Jack Roberts

A truck by any other name

Etymology of the word 'truck' and various other words for the explosion of new things these past 150 years.

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Getting 140,000 pounds up a mountain on natural gas: Done and done

Equipment Editor Jack Roberts took a natural gas powered Pete for an a-typical test drive in Vancouver, where the truck was responsible for lugging 140,000-pound flatbed doubles – a “bi-train,” as the Canadians call it – into the Cascade Mountains.

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Thick & thin: Next-gen oil will have low-viscosity fuel-efficient version

A key component of pushes for reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased fuel economy in the next few years will involve new engine oil categories.

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Old World, new tech

Electric-truck spotting across the pond.

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What good are modern trucks if you don’t utilize the features?

What good are the productivity and safety enhancing systems on modern trucks if you don't use them?

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Volvo says run DME

Volvo Trucks North America this week unveiled a "new" alternative fuel for heavy-duty commerical trucks. Here are some technical aspects.

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Is Europe the center of truck design today?

The other night on “The Voice,” one of the judges muttered, “I hate this country,” after viewers voted his contestant off the show. He has since issued a statement clarifying that he does not, in fact, hate this country. And rest assured I do not, either. That said, is it possible that the United States has fallen behind our European trading partners in terms of automobile and truck design? I’m not qualified to speak on the automotive ...

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The adventures of Miss Super Samaritan

When congestion courtesies become traffic and safety nightmares.

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The writing on the wall

Hard truths: European trucking technology tends to lead adoption in the states. Dash-mounted video cameras, EOBRs, breathalyzers as required equipment can be expected here.

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Out on der Autobahn

I just got back from a Daimler Trucks press tip trip to Gaggenau, Germany to see the North American unveiling of the new DT12 automated manual truck transmission. It was the first of two Daimler trips this month: The second comes along in two weeks, when I’ll fly to Dusseldorf to see the latest incarnation of the company’s successful Sprinter van, with a revamped look and an all-new powertrain. My trip this week was a fine ...

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