Today's Trucking

Think Tanks: There’s a right way and wrong way to fill up

April 2, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Some truck components have been around for so long that they rarely receive a second thought, and dual fuel tanks are a perfect example. Introduced to extend the range of trucks between refills, the tanks are usually mounted on opposite sides of the frame rails. But this also introduces hazards that emerge with two separate filling points.


Working Above its Weight Class: The Cummins X12

January 9, 2018 by Jim Park

Cummins’ new X12 engine is slated to hit the street sometime early this year, probably shortly after its formal launch in February or March. The engine was introduced in August 2016 and I had a short drive with it then […]


Perspective, People: The onslaught of new technology is fascinating, but who really cares?

January 9, 2018 Rolf Lockwood

Amidst the astonishing flood of electric this and autonomous that lately, I wonder who actually wants any of this stuff. I mean out there in the land of real trucking, not in the offices of mega-fleets with the means to […]


Diesel engines an economic driver: Forum

October 6, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. manufacturers produced more than 741,000 heavy-duty diesel engines last year, playing a role in the economies of 14 states, the Diesel Technology Forum says.


Past has a role in Volvo’s vision

September 29, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Keith Brandis, Volvo’s director – product planning, says the road toward improved connectivity, electro-mobility, and automation also involves looking at the way trucks with older technology operate in developing nations – and exploring how trucks have become the major or only supplier of goods in eight out of 10 communities.


Cummins sees future in diverse power options

September 24, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Cummins continues to embrace a “buffet” of power sources for the marketplace as it prepares for a future that includes diesel, hybrids, electric powertrains, and fuel cells.


One oil for them all

September 22, 2017 by John Smith

Shell is offering a new fuel-efficient oil formula that can be used in gasoline or diesel engines.


Invest VW funds in clean diesel: Forum

April 6, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – The head of the Diesel Technology Forum has told state environmental officials that new diesel technology offers the most cost-effective way to reduce NOx emissions, and should be considered when investing the US $2.9 billion Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust.


Think “well to wheel” around emission options

March 16, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The trucking industry has to “put on the brakes” when it comes to its thirst for diesel if it hopes to meet targets to slash Greenhouse Gas emissions, according to Wilfried Achenbach, Daimler Trucks North America’s senior vice president – engineering and technology. But electric vehicles don’t yet offer the answer when the steps to produce electricity are considered.

Speaking at the NTEA’s annual Green Truck Summit, Achenbach stressed that diesel engines continue to be the industry’s “workhorse” because of their high torque and long-life, delivering 10 kwh of energy per kilogram in a format that is easy to refuel and readily available.


Invest VW settlement funds in clean diesel, group says

February 10, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – The non-profit Diesel Technology Forum wants funds from a Volkswagen emissions settlement to be used to replace or upgrade some of the oldest and largest diesel engines with the latest “clean diesel” technology.


Diesel Dilemma: Are the days of our favorite fuel numbered?

December 2, 2016 John G. Smith

Rudolf Diesel must be rolling in his grave. The 19th-century inventor gave birth to the engine that bears his name. Now the country where he did the work is looking to bring the technology to an end. German legislators recently passed a resolution that calls for a ban of all internal combustion engines as early as 2030.


WorkSafeBC outlines practices for safe diesel refilling

September 9, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

SURREY, BC – WorkSafeBC has released a new bulletin aimed at ensuring driver safety when dealing with diesel fuel, particularly when refuelling.


Post-2010 diesels key for California freight plan: Forum

July 7, 2016 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – The Diesel Technology Forum says the wider adoption of 2010-or-newer diesel engines will be one of the keys to meeting environmental, economic and efficiency goals under the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan.


Diesel hit hard in Federal Excise Tax changes

June 27, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Planned changes to the Federal Excise Tax (FET) on diesel fuel would eliminate exemptions for Temperature Control Units like reefers, Auxiliary Power Units, bunk heaters, and Power Take-Off units. And that threatens annual refunds of $800 to $1,000 per tractor-trailer as of July 1, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

“I am extremely disappointed,” says chairman Gene Orlick. “The decision to drop this rebate is because another industry [airlines] abused the system, making unique claims for lighting and other electricity in their operations.”

When the Federal Excise Tax was first added to diesel in 1982, it was only meant to be applied to transportation fuel, according to a CTA briefing note about new language in the federal budget’s Notice of Ways and Means Motion.


API releases symbols for new diesel oils

May 18, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – A new special Service Symbol Donut will help the public identify the recently approved API FA-4 diesel engine oil designed to protect next generation diesel engines, the American Petroleum Institute (API) announced.