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The hybrid-electric powertrain charges its batteries when traveling downhill or braking, and tracks road elevation to determine whether to use the diesel engine or the electric motor
GOTHENBURG, Sweden.—Swedish automaker Volvo is bringing hybrid-electric technology to the long haul truck, tackling a major source of road emissions.
Volvo Trucks first unveiled the Volvo Concept Truck in May 2016 and has now developed the vehicle even further. The new version of the Volvo Concept Truck features a hybrid-electric powertrain, one of the first of its kind for heavy-duty trucks.
The hybrid powertrain works by recovering energy when driving downhill on slopes steeper than one per cent, or when braking. The recovered energy is stored in the vehicle’s batteries and used to power the truck in electric mode on flat roads or low gradients.
An enhanced version of Volvo Trucks’ driver support system has been developed specially for the hybrid powertrain, which analyzes upcoming topography to calculate the most economical and efficient choice between the diesel engine and the electric motor, as well as the optimal time to use the recovered energy.
The Volvo Concept Truck is the result of a bilateral research project between the Swedish energy authority Energimyndigheten and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A similar hybrid concept was developed by the U.S. DOE for use in North America.
In long haul transportation, it’s estimated that the hybrid powertrain will allow the combustion engine to be shut off for up to 30 per cent of the driving time. This will save between 5-10 per cent in fuel, depending on the vehicle type or specification, and its drive cycle.
This truck also has the ability to drive in full electric mode for up to 10 kilometres.
“Today, long haul transport accounts for a significant share of the total energy consumption in the transportation sector. Using hybrid technology, the potential reduction in fuel and emissions is considerable and an important step towards reaching both our and society’s environmental goals for the future,” said Lars Mårtensson, director of Environment and Innovation, Volvo Trucks.
Stoughton has unveiled a series of design improvements for its trailers this year, including several standard components.
Standard substructure components include the slider ladder, super-sill cross members, landing gear structure, upper coupler, floor kit, rear frame, a new RIG design, rear doors, front wall, front corner panels, and sidewall components.
The sidewall sheets now extend up behind the top rail to more effectively shed water. And roof bows are secured in place with a channel and T-bolt system that eliminates traditional holes through the top rail to protect against water. A bow can be pushed straight up and in place rather than up and over a flange, ensuring that caulk is not smeared.
The roof bows themselves can be installed from inside the trailer, eliminating the need for exterior scaffolding.
The front wall assemblies include 0.125-inch corner posts that can be installed on either corner, and keeps a squared space inside. The profile is designed to fit over the top rail.
Down near the trailer floor, rivets have been moved 3.5 inches higher, away from areas that can be scuffed by forklifts, while the 12-inch aluminum side rail and scuff protector sits above it.
“If you got a skid plate and you got rivets there, you’re potentially grinding,” said Gary Fenton, vice president - engineering.
There’s more to come.
The company has offered a peek at a coming refrigerated trailer with bonded side posts, composite rear door, a six-inch scuff with 12-inch liner scuff, platen foamed sides and roof, aluminum cross members, and triple wiper seal.
“We bond every other post, so there’s no punching in the skins other than at the splice points,” he said.
It has already completed 3,000 miles on International’s punishing test track. Orders will be taken in the fourth quarter for production in early 2018.
Cummins is providing its OilGuard program at no charge for 2017 X15 Efficiency and Performance engines, providing the engine performance data and oil analysis needed to push oil drains up to 80,000 miles (128,000 kilometers) rather than set distances or times.
Engine data and oil samples are first drawn from test vehicles, covering at least two oil drain intervals. Those hoping to meet the 128,000-kilometer limit will need to submit the samples every 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers), and have to use a Cummins-approved CK4 (CES20086) or FA4 (CES20087) oil such as Valvoline Premium Blue. They also need to achieve at least 6.5 miles per gallon (36 liters per 100 kilometers).
Full warranty continues along the way.
Once the tests are completed, Cummins identifies the vehicles and duty cycles eligible for longer drains. Those intervals are then set as the requirements for warranty coverage.
Cummins even provides the sample kits, prepaid mailers, and oil analysis at no charge.
“It’s really about how do we get to the best total cost of ownership,” says Mark Ulrich, director – customer support. "The tailoring part [of the program] is where we think the real value is."
Other engines could be added to the program in the future.
For those who do not participate in OilGuard, the Premium Blue can offer oil drain intervals of up to 60,000 miles (96,000 kilometers) in a 2017 X15.
