Equipment

Self-driving Tesla that hit truck, killed driver was speeding at time of crash, NTSB reports

The Tesla hit a tractor-trailer that was crossing the road in front of the car. The Tesla was in its autonomous Autopilot mode, and the car maker said the white trailer disappeared into the bright sky behind it, causing the system to not detect the ...

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Electric truck startup co. promises no-emissions big rig

“We are not aware of any zero emission truck in the world that can haul 80,000 pounds more than 1,000 miles and do it without stopping. The Nikola One requires only 15 minutes of downtime before heading out for the next 1,000 miles.”

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Partners in Business tip: Practice proper oil filtration

Use good oil filtration practices. Choose a filter that meets all the engine manufacturer’s specifications. Always change it at the recommended interval to extend oil life.

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Kenworth T880 Super Dump workhorse in asphalt operation

Tucci & Sons' asphalt delivery operation is employing two new Kenworth T880 Super Dumps, which employ three 8,000-pound steerable lift axles and an 8,000-pound steerable “flying tag” axle for a 25-ton hauling capacity permitted under an alternative federal bridge formula used by the state of ...

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Tips for brake maintenance to lower costs, reduce violations

It’s no surprise that violations for brakes are among the most cited, given their constant wear and critical safety role. While that’s enough reason to keep them in shape, another big motivator is cost.

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Owner-operators need to ensure they’re using proper engine oil when new lubes come to market in December, API says

“New oils are coming. They’re coming very soon, and you need to make sure you know which one you’re supposed to use,” said Kevin Ferrick, manager of API’s global industry services certification programs. “Oils are different enough and unique enough today that you need to ...

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Several trailer manufacturers recall more than 30,000 trailers due to faulty valve component

An affected trailer, according to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will have an audible air leak from the dash-mounted park control valve or red glad hand when it’s disconnected before the trailer is decoupled, and the leak will continue until the ...

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eNow cab/trailer roof solar-charge system for battery-based APUs and more

Jeff Flath of eNow says the company's five years' worth of design and testing work with partners among the larger fleets has proven out the design of their system, ready to market to owner-operators with auxiliary battery-based anti-idling systems.

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