Equipment en Report: November light vehicles sales highest in 13 years <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>New light vehicle retail sales for the month of November are expected to reach their highest level since 2001, according to a monthly sales forecast developed jointly by <a href="">J.D. Power</a> and <a href="">LMC Automotive</a> &ndash; projected to top 1.1 million units, a 5.5% increase on a selling-day adjusted basis compared to November 2013.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:59:00 +0000 143551 at Photo courtesy of GM New York grocer converts entire fleet to CNG vehicles <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="!prettyPhoto">Tops Friendly Markets</a> is converting its entire vehicle fleet to compressed <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="" target="_blank">natural gas</a></span>. The company, which services grocery stores in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, will leased the vehicles under a full-service lease from <a href="">Ryder System</a>.</p> <p>The trucks are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3,138 tons annually and expected to save Tops more than 50% of its fuel costs annually through a reduction of 1.2 million gals. of diesel fuel consumption.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blue Fleets Equipment Fuel News Running Green Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:12:00 +0000 143501 at Accuride, union reach accord <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="">Accuride Corp</a>. announced that it has reached a four-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), Local 718, which represents 291 hourly associates at Accuride&rsquo;s facility in Rockford, IL.</p> <p>The plant produces Gunite-brand brake drums, hubs and other wheel-end components for the North American commercial vehicle industry and is one of the country&rsquo;s oldest continuously-operating manufacturers, Accuride said.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:08:00 +0000 143471 at Fuel Follow-up: Maybe Additives Have a Place <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>My <a href="">last posting</a> was a description of numerous fuel-related issues experienced by many fleets. I sparked some strong debate from a few responders who I respect. The intent of the article was to explore fuel-related issues many fleets suffer from in the deep chill of winter.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Fuel News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:34:00 +0000 143461 at Bear with me as I drone on <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>This week was spent talking with the ATA&rsquo;s Technology and Maintenance Council about Future Freight Transportation and, for the 21st Century Truck Partnership, reviewing presentations on what technologies can be used to further improve greenhouse gas emissions and reduce fuel consumption. &nbsp;We looked at waste heat recovery, lower rolling resistance tires, improvements in combustion, lower viscosity lubricants, weight reduction, platooning and more. &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Technology Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:07:00 +0000 143441 at Unlocking the mysteries of the random traffic jam <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 530px; height: 353px;" title="Getty Images" /></p> <p>Have you ever seen a 2-mile long traffic jam on the opposite side of the highway and thought, &ldquo;Gee, I didn&rsquo;t see an accident back there, I wonder what happened?&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Fleet Management Fuel News Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:29:00 +0000 143401 at Tractor-trailer as mobile lounge <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>Founded in 1987, JHE is an event production company specializing in live shows, corporate meetings, and and a range of special events. Its NASCAR events group is well-known for crafting one-of-a-kind hosting facilities for businesses attending stock car races, with this tractor-trailer-turned-mobile-lounge seen here but one example of the firm&#39;s prowess.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Equipment News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:07:00 +0000 143391 at SKF adds extended warranty packages <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>SKF is adding extended warranty packages to its trailer OE wheel end system products. The <a href="">SKF Trouble-Free Operation</a> (TFO) program, for both the Trailer OEM and retrofit markets, allows customers to choose extended warranty options for up to seven years, based on the components in the package.</p> <p>According to SKF, testing of compatibility of its components showed that the TFO platform works well with the Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) by P.S.I.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:17:00 +0000 143351 at Peterbilt Manitoba-East adds third dealership <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="">Peterbilt Manitoba Ltd</a>. has added a third dealership to its group with the opening of <span class='keyword_link'><a href=" " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Peterbilt</a></span> Manitoba-East, a parts and service facility in Springfield, Manitoba, just east of Winnipeg.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re pleased to add a new location to our network and expand our ability to serve our customers,&rdquo; said Dealer Principal Doug Danylchuk. &ldquo;The entire team at Peterbilt Manitoba is focused on providing superior customer service and we will continue that tradition with our newest store, Peterbilt Manitoba-East.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:16:00 +0000 143341 at Love’s Travel Stops opens Utah, Wisconsin locations <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="">Love&rsquo;s Travel Stops</a> has opened two new locations in Utah and Wisconsin.</p> <p>Located at I-70, exit 54, in Salina, Utah, the Love&rsquo;s features seven showers, 71 truck parking spaces and an Arby&rsquo;s restaurant. In Fond du Lac, WI, the Love&rsquo;s Travel Stop also has seven showers along with 86 truck parking spaces, a Subway restaurant and a Love&rsquo;s Truck Tire Care.</p> <p>The Fond du Lac location is at U.S. Highway 41, exit 97.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:15:00 +0000 143331 at