A tractor-trailer crash closed a major N.J. highway in both directions early Wednesday, police said.
A man was seriously injured when a 2,500-lbs. steel beam dislodged from a tractor-trailer on Route 17 and struck a car, police said.
A tractor-trailer carrying tiles became disabled in the center lane on Route 17 northbound in Paramus when its brakes locked up, Paramus Deputy Chief Robert M. Guidetti.
Another tractor-trailer carrying steel beams was also on Route 17 northbound and tried avoiding crashing into a vehicle entering the highway from Fairview Avenue, police said. It collided with the disabled tractor-trailer, spilling the beams across both sides of the highway, police said.
One of beams struck a 2014 Toyota Corolla on Route 17 South, Guidetti said. The 56-year-old driver had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Paramus Rescue Squad. He was seriously injured and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, police said.
A 2005 Ford Escort driven by a 48-year-old Midland Park man on Route 17 South was also struck by a steel beam, police said. He complained of chest and back pain. Police did say not if he was taken to the hospital.
Route 17 was closed around 5:15 a.m. in both directions between Century Road and the Rochelle Park Border in Paramus because of a tractor-trailer crash, according to authorities.
Route 17 South was reopened by 7:40 a.m., Route 17 North was reopened by 9:45 a.m.
The Paramus Police Traffic Division and the New Jersey State Police Commercial Carrier Safety Inspection Unit are investigating the crash.
Following successful trials, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler plans to produce a small run of all-electric large commercial trucks for the European market.
These trucks will be made available to a small number of European test customers for 12-month trials, with the deliveries slated to begin later this year.
The decision to go forward with a production vehicle was based on positive reactions to the Mercedes-Benz Urban e-Truck concept unveiled at last fall's 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles trade show.
While Daimler's press release referred to the upcoming production all-electric model as a "heavy-duty" truck, the Urban e-Truck was a slightly less large medium-duty model.
It featured a 212-kilowatt-hour battery pack, allowing for a claimed range of 124 miles.
The tractor was powered by electric motors mounted to the front and rearmost of its three axles, producing a combined 250 kW (335 hp) and 737 lb-ft of torque.
Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck concept, 2016 IAA Commercial VehiclesThe production truck will be sold under the Mercedes-Benz brand name, and operators will get support from the automaker's road-testing department during the trial period.
Customers will have the option of a box body, refrigerated box body, or flatbed for the latest electric truck.
The Urban e-Truck was a medium-duty vehicle intended primarily for shuttling cargo relatively short distances around cities, and it's likely the low-volume production model will be aimed at similar dtuties.
Short-range operations keep vehicles close to charging stations, circumventing the range issues that currently bedevil efforts at electric long-haul trucks.
Daimler is currently in talks with "around 20 potential customers from the disposal, foodstuffs, and logistics sector," Mercedes-Benz Trucks boss Stefan Buchner said in a company press release.
Deliveries will start in Germany, followed by other European countries.
Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck concept, 2016 IAA Commercial VehiclesDaimler has no apparent plans to offer the electric truck in the U.S., but it's possible that a different electric vehicle could arrive in North America soon.
Alongside the Mercedes truck, Daimler is planning a low-volume production run of the lighter-duty eCanter truck from its Fuso brand this year.
The Fuso eCanter has already been supplied to specific customers for trial programs, but Daimler hopes to make the model more widely available.
This latest initiative will see around 150 vehicles distributed to select customers in the U.S., as well as Europe and Japan, the company said.
“Keep on truckin’, baby,” sang seminal bluesman Blind Boy Fuller in the 1930s. And that’s just what Bethel-based trucking and distribution company NEHDS Logistics has been doing.
Although its 10-years-and-counting existence may pale next to the age of Fuller’s enduring tune, NEHDS is well on its way to achieving the kind of success that fills competitors with envy. The firm’s projected revenue for 2016 was $30.1 million, a 55 percent increase over 2015. The company has a goal of reaching $50 million by 2020.
In addition, it has amassed a fleet of 225 trucks and recently added four locations, bringing it to a total of seven warehouses spread around the Northeast, including Windsor; Colonie, N.Y.; Cranbury, N.J.; Dedham, Mass; and two in New Hampshire. Another is expected to open in Washington, D.C., by early 2018.
Having more than 500 contractors and employees, including 100 at its 65,000-square-foot headquarters at 6B Research Drive in Bethel, NEHDS hired President/Chief Operating Officer Charles Johnson and Chief Marketing Officer Peter Katz in 2016, reflecting its quick rate of growth.
