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Mesilla Valley installs solar panels on trucks to boost fuel economy, battery life

Mesilla Valley Transportation has purchased 1,000 eNow solar energy systems for its tractors. The system uses solar panels installed on tractors to boost fuel economy and battery life and power auxiliary power units.

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Tesla’s electric big rig will also be autonomous, reports indicate

Reports indicate Tesla's electric big rig, slated for reveal in September, will autonomous capabilities. The company is said to have met with California officials this week to discuss testing its autonomous electric trucks on the state's roadways.

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Daimler recalls more than 2,500 trucks for tow hook, fuel pump issues

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 2,500 trucks, ranging from severe duty to Class 8, for improperly manufactured tow hooks and a fuel pump issue in certain engines.

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‘Mega trucks’ a growing trend, report forecasts

Despite significant legislative hurdles around much of the globe, a new report from Frost & Sullivan suggests “mega trucks” – generally defined as a vehicle measuring a minimum of about 100 feet long and weighing upwards of 160,000 pounds – could nearly double in population by 2025.

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Fuel pump problem prompts recall of new Peterbilt, Kenworth trucks with Cummins ISX15

The recall affects approximately 1,737 model year 2017-2018 Peterbilt 367, 389, 567, 579 and 587 trucks, as well as model year 2018 Kenworth C500, T680, T800, T880 and W900 trucks.

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New online portal gives Freightliner, Western Star owners more access to engine data

Subscribers can use the portal to drill down on specific fault events and access full diagnostic information and real-time fault notifications generated by Daimler's Virtual Technician and more.

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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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POLL: Do you run with a dashcam or other camera on the truck?

Do you run with a dashcam or other camera system on the truck? Weigh in here.

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Volvo introduces new long-haul tractor, makes driver assist system standard

Volvo Trucks North America on Tuesday unveiled its new VNL tractor, the first major overhaul of its flagship long-haul model since the VN model was introduced in 1996. The company has also made its Advanced Driver Assist System standard on all VNL and VNR models.

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Projected savings from hydrogen-powered electric drive

It wasn’t just for their novelty that announcements of the Nikola One hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric-drive truck turned more than a few owner-operators’ heads last year. It was the promise of an operating cost benefit that took diesel-price volatility out of the equation.

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