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.

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
UPDATED GE Capital Survey: Fleets aim to add vehicles; interest in alt-fuels rising

A new biannual GE Capital survey of 413 executives with responsibility for company fleets at middle-market firms (sales from $10 million to less than $1 billion) reveals that nearly one-third (27%) expect to increase the size of their fleets in the next 12 months.

The willingness to now start growing fleets is perhaps explained by other findings of the “Fleet Market Economic Outlook” survey.

Exclusive: DTNA details what so successfully drove its SuperTruck ahead
FleetOwner queried Derek Rotz, the principal investigator for SuperTruck at Daimler Trucks North America ) on the technological advancements that led to hitting the targets set for its SuperTruck project a year early...
DTNA hits SuperTruck targets a year early

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has reported that it has not only achieved the objectives of the SuperTruck project it fielded along with various partners, but it has done so a year ahead of schedule.

UPDATED: Meritor and Eaton report settlement of long-running antitrust suit
Meritor and Eaton report settlement of long-running antitrust suit over business practices in heavy-duty truck transmission market
Daimler sharpens focus on U.S. van market

Reflecting the growing importance of the commercial-van market here, Daimler AG recently split its Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) marketing/distribution arm into two operations— one devoted to passenger cars and light trucks and the other strictly to commercial vans.

FTR: Regs have risen to be trucking’s key cost-driver

Historically, economic factors primarily drove up cost pressures on motor carriers. But now-- and going forward for at least the next several years if not beyond-- that key driver will be governmental regulations.

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