Sean Kilcarr

Senior 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.

Ryder's new natural gas compliant Santa Fe Springs facility

Ryder System Inc. recently opened a new service location in Santa Fe Springs, CA -- one of the "Gateway Cities" of southeast Los Angeles County -- that's designed to care for commercial vehicles powered by diesel and natural gas. The new location is equipped to provide maintenance service for Ryder full service lease and rental customers, plus mobile maintenance, with on-site diesel fueling also available for Ryder customers. All photos courtesy of Ryder.

Refocusing trailers to ramp up fuel economy

Trailer makers are beginning to deploy more and more enhanced aerodynamic options for the products to help motor carriers beef up fuel economy – improvements largely limited to dry van units for now but expected to gradually influence he design footprints of other models such as flatbeds in the near future.

Buying electric 

Manager: Frank Appel

Title: CEO

Company: Deutsche Post DHL

Operation: Global package and parcel delivery with a ground vehicle fleet of 89,000 units


To cut energy costs while establishing a more environmentally sustainable business footprint, Germany’s Deutsche Post DHL began its “GoGreen Program” almost eight years ago. The program targets a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction of 30% by 2020 against a 2007 baseline level.

Running an all-fuel shop 

There are many different alternative fuels being deployed in the truck world these days—natural gas, propane, dimethyl ester (DME), hydrogen, and electricity, just to name a few. By their very nature, each of those fuels will require changes to fleet operations and vehicle maintenance both in terms of facilities and protocols.

Groups highlight diesel tax disparity at Capitol Hill briefing

The Diesel Technology Forum and U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars spearheaded a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill this week to illustrate why the higher fuel tax on diesel is an “unfair burden” on light diesel vehicle owners; one that could also potentially hinder current and future advances in diesel engine technology.

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