Month: August 2021

31st August 2021 The first Actros Edition 2 truck from Mercedes-Benz has hit the road in the UK. The limited edition vehicle has joined the fleet at Wilkin & Sons, producer of Tiptree Jam. As a result, it will operate out of the company’s main warehouse in Maldon, North Essex. Furthermore, it will stand out
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Heavy Duty Trucking’s annual Fact Book issue is designed to provide a snapshot of the current state of the industry, where it’s been, and where it’s going. These numbers can help you in planning and benchmarking your fleet, and in telling trucking’s story to others. Graphic: HDT Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down spending
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NTSB’s Michael Graham, along with talking about collision avoidance technology, also shared preliminary numbers on overall 2020 highway fatalities, which were uup significantly despite fewer vehicles on the road during the pandemic. Photo: Tavits Photography for HDTX Michael Graham is on a personal mission to reduce the number of rear-end crashes. The National Transportation Safety
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NACFE Executive Director Mike Roeth speaks to HDTX attendees about the upcoming Run on Less Electric truck trials beginning on Sept. 2, 2021. Photo: HDT At the Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange (HDTX) Fleet Conference last week in Scotsdale, Arizona, Mike Roeth, executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) announced that beginning on
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Drivers depend heavily on their brakes but may not always be aware of shortcomings or defects if they never “exercise” their brakes. Regular inspections are critical, but they have to be more than just a glance in the direction of the wheels. Photo: Jim Park Drivers are required to know a few basics about their
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27th August 2021 A plug-in hybrid truck has been entered service at Stockholm-based HAVI.  The vehicle comes from Scania and will operate in and around the Swedish city. In addition, it will take part in trials of other research projects.  As a result, it will operate most hours, both night and day. HAVI has undertaken
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Starting in 2023, a dedicated line at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown, Kentucky, will begin assembling integrated dual fuel cell modules destined for use in hydrogen-powered, heavy-duty commercial trucks. Photo: Toyota After thousands of miles of real-world testing in commercial trucking, Toyota is taking its hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric technology from prototypes to production
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26th August 2021 MAN has completed the acquisition of five new dealerships in Central England. The news comes after the manufacturer announced the purchase of HRVS Group in January 2021. As a result, MAN acquired five new sites and a customer workshop. The dealerships are in Ripley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sheffield, Scunthorpe and Sleaford. Meanwhile, the customer
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ZF and Locomation will collaborate to develop and test the Level 4 capable ReAX steering systems in real-world conditions. Photo: Locomation Autonomous truck technology provider Locomation and ZF have entered an agreement to jointly develop steering units to enhance autonomous truck safety.  Under the terms of the agreement, ZF and Locomation will collaborate to develop and test
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I have always believed that the basic air-brake training drivers receive in pursuit of a CDL overemphasizes the technical/mechanical side of the brake system while doing little to contextualize brakes as drivers experience them from the driver’s seat. Photo: Jim Park Drivers are an integral link in the brake maintenance chain and thus the vehicle
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Compared with July 2020, the SA index fell 2.9%, which was the first year-over-year drop since March. Graph: ATA American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 1.2% in July after falling 2% in June. In July, the index equaled 109.8 compared with 111.1 in June. “Softness in tonnage over the last few months
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24th August 2021 It might be showing its age next to newer competing vehicles, but Iveco’s Eurocargo still offers hard graft at a reasonable price. We take 7.5- and 18-tonne variants for a tour around Oxfordshire to see how they perform. Arguably, Iveco has had a rough time in the UK market, but its fortunes
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You make decisions every day that affect your company’s bottom line. When it comes to keeping costs down and extending the life of your fleet, fuel efficiency is a top priority. It helps to get back to the basics and CITGO® knows that what’s under your hood matters. That’s why they’ve developed premium products to
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In 2020, more than 4,500 heavy-duty Volvo trucks were imported and delivered to customers in China. In line with the long-term Volvo Group strategy, Volvo Trucks is therefore expanding its business operation in China. Photo: Volvo Volvo Trucks will acquire JMC Heavy Duty Vehicle — a subsidiary of Jiangling Motors Co. with a manufacturing site
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23rd August 2021 There has been a demand for action over driver shortages from two business groups. Logistics UK and British Retail Consortium (BRC) have written to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with concerns. The letter outlines three steps the government can take to overcome the problem and protect the supply chain.  Firstly, the two groups
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Inspectors will compile data on brake hoses/tubing, the focus area for this year’s Brake Safety Week, to submit to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. File Photo: Jim Park Between Aug. 22 and Aug. 28, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will emphasize the importance of brake systems by conducting inspections and removing commercial motor vehicles found to
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When the technologies developed under the SuperTruck I (shown) initiative hit the market, they are projected to reduce CO2 emissions by 33% from the 2009 baseline. SuperTruck II demonstrates a further 50% reduction in CO2 emissions, doubling efficiency. Photo: Cummins The Department of Energy recognized the Cummins SuperTruck II team for pioneering research and development
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In Cowan’s Regional Driver Incentive Program drivers with both their hazmat endorsement and one year of verifiable experience with their current employer will earn a $20,000 bonus. Photo: Cowan Baltimore-based Cowan Systems announced an incentive program in which newly hired qualified CDL-A drivers can earn $20,000 if they join the company by Oct. 1. In Cowan’s
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