David Cullen

Executive Editor

David Cullen offers his take on how actions taken by government agencies, industry suppliers and other trucking stakeholders impact truck fleet owners.

Obama pitches private-sector investment as partial highway fix

With the clock ticking rapidly down to when the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) will have to  start cutting highway payments to states, President Barack Obama this week launched by executive order an effort to pull more private-sector monies into the funding of transportation infrastructure projects.

Volvo adds optional Telogis solutions to its own connected-vehicle platform

Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) is partnering with Telogis to make that firm’s fleet-management solutions optionally available alongside the truck OEM’s standard Remote Diagnostics telematic service on its existing ”connected-vehicle platform.”

Cummins: E85-fueled engine cuts medium-duty CO2 emissions by 50% to 80%

A new engine/powertrain combination developed by Cummins Inc. that’s fueled by E85 (an ethanol/gasoline blend)  cuts carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions by 50% to 80% vs. a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck, according to the manufacturer.

Pilot Flying J cuts expensive deal with feds on its employees' rebate-skimming
Pilot Flying J cuts expensive deal with feds on skimming of diesel-fuel rebates
Going the extra mile for safest drivers 

Truckload giant Schneider describes its new “Haul of Fame,” which honors its safest drivers, as a “meaningful and visible way to pay respect to the best drivers on the road.”

Not just any good driver will be recognized with a plaque on this prominent wall at corporate headquarters in Green Bay.  Rather, the honor will be exclusively reserved for drivers who have racked up three- million consecutive safe driving miles and/or twenty consecutive years of safe driving without an accident or safety infraction.

Class 8 sales jumped but good in June 

Last month, U.S. sales of Class 8 trucks leapt up 31.5% on volume of 19.373 units, per a news report posted on WardsAuto.com by associate editor James M. Amend.

“U.S. sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks surged 18.5% on a daily basis to 33,808 units in June, compared with 30,913 in like-2013,” Amend pointed out, “propelled by strong gains in four of the sector’s five classes.”

California port truckers on strike-- again 
California port truck drivers on strike-- again
The 2015 New Models 

Whether they are rolling out entirely new trucks, expanding their lineups with more variants of existing trucks, or adding various standard and optional features, there’s a common thread running through the light-, medium- and heavy-duty segments.  And that is wowing fleet owners with how what’s new will positively impact their total cost of vehicle ownership.  The elements of that promise include changes to everything from how productive trucks can be to how fuel efficiently they can operate.

MPG beyond 2018: The shape of things to come

Back in February, President Barack Obama publicly charged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Dept. of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with “coming up with a proposal [notice of proposed rulemaking] by March of next year” for what will be required under Phase II of the greenhouse gas and fuel-efficiency (GHG/MPG) standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Chevron: Running tractors on double-duty can put severe-duty strain on engine oil
According to one major lube supplier-- Chevron-- lubricant decisions that may have consistently paid off for some time may now need to be reconsidered—especially by certain truck fleets.
Motiv Power raises $7.3 million to fuel growth of its all-electric powertrain control system
Motiv Power Systems, a leading supplier of powertrain-control systems to builders of all-electric commercial vehicles, announced this morning that it has raised $7.3 million in growth capital from investors led by Denver-based Magness Investment Group LLC
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