Today's Trucking

Loblaw, Westhill testing solar-powered reefer

December 16, 2019 by John Smith

HAMILTON, Ont. — Loblaw is looking skyward in the bid to electrify its private fleet, testing a trailer equipped with a rooftop solar array designed by Westhill Innovation. And if the prototype works as expected, the reefer will never sip so much as a drop of diesel.


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…


Here Comes the Sun: Does solar have a role as an alternative fuel?

April 13, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — In some corners of North America, the idea of adding solar power to a truck or trailer is a no-brainer. You’d be forgiven for thinking that none of those corners are in Canada. That’s mostly true, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that solar has no place here. Just that you must be careful in assessing manufacturer claims about what their solar gizmo can actually do.

Almost all of Canada gets an average of 4.2 hours of solar sunlight a day. Two areas — a small stretch of the southern prairies and a little ribbon of central B.C. — crank that number up to 4.5 hours. Compare that to as many six hours in Arizona, New Mexico, and a patch of southeast California. Doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but it’s a big deal. A 300-watt solar setup that can help to run a tractor’s electric APU in that part of the U.S. would probably have to be a 600- or 800-watt setup for a rig running, say, a Toronto-Montreal-Halifax route.

It also means that manufacturer claims can be rather idealistic if calculations were based on experience in warm and sunny parts of our world. There’s no subterfuge involved here, but “your mileage may vary,” as they say.


Sponsored Truck APUs, batteries, tap into solar power

February 20, 2018 by John Smith

Some new light has been shed on how to enhance the performance of battery-powered auxiliary power units (APUs), and it was right there above us all along. Using solar panels mounted to the roof fairing of a tractor can produce enough power to extend the operation of a battery-powered HVAC system and hotel load power.


eNow harnessing power of the sun

September 28, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – eNow is ready and eager for a world where solar power turns vehicles into mobile charging stations.


Peel-and-stick smart trailer sensors

August 24, 2017 by John Smith

Truck-Lite’s new Road Ready trailer telematics system uses a solar-powered Master Control Unit to create smart trailers.


Auxiliary AC with Solar Help

June 7, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

The eNow-Dometic system is designed to increase driver comfort and retention by extending run-time on auxiliary A/C for class 8 sleeper trucks


Solar Power Kits

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Zamp Solar line of solar panel kits and inverters available through Northern Fridge, suited to its built-in and portable refrigerator/freezers