Kenworth Goes Electric

Over in the US, you know when something is going to happen, it’s when Kenworth get involved, and now Kenworth goes electric, showing off its new Zero Emission Cargo Transport (ZECT). It’s a T680 powered by a hydrogen fuel cell hybrid power system using a 100 kWh lithium ion battery. This power train means the truck has 560 hp available to it. Read more

Fuel Hauling in the Northern Territory

John Fraser has been running a business fuel hauling in the Northern Territory for over a decade. His transport operation has been working for IOR Petroleum for 12 years, starting with one truck and then going to two trailers.

The operation currently run two trucks and has another undergoing restoration. There are two trucks on fuel full time, plus one subcontractor. The trucks include a 700hp Volvo rigid with three trailers, and a Kenworth K200 tri-axle prime mover pulling three trailers. Read more

Mixing the Old with the New

Diesel News meets an operator in Sydney’s west who is a prime example of mixing the new with the old to get results. We all know we have to move with the times, but, at the same time, we don’t want to lose the values that were so important when setting up a business.

There is a stereotypical image of the type of trucking operation we expect to embrace the latest technology to get ahead in business, with a dynamic, young management group driving change, using modern trucks with slick artwork on the doors. This picture is very unlike Parklea Sand and Soil, who is very much a traditional-style operator, running some legacy trucks and using one the few proper sign writers left in the Sydney area. Read more

Scanning The Trucking Twitterverse

Diesel News has been scanning the Trucking Twitterverse for a few snippets about what is going on our world.

This school kid in Norway got away with a lucky escape after the driver of the truck whose dash cam recorded the incident, flashed the oncoming Volvo just in time. Read more

An Older Set of Values

Once you get away from the Eastern Seaboard, the nature of the trucking industry changes – there’s a return to an older set of values. Yes, there are still line-haul and supermarket delivery trucks out here, but the world is dominated by livestock and bulk tippers. This is the core of trucking away from the cities, carting whatever the farm produces to the point where it is to be sold, stored or processed. Read more

How to Buy a Truck

Around the time Mark Johnstone was first thinking about how to buy a truck, a local livestock operator in Surat, Queensland, wanted to get out of his business and move across to a sand and gravel operation on the coast. Mark took over the existing work, starting off with one double-deck trailer, soon to be joined by a second. Read more

Classic Truck Restorations

This week, we’re looking at classic truck restorations and, more particularly, the trucks collected and restored by the Klos boys.

This episode goes back a bit in time, but that’s what truck restorations is all about. Not surprisingly, all of the models in this particular show are Kenworths. Read more

The Trucking Life

In Australia, each area has a different feel, the trucking life changes from region to region. Once you get away from the Eastern Seaboard, the nature of the trucking industry changes dramatically. Yes, there are still line-haul and supermarket delivery trucks out here, but the world is dominated by livestock and bulk tippers. This is the core of trucking away from the cities, carting whatever the farm produces to the point where it is to be sold, stored or processed.
Read more

Truck Show Snapshots

Last week was Brisbane Truck Show, here are the Diesel News’ Truck Show Snapshots, if you couldn’t make to the event.There were unveilings by Scania, UD Trucks, Mercedes Benz, International and Hino. Crowds surged around the new Kenworth T610 and the old school limited edition T900 on the Paccar stand. Freightliner harked back over the 75 years since the founding of the company with a rare 1950 A64-800 ‘Bubblenose’ truck. Read more

New Kenworth T610 Cabin Tour

This week Diesel News is going on a new Kenworth T610 cabin tour, checking out how much has changed from the brand’s traditional design. The single windscreen is one of those indicators of US influence and all of the original launch trucks are fitted with them. However, the split windscreen has not gone away and Kenworth promise it will appear sometime soon. The question has to be, is the single windscreen really a step too far? Read more