Jason Cannon

Electric truck maker Nikola announces tractor updates, teases launch party

Nikola Motor Co. on Sunday provided a few updates on the Nikola One tractor the company expects to road test next year.

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Where the rubber meets the road: An in-depth look at truck tire treading

Of all the attributes that make up a tire, and considering all aspects of performance they affect, tread is perhaps the most important.

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Wabco extends AMT agreement with Daimler Trucks

Wabco has extended its long-term supply agreement with Daimler Trucks for new heavy-duty automated manual transmission (AMT) control technology on Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, FUSO, Western Star and BharatBenz units. WABCO’s newest AMT solution increases fuel savings through optimized gear shifting. It also differentiates by helping vehicle operators to significantly reduce mechanical wear, lower maintenance costs and decrease vehicle downtime. In addition, WABCO AMT technology has been engineered to reduce fuel consumption consistent with the industry’s most stringent ...

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Major fleets partner with NACFE to showcase fuel economy tech

Seven U.S. fleets representing nearly 11,000 tractors and 26,000 trailers have signed on to participate in Run on Less, a first-of-its-kind cross-country roadshow designed to showcase advancements in fuel efficiency this fall.

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House bill would nix 12% excise tax on truck purchases

U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) introduced Tuesday a bill that seeks to repeal the federal excise tax (FET) on the retail sale of most heavy-duty trucks, tractors and trailers.

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Michelin debuts futuristic concept tire

Michelin on Wednesday debuted its airless, connected, “rechargeable”, customizable and all-organic concept tire.

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International WorkStar getting new axle option

International's WorkStar 7400 and 7500 models will feature a Fabco FSD-20K right-hand offset axle as a new option. The addition of the Fabco axle, Mark Stasell, vice president of International Trucks' vocational truck business says, is part of the company's plans to continue investment into International's vocational truck line this year. "Listening to and providing the specific features they need for their applications is a key part of our strategy to be the ‘chassis of choice’ ...

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Nikola mulling per-mile pricing system for hydrogen-powered tractor, says testing to begin next fall

Nikola unveiled the 1,000-hp fully electric rig last year. The company says it produces no emissions and can operate up to 1,200 miles before its hydrogen fuel cell needs to be replaced.

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Tesla rendering teases electric big rig

“It’s meant to alleviate the heavy-duty trucking loads,” says Tesla's Elon Musk. “This is something which people do not today think is possible. The think the truck doesn’t have enough power or it doesn’t have enough range. With the Tesla semi, we want to show than an electric truck actually can out-torque any diesel semi.”

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Mack adds Super Ecodyne rating to direct drive AMT

Super Econodyne-rated Mack engines cruise at approximately 1,150 rpm – a reduction of 200- 300 rpm from a typical highway cruise rpm – which can result in an improved fuel efficiency of up to 3 percent.

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