Lack of tire inflation education is alarming
A recent survey revealed that 48% of drivers don’t know how often to check tire pressure and that 53% don’t know how to check tread wear to determine if tires show signs of damage.
July 4, 2021
Ford points out 'battery friendly' AC charging
DC fast-charging sounds good, but it costs much more than AC charging, takes up more space and leads to faster battery degradation.
June 9, 2021
While it's fine if you're the one pointing the camera, what happens when someone else is doing the pointing from 100 feet up buzzing around like a paparazzi mosquito?
June 2, 2021
Electric golf cart provides interesting insight into EV maintenance
I've worked on my own vehicles for years. After recently acquiring a nearly 30-year-old EZGo Marathon golf cart, reality set in fast regarding how easy it can be to work on an electric vehicle versus internal combustion.
May 26, 2021
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
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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
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
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Shelby 775-hp F-150 tops Ram TRX
Horsepower wars continue with a cool intermission from the 2021 Shelby F-150 which offers 775 horses (73 more than the Ram TRX), Raptor-like suspension and an interior designed to make you feel like king of the road.
F-150 diesel nixed and Super Duty Tremor XLT sidelined
2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 teased in video
Enthusiasts mixed on 2022 Toyota Tundra
Ford 'really excited' about total cost of ownership with hybrid 2022 Ford Maverick truck