Equipment en New commerical vehicle report from Wards <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> New research examines statistics on trucks in service today and breaks out the data across various operating categories. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Sources for truck and trailer sales are plentiful, but an accurate accounting of utilization by fleet size and location, by gross vehicle weight class, by age and by brand had never existed, until a just-released report erased this information gap.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Equipment News Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:32:00 +0000 23171 at <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</p> Missile transport is no easy task <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Moving nuclear-tipped long-range missiles is not a simple task, but specialized U.S. Air Force &quot;missile maintenance squadrons&quot; make it look easy. Surrounding their customized &quot;payload transporters&quot; with armored and armed trucks, along with helicopter gunships providing air cover overhead, the squadrons can rapidly relocate nuclear missiles via ground transport anywhere in the contiguous lower-48 states.</p> </div> Tractors Galleries News Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:01:00 +0000 23151 at <p><em>Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong</em></p> Repair tips for flood-damaged equipment <div class="field-byline"> By Jim Szudy, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems </div> <div class="field-deck"> Storm-generated flooding can cause all kinds of issues for trucks and trailers. Here is advice on the repair needs for water-damaged brakes and other components. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>The broad devastation wrought by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Nate include severe flooding for many southern portions of the U.S. &ndash; flooding that often involved sea water. And the salt in the sea water can be harmful long term to truck and trailer components, warns <strong>Jim Szudy</strong>, engineering manager for advanced systems engineering at <a href="">Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC</a>. In this guest column, he offers maintenance and repair advice to counteract the potential damage flooding can cause for fleets.</em></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucks News Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:01:00 +0000 23061 at <p>Pneumatic air brake valves that have been submerged have likely lost their lubrication, explained Bendix. (<em>Photo: ABC News</em>)</p> VTNA upgrades VHD vocational truck <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Enhancements focus on interior improvements aimed at boosting driver comfort and productivity. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="">Volvo Trucks North America</a> (VTNA) is adding new interiors to its VHD series vocational models, with the Volvo VHD 300 daycab and VHD 400 regional sleeper interiors now featuring LED [light emitting diode] lighting, a range of new &ldquo;connectivity points&rdquo; for recharging phones and table computers, plus new seating choices for more &ldquo;optimized ergonomics&rdquo; and driver convenience.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:15:00 +0000 22961 at <p>An upgraded Volvo VHD on display at the recent NACV show. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> The electrification push for heavy trucks <div class="field-deck"> Rapid decline in battery prices along with a broad regulatory effort by California may help make electric power a much more affordable energy source for commercial vehicles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Manufacturers that build cars and heavy trucks alike increasingly believe electricity &ndash; whether as <a href="">stand-alone power</a> or as part of a <a href="">hydrogen-based fuel cell system</a> &ndash; will play a critical role in powering motor vehicles in the not-so-distant future.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucks News Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:17:00 +0000 22941 at <p>A look at a Cummins-built all-electric prototype Class 7 tractor. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Cummins at NACV <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>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. (<em>All photos: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> </div> Equipment Galleries News Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:31:00 +0000 22931 at <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</p> Why trailers need to become smarter <div class="field-deck"> A supplier’s view of why trailers need more connectivity, security, and tracking capabilities. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Rob Phillips, president and COO of <a href="">Phillips Industries</a>, will tell you that trailers can no longer be an afterthought in the trucking industry.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Technology Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:49:00 +0000 22911 at <p>One challenge is to seamlessly get many sensor-driven components supplied by various component manufacturers to work together in a single system within a trailer. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Mack Trucks at NACV <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Mack Trucks brought several versions of its new axle back Class 8 tractor, <a href="">the Anthem</a>, to the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in Atlanta last week, along with a few other offerings as well. (<em>Photos: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> </div> Trucks Galleries News Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:26:00 +0000 22901 at Kenworth, Peterbilt officially add Endurant AMT option <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> New 12-speed Eaton Cummins automated gearbox aimed at both linehaul and regional operators, truck OEMs say. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="">Kenworth Truck Co.</a> and <a href="">Peterbilt Motors Co.</a> &ndash; both divisions of manufacturing conglomerate PACCAR &ndash; are now officially adding the new <a href="">12-speed Endurant automated manual transmission</a> (AMT) as an option for their popular highway tractor models.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tractors News Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:17:00 +0000 22891 at <p>The new 12-speed AMT can handle up to 110,000 lbs. GVW. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Navistar rolls out new vocational truck model <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> New International HV Series characterized as a “new breed” of vocational truck. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The new <a href="">International HV Series</a> from Navistar is being touted as the &ldquo;go-to&rdquo; truck for vocational fleets, according to Michael Cancelliere, president of truck and parts for the OEM, and is a vehicle &ldquo;redesigned from the inside out&rdquo; to give drivers a more comfortable and productive work environment.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucks News Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:57:00 +0000 22851 at <p>The new HV Series vocational truck model from Navistar. It will be ready for market delivery by March 2018. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p>