Category: Education

Top 12 Tips for Bumper-To-Bumper Winter Prep

A winter prep routine can keep truck fleets on the road despite the ice, snow and dropping temperatures. Discover 12 winter prep tips focusing on three specific aspects of a truck’s operation. Wheel-Ends Lubricate Wheel-End Parts. Protect against wheel-end corrosion by lubricating cam tubes, clevis pin connections, automatic slack adjusters, etc. Examine Air Brakes. Check [...]
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Protecting Your Drivers and Fleet with Video Telematics

Telematics plays a significant role in fleet management as the metrics they gather can be used to improve logistics; however, a growing trend among trucking industry professionals has been to employ telematics for fleet safety. Specifically, video telematics has become an essential tool for trucking safety professionals and managers who can use the data provided [...]
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US Senators Introduce Bill to Repeal Excise Tax on New Trucks

In a bipartisan effort to amend trucking laws to reduce financial burdens carried by those in the freight industry, Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) have called for the repeal of the 12% excise tax placed on new trucks and trailers. The tax is part of transportation law under federal purview, but the [...]
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Gauging the Future of Diesel

HDT Talks Trucking talked with Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the nonprofit Diesel Technology Forum, to learn more about the current state of diesel power. Diesel, according to Schaeffer, is not only not going anywhere, but it is also becoming cleaner. He told HDT Talks Trucking host Jim Park, "Diesel is in a good spot [...]
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Renewable Natural Gas: The Energy Source No One’s Talking About

Methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, was pegged by the Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources, and others as a more potent gas than carbon dioxide. A renewable and plentiful solution is using methane to fuel vehicles. It replaces other carbon-based fuels that produce their share of hydrocarbon emissions. One solution is using methane to [...]
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What Exactly is Torque in a Truck Engine, Anyway?

Torque is the bare potential for work generated from a twisting force that causes rotation. A racing engine might produce 900 hp but only 100 lb-ft of torque down low on the tach, compared to the 1,800-plus lb-ft that your diesel churns out at 1,200 rpm or even lower. Consider adding the element of time [...]
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Cummins Announces Connected X15 Engine for Freightliner Cascadia

Cummins is bringing connectivity to the X15 Efficiency series engines and Endurant HD powertrains used in Freightliner Trucks. Buyers of the Freightliner Cascadia will get Acumen, an ECU that connects to Cummins’ technology platform, enabling direct access to over-the-air updates, digital apps and future service-related features. By expanding their line of connected vehicles, Cummins hopes [...]
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Electric Island to Showcase Electric Commercial Vehicle Charging

To help accelerate the development, testing and deployment of zero emissions (tank-to-wheel) commercial vehicles, Portland General Electric and Daimler Trucks North America are co-developing “ Electric Island” a large public charging site for medium- and heavy-duty electric commercial vehicles expected to be the first of its kind in the United States. Adapted to support up [...]
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Electrified Trucking: Getting in Gear Should Begin Now

As more states establish mandates requiring trucking fleets to switch from diesel fuel to alternatives with less carbon footprints, interest in electrified heavy-duty trucks increases, fleet and sustainability managers may want to boost the benefits of going cleaner and greener. Get Rolling: Define the Fleet, Charging Needs With guidance from engineering and infrastructure experts, it [...]
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