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.

Green Drives event highlights advantages of alternative propulsion

Over 200 fleet managers, corporate executives, alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) suppliers, and clean energy experts descended on 2016 Green Drives Convention and Expo held this week at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) conference center in Naperville, IL.

The 2016 Green Drives Conference

The 2016 Green Drives Conference and Expo - the fifth such annual event co-hosted by the Chicago, Wisconsin and South Shore Clean Cities groups - displayed a host of alternatively-powered trucks and cars at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Conference Center in Naperville, IL. Over 200 fleets managers representing commercial, government, and municipal operations, along with vehicle suppliers, fuel providers, and c;ean energy experts attended the one-day event to get a hands-on look at some of the latest technologies being deployed in the alternative fuel vehicle arena.

MEMA showcases vehicle safety systems

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) hosted a ride and drive demonstration event at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. this week to showcase the development and deployment of a host of vehicle safety systems – especially truck-focused safety technologies such as automatic emergency braking (AEB).

Trailer orders stay strong but for how long?

Preliminary net trailer orders for April reached 17,200 units, according to data tracked by ACT Research, which is a 15% increase from March’s order rate of 14,981 units. Yet that is about 5% below the order rate of 17,992 units achieved in April last year

Michael Baudendistel, vice president of Stifel Financial Corp.’s transportation & logistics research group, noted in a statement that

MEMA 2016 Ride and Drive

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association hosted a ride and drive event in the shadow of RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. to show off a variety of vehicle safety systems to legislators, regulators, and journalists. Despite the rain, demonstrations of automatic emergency braking systems for both commercial trucks and passenger cars went forward as planned - showing off their performance capability in adverse weather conditions - while tents provided cover for static displays of other technologies. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Bendix Test Drive at MEMA

At the 2016 Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association ride and drive event at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., a variety of suppliers showed off the latest and greatest in vehicle safety technology. Fred Andersky, director of customer solutions & marketing for Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, provided a live demonstration of the company's Wingman Fusion truck safety system to journalists attending the MEMA event - with the rain and wet pavement helping illustrate the ability of the Wingman Fusion technology package to function in adverse conditions.

U.S. fuel prices continue climbing

Average retail prices for diesel and gasoline continued to increase this week in the U.S. according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), with the agency noting that global oil supply is going to be affected by the massive wildfire sweeping through Alberta, Canada, shutting down most of the area’s oil sands production activity.

Survey: Poor health contributing to driver shortage 2

A recent survey of 3,500 human resources, recruiting, security, and management professionals by HireRight found that “health issues” is the reason cited by truck drivers leaving the industry, with 41% saying they’re quitting the profession to spend more time at home.

Volvo's Ride of Freedom Trucks

Every year, employees at the Volvo Trucks New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin, VA, and the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2069 Veteran Committee help design and install special graphics for one of two “Ride for Freedom” tractors that accompany of a motorcade of hundreds of motorcycles that travel from the NRV plant to Washington, D.C., during the “Run for the Wall” motorcycle rally on Memorial Day weekend. Work just finished on the 2016 “Ride for Freedom” truck, which is now being prepped for its participation in this year’s rally.

Putting tire balancing beads to the test

Can tire balancing beads truly extend usable tire life while providing fuel savings at the same time?

Of Trucks, Tires ... and Antietam

IMI conducted road tests from its new headquarters facility to demonstrate the "ride smoothing" performance of its new Equal Flexx tire balancing beads product. Yet being that the company's new home is but a short half hour drive or so from the Civil War battlefield of Antietam - the single bloodiest day in American history - we couldn't help but stop in for a short visit to one of the more hallowed swaths of ground in the eastern half of the country. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

IMI's new HQ

Now located in a new home in Chambersburg, PA, just north of not one but two of the most famous battle sites in the Eastern theater of the Civil War - Antietam, MD, and Gettysburg, PA - trucking supplier IMI showed off its less-than-month-old digs to reporters as part of a ride and drive event designed to highlight the fuel saving and tire lifecycle lengthening properties of its recently introduced Equal Flexx tire balancing beads. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

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