Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicle - HCV

Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicle - HCV

  Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicle - HCV

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At Mid America Trucking Show, LOUISVILLE, Continental Tire presented a new tire pressure monitoring system developed especially for commercial vehicles.

The new system is named the ContiPressureCheck and constantly monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire on the vehicle in order to provide real-time, on-demand tire status information and to warn the driver of tire-related problems before they become a critical concern.

Clif Armstrong, director of commercial vehicle tire marketing for the Americas, said: “ContiPressureCheck is a unique product that brings together all Continental’s expertise in tires, inflation, in-cab displays, sensors and monitoring technologies for a direct system that not only provides advanced, accurate pressure data, but also addresses fleet concerns about fuel economy and operating cost reductions.”

ContiPressureCheck integrates its sensors, communication system and data processor into a single module that is housed inside a rubber container and glued to the inner surface of the tire. The sensors continuously monitor both air pressure and the tire’s temperature, and transfer data wirelessly to the truck’s electronic control unit (ECU). This processes the data, saves warnings and sends them directly to a display in the driver’s cab.

Armstrong explained: “Since a tire’s contained air pressure naturally increases as a vehicle moves, it can be difficult to tell if a hot tire is underinflated. Without some form of temperature compensation, a hot tire that is underinflated might appear to be fine, because the contained air pressure is at or above its cold inflation pressure”.

Thanks to proper tire inflation, the fleet owners will benefit from low fuel consumption and a longer life for tires which translates directly in reduced operating costs. ContiPressureCheck will be available to the North American trucking marketplace in fall 2012.

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Volvo ’s VN lineup was already pretty versatile, but the company has also introduced a natural gas-powered version of the truck at Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.

Compared to the diesel models, the new CNG version doesn’t have any exterior or interior modifications and shares the same features as its siblings.

The natural gas-powered trucks represent a very efficient option for fleet owners and truckers who want to lower the fuel costs and this technology has already started to be seen with very good eyes in the commercial vehicles segment.

Ron Huibers, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing said, “The addition of the Volvo natural gas-powered VNL daycab is just the most recent example of our longstanding commitment to offering products that positively impact the ROI of our customers. Developing fuel-efficient technology, whether through natural gas, diesel or hybrid, is a priority for Volvo Trucks . We were the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to offer EPA 2010-certified engines with no credits, and we’ve continued that legacy by focusing our efforts on offering fleets solutions that reduce their fuel costs.”

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At Mid-America Trucking Show Volvo presented the innovative ‘Mean Green’ which is the world’s fastest hybrid truck ever built. On April 27th will attempt to break it last year record and to reach a top speed of 260 km/h (165 mph) at Wendover Airfield in Utah, USA. Last year the Volvo Mean Green was driven by Boije Ovebrink and managed to set the world’s speed record in the standing 500 metre, standing kilometre and flying kilometre.

The Volvo Mean Green uses a modified aerodynamic VN cab and develops a massive 2,100 horsepower and nearly 5,000 lb-ft (6779 Nm) of torque – of which 200 horsepower and 885 lb-ft (1200 Nm) of torque come from the electric motor.

“Technology and innovation are at the core of our business,” said Ron Huibers, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “’Mean Green’ is a prime example of Volvo’s technical capabilities and our continued focus on emerging technologies. Our engineers developed the world’s fastest hybrid truck utilising the same Volvo hybrid drive system powering hundreds of Volvo buses throughout the world - including London’s double-decker buses.”

Volvo’s team of hybrid technology experts adapted Volvo’s hybrid driveline to the chassis requirements of a world-class truck built for speed. Engineers then outfitted ‘Mean Green’ with a highly-tuned Volvo D16 engine and a modified version of Volvo’s automated I-Shift gearbox, which interacts with the hybrid’s electric motor.

“The result is a lightning-speed boost from start-off without any of the customary diesel-engine delay,” said Boije Ovebrink, ‘Mean Green’s owner and driver. “It’s like a champagne cork, but without the sound effects. For the first couple of seconds the truck just makes a slight whistle until the diesel engine, which runs on renewable liquid rosin diesel, starts delivering with an explosive force.”

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Agility Fuel Systems showcased a new line rail mounted compressed natural gas fuel systems at Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville. The new system was developed to fit seamlessly with today trucks and is available with a special outer cover made from composite material which offers additional protection it in case of an accident. The fuel tanks are attached to the rail with specially engineered break-away brackets, while an embedded wire in the composite material alerts the driver if damage is detected. Moreover, the company has also used composite materials for the straps for enhanced protection.

