New Electric Truck from Mercedes Benz

A new electric truck from Mercedes Benz has been announced in Germany. The new vehicle is said to be the first fully electric truck for heavy distribution operations. According to Daimler Trucks the market launch of this technology could be at the beginning of the next decade.     The company have already been involved with a fully electric truck in customer trials with the Fuso Canter E-Cell, trialled in Europe since 2014....

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Fitting KERS on Trailers

In case you missed it, the topic of fitting KERS on trailers was one of the most interesting presentations at the ComVec Conference in Melbourne, organised by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia. Here is a similar presentation from earlier this year by the Adgero CEO, Mack Murray, in Amsterdam.   The KERS system concept was introduced in Formula One racing back in 2009:   The pioneer in Australia, first to introduce a hybrid...

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Tesla of Trucks?

Is this truck going to become the Tesla of Trucks? The Nikola One is to be launched in the US, on December 2, according to the designers. There will be a truck on the road sometime in 2019, reckons Nikola founder, TrevorMilton. Named for the famous electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, whose name is used by the electric car maker, Tesla, the truck is set to develop 2000 hp. The robotic narrator in this video does little to elaborate on...

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Truck Show Tour

Take a tour of the Commercial Vehicle Show in the UK. Here a couple of reprobate UK truck journos travel from stand to stand looking for food and drink.   However, there are a couple of interesting items seen on the tour, including a quirky light truck from China and a couple of new technologies coming on stream:   WR AeroKit is a cutting-edge application of British motorsport technology designed to deliver drag reduction...

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Lindsay’s Go For Green Tyres

Bridgestone Australia is set to launch four new sizes in its Ecopia range, completing its low rolling resistance drive and trailer line-up. The new sizes mean Ecopia tyres will now available to almost 95 per cent of the trailer market and approximately 90 per ent of the drive market.   The new sizes to be on offer include the 275/70R22.5 M749 Drive, 265/70R19.5, 275/70R22.5 and 255/70R22.5 R109 Trailer tyres.   “Fleets are...

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Green Choice in Engine Oil

Is it possible to take an environmentally responsible attitude when buying oils for a truck engine? Can those of us who work in the transport business really make a difference?   According to Ash Kochar from Castrol, switching to Castrol Vecton Carbon Neutral is one way truck operators can make a stance for the environment.   “Carbon neutrality is when the net greenhouse gas emissions of a product are equal to zero,” said...

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