By Staff Reports | October 01, 2009

— Avery Vise

Short hauls

TRUCKERS CAN SAVE on purchases with coupons at Flying J and Pilot Travel Centers from Nov. 1-7 for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Truckload Carriers Association President Chris Burruss announced the joint venture with Randall-Reilly Publishing and the participating truck stops at the TCA Independent Contractor Division annual meeting held in conjunction with the Great American Trucking Show.

HIGHER OIL CONSUMPTION as the global economy recovers should drive crude prices higher and lead to higher prices at the pump for diesel and gasoline in 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration predicts. EIA forecasts the average diesel price to be $2.47 per gallon this year and $2.88 in 2010.

FREIGHTLINER is extending its Slice of Life program with plans to give the three participating truckers new Cascadias equipped with Detroit Diesel’s BlueTec selective catalytic reduction emissions technology in DD15s. In the program’s second year, the truckers will test and comment on the SCR technology, which is used to meet 2010 federal emissions standards. One of the three is Henry Albert, Overdrive’s 2007 Trucker of the Year. More details are available at http://www.SliceOfTruckerLife.com

TRUCKER BUDDY International has named Randy Schwartzenburg, formerly director of national sales for the Digital Magazine Technology Division of Randall-Reilly Media, as executive director. For the last six years, Schwartzenburg has served on the organization’s board as treasurer.

Daimler sets Cummins 2010 surcharges

Daimler Trucks North America, which will offer 2010-compliant engines from Detroit Diesel and Cummins, announced it will add a $9,000 surcharge to trucks with Cummins ISX15 engines.

As previously announced, trucks equipped with Detroit Diesel BlueTec emissions technology and DD15 and DD16 big bore engines, as well as the mid-bore DD13, will be offered at the same $9,000 surcharge per vehicle. A surcharge of $7,300 will be added for the Cummins ISC8.3 engine, and $6,700 will be added to the price of vehicles equipped with Cummins ISB6.7 engines.

The surcharges reflect costs associated with adding selective catalytic reduction technology to meet emission standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that take effect Jan. 1, 2010.

— Staff reports

Mack relocates its headuarters

Mack Trucks’ iconic Bulldog mascot and a Mack Titan model appear outside the company’s new world headquarters, which opened Sept. 3 in Greensboro, N.C. Displays of Mack trucks, headquarter tours, the unveiling of the 8-foot Bulldog statue in front of the headquarters, and retrospectives of the company’s history highlighted the grand opening. Mack moved its headquarters to Greensboro as part of a restructuring plan.

Engine makers give update

Heavy-duty engine manufacturer officials gave an audience of drivers and fleet representatives the latest details concerning cost and performance of their technologies for meeting 2010 engine regulations during the 2010 Engine Super Session at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

With the exception of Navistar, which is using advanced exhaust gas recirculation, the manufacturers are introducing selective catalytic reduction technology to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mandate to reduce NOx emissions to 0.2 grams in 2010.

SCR requires the use of diesel exhaust fluid. Navistar plans to meet the requirements in the engine cylinder without an additive.

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