Category Archives: Trucking

Ambassador Bridge to streamline tolling for CMVs

Bestpass and the Detroit International Bridge Company, owners of the Ambassador Bridge, announced a collaboration to streamline toll service for commercial vehicles using the bridge to travel between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, in Canada.

“We are very excited to have Bestpass as a payment management option for our more than 7,400 commercial customers who use the Ambassador Bridge daily,” said Randy Spader, manager of operations for the Ambassador Bridge. “Our Electronic Tolling System (APASS) has allowed us to continue efficiency in minimizing border processing times when using the Ambassador Bridge to cross between U.S. and Canada. Being the busiest commercial border crossing in North America, it is essential that we continue facility and operational enhancements to go beyond our obligation in supporting the U.S. and Canadian economies.”

Bestpass customers using the Ambassador Bridge can pay tolls through their Bestpass account.

“We are aggressively expanding our tolling coverage for our clients. With our recent addition of Florida and Kansas, along with the addition of Oklahoma and Texas in early 2016, we expect to have 100 percent of the major toll facilities in the United States under our umbrella in short order,” said John Andrews, president and CEO of Bestpass. “We are also looking to work closely with toll facility operators like Ambassador Bridge to make sure that our service runs as smoothly as possible, no matter where our customers are driving.”

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 www.boschautoparts.com.

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.

Glasvan Great Dane Controls Temperature in 2017

Glasvan to Specify ThermoGuard™ Highest Performance Liner on All In-Stock High Cube Tandem Reefers

MISSISSAUGA, Canada, January 3, 2017 – Glasvan Great Dane (www.glasvangreatdane.com) is now specifying ThermoGuard™, the industry-leading high performance liner as a standard on all its new in-stock tandem high cube swing door refrigerated trailers. The liner, which extends the useful life of the trailer, increasing trailer productivity and improving resale value, is exclusively available on Great Dane equipment. The announcement follows on Glasvan Great Dane’s excellent customer satisfaction ratings from hundreds of equipment owners who have repeatedly purchased their refrigerated trailers with the ThermoGuard™ liner over the last seven years.
George Cobham Jr., Vice President Sales and Marketing at Glasvan Great Dane comments, “Continuing to offer more value to our customers is consistent with our approach to providing better equipment and better service. The ThermoGuard liner is a proven performer and has many advantages, with the most critical being it works to retain the trailer’s insulating capability as the equipment ages.”

Key benefits of Glasvan Great Dane’s ThermoGuard liner include:
• Helps to control temperature integrity and helps maintain insulation performance as the trailer ages
• Reduces operational costs by helping reduce cooling unit run-time, reducing cooling unit maintenance and reducing cooling unit diesel fuel burn
• Strong, durable and puncture resistant, nearly three times the puncture resistance of traditional liners
• Controls reefer trailer weight gain as the trailer ages, due to the best moisture intrusion barrier properties that protect the trailer insulation
• Extends the useful life of the trailer, increasing trailer productivity and improving resale value
• Thin and light weight, saving up to 200 pounds and increasing available interior trailer space
• Nearly 3x the peel strength of other linings, making it extremely resistant to delamination
• Thermoplastic properties make it quick and easy to repair, reducing maintenance costs
In addition to in-stock equipment for immediate delivery, Glasvan Great Dane will continue to custom-order trailers to specific customer requirements and can offer the ThermoGuard liner as an option on all production order Great Dane reefer trailer equipment.

About Glasvan Great Dane
Glasvan Great Dane (www.glasvangreatdane.com) has been in operation since 1981. The company’s philosophy of “Better Equipment. Better Service.” has made them the highest volume Great Dane trailer dealership in the world. It also offers high quality new and used equipment from Autocar (shunts), Etnyre, Landoll and Chaparral.

Glasvan operates from five southern Ontario locations with 27 service bays, 24,000 square feet of parts warehousing plus full sandblast and paint capabilities.

