Biden needs help on transportation fast
Something's wrong with this picture...President Biden's squealing the tires in his emissions-spewing Corvette while preaching on the virtues of electric vehicles and pledging billions in tax payer money to that fledgling industry.
April 28, 2021
Sharing EV data to save the planet
If time is quickly running out for the planet because of climate change, should OEMs and fleets be more forthcoming about EV performance data and plans so that other fleets and manufacturers can prepare accordingly and do their part to save the world?
March 24, 2021
5 tips to improve uptime
While 100% utilization is not possible, there are some simple things fleets can do to get close.
March 13, 2021
Is the BEV charging infrastructure better than we think?
Sergio Rodriguez capped a 3,000 mile trip from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean without a single drop of fuel in the tank.
March 9, 2021
Carbon cut: Entire vehicle lifecycle must be addressed
Sustainability goals should include well-to-wheels solutions that are not only good for the environment but also help fleets sustain their bottom line.
March 3, 2021
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Grid vulnerabilities for commercial EVs are troubling
Electric trucks and vans have a much lower TCO than conventional but grid vulnerabilities demonstrated this week in Texas and other states could bring on serious setbacks for fleets that are eager to embrace all-electric powertrains.
February 18, 2021
Dash cams capture more good than bad
Dash camera footage cannot always help a motor carrier with respect to liability, but it can fleets from having to pay excessive damages.
February 17, 2021
Despite a rocky state of the union, solid-state batteries and internal combustion are looking good
Politics anyone? Politics has always been a sordid business and especially now following a summer of protests and deadly riots, a contested U.S. presidential election, a deadly breach at the U.S. Capitol and now another impeachment process rolling out for President Donald Trump. So what does it all mean for trucking? At this point, it’s […]
January 13, 2021
COVID or not?
Illness impacts productivity and this has been especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of my colleagues this week said that a source of his had been up against roughly a 30 percent increase in worker absenteeism following Thanksgiving thanks to an uptick in COVID cases. That’s crazy and in this case it just might […]
January 6, 2021
Half-ton hangup: Know before you tow
It felt good saving some money to buy a half-ton pickup that can actually tow more than the old ¾-ton that you traded in at the dealership. It just didn’t make much sense to spend more to buy a new ¾-ton when you didn’t plan on ever towing much more than 10,000 lbs. But then […]
December 16, 2020
Ford still working on fuel cell while banking largely on all-electric
He drew a line in the sand, or the silica more like it, and I suppose it’s hard to blame him. During the recent reveal for the all-electric 2022 Ford Transit, Ford CEO and President Jim Farley made it clear that his company was on board with all-electric vehicles, California-style. “This is the path we’re […]
December 2, 2020
Biden and California EV bias throws shade on fuel cell
There’s an old saying that most of us know only too well: As California goes, so goes the rest of the nation. But will the same hold true for zero emissions? With California requiring a percentage of new commercial trucks and vans sold in four years to be zero emissions, it’s certainly reasonable to wonder […]
November 11, 2020
VW’s big journey from Beetle to all-electric and fuel cell trucks
Our family had a Volkswagen Super Beetle in the ’70s and ’80s in Southern California. It was a fun car: lime green, fuel injected, four speed manual, cool frunk, strangely inviting vinyl interior scent, hand crank front windows and pop-out windows in the rear. No A/C, but then again we really didn’t need it in […]
October 28, 2020
CARB not testing NOx when and where it counts
In 1811, history was made as the recently christened New Orleans steamboat flew along at 12mph down the entire stretch of the Ohio River and onto the Mississippi River where following a 2,000-mile run it arrived in New Orleans in a baffling time of 14 days. Until then, it was current, sails, poles, paddles and […]
September 2, 2020
Mandatory electric truck and van law invites plenty of challenges
A tried and true axiom comes to mind when considering California’s now-codified plan to phase out tried and true powertrains: don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. In this case, the Golden State is banking on zero emission vehicles to seriously reduce air pollution. In what the California Air Resources Board is calling […]
July 29, 2020
The automakers that Twitter built?
Never a dull moment. One click and the world can seemingly make you or break you. What else can account for Nikola’s double valuation to $27 billion in a few days following its IPO last Thursday? The automaker that’s never sold an auto is now worth more than Ford and FCA. Other than selling T-shirts, […]
June 10, 2020
Elon’s world: Sell the houses and get some freedom
Strange days indeed. It wasn’t that long ago that Elon Musk tweeted that he was a socialist. Keep in mind that he posted that while he was very much the golden child of California and riding wave after wave of federal and state subsidies to support the production of Teslas that he and his supporters […]
May 6, 2020
Man travels across the country to buy another Titan XD diesel
If you’ve ever been “…standin’ on the corner in Winslow, Arizona…” then you know that across the street from the famous Eagles’ landmark—which includes a flatbed Ford by the way—is a souvenir shop called, appropriately enough, Standin’ on the Corner. It was there that I was reminded of the importance of pickup allegiance. The conversation […]
April 22, 2020
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Big drop in range while towing with electric Rivian pickup
Sure, electric pickups are powerful when their batteries are fully charged. What happens when they're pushed during max towing? Rivian lets us know.
Self-driving Ford F-150 lowers driver stress
Electric Silverado will be available as fleet model
Battery-powered utility truck set to be nation's first
Chip shortage leads to production halt for GM midsize trucks