There’s a lot of talk about trucks with top power from Sweden. However, the arrival of a new Scania V8 diesel gives Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley, an excuse to examine the real-world demand for high-horsepower super-trucks in Europe. “Just don’t take it personally down-under,” says Brian.
I’m going let you in on a secret. I’m struggling to stay enthusiastic about high-horsepower, big-displacement diesels. There, I’ve said it. Considering how many words I’ve written about them in the past (including such clunking adjectives as ‘fire-breathing’ and ‘stump-pulling’) it’s all rather embarrassing. It dawned on me after having recently learned of Scania’s new V8 engine, launched at the same time as its G-Series, the latest in its ‘Next Generation’ of heavies. Read more
The price of diesel goes up a little bit and immediately LNG and all that gas comes back into the reckoning. The margins in road transport are so slim, only a small incremental change can tip the balance between fuel options. Read more
Whether we like it or not, autonomous trucks are unstoppable, the progress being made is substantial. Diesel News talks to one of those working hard behind the scenes, Hayder Wokil, who runs the Volvo autonomous research program.
The job title held by Volvo’s Hayder Wokil doesn’t really tell us much. He is the Mobility and Automation Director, but when asked what exactly it is he does do, the laconic Hayder replies, “the question really should be, what doesn’t he do?” This suggests the role is a wide-ranging one and one which will change as new developments come along. Read more
This video from the US shows us Eaton and Cummins getting closer as they offer a more integrated driveline to US truck buyers. This particular AMT has just gone on sale in the US and is not destined to appear here for some time.
The gearbox is part of a comprehensive program where Eaton and Cummins are working very closely together to come up with a fully integrated package. The engine and transmission communicate seamlessly with each other and with whichever truck they are fitted into.Read more
Not only is there an Electric Inter, Volvo and LNG, Iveco and Suttons, plus a New Auto from Eaton/Cummins in Diesel News, but also Daimler Platooning and an Electric Van.
Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies has introduced the new Endurant TM 12- speed automated transmission at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in Atlanta, in the US. Claimed to be the lightest, most efficient 1,850 ft lb–capable heavy-duty transmission on the US market, it has been designed for line-haul applications where weight savings and efficiency can add to a fleet’s bottom line, Endurant weighs nearly 50kg less than competitive automated manual transmissions (AMTs). Read more
In the news this week have been a Top Female Driver, Australian Truck Manufacturing, Penske Dealership Change and Autonomous Trucks and the need for supporting infrastructure.
Tasmanian Kerri Connors, of Caltas, was named winner of the 2017 Volvo Drivers’ Fuel Challenge on-road category in a competition which put Australia’s most fuel-efficient drivers head to head. The off-road title was claimed by Cameron Simpson of Simpson’s Fuel in Victoria. Over a two-day event at Mt Cotton in Queensland, the competition was whittled down from 17 drivers in the semi-final, to nine in the final. Read more
Front of mind, this week in Diesel News are Fuel Saving, New Volvo , Autonomous Truck and an Underground Warehouse.
The 2017 Volvo Drivers’ Fuel Challenge, supported by sponsors Caltex and Michelin, brings together the six most fuel-efficient Volvo drivers in the country, measured on their daily work performance. Using Volvo’s Dynafleet system, the semi-finalists for the 2017 Volvo Drivers’ Fuel Challenge have been identified as the most fuel efficient Volvo driver in their States.
“This is a whole new way to determine who are the most fuel-efficient drivers in Australia by using the technology in our trucks,” said Mitch Peden, Vice President of Volvo Trucks Australia. “By comparing the Dynafleet data from a wide range of our customers, we’ve identified the six drivers who consistently demonstrate fuel-efficient driving skills, day in and day out, while driving fully-laden trucks on genuine commercial journeys.”
The six semi-finalists who will each represent their State are:
New South Wales: Andrew Woodleigh, Borg Manufacturing
Victoria: Cameron Simpson, Simpson’s Fuel
South Australia: David Kleinig, L H Perrys
Tasmania: Chris Scolyer, De Bruyns Transport
Western Australia: Phil Vallance, Desert Sands Cartage
Queensland: Andrew Print, TruckHaul
The semi-final and final of the annual Volvo Driver’s Fuel Challenge will be held on July 20-21 in Brisbane. The winner will go on to represent Australia in the final in Gothenburg, Sweden in September.
New Volvo VNL
Volvo Trucks North America has revealed the new Volvo VNL series, available in several configurations, including an all-new, 70-inch sleeper and a series of new features. The new truck includes swept back headlights, which include daytime running lights and there’s a new Volvo grille and hood. Redesigned and repositioned engine air intakes allow for less turbulent intake air delivery. Airflow up and around the cab has also been optimised with new chassis and roof fairings.
The Volvo VNL features an all-new dashboard which puts often-used controls within the driver’s reach. Centred in the gauge cluster is a configurable, five-inch colour driver information display that provides trip and diagnostic data. The driver information display is customisable, ensuring that critical information is always available to the driver at a quick glance.
New Autonomous System
Launched by Swedish company, Einride, the ‘T-pod’ is an electric, self-driving vehicle that can be remotely controlled by drivers, set for prototype testing in 2017 followed by international distribution. Eimride also says it is developing a remote driving system, charging stations and an infrastructure that will make the system the most pioneering of its kind.
The company claims T-pods will start running between the cities of Gothenburg and Helsingborg, Sweden and the first active system will cover a capacity of 2,000,000 pallets per year., comments:
“Einride is transforming the existing transport chain from the ground up,” Filip Lilja, COO at Einride. “The big companies behind long haul trucks keep building bigger trucks to increase efficiency, which ultimately means even more emissions. We are changing that by creating a secure solution that is, not only cost effective, but dramatically minimises the negative environmental impact of the transportation industry.”
Warehouse developers in the UK are proposing underground warehouses as a new way to fit logistics facilities into the crowded area around Heathrow Airport. A 175,000 m2 underground warehouse has been laid out before planners and reports suggest it is set to get the go-ahead.
With the nine metre high warehouse underground, it will be topped by a new public park at ground level on a site less than 1.5 km from Heathrow Airport.
It would seem Instagramming and Trucking are a good mix. Here at Diesel News we like to see people in our industry making interesting images. Here we have big triples in the West, double tankers from Toll, cool matt paint job and classic Mack tanker. Read more