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Todd Dills

Frontline cameo

| October 23, 2008

Specialized auto hauler Reliable Carriers makes a cameo appearance this week in PBS Frontline’s two-hour “>Heat” documentary — airing this week, on most stations this past Tuesday, and you can watch it online here (the segment in question is No. 7). The doc, about global warming, doesn’t mention the trucking industry directly, but a Reliable hauler is seen quite capably delivering a Chevy Volt electric-car prototype (pictured) to a test site where the Volt proceeds to give the producer all he needs to skewer the automobile industry for its technological inadequacies. Somebody apparently forgot to power the vehicle up, or worse.

The Volt in question is seen achieving at max power an extremely-slow 15 mph or so on its apparently only run that day, before it dies. I don’t know if those were just GM executives shown pushing the vehicle uphill or if the truck owner-operator was among them. In any case, Reliable OOs are known for their toughness. I hear fitting and strapping those cars in the enclosed trailers is a mighty demanding job.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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