At the CES (Consumer Electronic Show), in the US, electric trucks in the spotlight saw heavy truck makers make their own mini-exhibition of electric heavy trucks. Diesel News’ US Correspondent got to have a drive of a selection of the trucks on display.
Fiat Ducato sports a surprisingly stylish, contemporary face for a freight vehicle, complete with swept back headlight assemblies with the option of up-to-the-minute LED daytime running lights. It’s the sort of vehicle most delivery van drivers would be proud to park in their driveways.
Electric cars are a hot topic globally, but electric heavy duty trucks are appearing in the portfolios of all of the major players, plus some newcomers, on the North American truck scene, Diesel News’ US Correspondent, Steve Sturgess, reports.
The New Generation Scania G450 has the ideal size and specs to fulfil the role of middle weight contender, in intra and interstate single trailer or truck and dog applications. It does this effortlessly while returning excellent fuel economy. That’s the conclusion Paul Matthei came to after a recent road test.
The latest nationally co-ordinated operation organised by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator was called Operation Wake Up and took the form of a national fatigue blitz during April. The idea was to get a picture of exactly what is going on out on the highway randomly checking as many drivers as possible at strategic points all over the country at roadside checks.
Mike Fowler, Cummins’ On-Highway Engine Director, is the man charged with overseeing the Cummins Integrated Powertrain program to ensure optimum results are achieved for Cummins’ customers. His prowess as a multi-combination driver means he is often behind the wheel of test trucks wired with fuel consumption meters and other testing paraphernalia while running up and down the highways.
Detroit has announced the Brisbane Truck Show will see the much‐anticipated engine, the DD16 released for the first time. The most powerful on‐highway engine ever produced by Detroit, the DD16, which will soon be available to Australian customers.
At the Brisbane Truck Show later this month a there will be a bigger cab unveiled from Penske Commercial Vehicles, who will debut the all-new, limited edition MAN TGX D38 PerformanceLine.
Electric cars are a hot topic globally, but electric heavy duty trucks gain momentum every week, appearing in the portfolios of all of the major players, plus some newcomers, on the North American truck scene. Diesel News’ US Correspondent, Steve Sturgess, reports.
There’s one aspect of large vans that continues basically unchanged across the generations, the rectangular shaped box of varying dimensions that comprises up to three-quarters of the vehicle. Clearly the simple reason is that this shape maximises the cargo carrying volume which is obviously the primary purpose for this type of vehicle.