Equipment

Firestone giving away truck, touring baseball and football games

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions announced this week it will be giving away a 2013 Peterbilt to a Class 8 CDL holder in its Drive a Firestone Sweepstakes, which is part of the company's Firestone Drivers America tour that kicks off this month.

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Getting 140,000 pounds up a mountain on natural gas: Done and done

Equipment Editor Jack Roberts took a natural gas powered Pete for an a-typical test drive in Vancouver, where the truck was responsible for lugging 140,000-pound flatbed doubles – a “bi-train,” as the Canadians call it – into the Cascade Mountains.

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White House plan would tighten fuel standards, emissions for trucks

President Barack Obama proposed this week more comprehensive and challenging standards for truck emissions and fuel economy that would be phased in through 2018.

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TA head breaks down industry’s obstacles for natural gas conversion

Thomas O'Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters of America, broke down what he called three "roadblocks" for trucking companies wanting to convert from diesel to natural gas.

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Thick & thin: Next-gen oil will have low-viscosity fuel-efficient version

A key component of pushes for reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased fuel economy in the next few years will involve new engine oil categories.

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Modern, no-emissions diesel engines gain market penetration

According to a report released this week from the Diesel Technology Forum, about 28 percent of trucks registered in the U.S. employ 2007 or later emissions mitigation technology and output almost no particulate matter.

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Mack announces plans for DME-powered trucks

Mack Trucks announced this week it will begin producing dimethyl-ether-powered trucks in 2015, starting with its over-the-road Mack Pinnacle axle-back models.

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1,340 Peterbilt, Kenworth trucks recalled due to defective ignition switch

The parent company of Kenworth and Peterbilt — Paccar — has issued a recall for several 2014 model trucks for both truck makers, stemming from a defective ignition switch that allows trucks to start when the key is partially in the ignition but not turned.

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