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.

The No. 28 Cummins Diesel Special

In 1952, the No. 28 Cummins Diesel Special cemented a special legacy at the Indianapolis 500 and also, in many ways, helped reshape the future of the trucking industry. That year, this unique diesel-powered race car captured the pole position - the only diesel-powered racing machine ever to do so - with a one-lap time of 139.104 mph and four-lap time of 138.010 mph. It also helped Cummins validate the use of turbocharging and fuel injection within its diesel engine design.

Cummins Engine Rollout: Day 2 1

At the 4,500-acre Transportation Research Center (TRC) proving grounds in East Liberty, OH, Cummins put its new 2017-compliant X15 and X12 engines through their paces, with trucks equipped with both the new engines as well as older Cummins models made available for "riding and driving" in a variety of scenarios; everything from engine braking deceleration tests on a one-mile straightaway to acceleration-cruising speed-deceleration runs on the facility's 7.5 mile oval track and low-speed maneuvering through a slalom course set up on a skid pad.

Cummins Engine Rollout: Day 1

Cummins Inc. unveiled three new 2017-compliant engines during a special event at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) proving grounds in East Liberty, Ohio; the X15 efficiency and X15 performance models - due to go into full production in jan. 2017 - along with its new medium displacement X12 engine, due to go into production in 2018. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Cummins unveils X15 and X12 engines

EAST LIBERTY, OH. Cummins Inc. unveiled three all-new 2017-compliant truck engines here during a media event at the 4,500-acre Transportation Research Center (TRC) proving grounds just outside Columbus, OH; the new X15 efficiency and X15 performance series engines, along with the new X12 medium displacement engine.

Shell begins final phase-in process for its PC-11 oils

WASHINGTON D.C. Shell Lubricants took the wraps off its new “portfolio” of Shell Rotella CK-4 and FA-4 oils diesel engine oils, designed to meet Proposed Category 11 (PC-11) specifications finalized back in February, at a special event in the nation’s capital this week.

Shell unveils CK-4 & FA-4 engine oils

Shell Lubricants showed off its new “portfolio” of Shell Rotella CK-4 and FA-4 oils diesel engine oils, designed to meet Proposed Category 11 (PC-11) specifications finalized back in February, at a special media event in Washington D.C.  Shell’s Rotella T4 Triple Protection 15W-40 and 10W-30, along with T5 Synthetic Blend 10W-30, meet the new CK-4 service category and will become available in August – though they will not be “licensed” as such until Dec. 1 – while Rotella oils meeting the FA-4 spec will arrive later this year.

Facing the cost of free shipping in trucking

The rapid growth of e-commerce will continue to reshape the retail landscape and the consumer delivery supply chain in some positive ways for trucking, an annual study argues; especially in terms of forcing inventories closer to customers, thus driving up demand for more localized and regional transportation options.<

Ford 2017 Super Duty payload, towing data released 1

Specific payload and towing numbers released today for the new 2017 F-Series Super Duty truck – a vehicle officially unveiled late last year – result in Super Duty models that offer “more towing and hauling capability than ever before,” according to Ford Motor Co.

Show Trucks at the Walcott Jamboree

The 37th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree, hosted by the Iowa 80 truck stop this past weekend, provided a one-of-a-kind stage to display some of the slickest show trucks to found anywhere in the U.S. – along with a few antiques and unusual models as well.

Detroit Three Truck Updates

The “Detroit Three,” comprised of Ford Motor Co., General Motors, and Ram Trucks, are showing off some of their latest light truck offerings, featuring everything from a twin-turbo engine option from Ford for its 2017 model F-150 to a brand new air intake design for the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup. Though Ram is keeping its 2017 models under wraps for now, the OEM recently stepped up to help support a new all-female off-road that will take place this October in the U.S. southwest.

2017 New Models

This year, fuel economy is a theme you’ll hear often. How truck manufacturers will comply with 2017
fuel efficiency requirements—it’s the tail end of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Phase 1 rules before the impending GHG Phase 2 regs arrive—plays a big role in Fleet Owner’s New Models Preview.

Q&A: Cleaning up trucking's data garbage 

Ensuring that data is “clean” is going to be critical to ensure that the “machine learning algorithms” now being increasingly used throughout the trucking industry to manage everything from fuel spend to vehicle lifecycle costs, argues Kurt Thearling, vice president of analytics for WEX Inc.

Fleet Owner recently got a chance to ask Thearling to extrapolate on that and other “machine learning” questions related to motor carrier operations.

The chop shop 

COO & executive VP: William “Billy” Hupp

Company: Estes Express Lines

Operation: National LTL carrier with a fleet of 6,819 power units and some 25,707 trailers

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