“For the first five or six years, we sort of plodded along,” said co-founder/CEO Gerry Burdo at his Bethel office. “But over the last 18 months or so our growth has really accelerated.”
NEHDS is also something of a family affair: In addition to Burdo, its ranks include his brother-in-law Fred DiMaria as CFO and DiMaria’s wife — and Burdo’s sister — Lisa as billing analyst.
“I probably spent about 30 years around the furniture industry, ending up in charge of (Danbury-based) Ethan Allen’s financial group,” Burdo said. Exiting there for a two-year stint as CEO/CFO at ill-fated Kozmo.com, which promised free one-hour delivery of a variety of consumer goods, Burdo found himself out of work when that company was liquidated in 2001.
Combining his experiences in the furniture and logistics trades seemed to make the most sense, he said, and so NEHDS — the name was originally New England Home Delivery, then North East Home Delivery once it expanded into New Jersey — was born. Adding his brother-in-law, whose past included financial roles at Warner-Lambert and Ernst & Young, as CFO was an easy decision, he said.
“His analytical ability and background helped legitimize us in the early going,” Burdo said. “He helped give us a steady hand.”
One of NEHDS’ first clients, and still a key customer, is Bob’s Discount Furniture. Home to 76 stores and omnipresent ads, the Manchester-headquartered Bob’s Discount Furniture takes advantage of NEHDS’ fulfillment and delivery service, where customized logos are put on delivery trucks driven by NEHDS employees — making for what Burdo maintains is greater personalized service and extended marketing opportunities.
The relationship appears to be solid, and is certainly growing, according to Burdo. Several Bob’s awards cover the Bethel office, and the company has also received kudos from such customers as La-Z-Boy, Williams-Sonoma, Bassett Furniture and Country Willow.
Delivery drivers are required to go through an extensive screening process, including drug testing and criminal background checks, as well as extensive in-house training to become the kind of “ambassadors” that the company has built its reputation upon, he said.
For all that, “We have a very low turnover, which says a lot,” Burdo said. “Our offices were largely empty 18 months ago, and today parking is at a premium.”
NASHVILLE, TN – The first new product has emerged in the wake of WABCO’s purchase of Laydon Composites, and it comes in the form of a self-deploying trailer boat tail.
The OptiFlow AutoTail, which has earned a SmartWay designation through tests by Canada’s National Research Council, automatically deploys at 70 kilometers per hour and closes at 15 kilometers per hour, drawing on speed data from the trailer’s Antilock Braking System.
The automated opening helps to ensure that the potential aerodynamic benefits are always realized at highway speeds, while the closing will help to ensure the equipment is not damaged when a trailer is backed into a loading dock.
SmartWay tests show the panels can improve fuel economy by up to 4.3% at highway speeds, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 4.8 tons per trailer per year.
The device differs from a competing system in several ways. Rather than using hinges, the panels use cantilevers to swing into place. They’re also curved, 21 inches wide, and made of injection-molded thermoplastic.
It was a rapid development process. WABCO purchased Laydon Composites in April 2016, and the Ontario company’s former president Brian Layfield – now WABCO’s global leader – aerodynamics – said his team had barely discussed the technology at the time of the sale. But now the business has the backing of a global company behind it.
“It’s been for me really rewarding going from three engineers. I now have the ability to tap into 2,400 engineers,” Layfield says, referring to available support and cost synergies. WABCO, meanwhile, is looking to maintain the group’s entrepreneurial spirit.
“In the end it’s all about getting out of the way,” says Jon Morrison, WABCO president - Americas. “We recognize what we know and what we don’t know.”
Laydon certainly understood aerodynamics. Answering a challenge presented by Con-Way, it developed a collapsible roof fairing that was inspired when Layfield watched his wife turn pot lids upside down so they would fit into a drawer. It became a standard offering on Freightliners.
OptiFlow AutoTail will be available in June.
Less-than-truckload carrier Wilson Trucking Corporation announced it has signed a Letter of Intent with Central Freight Lines, Inc. of Texas whereby Central Freight Lines will buy certain assets of Wilson Trucking and expand Central Freight Lines’ service territory into the Southeastern US. The transaction is expected to close by March 31, 2017.
“This is very good news for the many loyal customers of Wilson” said C.L. (Chuck) Wilson, chairman and CEO of Wilson Trucking. “Central Freight Lines has been in business for over 90 years just like Wilson Trucking and I’m confident Wilson’s customers will be quite impressed with the many service offerings of Central Freight Lines.”
