Sean Kilcarr

Sean
Kilcarr
Executive Editor

Sean reports and comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry -- light and medium duty fleets up through over-the-road truckload, less-than-truckload, and private fleet operations Also be sure to visit Sean's blog Trucks at Work where he offers analysis on a variety of different topics inside the trucking industry.

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EIA: High oil supply helps suppress fuel prices

Beefed up crude oil inventories combined with sluggish global economic growth are expected to keep diesel and gasoline prices low at least in the near term, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Those factors are also expected to keep U.S. crude oil prices at or below $30 per barrel in the near term, especially as the potential for additional crude oil supply only continues to grow.

Snowy power line repair mission

When a surprise winter storm blanketed stretches of New Jersey this past weekend, the snowfall toppled aboveground power lines at Joint Air Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. That's when aerial bucket trucks and their military crews sprang into action. (All photos by Master Sgt. Carl Clegg, U.S. Air National Guard)

Maintenance Bay: Rescuing Tanker 46 

Managers: Golangia Jenkins, vehicle control officer, and David Ostrander, fire truck maintenance section supervisor

Company: 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Operation: Providing supplies, fuels, transportation, relocation, and deployment support at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida

PROBLEM:

Fuel prices still on the downswing

Average retail pump prices in the U.S. for both diesel and gasoline continued to decline this week, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), largely because global oil prices remain stuck in a slump.

Diesel dropped 4 cents this week to a U.S. retail average of $2.031 per gallon, which is 80 cents cheaper per gallon compared to the same week in 2015, the agency said.

Nissan at the 2016 Washington Auto Show

Nissan showed several iterations of its pickup and van models at the 2016 Washington Auto Show, including its all-new 2016 Titan XD equipped with the new Cummins 5.0-liter diesel V8 engine. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Big Luxury, Big Speed, Big Dollars

Anyone who covers the world of cars and trucks can't help but gaze at the creme de la creme on occasion and perchance to dream: the British automotive luxury embodied by Rolls Royce, as well as the high-toned speed machines of McLaren Automotive; the premier works of English-built Bentley Motorcars, now owned by Volkswagen AG; whip-fast German steel bearing the names Mercedes Benz, Maybach, Audi, and BMW; even a limited production LFA, which stands for Lexus Fuji Apex, of which only 500 were made.

NACFE: More data sharing equals more fuel savings

The latest “confidence report” compiled by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) calls for the wider sharing of fuel economy test data within the trucking industry, as such sharing can potentially drive greater and faster advances in fuel savings.

Ram Trucks comes to Washington D.C.

Ram Trucks brought a host of pickups and vans to the 2016 Washington Auto Show as part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) pavilion, highlighting is Ram 1500 Rebel specialty pickup package revealed back in early 2015. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Scenes from VDOT's Jonas cleanup efforts

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is putting the finishing touches on its snow removal efforts following Winter Storm Jonas, with front-end loaders and motor graders taking on the heavy piles of snow stacked up at highway entrance/exit ramps and in subdivisions. (All photos courtesy of VDOT)

Ford at the 2016 Washington Auto Show

Ford Motor Co. showed off several of its pickup trucks and vans at the 2016 Washington Auto Show, including the OEM's new 2017 model Super Duty. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Unusual sights at the Washington Auto Show

Some of the more unusual sights seen at the 2016 Washington Auto Show included a Toyota Camry designed as a "stealth" drag racer, a collection of rough-and-ready military trucks, and artists who turned automobiles and other vehicles into mobile works of art. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

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