The latest “confidence report” issued by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) released this week at the 2016 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, CA, determines that aerodynamic enhancements to Class 8 tractors can return a sizeable savings in fuel efficiency – even for day cab models, which many felt were incapable of benefiting from aerodynamics in the past.
A new optional powertrain will be offered by Ford Motor Co. for its 2017 model F-150 pickup truck line: a second-generation 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine matched to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford said this is the first volume-production 10-speed automatic available to consumers from any automaker and is designed to deliver improved acceleration and performance compared to six-speed automatic gearboxes.
A factory-installed strobe warning light emitting diode (LED) kit is now being offered by Ford Motor Co. for its F-150 pickup truck line for fleet customers; a light kit designed with utility, road construction and municipal fleet crews.
Already available on 2016 F-Series Super Duty, the OEM said this LED strobe light kit will be offered as an option on all 2016 F-150 models with a fleet identification number.
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) recently opened a brand new nine-story headquarters building on its corporate campus in North Portland, OR.
The OEM said its new 268,000 sq.-ft. headquarters serves two distinct functions: to merge DTNA employees currently located in offices separated by the Willamette River and to accommodate new positions in Portland that the company anticipates it will need in conjunction with future business growth.
Coyle started with MFTA in May 1997 as a field service manager for the New York/New Jersey area, then in 2001 received a promotion to national service manager and, followed in 2013 by his appointment to director of service operations.
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) calculates that highway traffic congestion cost the trucking industry $49.6 billion in 2014; a monetary figure resulting from delays totaling more than 728 million hours of lost productivity, which equates to 264,500 commercial truck drivers sitting idle for a working year.
More than a dozen states experienced increased costs of over $1 billion each due to congestion, with Florida and Texas leading with over $4 billion each, the group said.
Global truck component supplier WABCO recently acquired privately-owned Laydon Composites Ltd. (LCL), a maker of aerodynamic devices for heavy-duty trucks and trailers, for an undisclosed sum – adding what WABCO describes as “a full range of aerodynamic devices for commercial vehicles” to its product portfolio.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its annual report tracking large truck and bus crash data this week and determined that the overall involvement of trucks in crashes declined by 5% between 2013 and 2014, which includes a steep 33% drop in fatal crashes.
However, the agency also noted a significant one-year spike in trucks involved in injury and property-damage-only crashes as well.
Sales of Class 8 trucks powered by natural gas in both the U.S. and improved modestly in February yet remain sluggish, according to data tracked by consulting firm ACT Research Co., largely due to low diesel prices, which is making the return on investment (ROI) less lucrative for fleets.
“With the fuel price differential continuing to narrow, the ROI to convert from diesel to natural gas is moving in the wrong direction. Payback periods are lengthening,” noted Ken Vieth, ACT’s GM and senior partner, in a statement.