Today's Trucking

Opinion: Trucking ahead of four wheelers in the tech race

July 12, 2019 by John Smith

Trucking is way ahead of the four-wheeler industry in terms of conceiving how we might incorporate electrification and autonomy.


Airless tires, autonomous tech, and future of mobility at Movin’On

June 4, 2019 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – The annual Movin’On Summit is a free-flowing think tank of sorts, sharing ideas about sustainable transportation against a backdrop that looks something like the setting for a post-apocalyptic movie. Maybe the exhibit at a modern art museum.


Germany experimenting with eHighway for electric trucks

June 3, 2019 by John Smith

LEIPZIG, Germany – Early efforts to electrify trucks have largely involved plugging into charging stations or filling fuel cells with hydrogen. But a Siemens-developed initiative in Germany seems to have more in common with a street car, drawing energy from overhead wires.


Understand how Hyliion’s electric drive system performs

May 16, 2019 by John Smith

How does Hyliion’s hybrid electric drive system perform? Equipment editor, Jim Park, took the 6X4HE for a spin around the city of Austin and reports on how the system generates its own electricity and then delivers it to the drive wheels. In the right application, Hyliion says it can deliver up to 15% fuel savings.


Direct-drive electric powertrain for Class 2-6 vehicles

April 25, 2019 by John Smith

Dana’s TM4 Sumo LD direct-drive electric powertrain combines a motor and inverter for Class 2-6 vehicles. The end result offers a modular package for e-axle platforms. And when integrated with a Dana electrified axle, the TM4 Sumo LD can be […]


Air suspension for electric vehicles

April 25, 2019 by John Smith

Reyco Granning Electric Vehicle Solutions is producing a new drive axle air suspension designed for electric commercial vehicles. Part of the WorkMaster product family, the new 240AR-EV is based on an existing Model 240AR, but makes room for e-axle packages. […]


Quebec’s TM4 part of drive toward electric vehicles

March 8, 2019 by John Smith

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — In a facility that appears more laboratory than assembly line, Quebec-based TM4 is looking to play a leading role in the future of electric vehicles.


UPS looks to paint brown trucks green

March 5, 2019 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Carleton Rose of UPS says electric trucks are the “way of the future”. But they aren’t perfect. Not yet.


Dana calculator compares diesel, electric powertrains

February 12, 2019 by John Smith

Dana has produced a total cost of ownership calculator, which will help fleets run cost comparisons between diesel and full-electric powertrain options. The calculator requires minimal input and includes visual prompts for simple navigation, the company says. Users can input […]


Electrics, electronics and e-commerce transforming the aftermarket

January 29, 2019 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The repair and upkeep of Canada’s Class 6-8 trucks and trailers is no small matter. Analysts at MacKay and Company say the business is worth $4 billion a year and growing. And it’s being radically transformed before our eyes.


The electric trucks hitting the streets

January 18, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – A growing array of battery-electric and hydrogen-electric truck prototypes are beginning to haul freight, mostly in test fleets that will emerge around California in the year to come. Here’s a rundown of some of the trucks looking to make their mark.


Welcome to the Year of the Electric Truck

December 20, 2018 by John Smith

CARSON, Calif. – Penske Truck Leasing has accepted keys to Freightliners before, but today’s ceremonial handoff of an electric Freightliner eM2 kicks off what can safely be described as the Year of the Electric Truck.


LIGHTS On: Volvo to electrify VNR tractors

December 11, 2018 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Volvo Trucks North America has announced it will commercialize an electric version of the VNR regional tractor by 2020, with the first test units to be on the road as early as next year.


Hyliion axle breathes new life into hybrids

October 9, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Hybrid is no longer a four-letter word. It may still leave a sour taste in the mouths of those who invested heavily in the hybrid concept a decade or so ago, but Hyliion’s 6-by-4 Hybrid Electric (6x4HE) propulsion system will put money in fleets’ pockets without the help of tenuous government subsidies. Come to think of it, Hyliion might even sweeten the industry’s feelings on 6×2 axles.


Motoring Along: Understanding the role of motors in electric trucks

September 18, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Do you know who makes the motor in your washing machine? Do you care? Do you know who will make the motor on your first electric truck? Will you need to care? That’s just one of the many paradigm shifts we’ll be dealing with as electric drivetrains emerge in the trucking industry.