Equipment

Volvo: 2016 models see fuel efficiency boost from aero, powertrain changes

| August 13, 2014

Volvo Trucks says its 2016 VN series of on-highway tractors has better aerodynamics and a more sophisticated powertrain than current models, both of which it says will push the company’s next line of trucks to better fuel economy.

Senate bill aims to promote natural gas adoption in long-haul trucking

| August 13, 2014

The Senate this week introduced its version of a bill to cut natural gas-powered trucks a break, as it would give them an exemption to federal truck weight standards as a means to mitigate the weight of nat gas tanks and to prevent natural gas adopters from being at a competitive disadvantage.

Electric cable-powered trucks to be tested in California next year

| August 13, 2014

A two-mile demonstration project using overhead cables to power electric trucks is slated to begin in California in Jul 2015.

Carrier Transicold unveils remote control panel for reefer units

| August 12, 2014

Carrier Transicold says its new APX remote panels add convenience and efficiency for refrigerated transport operations by placing trailer refrigeration controls in locations more easily accessible to operators.

Clarification: EPA’s clearance for Calif. enforcement of aero device regs applies to trucks, too

| August 12, 2014

An EPA ruling clears CARB to enforce aero add-on requirements on 2011-2013 year-model tractors with integrated sleepers, in addition to the trailer requirement reported earlier this week.

Fitzgerald, Hogebuilt team for Pete fenders, marketing

| August 12, 2014

Fitzgerald Glider Kits announced that Hogebuilt fenders will be featured as its standard option on all of its Peterbilt 389 and 386 truck models.

Brake inspection blitz set for September

| August 11, 2014

The annual Brake Safety Week inspection spree will take place Sept. 7-13, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced. CVSA says more than 30,000 trucks and buses will be inspected.

CARB can enforce rule requiring aero add-ons to trailers, EPA says

| August 11, 2014

CARB has been granted permission by the federal government to enforce its requirement that trailers in the state be equipped with certain EPA-verified aerodynamic equipment.

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