Think Tanks: There’s a right way and wrong way to fill up
MONTREAL, Que. -- Some truck components have been around for so long that they rarely receive a second thought, and dual fuel tanks are a perfect example. Introduced to extend the range of trucks between refills, the tanks are usually mounted on opposite sides of the frame rails. But this also introduces hazards that emerge with two separate filling points.
Past has a role in Volvo’s vision
ATLANTA, GA - Keith Brandis, Volvo's director - product planning, says the road toward improved connectivity, electro-mobility, and automation also involves looking at the way trucks with older technology operate in developing nations - and exploring how trucks have become the major or only supplier of goods in eight out of 10 communities.
Invest VW funds in clean diesel: Forum
WASHINGTON, DC - The head of the Diesel Technology Forum has told state environmental officials that new diesel technology offers the most cost-effective way to reduce NOx emissions, and should be considered when investing the US $2.9 billion Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust.
Think “well to wheel” around emission options
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The trucking industry has to "put on the brakes" when it comes to its thirst for diesel if it hopes to meet targets to slash Greenhouse Gas emissions, according to Wilfried Achenbach, Daimler Trucks North America's senior vice president - engineering and technology. But electric vehicles don't yet offer the answer when the steps to produce electricity are considered. Speaking at the NTEA's annual Green Truck Summit, Achenbach stressed that diesel engines continue to be the industry's "workhorse" because of their high torque and long-life, delivering 10 kwh of energy per kilogram in a format that is easy to refuel and readily available.
Diesel Dilemma: Are the days of our favorite fuel numbered?
Rudolf Diesel must be rolling in his grave. The 19th-century inventor gave birth to the engine that bears his name. Now the country where he did the work is looking to bring the technology to an end. German legislators recently passed a resolution that calls for a ban of all internal combustion engines as early as 2030.
Diesel hit hard in Federal Excise Tax changes
TORONTO, ON - Planned changes to the Federal Excise Tax (FET) on diesel fuel would eliminate exemptions for Temperature Control Units like reefers, Auxiliary Power Units, bunk heaters, and Power Take-Off units. And that threatens annual refunds of $800 to $1,000 per tractor-trailer as of July 1, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA). "I am extremely disappointed," says chairman Gene Orlick. "The decision to drop this rebate is because another industry [airlines] abused the system, making unique claims for lighting and other electricity in their operations." When the Federal Excise Tax was first added to diesel in 1982, it was only meant to be applied to transportation fuel, according to a CTA briefing note about new language in the federal budget's Notice of Ways and Means Motion.