Bendix front air brakes are now going to be standard

Bendix front air brakes are now going to be standard equipment on all Kenworth Class 8 tractors and trucks. The Bendix ADB22X will provide more consistent force distribution and will significantly reduce brake fade, with no degradation of stopping power. According to Kurt Swihart, Kenworth’s marketing director, Kenworth trucks will also benefit from an aluminum hub and splined disc rotor assembly, which will give additional weight savings.

Bosch Launches Aftermarket Wiper Blades for Medium and Heavy Duty

All drivers know that visibility is on the most important factors when driving, especially when the weather is not cooperating. After providing quality products for more than 80 years, Bosch has announced a new aftermarket blade for medium and heavy duty vehicles.

Applications are available for many domestic and import makes, such as Peterbilt, Kenworth, Volvo, Mack, Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and International, just to name a few. Bosch Direct Connect wiper blades are available in 13” to 16” sizes and the Bosch Evolution beam wiper blades are available in 16” to 26” sizes. Applications are available for both driver and passenger sides.

This new program by Bosch provides coverage for about 85% of Class 3 – 8 heavy duty vehicles on the road in Canada and the USA. Also available now is a comprehensive 2014 Heavy Duty Wiper Blade Catalog, available at local dealers or at

Carrier Transicold has new CARB-Verified Reefers

The California Air Resources Board has given conditional verification to Carrier Transicold’s new optional engine emissions system (EES). The EES is capable of reducing diesel particulate mass from refrigeration exhaust by more than 98%.

Carrier reefer engines were already certified for “evergreen” compliance for engines less than 25hp in all of North America, except California. California green laws state that a verified diesel emissions control (VDEC) strategy be applied to units in the 25hp class for use in the state after the first seven years. Now, Carrier Transicold is said to be the first OEM-developed CARB level-3-plus VDEC for trailer refrigeration units, available with initial purchase or as a later add-on.

The EES is certified for use in the X4 Series single-temperature models 7500 and 7300, and the hybrid Vector 8500 single-temperature and Vector 8600 multi-temperature units. According to Carrier, the EES can be factory equipped at time of purchase or installed later, as long as there are less than 3000 hours of engine operation.

Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck Achieves 10.7 MPG in Latest Test

COLUMBUS, IN–Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and Peterbilt Motors Co., a division of PACCAR (NASDAQ: PCAR), announced today that the latest version of their SuperTruck demonstration tractor-trailer achieved 10.7 mpg last month under real-world driving conditions.

Developing a truck that could meet or exceed 10 mpg when fully loaded was considered unlikely, if not impossible, just a few years back, with most trucks averaging between 5.5 and 6.5 mpg. However, with advances in engines, aerodynamics and more, SuperTruck has proven that 10 mpg is attainable.

SuperTruck averaged a 75 percent increase in fuel economy, a 43 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and an 86 percent gain in freight efficiency in 24-hour, head-to-head testing against a 2009 baseline truck — all significant improvements.

The Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck was on display today for President Barack Obama’s announcement of firm deadlines for the next generation of national fuel-efficiency and GHG emissions standards for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

The goal of the SuperTruck program, initiated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is to improve long-haul Class 8 vehicle freight efficiency. The program focuses on advanced and highly efficient engine systems and vehicle technologies that meet prevailing emissions and Class 8 tractor-trailer vehicle safety and regulatory requirements. In addition to the benefits of reduced fuel consumption and petroleum usage, the improvements in engine system efficiency will deliver a significant reduction in GHG emissions.

Cummins has partnered with Peterbilt Motors Co. for the SuperTruck project. The project objectives have included development and demonstration of a highly efficient and clean diesel engine, an advanced waste heat recovery system, an aerodynamic tractor and trailer combination and a lithium ion battery-auxiliary power unit, to reduce engine idling.

The Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck uses the Peterbilt(R)Model 579, with best-in-class aerodynamic efficiency. The engine, based on Cummins industry-leading ISX15, converts exhaust heat into power delivered to the crankshaft, and has electronic control software that uses route information to optimize fuel use. The SuperTruck also includes chassis refinements, improvements in the aerodynamics and other significant advances in the engine. Lightweighting throughout the tractor-trailer also enables increased freight efficiency.

