Truck News

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    Exploring the path to electric trucks

    March 6, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – There are plenty of barriers to the widespread adoption of electric trucks. Battery prices, weights, and limited ranges are just three of them. But Michael Berube, one of the presenters at this year’s Green Truck Summit, sees plenty of promise in such trucks to support evolving delivery models.

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    Deep Thinking: Eaton-Cummins tech right for the times

    November 6, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Cummins and Eaton have been integrating components for years. They announced an engagement of sorts with the launch of the SmartAdvantage powertrain. Last year, by launching the Endurant transmission through the Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture, they figuratively tied the knot.

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    Be specific when spec’ing medium-duty trucks

    September 13, 2018 12:00AM by Eric Berard

    MONTREAL, Que. — Determining how to build a commercial vehicle is always a challenge, but medium-duty trucks add unique layers to the decisions. The equipment is often asked to do more than carry cargo, after all. Think of these trucks

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    Kenworth offers near-zero NOx engine

    August 22, 2018 4:54PM by John G Smith

    Kenworth continues to expand the offerings that will run on natural gas, with T680, T880 and T880S trucks now available with Cummins Westport ISX12N near-zero-NOx emissions natural gas engines. The ISX12N meets the California Air Resources Board’s optional low-NOx standard

  • Cummins, Eaton joint venture expected to profit in 2020

    August 3, 2018 11:14AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – A Cummins and Eaton joint venture that was developed in 2017 is expected to be profitable by 2020, Cummins president and chief operating officer Richard Freeland said when releasing financial results for the second quarter of 2018.

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    Cummins X15, Endurant available in LT and LoneStar

    May 8, 2018 4:51PM by Truck News

    Buyers of International LoneStar and LT Series trucks can now order a Cummins X15 engine paired with an Endurant transmission – the product of an Eaton-Cummins joint venture. The X15 features an 80,000-km oil drain interval that can be extended

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    Video: The promise and challenge of electric vehicles

    April 23, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Julie Furber, the executive director of electrification at Cummins, sees promise and limitations when it comes to the electrification of commercial vehicles. “We do believe in the future,” she told a crowd at the recent Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit. But technologies like batteries will need to continue to evolve.

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    Autocar to get first Cummins X12 engines

    April 17, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Autocar Trucks will be the first North American truck manufacturer to offer the new Cummins X12 engine. The 11.8-liter X12 diesel engine will be offered in ACX refuse trucks beginning in October, when Cummins starts full production of the X12 at its Jamestown, N.Y. facility. Autocar will begin accepting orders for X12-powered trucks in June.

    According to Autocar, the X12 will net customers an additional 733 pounds of payload compared to the previous engine, the ISX12. The weight saving is achieved through an innovative sculpted block design, as well as weight reduction in the after-treatment system, power take-off, and other components. The X12 also offers improved low-speed torque, even with similar horsepower ratings. At 2,050 pounds dry weight, the X12 is the lightest engine in the market compared to existing 11-, 13-, and 15-liter engines.

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    Here Comes the Sun: Does solar have a role as an alternative fuel?

    April 13, 2018 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    TORONTO, Ont. — In some corners of North America, the idea of adding solar power to a truck or trailer is a no-brainer. You’d be forgiven for thinking that none of those corners are in Canada. That’s mostly true, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that solar has no place here. Just that you must be careful in assessing manufacturer claims about what their solar gizmo can actually do.

    Almost all of Canada gets an average of 4.2 hours of solar sunlight a day. Two areas — a small stretch of the southern prairies and a little ribbon of central B.C. — crank that number up to 4.5 hours. Compare that to as many six hours in Arizona, New Mexico, and a patch of southeast California. Doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but it’s a big deal. A 300-watt solar setup that can help to run a tractor’s electric APU in that part of the U.S. would probably have to be a 600- or 800-watt setup for a rig running, say, a Toronto-Montreal-Halifax route.

    It also means that manufacturer claims can be rather idealistic if calculations were based on experience in warm and sunny parts of our world. There’s no subterfuge involved here, but “your mileage may vary,” as they say.

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    Cummins portfolio integrates new name

    March 20, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    ATLANTA, Ga. — Cummins is repositioning itself in the heavy-duty marketplace with a new name for it’s expanding portfolio of motive technologies. The newly minted Cummins Integrated Power is meant to reflect expertise in integrated technology and the company’s reach

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    Volvo unveils new heavy-hauling VNX

    March 14, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    DUBLIN, Va. – Volvo Trucks has unveiled the heavy hauler of its product lineup in the form of the new VNX – a hybrid of highway and vocational tractor ready to support applications like long combination vehicles, B-trains, and lowboys.

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    Final mile introducing new maintenance demands

    March 7, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    ATLANTA, Ga. – Evolving delivery models are leading to a new generation of vehicles as fleets look for new ways to serve the all-important final mile of e-commerce orders. Against the backdrop of dense urban centers that are demanding an end to emissions, the trucks and vans are also more likely than ever to be electric.

    “The economics of those are starting to become positive in some applications,” said Thomas Dollmeyer, Cummins’ director of electrification technology, during a panel at the annual meeting of the Technology and Maintenance Council. Electric urban buses are already economically viable, while the same could be said about electric Class 4-7 distribution vehicles as early as 2020, he said.

    But changes like that will lead to new challenges on the shop floor.

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    Shell launches Starship demonstration vehicle

    March 6, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    ATLANTA, Ga. – Shell Rotella has officially unveiled the Starship Project – a streamlined tractor-trailer designed to showcase energy savings that can be realized using technology available today. “If an owner-operator built a super truck, what would it look like?

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    Little engines that can: Big power from small displacements

    February 2, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    TORONTO, ON — Canada has always been big-bore territory: big trucks, big loads, big hills, big engines. Right? If you’re one of those with feet firmly planted in the big bore camp, it might be time to re-think that position. Some of today’s smaller engines are surprisingly capable. They are lighter and more fuel-efficient, and deliver performance that’s nearly equal to their larger brothers.

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    Perspective, People: The onslaught of new technology is fascinating, but who really cares?

    January 9, 2018 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    Amidst the astonishing flood of electric this and autonomous that lately, I wonder who actually wants any of this stuff. I mean out there in the land of real trucking, not in the offices of mega-fleets with the means to