Both are large carriers, ranking among the top 30 largest LTL in the United States and Canada. Both are over 90 years old.
Don Orr, President and CEO of Central Freight Lines, said “This is an important move for Central Freight Lines. It allows us to fulfill our strategy of being the premier coast-to-coast Sunbelt LTL provider in the industry. We look forward to adding Wilson’s customers to Central’s list of highly satisfied customers.”
Meritor’s new 14XE HE high-efficiency linehaul tandem drive axle has shed 30 pounds from existing 14X models, and improved efficiency by 1.5%.
It comes with high-efficeincy bearings, the Meritor Lube Management system, precision-finished gearing, and ratios as low as 2.15 for aggressive downspeeding.
“Based on today’s diesel prices, a fleet with 1,000 trucks equipped with the 14X HE could realize US $1 million per year in fuel savings,” said Ken Hogan, vice president – rear drivetrain.
Many improvements were realized using laser welding to manufacture components. The axle’s ring gear is also laser-welded to the differential housing, creating a joint that eliminates fasteners and reduces oil churning losses, the company says.
Investigators are searching for a cause to a semi-truck fire on Sunday morning in which the driver was found dead.
The Portage Fire Department received a call about 6:15 a.m. Sunday reporting a fire in the parking lot of the Petro Travel Plaza at the Interstate-90/Interstate-39 interchange.
When the five-man crew arrived just before 6:30, the firefighters found a 53-foot semi-truck with its engine and cab fully engulfed in flames.
Wisconsin State Patrol was first on the scene, joined by the Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies, who searched for the driver as fire was being put out.
After the fire was out, Portage firefighters found the driver, a 57-year-old Idaho man, dead in truck’s sleeper compartment. After conferring with the medical examiner, the body was taken from the truck.
At 9:30 a.m. firefighters cleared the scene.
The name of the driver has not been released, pending notification of family.
The incident is under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County Medical Examiner and Portage Fire Department.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) — Trucking companies could soon be looking at an open road without having to pay a tax along the way.
Springfield Representative Tim Butler has co-sponsored a bill that has now moved on to the Senate to repeal a trucking fee.
Currently, trucking companies have to pay a distribution fee in order to do business in the state.
If the bill passes through the Senate and is signed into law, Butler says it could be good for business.
"This was an initiative of the trucking associations and some businesses to really bring Illinois in line with our neighboring states when it comes to some of the trucking regulations that we have a way to make us more competitive with surrounding states,” Rep. Butler said. “Illinois has a great trucking industry, but they're mobile - they're very easy to go into other states."
The Senate is expected to take up the bill when they're back in session next week.
FISHERSVILLE - Wilson Trucking Corp. announced Monday there could be some changes coming to the company.
Wilson Trucking has signed a letter of intent with Central Freight Lines Inc., which will buy certain assets of Wilson Trucking and expand Central Freight Lines' service territory into the Southeastern U.S., a release said.
"This is very good news for the many loyal customers of Wilson," said C.L. Wilson, chairman and CEO of Wilson Trucking, said in a release. "Central Freight Lines has been in business for over 90 years just like Wilson Trucking and I'm confident Wilson's customers will be quite impressed with the many service offerings of Central Freight Lines."
It is unclear about what will happen to the company in Fishersville and its employees and customers.
The News Leader has reached out to Wilson Trucking. But, according to the release, the company said it will continue to provide customers the "best available less-than-load service in the Southeast."
"As with any transaction like this there will be additional information coming out about a wide array of topics," the release said. "Our commitment to you is to keep you informed in a timely fashion about all topics that directly affect our business relationship."
The Texas-based Central Freight Lines is expected to close on the company by March 31.
"This is an important move for Central Freight Lines," said Don Orr, president and CEO of Central Freight Lines, in a release. "It allows us to fulfill our strategy of being the premier coast-to-coast Sunbelt LTL provider in the industry. We look forward to adding Wilson's customers to Central's list of highly satisfied customers."
Wilson Trucking, based out of Fishersville, was started in the early 1920s by C.G. Wilson when he used a Ford Model T pick-up truck to haul products from the Wilson farm to the metro marketplace, its website said.
The company grew with the family's second generation. In the 1950s C.W. Wilson took over until the 1990s. C.L. Wilson, along with T.G. Wilson, are the third generation of the family to run the company, its website said.
Wilson Trucking encompasses nine states and Washington, D.C.