Overdrive Staff | February 01, 2010

— Staff reports


Custom Rigs takes over Pride & Polish

Pride & Polish, founded and managed by Overdrive, will now be produced by Overdrive’s Custom Rigs.

Some of the nation’s finest show trucks competed in Pride & Polish venues in 2009, including the highest-attended event, the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

The 2010 series has truck beauty events scheduled at:

• 75 Chrome Shop in Wildwood, Fla., April 24-25;

• The Great West Truck Show, Las Vegas, June 17-19;

• The Great American Trucking Show, Dallas, Aug. 26-28.

Other show locations are expected to be announced.

Registration and other information is available at www.prideandpolish.com or by calling (888) 349-4287.

Neal Holsomback, Victor Verret, Barbara Holsomback and Suzanne Stempinski will manage logistics, judging and on-site operations for all 2010 Pride & Polish events.

— Staff reports

‘SuperTrucks’ to get DOE funding

Three projects focusing on fuel efficiency for heavy-duty trucks, or “SuperTrucks,” will receive $115 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.

In a Jan. 11 announcement at Cummins Inc. headquarters in Columbus, Ind., U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu said Cummins, Navistar Inc. and Daimler Trucks North America will get funds to develop and build technologies for Class 8 long-haul trucks by 2015. The goal will be to improve fuel efficiency by 50 percent.

Cummins will partner with Peterbilt Motors on a nearly $39 million project to develop and demonstrate a highly efficient and clean diesel engine, an advanced waste heat recovery system, an aerodynamic Peterbilt tractor-trailer combination and a fuel cell auxiliary power unit to reduce engine idling. Cummins also will get $15 million to develop an engine for a light-duty vehicle.

Daimler will receive almost $40 million to develop technologies including engine downsizing, electrification of auxiliary systems such as oil and water pumps, waste heat recovery, improved aerodynamics and hybridization.

Navistar’s $37.3 million grant will go toward technologies to improve truck and trailer aerodynamics, combustion efficiency, waste heat recovery, hybridization, idle reduction, and reduced rolling resistance tires. Argonne National Laboratory will work with Navistar to improve the combustion efficiency and waste heat recovery for Class 8 trucks.

The goal of the SuperTruck program is to improve efficiency through advanced and highly efficient engine systems and vehicle technologies that also meet prevailing emissions and safety requirements.

— Staff reports


Short Hauls

DRIVER BEHAVIOR should be the top safety priority, the American Trucking Associations recommended to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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