If we look at the fundamentals of the Mack Anthem, as it is sold on the North American market, we can also get a good idea of how the innovations will flow out when the model is introduced, down the track, to Australia.
SunChip has carved out an enviable reputation in the plantation forests of southeast Queensland and southern NSW, utilising the latest technology equipment including Mack trucks, Elphinstone trailers and Tigercat forestry machines. Diesel News spoke with SunChip General Manager, Dirk Koeppen.
The launch of a new model in the US and the Mack Anthem breakout opened up long haul possibilities for the truck maker, not only in North America, but also here in Australia. Diesel News traveled to the US to see what it’s all about.
Top trucking Instagrammers get some great shots of their trucks and share them with the world each week.
The first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset are known as the ‘Golden Hour’ by photographers. This truck really pops in the low sunlight as sunset approaches:
Parking the truck on a wet yard always gives you great reflections in the image:
Another ‘Golden Hour’ shot with the low sun adding to the richness of the shot:
The Mack Anthem’s first outing at a truck show was at the recent Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Diesel News was there to see the new truck, to get a look and feel of the new model, before it heads over to Australia, some time soon.
Electric trucks are becoming a reality, in California, with electrified overhead power cables providing the power to trucks delivering to the ports. Diesel News’ US Correspondent, Steve Sturgess, reports.
German industrial giant Siemens and California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) are conducting a one-mile, zero-emission eHighway demonstration in Carson, California, near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Three heavy-duty trucks hauling freight are running along the stretch of roadway that uses Siemens technology to electrify select highway lanes via an overhead catenary system.
According to SCAQMD, heavy-duty trucks are the number-one source of smog-forming emissions in Southern California. Developing a zero- or near-zero goods-movement system in and out of the ports will reduce smog formation and toxic and greenhouse gas emissions in communities around the ports, which are some of the areas most heavily impacted by air pollution.
“Every day, Americans rely on the goods and services that are carried by road freight,” said Andreas Thon, head of Turnkey Projects & Electrification, Siemens North America, in the press release issued by the air quality district. “But with that transportation predicted to double by 2050, only one-third of this additional travel can be handled by trains, despite expansion of rail infrastructure. Experts expect global CO2 emissions from road freight traffic to more than double by 2050.
“This electrified truck system, what we call eHighway, can modernise the existing infrastructure using the latest technology to accommodate the growing amount of [truck] freight travel, reduce harmful emissions, and keep these ports – one of our country’s major economic drivers – competitive.”
Siemens noted it launched the world’s first eHighway system on public roads in June 2016, using a two-kilometre section of a highway north of Stockholm, Sweden. Three field trials of the eHighway technology on German highways are planned to take place in 2019.
The South Alameda Street demonstration is a one-mile ‘test track’, with the left lane coned off in both directions in Carson, California. A small construction-site mobile office sits approximately at the mid-point, under the Sepulveda Boulevard overpass. Here, another very short section of catenary allows for experimentation on or service of the installations on the trucks.
The electrical infrastructure is called a catenary because the conductor wires hang from and are clipped to a ‘messenger’ wire. This delivers the electrical power to the conductor wire, which has to be at a constant height above the roadway. The messenger wire is anchored at the many supporting structures along the route and hangs in a catenary, the arc that any line or chain describes when it is hung from its ends. A chain to prevent entry to a gateway, for instance, hangs in a catenary arc, which is a quite different arc than a segment of a circle.
All three trucks can operate quite satisfactorily on electrical power supplied via the catenary power lines through the pantograph contact arms mounted behind the cabs. Both the catenary infrastructure and the on-board electronics and power controls to reduce the catenary voltage of 500–750 volts DC down to the 350 volts required to drive the trucks are owned and installed by the German Siemens.
The electrical installation took about six months to complete, according to Kay Rasch, Technical Project Manager for Siemens’ Mobility Division and on-site engineer. He added that the infrastructure part of the demonstration accounted for about 25–30 per cent of the total $17 million investment. “It could have been more, but to keep within budget we had to eliminate some of the features,” he said.
Where this demonstration is unique in the US in providing power to transport trucks, the overhead supplied power is fairly common in people-moving trams, trolleybuses and railways. Railways and trams have the advantage of steel wheels on steel rails providing one of the power lines. Since trucks and trolleybuses have rubber tires on roads, this option is not available and there have to be two overhead wires and two pantographs on the trucks to complete the electrical circuit.
Since the pantographs can be raised and lowered from the dashboard touchscreen, in a more lengthy demonstration or even a practical application, a truck could disconnect from the overhead power to pass another catenary user, reverting to the lane and reconnecting to the overhead power again when the manoeuvre is complete. In this way, a catenary installation could serve other users such as trolleybus or electric transit bus lines, refuse trucks, school buses, even intercity coaches, if such an installation were to run from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, for example.
The new Mack Anthem coming to Australia will be using the new platform released into the US market last year as a basis for new models to be developed. The Mack Anthem has now go into production in Mack’s plant in Allentown, Pennsylvania for the US market. Read more
Diesel News checks out Australian trucking according to Instagram. It’s a chance for trucks to show off their trucks or their photography skills
Here’s a great shot using backlighting to create some dust and some atmosphere:
The Mack Anthem came out in the USA last year. The question is as to whether this new styling from the US truck maker may be introduced as part of a future model range here in Australia? Watch this space!
Here we have another truckie/photographer getting the lighting just right. The natural light from the roof lights and doors mixes with the artificial light from the big sodium lamps to achieve just the right effect:
In Australia, the truckie and instagram have a close relationship. Proud of their trucks, our truckies like to post photos of them on Instagram, to be admired by others in the industry. Today we are looking a selection of shots of favourite trucks by their proud owners or drivers, trying to get the trucks in their best light.
There’s something about the Mack Superliner, which gets the blood pumping just a little. Maybe it’s just that distinctive V8 roar!
Unloading in Lismore this driver gets the low rising sun to add drama to the image of their B-double set:
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Yet again in a low light situation. Turn on the marker lights and let the camera do the rest.
Looking at the the Trucking World According to Instagram, we see some great photography skills by people in the industry.
Yes, there are still a few Magnums knocking around and working hard.
Here’s an amazing overhead shot of a load of sheep on the top deck of the trailer.
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Clean looking B-double set.