Sean Kilcarr

The electrification push for heavy trucks

Manufacturers that build cars and heavy trucks alike increasingly believe electricity – whether as stand-alone power or as part of a hydrogen-based fuel cell system – will play a critical role in powering motor vehicles in the not-so-distant future.

Cummins at NACV

Cummins displayed a wide range of products at the recent North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show, including engines, the new Endurant heavy-duty automated gearbox developed jointly with Eaton, emission control systems, and its all-electric urban tractor prototype called the AEOS. (All photos: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker)

Why trailers need to become smarter

Rob Phillips, president and COO of Phillips Industries, will tell you that trailers can no longer be an afterthought in the trucking industry.

Mack Trucks at NACV

Mack Trucks brought several versions of its new axle back Class 8 tractor, the Anthem, to the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in Atlanta last week, along with a few other offerings as well. (Photos: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker)


Daimler Trucks North American (DTNA) displayed a bevy of heavy iron from its Freightliner Trucks, Western Star, and Detroit divisions to the first ever North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in Atlanta, GA. The tractors on display included a Freightliner Cascadia highway tractor badged to highlight the company's 75th anniversary. (Photos: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker)

Better days for long-haul ahead, says Mack

ATLANTA. Hot on the heels of the unveiling of its new axle back Class 8 tractor, the Anthem, Mack Trucks is predicting a sales uptick in the long-haul market to stretch out for the next two years.

Showing the way to fuel savings

ATLANTA. A 17-day cross-country journey by seven tractor-trailers – one an owner-operator’s rig – wrapped up here ahead of the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show; a journey that illustrated how a variety of current equipment specifications, incorporating everything from trailer and tractor skirts, wide-base tires, automated manual transmissions (AMTs), 6 x 2 axles, and low viscosity oils, among others, can deliver fuel economy greater than 10 miles per gallon (mpg) on average.

Taking new VNL models out for a spin

Journalists recently got a chance kick the tires (so to speak) with six pre-production units of the completely revamped VNL family of tractors built by Volvo Trucks North America, which the OEM originally unveiled back in July.

Trucks roll for Harvey recovery effort

More than 12,400 employees from more than 17 federal departments and agencies are working together in support of the ongoing response to damages resulting from Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding across Texas and Louisiana – and that includes coordinating a massive logistics effort to bring in relief supplies via tractor-trailers from all over the country.

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