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Lean, Green, Mean, Freight-Hauling Machines

I have tech in my blood, and it must be green. . . . I watch the Blue Bloods cop show and the blue-bloods of Downton Abbey, I bleed red blood . . . It’s all about being green to save time, save lives, and save fuel.

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Stop the Engines!

If you are getting more than 15% idle time on your trucks, you are getting too much!

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Keep that Alternator Turning as you Slow Down the Vehicle

Something to watch for in the coming years is the health of the starting/charging system and the charge on the batteries.  About a decade ago, as emissions legislation came into play and engines were being changed, they slowed down the revs of the engine and improved the low speed torque capability.  We went from high […]

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Could We Convert to 24 Volts DC in North America? Should We?

Any of the suppliers of starters, alternators and batteries knows that I wanted to offer 24 volts as a production option before I retired.  In case you think I missed that, don’t.  I was telling people at TMC a couple of weeks ago that in trucking you don’t retire — you retread.  I may not […]

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Slow Down, You Move Too Fast–You’ve Got to Make the Diesel Last

With the cost of fuel, the impact of the CAFE regulations, and the expectation that NHTSA will regulate speed limiters soon, it seems obvious that we should slow down.  This week the Truckload Carriers Association endorsed a 65 mile per hour speed limit.  Previously, ATA endorsed a similar limit.  The National Private Truck Council has […]

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