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Truck manufacturers look to up the voltage on electrical systems

May 10, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Vehicle electrical engineers are like kids in a sandbox these days. The transition to 48-volt vehicle architecture represents nearly endless potential for improvement in efficiency and functionality of electrical components. It’s almost like starting from scratch — in more ways than one.

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Mack makes battery refresher standard

April 11, 2019 by John Smith

Mack Trucks is adding a battery refresher as a standard feature on all truck models beginning in the second quarter of 2019. The refresher, mounted in the battery box, helps to reduce and reverse the effects of sulfation, giving lead-acid […]

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Bluetooth interface boosts uStart capabilities

March 25, 2019 by John Smith

Ioxus has unveiled a new Bluetooth interface for its uStart intelligent power management system – a device that incorporates ultracapacitors, microprocessors and other smart power electronics. The connection makes it possible to remotely check battery voltage and uStart status, or use […]

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Keep Connected: Maintenance tips for electronic and electric truck systems

November 27, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The ever-growing number of sensors and electrical systems mean vehicle components are more interconnected than ever before – adding a layer of complexity to troubleshooting efforts, and requiring a broader approach to diagnostic procedures.

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Multi-purpose trucks deliver the energy

September 13, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – Every truck consumes energy when traveling from one destination to the next. But when work trucks arrive on the job site, many of the vehicles also double as powerful tools of the trade. Even when the business […]

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Carry That Weight: 5 secrets to spec’ing better liftgates

June 8, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Much rides on your liftgate spec’ing decision: your cargo, your customers’ satisfaction, and literally, your drivers. Short-spec’ your liftgate and you put all that and more at risk.

You can buy a liftgate for any vehicle from a pickup truck to a tractor-trailer, and units that can handle weights ranging from 600 to 3,000 kg. They come in various configurations. Some with fold-away platforms and some with sliding platforms…

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Video: The promise and challenge of electric vehicles

April 23, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Julie Furber, the executive director of electrification at Cummins, sees promise and limitations when it comes to the electrification of commercial vehicles. “We do believe in the future,” she told a crowd at the recent Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit. But technologies like batteries will need to continue to evolve.

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Drawer for rechargeable tools

December 19, 2017 by John Smith

Snap-on is bringing power to the service bay with the new PowerDrawer for Masters Series Roll Cabs.

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TDG regulations updated

July 17, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Canada has published changes to Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations, more closely aligning them with standards set by the U.S. and the United Nations.

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CAPACITOR, NO BATTERIES

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Cantec’s capacitors offer more engine-cranking power than four batteries

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Battery technology needs breakthrough for electric vehicle sales to amp up

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO — Widespread use of electric vehicles and plugging in, instead of fuelling up, could just be a dream until a breakthrough is made in battery technology.

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Battery technology needs breakthrough for electric vehicle sales to amp up

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO — Widespread use of electric vehicles and plugging in, instead of fuelling up, could just be a dream until a breakthrough is made in battery technology.

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TURN, BABY, TURN: CRANKING SYSTEMS

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

When it comes to winter trucking, cranky is a good thing.

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THE CARE & FEEDING OF YOUR BATTERIES

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

A few brief tips to help you make your batteries last longer. From highwaySTAR, December 1999.

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PREVENTING VOLTAGE DROP

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

The engine is off, the key is off. But even so, how long will your truck’s batteries hold a charge?