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416.460.3966

Glasvan Great Dane to provide Telematics for Autocar shunt tractors

MISSISSAUGA, Canada, June 2, 2016 – Glasvan Great Dane (www.glasvangreatdane.com) has partnered with PinPoint GPS Solutions to provide Geotab telematics capabilities in its Autocar shunt tractors, combining modern technology with the legendary durability of Autocar. The announcement follows extensive product testing by Glasvan to ensure information accuracy, allowing for more effective asset maintenance.

George Cobham Jr., Vice President Sales and Marketing at Glasvan Great Dane says, “With the increasingly complex EPA mandated emission compliant engines and all the problems that can go along with ignoring engine codes, we sought a solution that provides our customers with real-time truck specific information. This information, when reacted to in a timely manner, will result in significant reductions in downtime and operating costs.”

Glasvan Great Dane provides a wide range of high quality trailer equipment and services, including the sale, full maintenance lease and rental of Autocar shunt tractors. Cobham comments that, “Our testing process was really interesting. We even installed a gyro on an Autocar shunt to gather data and we got aggressive with it.  There is no reason for an operator to be making three-quarters of G when cornering in a yard.  It’s unsafe and it prematurely wears out tires”, Cobham adds.

Key features of Glasvan’s Autocar shunt telematics system include:

  • Engine and emission system related alerts
  • Engine idle reports
  • Events log, such as rough hook-ups (slamming the trailer king pin), harsh braking, cornering at excessive speeds
  • Truck specific time-stamped performance and operational data

Customers that implement better operating practices based on this information will save money in tractor damage, fuel consumption, reduce downtime and should be able to extend the useful life of the equipment.

Glasvan will be offering affordable telematics solutions on new in stock and production DOT, Off Road and natural gas powered Autocar shunt tractors immediately.

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About Glasvan Great Dane

Glasvan Great Dane (www.glasvangreatdane.com) has been in operation since 1981. The company’s philosophy of “Better Equipment. Better Service.” has made them the highest volume Great Dane trailer dealership in the world. It also offers high quality new and used equipment from Autocar (shunts), Etnyre, Landoll and Chaparral.

Glasvan operates from five southern Ontario locations with 27 service bays, 24,000 square feet of parts warehousing plus full sandblast and paint capabilities.

Additional Information

Twitter: @GVGreatDane

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/glasvan-trailers-inc

Goodyear Rolls Out New Fuel Saving Tire

The Fuel Max RSA is a new regional/long haul fuel-saving tire being rolled out by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that is also designed with “enhanced toughness” for driving in urban environments as well as long miles to removal and a high level of traction.

“The new Fuel Max RSA (seen at right) has been designed to deliver numerous benefits to help lower the operating costs for regional/long-haul fleets that operate mainly on-highway and have some exposure to urban driving,” noted Norberto Flores, Goodyear’s marketing manager, in a statement.

“Despite the fact that fuel costs have declined in recent months, fuel efficiency will remain a prominent fleet requirement,” he added. “That is why we’re extending Goodyear Fuel Max Technology to regional tires.”

The Fuel Max RSA, which is SmartWay-compliant, offers other features as well, Flores said:

Goodyear Fuel Max technology, which contains cool-running compounds to lower tire rolling resistance and improve fuel efficiency;
A tri-layer compound for longer mileage, less rolling resistance and greater curb impact resistance;

A “non-evolving” tread to help maintain traction through the tire’s lifecycle;
Super-tensile steel belts to add stability and enhance toughness
Goodyear Unisteel casing construction to enhance retread capability;
A computer-optimized tread design and footprint for more miles to removal;
Goodyear’s IntelliMax Rib Technology, which provides a stiffer tread area for lower rolling resistance, more even wear, and higher mileage.

“The Fuel Max RSA also offers outstanding snow traction thanks to its innovative tread design and boasts a 20/32-inch tread depth for lower cost-per-mile,” Flores added.

Goodyear noted that its new Fuel Max RSA is available in size 11R22.5, Load Range G.

Additional sizes – including 295/75R22.5 and 11R24.5 in Load Ranges G and H, and 11R22.5 in Load Range H – will be introduced in early 2016, the company noted.