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.

Nikola seeks to create “all-inclusive” truck model

SALT LAKE CITY. During the unveiling of the new Nikola One hydrogen fuel cell powered all-electric Class 8 highway tractor during a media event held here the world headquarters of Nikola Motors Co., Trevor Milton, the company’s president and CEO, told Fleet Owner he also expects it to be the first “all-inclusive” model – incorporating fuel, maintenance, even a freight-matching service, into the purchase price.

The Nikola One electric truck

Nikola Motor Co. revealed its new Nikola One all-electric Class 8 highway tractor during a media event held at its world headquarters in Salt City City, UT, this week. Using a hydrogen-powered fuel cell to keep the its 320 kilowatt-hour battery pack fully juiced, Trevor Milton, Nikola's president and CEO, said the Nikola One has an estimated range of 1,200 miles between "fill ups." He added that the company not only plans to build a network of 364 hydrogen refueling sites across the U.S.

Chevron officially launches its CK-4 and FA-4 oils

Chevron Products Co. is officially launching its new line of Delo 400 CK-4 and FA-4 oils this week; the end result of five years’ worth of Proposed Category 11 or “PC-11” research, development, and field testing.

“Previously, when we introduced a new generation of diesel engine oil, we would release two or three new reformulations,” explained Shawn Whitacre, Chevron’s senior staff engineer for engine oil technology, during conference call with reporters.

Ensuring ELDs are compliant will be none too easy

Tom Cuthbertson, vice president of regulatory compliance at Omnitracs, explained in a webinar this week that “significant technical requirements” and “quite a few security items” will need to be addressed to ensure the self-certification process for electronic logging devices

Capitol Christmas tree delivered to D.C.

After a long 4,000-mile cross-country journey that began earlier this month in Payette National Forest in Idaho, the 52nd U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree – an 80 year-old, 80-ft. tall Englemann Spruce – arrived in Washington, D.C., this week for placement upon the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Q&A: Tips for managing driver medical exams

Regulatory compliance is not a chore any fleet looks forward to, but the costs of non-compliance – even if unintentional, committed solely by mistake – can leave a motor carrier facing monetary fines and unwanted extra scrutiny by any number of federal agencies.

Toyota taking new (and old) truck paths

Toyota Motor Corp. is blazing some new vehicle paths abroad and in the U.S., with plans to launched fully-operational fuel cell buses in Japan alongside testing of a fuel-cell powered tractor-trailer here in U.S. And that’s before we examine Toyota’s latest light truck offerings, including an eye-popping custom Land Cruiser shown off at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show earlier this month. (All photos courtesy of Toyota)

When the Colonel and Captain help fix trucks

R-11 Mobility Refueler Units are one of the “bread and butter” trucks at U.S. air bases; critical to topping off the fuel tanks for all manner of military aircraft. So when the OEM sent out special repair kits to fix a sump pump defect on R-11 mode fuel trucks, Col. Kevin Eastland and Captain Jennifer, vice commander and executive officer, respectively, of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, didn’t just fob the duty off onto their troops; they rolled up their sleeves and joined them in the repair bay.

Extracting value from data key for trucking

Bill Combs, director of connected fleet services at Penske Truck Leasing, believes that although trucking is beginning to confront what many in the industry describe as a “tsunami of data” from a wide variety of systems, he thinks putting the “right people” in charge of handling the “right data” will be the critical factor in

Unusual companions on a long-haul Christmas journey

For the first two weeks of November, two customized Kenworth T680 tractors pulled the Big Idaho Potato and the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree across Idaho, south to Colorado, and then eastward towards Washington, D.C.

The Connected Fleet USA Conference: Day 2

Day two of TU-Automotive's Connected Fleets USA conference witnessed a detailed breakdown of the onboard telematics system that will be a standard feature on all Hino Truck models, starting with the 2017 model year, to discussions about whether "autonomous trucks" will truly be "driverless" or not and how technology can be deployed to reduce deadhead miles in trucking operations. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

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