Eaton Corp.(R) (NYSE: ETN), also part of the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck project team, is developing a next-generation automated transmission that improves fuel efficiency in heavy-duty trucks. Eaton’s contribution includes the design, development and prototyping of an advanced transmission that facilitates reduced engine-operating speeds. Cummins and Eaton jointly designed shift schedules and other features to yield further improved fuel efficiency.

This demonstration of the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck has exceeded DOE goals for freight efficiency — a key trucking metric based on payload weight and fuel efficiency expressed in ton-miles per gallon. The SuperTruck achieved an 86 percent improvement in freight efficiency and a 75 percent fuel economy improvement over a 24-hour test cycle in December 2013. The program goal was a 68 percent freight-efficiency increase over a 2009 vintage baseline vehicle of the same weight traveling along the same route.

“We are honored that the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck has been chosen to be on display for President Obama’s announcement,” said Wayne Eckerle, Cummins Vice President – Research and Technology. “The SuperTruck clearly demonstrates the technologies that can deliver significant fuel-efficiency improvements over the next decade and beyond as we continue to develop for cost and performance attributes that will make them strong commercial successes.”

Landon Sproull, Peterbilt Chief Engineer, agreed.

“The work we’re doing on SuperTruck is very much in keeping with Peterbilt’s global reputation for industry-leading design, innovative engineering and fuel-efficient solutions,” he said. “I think it’s been a terrific opportunity for us to look into the future and demonstrate what’s possible.”

“Eaton’s collaboration with Cummins and Peterbilt on the SuperTruck program reflects our commitment to develop highly integrated and optimized powertrains to help reduce fuel consumption and emissions,” said Thomas Stover, Chief Technology Officer – Eaton Vehicle Group. “The critical need to increase the fuel efficiency will require the role of the transmission to grow significantly within the sphere of powertrain optimization, and as a leader in power management solutions, Eaton is at the forefront of innovation in this important area.”

The Class 8 Peterbilt Model 579, powered by a Cummins ISX15 engine, achieved 10.7 mpg during testing last month between Denton, Texas, and Vernon, Texas. The 312-mile route was the same one used two years ago, when the first version of the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck averaged just under 10 mpg.

The testing in both instances was conducted on a round-trip basis, to negate any wind advantage that might have been gained by traveling one way, and each tractor-trailer had a combined gross weight of 65,000 lb running at 64 mph. A longer, 500-mile route between Denton and Memphis, Texas, was also used to demonstrate the vehicle’s fuel-efficiency improvement over a 24-hour test cycle.

The increase in fuel economy for the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck would save about $27,000 annually per truck based on today’s diesel fuel prices for a long-haul truck traveling 120,000 miles (193,121 km) per year. It would also translate into a more than 43 percent reduction in annual GHG emissions per truck. The potential savings in fuel and GHGs are enormous, given that there are about 2 million registered tractor-trailers on U.S. roads today, according to the American Trucking Association.

Cummins is a prime contractor leading one of four teams under the DOE’s SuperTruck project, one of several initiatives that are part of the 21st Century Truck Partnership. The partnership is a public-private initiative to further stimulate innovation in the trucking industry through sponsoring by government agencies, companies, national laboratories and universities. Cummins, Peterbilt and their program partners will have invested $38.8 million in private funds over the four-year life of the SuperTruck program when it draws to a close later this year. The project received critical support in matching grants from the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program.

Fiat finalized its purchase of Chrysler in late January 2014

Fiat finalized its purchase of Chrysler in late January 2014. There were legal differences between UAW VEBA Trust and Fiat during the early phases of acquisition, but the two worked together to finalize the deal. Chrysler was previously taken over by Daimler-Benz in 1998 but it was an ill-fated partnership that led to the company being sold off in 2007.

