Don’t discount propane in the search for alternative fuels
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Diesel and gasoline are clearly the most common fuels used by Canadian trucks, but many people might be surprised to discover that the third most widely used transportation fuel is something other than natural gas. It's propane.
2021: The Medium-Duty Emissions Odyssey
TORONTO, Ont. -- The next round of greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations is due in 2021, but the model year of trucks affected by the rule will actually hit the road about two years from now. And while fleets that operate Class 7 and 8 heavy-duty trucks are already losing sleep over the rule, a significant share of the population operating medium-duty trucks doesn’t even know these rules exist. They’re the kinds of trucks operated by businesspeople and contractors who sees vehicle as a tool for some other business. Think electricians, landscapers, bakers, and plumbers. Their passion is their business, not the truck they use. "Back when the 2007 and 2010, soot and NOx emissions rules kicked in. We had to educate our customers on those changes, as dramatic as they were," says Brian Tabel, executive director of marketing for Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. "Most of them didn't know the change was in place, but they sure noticed the price jump between 2006 and 2010 [Model Year] trucks. Customers that had bought pre-emissions 2006 trucks and were shopping for another one in 2010 were shocked. They were mostly utterly unaware of the changes that had occurred over the past 10 years."
North American Truck Orders Post April Decline
COLUMBUS and BLOOMINGTON, IN -- Orders for new heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks in North America both hit the skids a little bit, but it's no cause for alarm. During April, 39,700 Class 5 through Class 8 truck orders were booked, down 6% compared the April 2014, according to preliminary numbers from the commercial vehicle industry data provider ACT Research. Actual numbers will be published in mid-May. "While the order volume represents a fairly sharp deceleration from the 50,000 units-plus order months experienced from October to February, the pullback is a reflection of already large backlogs as well as a paucity of build slots remaining in 2015," said Kenny Vieth, ACT president and senior analyst. "This month's net orders were not a surprise, considering that the calendar is moving away from peak order season."
Fuel economy drives buyer satisfaction
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- The fuel economy of 2007 medium-duty truck engines has driven up owner satisfaction compared with that of the 2006 model-year, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Medium-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Customer Satisfaction Study.