Business, Logistics, Equipment

Trailer Orders Rise 19% in April to 20,200; Positive Trend Continues for 7th Month

Utility Trailer

U.S. trailer orders in April rose 19% in what analysts said was an extended growth cycle that shows no signs of reversing.

Roger W. Gilroy | Staff Reporter
May 22, 2017
Business, Equipment

Electric Trucks Make Inroads in Shorthaul Applications

Orange EV

Today, the use of electric trucks is confined mostly to niche specialty and shorthaul operations, but the advances made in those applications could carry over to the longhaul Class 8 market.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
May 19, 2017
Business, Equipment

Zero Emissions, Potential Savings of Electrics Appeal to Some Carriers

Daimler Trucks

Nikola Motor Co. founder and CEO Trevor Milton said he has figured out electric power for longhaul trucks with his upcoming Nikola One, due in production in the 2020 timeframe.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
May 19, 2017
Business, Equipment

Industry Looks Beyond Batteries to Power Longhaul Electric Tractors

Sturgess Associates

Technological advances soon could make electric Class 8 tractors feasible for longhaul applications, but rather than relying solely on plug-in battery systems, those trucks likely will incorporate other power configurations such as hybrid solutions and hydrogen fuel cells.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
May 19, 2017
Business, Equipment

Fleets Must Evaluate EV Capabilities

Electrically propelled commercial vehicles are not new technology, but their practical application to trucking is evolving as battery technologies improve.

Richard Winters | Contributing Writer
May 18, 2017
Business, Equipment

Electric Trucks Need Infrastracture

Development of electric-powered commercial trucks in the 21st century takes the industry full circle to the infancy of the automotive revolution that began in the late 1800s, when battery-powered cars pioneered modern society’s fascination with mobility. Early on, at least, battery-powered cars were preferred because they were easy to operate — no cranking the engine to start them.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
May 18, 2017
Business, Equipment

Electricity Is in the Air

Electric commercial trucks have generated a lot of buzz in recent months, particularly, it seems, since the unveiling last December in Salt Lake City of the upcoming Nikola One, a Class 8 for longhaul use developed by startup Nikola Motor Co.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
May 18, 2017
Business, Equipment

CK-4 Oil Makes Headway; Opinions Differ on FA-4


The American Petroleum Institute has licensed about 400 oil marketers to sell the new CK-4 diesel engine oil since Dec. 1 and more than 60 to sell its slightly lower-viscosity relative, FA-4. These new oils, collectively labeled PC-11 during development and testing, promise fuel savings and, in most applications, longer oil-change intervals.

John Baxter | Contributing Writer
May 18, 2017
Business, Government, Technology, Equipment

More Than Half of Drivers Still Aren't ELD-Compliant, ONE20 Survey Finds

Gary Kicinski/Transport Topics

With six months to go before the government-mandated electronic logging device rule takes effect for most commercial truck drivers, a survey of drivers finds that fewer than half are ELD-compliant.

Transport Topics
May 18, 2017
Fuel, Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Sen. James Inhofe: Every Funding Option for an Infrastructure Plan ‘On the Table’

Inhofe via

WASHINGTON — A funding proposal for the country’s infrastructure system would likely entail myriad options, such as public-private partnerships and raising taxes on fuel, the former chairman of the Senate transportation committee told reporters May 16.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 16, 2017