Mack Granite, TerraPro and Titan Models can now be ordered with Meritor EX+ Air Disc Brakes

Mack Granite, TerraPro and Titan Models can now be ordered with Meritor EX+ Air Disc Brakes, which will allow for superior stopping performance as compared with stock equipment. Mack’s usage of a flat rotor concept prevents heat distortion than the conventional S-cam designs. Mack says that these brakes are built to standard and will help boost uptime and lower overall brake costs.

Navistar Launches New Online Truck Configurator for Customers

A newly re-designed online truck configurator was announced and launched by Navistar International Corp. The configurator is available for the International ProStar, DuraStar, and TerraStar models. Now, customers can better virtually design, build, and customize their International Truck from any computer, laptop, and even some mobile devices.

An improved user interface, which builds upon the previous version, allows customers to see their configurations in high-resolution, 3-D images right in the comfort of their own home.

When launching the configurator, users are first asked to choose their desired cab type. Next, come choices for length of cab-to-bumper, mirrors, bumpers, colour and other exterior features and options. Users are then asked for their preferred powertrain configuration, which includes engine, transmission, and axle options. Once the powertrain is taken care of, users are moved to the interior of the cab, where they can choose trim levels and other interior options.

When the truck is configured, users can get pricing options, check local inventory, and request a test drive from a local dealer. Considering the long working hours of truckers, this new configurator allows users to virtually view their potential International Truck of choice at any time and any place.

Navistar has also announced that configurators will be available for more models in the coming months.

Snap-on’s EVAP Smoke Machine

Snap-on’s EVAP Smoke Machine, designed to pinpoint leaks and diagnose emissions-related diagnostic trouble codes, features the company’s proprietary Diagnostic Smoke technology and its UltraTraceUV noncontaminating dye solution.

The unit features variable flow control that can be reduced manually to help pinpoint the leak’s exact location, as well as a hanger when using the device beneath the hood or the vehicle itself.

Snap-on also offers a rechargeable 18 Volt LED Work Light for toolboxes or mobile tool storage units. For more information, go

Walmart Unveiled Futuristic Tractor Trailer Concept

You’ve never seen a transport truck quite like this.

Walmart created a concept truck to maximize efficiency on the road, and the result is something that looks a little more spaceship than tractor-trailer.

Walmart Corporate announced the project Feb. 17 during a meeting to report on progress with reaching the company’s sustainability goals.

Chris Sultemeier, senior vice president and head of corporate transportation services for Wal-Mart, said the company also has agreed to buy 2,000 hydrogen-fueled forklift trucks for use in its U.S. and Canadian distribution centers, the Transport Times reported.

In 2005, Wal-Mart set a goal of doubling the efficiency of its truck fleet by 2015. Sultemeier said the company reached 80% of its goal by purchasing more fuel-efficient trucks and finding ways to ship more goods in less space and using fewer trucks.

The company uploaded a video of the truck on YouTube and described it as the “latest in (their) fleet efficiency program.”

The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, or WAVE, concept truck is … (a) one-of-a-kind prototype offers a whole package of firsts. The tractor has very advanced aerodynamics and is powered by a prototype advanced turbine-powered, range-extending series hybrid powertrain.

The trailer is made almost exclusively with carbon fiber, saving around 4,000 pounds which can then be used to carry more freight.

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Webb Wheel Releases New Brake Drums for Refuse Trucks

The brakes on most refuse trucks usually take a beating with the constant stop and go demands required in the job as compared to standard commercial vehicles. With this mind, Webb Wheel’s Severe Duty unit has designed and released a new lineup of Vortex brakes specifically designed for refuse trucks. These new brake drums dissipate heat much more efficiently and lower the average brake operating temperature, resulting in longer life and thus, reduced costs.

According to Webb, after fuel and tires, brakes are usually the third highest cost. By developing a premium product for refuse applications, Webb says its new brake drums will extend brake life and friction life and may even improve tire costs because excessive heat has a direct and negative impact on tire life.

Webb underwent severe testing of its new brake drums in the refuse industry and results clearly showed considerably lower braking temperature. There are new six new drums available in various sizes to fit multiple applications.