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May 03, 2012

Shorepower stipend slipping away soon

Maybe you’ve heard about the $22 million federally-funded Shorepower Truck Electrification Project (STEP) and maybe you haven’t....More
May 02, 2012

Manufacturing confidence bodes well for freight

“Optimism regarding the U.S. economy among U.S. industrial manufacturers improved markedly during the first quarter of 2012, while views of....More
May 01, 2012

Sizing up the situation

“While global economic conditions are more stable than [during] the depths of the European sovereign debt crisis late last year, underlying....More
Apr 30, 2012

Up the costs of driving go

Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock for the last decade, you know that the sticker price for the basic Class 8 rig has....More
Apr 26, 2012

Different angles on traffic issues4

I write a great in this space about behavior behind the wheel and the impact of distracted driving on highway safety, but sometimes interesting new....More
Apr 25, 2012

Hitting the brakes11

As I noted in a story last week, there’s some significant pullback developing in terms of truck orders as many fleets seem to be hitting the....More
Apr 24, 2012

Danger – and death – in the highway work zone

It’s a cringe-worthy factoid if there ever was one: according to a recent survey of 400 highway contractors by the Associated General....More
Apr 23, 2012

Baking hybrids in the heat

A new – and HOT! – phase in a long-term hybrid vehicle test project partnership between Chrysler Group LLC and the U.S. Department....More
Apr 20, 2012

A boot made for driving

If you haven’t seen or heard about it before, let me introduce you to the 13-foot high, 20-foot long vehicle known as the Bootmobile –....More
Apr 19, 2012

Steam cleaning for trucks?1

It’s a little weird if you ask me, this truck wash concept whereby steam – and steam alone – is used to  rid a big rig of....More
Apr 18, 2012

A global economy on eggshells

“For the past six months we’ve been on a rollercoaster ride. Our baseline is that growth is going to be slow in advanced economies;....More
Apr 17, 2012

The “Smart Grid” and EVs, oh my!1

One of the biggest challenges facing the effort to electrify transportation in the U.S. is how to recharge all-electric trucks and buses without....More
Apr 16, 2012

Taking a crack at carbon fiber1

As we all know, light and heavy vehicle manufacturers alike are facing the imposition of fuel economy mandates that’s forcing all sorts....More
Apr 13, 2012

Ah, Mid America, how we miss thee …

Many might think I’m a little unbalanced for “missing” the 2012 Mid America Trucking Show – especially since sleep is....More
Apr 12, 2012

Troubles with tangled taxation

It should come as no surprise that there’s a third and fourth corollary to the old saw that there are only two certainties in life – as....More
What's Trucks at Work?

Trucks at Work: Sean Kilcarr comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry.

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