to the cab must decide how those APUs will be powered — by a small diesel engine or by batteries.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
January 19, 2018
Business, Equipment

Some Small Carriers Embrace Glider Kits to Avoid Costs of Emissions Systems

Elkhorn Valley Trucks offers a variety of glider kits, such as this one. (Photo by Elkhorn Valley Trucks)

Like some other small trucking firms, Old Forge Services of Mogadore, Ohio, has turned to glider kits to reduce maintenance expenses and downtime.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2018
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
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Truck Safety: Human and Equipment Factors

The intersection of the human and equipment-­related elements of truck safety is reflected in the two cover stories in this issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
July 24, 2017

More Fleets Turn to EC Transmissions

Allison Transmission Inc.

In less than five years, electronically controlled, or EC, transmissions have gone from a “maybe” option for a few fleets to the majority spec in new trucks.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
August 12, 2016

Truck Techs Keeping Busy With Aftertreatment Issues

In the wake of federal clean-air mandates in 2007 and 2010, maintenance technicians are working furiously to keep the aftertreatment systems of their fleets’ trucks operating.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
August 12, 2016
Equipment, Business, Government, Autonomous

Low Material, Commodity Prices Not Translating Into Discounts for Truck, Component Buyers


If fleets were expecting to see lower prices for trucks, trailers and components as the cost of raw materials continued their downward trajectory, they may be waiting for some time if comments from industry executives are accurate.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
April 17, 2016
Equipment, Business, Government

11-,12-Liter Engines Growing Up

John Sommers II for TT

Not that long ago, the mindset of many fleet operators was to get as much muscle power in engines as they wanted or could afford. That often meant 15-liter engines that could deliver a whole lot of horsepower. But times have changed.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
April 15, 2016
Equipment, Business, Autonomous

Introducing New Vehicle Specs Hinges on Successful Pilot Review

Truck equipment and technology continue to become more complex with every model change. That’s why smart fleet managers involved in buying trucks find it critical to build one truck to a particular specification and perform a pilot review of the new equipment to verify it is built as ordered and to confirm its quality.

Todd Cotier | Chairman of Study Groups, Technology & Maintenance Council
April 15, 2016
Equipment, Business, Autonomous

Staying Safe While Inflating Truck Tires

Tire Industry Association

Safety guidelines for inflating truck tires have been in place for decades, but fleets, service providers and tire makers say those best practices are no less important today for keeping technicians and drivers out of harm’s way.

Equipment & Maintenance Update Staff
April 15, 2016