Diesel is looking at SCR Cheats, On Board Mass, Tracking Fridges and Fuel Cells, as well as a new outlet for Bridgestone in the news this week.
A major supermarket contract with Coles makes an order of 235 Vector 1950 multi-temperature fridge units from Carrier become part of the largest known order of refrigerated trailers in Australia.
Coles currently operates a 170-unit strong, 100 per cent Carrier fleet in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. With this order, a mix of two- and three-compartment Vector 1950 MT systems will be installed on Maxitrans refrigerated trailers, to be split between Coles distribution centres in Sydney and Perth.
“The Vector 1950 MT system gives operators the power to consolidate deliveries, making fleets more efficient and able to cope with frequent door openings,” said Kelly Geddes, Manager, Marketing, Carrier Transicold Australia. “We are pleased to continue as the exclusive transport refrigeration supplier to Coles, providing exceptional product performance and reliability backed by first class customer service.”
Teletrac Navman has announced a new integration with PTV Group’s transport planning and optimisation solution. This integration with PTV Group logistics software enhances Teletrac Navman Director’s end-to-end workflow solution for carriers. Fleet managers can reduce the time and manpower needed to plan, optimise, and execute delivery routes.
The integration through Teletrac Navman’s open API offers carriers a single interface to optimise the list of stops drivers need to complete in a given time period, taking into account vehicle dimensions, load capacity, road restrictions, hazardous materials and other configurations that may affect the route.
Dispatchers receive real-time updates, including vehicle location, speed and mileage, and are able to drill down into overall trip duration, handling and driver time and stops completed to measure against their goals. For drivers, the integration not only provides turn by turn directions, but also eliminates the need for paper invoices and proof of delivery.
New Outlet for Bridgestone
Bridgestone has opened its latest commercial tyre store in Canberra. The Bridgestone Service Centre located in Hume features a solar panel array, energy-saving lighting, recycled rubber flooring and rainwater harvesting for toilets and garden areas, minimising the store’s environmental footprint and reducing long-term operating costs. The Centre is the only store in Canberra to feature B-double drive through truck bays.
On Board Mass Specs
Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has released the On-Board Mass (OBM) System Functional and Technical Specification.
“The Specification represents a major step forward in establishing performance-based outcomes for the accuracy, integrity and performance of OBM systems which can satisfy the needs of both industry and government,” said Chris Koniditsiotis, TCA CEO. “With transport operators continuing to adopt OBM systems to manage commercial obligations, mass compliance and chain-of-responsibility requirements, having assurance in the use of OBM systems is crucial.”
SCR Cheat Devices
Recent media reports in Europe have revealed ‘AdBlue emulator’ devices are being installed by truck operators in order to by-pass or stop the AdBlue injection system. European truck manufacturers are seeking EU legislation against aftermarket devices which negate their emission control technologies.
“The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association strongly condemns the advertising, sale and use of any aftermarket device that can be used by truck operators to turn off emission control systems,” said ACEA Secretary General Erik Jonnaert.
Fuel Cell Kenworth
In the US, Kenworth is developing a prototype heavy duty hydrogen fuel cell tractor designed to provide true zero-emissions operation. By using the fuel cell, provided by Ballard Power Systems, to recharge the batteries, the only emission coming out of the tailpipe will be water. The T680 day cab prime mover uses lithium-ion batteries to power a dual-rotor electric motor, driving the rear tandem axle through a 4-speed automated transmission. Kenworth’s hydrogen truck is expected to be ready for initial track and on-road testing in the fourth quarter of this year.
A second demonstration fuel cell truck is also coming on stream from US Hybrid, in a joint venture with Jiangsu Dewei Advanced Materials. A zero-emission heavy duty fuel cell port haulage truck featuring the JV’s PEM fuel cell engine will be operated by Total Transportation at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.