Barry Engle, Agility Fuel Systems CEO said :“Our new CNG systems are developed to the very specific needs of class 7 and 8 trucks, making natural gas more usable in the largest segment of the truck industry. We are really excited about the growth potential that these products will represent for Agility and to the wider adoption of natural gas in the truck industry.”

The tanks capacity ranges from 29-63 gallons of fuel and for the moment, the system is available only for Class 7 and Class 8 heavy duty trucks.

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Peterbilt presented its new 579 long haul truck at Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville. The truck features a host of innovations and new technologies which make it more efficient and practical. The company says that this is the best truck Peterbilt has ever built. The new Peterbilt 579 is available with Single and Sleeper cabs and will start to roll off the assembling line in May 2012.

Talking about the new truck Bill Kozek, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President said: “The all-new 579 goes beyond meeting a market demand for an exceptional vehicle that satisfies both the bottom-line and operator expectations. The 579 integrates legendary Peterbilt quality and innovation with a product platform that delivers in every aspect of vehicle performance, productivity and safety. From optimized cab dimensions to an enhanced chassis design, and from driver amenities to a revamped electrical system, every design element of the 579 was analyzed and engineered to provide real-world benefits and business solutions that exceed industry trends.”

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At the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kenworth presented the new T680 highway truck which is the most aerodynamic vehicle built by the company. The new Kenworth T680 puts accent on efficiency, performance and comfort and is fitted with a bunch of innovative features.

The 2.1 meters T680 Cab was designed to fills the blank between the 1.9-meter T660 cab and the 2.3 T700 cab models. The truck is being aimed at linehaul, pickup and delivery, and regional freight operators and is available with either single- or sleeper-cab configuration. At the heart of the truck sits the 12.9L Paccar MX engine, while the Cummins ISX15 engine is also available as an option. The new Kenworth T-680, will go into production on May 21.

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Freightliner revealed a new truck concept at Mid-America Trucking Show in Kentucky. The new Revolution concept wants to gives us a glimpse of how it will look the future of big rigs in Freightliner’s vision. The truck features a host of innovative technologies and upgrades which make it very aerodynamic, lightweight, easy to maneuver and efficient.

Talking about the new concept, Michael Gatza Senior Engineer, Advanced Engineering at Freightliner trucks said: “We reconfigured key powertrain components, incorporated new technologies, and integrated a raised roof to reach a new level of innovation.”

The Freightliner Revolution concept is powered by a Detroit DD13 engine mated on a lightweight manual automated transmission.

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The Cascadia is the newest truck developed by Freightliner and features a host of new technologies which make it better suited for the long haul operations. The main advantage of the Freightliner is its small weight, achieved thanks to the heavy use of lightweight aluminum parts for the cabin. The rig also incorporates a new, common Electric/Electronic Architecture, and a host of features and systems designed to be easily accessible, repairable, and replaceable. However, despite all these features many truckers have complained about the reliability of its electronic systems such as cruise controls, lights, wiper or others and the Freightliner trucks have hard times convincing drivers about its reliability.

Apart from those issues however, the truck is fitted with strong and efficient engines and it is available with a choice of three cab configurations namely the Day Cab, Raised Roof and XT.

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The Renault Kerax was developed to be able to operate under the most demanding working conditions. With a maximum payload of up to 30 tonnes for the heavy duty model, the rugged Kerax is one of the most capable trucks build by the French manufacturer. The truck features new drive axles and double reduction tandems which gives it astonishing performances for both on- and off-road missions.

The vehicle is available in 3 cab configurations (Day, Global, Sleeper) and offers both manual and automated transmissions. To offer maximum versatility the truck is available in both tractor and rigid versions with different wheel bases and axels configurations (4x2, 4x4, 6x4, 6x6 and 8x4). Renault Kerax is particularly suited to activities in the construction sector such as earth moving, demolition or heavy equipment transport.

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If you need a truck that is not afraid to deal with tough terrains, muddy roads and huge payloads without being wreaked or tear into pieces, than you might want to take a closer look at the Volvo FMX.

The FMX is the tough brother of the FM model which has a more serene character and was designed only for regional transportation. In order to make the FMX fit for its challenging missions Volvo has modified the FM’s chassis, equipped it with specific features and dropping heavy duty equipments into the mix.

The result is a masterpiece of the construction trucks segment were the Volvo FMX competes against similar rugged models like the Mercedes Mercedes Axor, Iveco Trakker, MAN TGS or DAF CF. The Volvo FMX is available in three cab configurations namely the Day cab, Sleeper Cab and Globetrotter. Besides the generous range of cabs the truck versatility is also represented by its wide choice of axles which consists of 4x2, 6x2, 6x4, 4x4, 6x6, 8x2 and 8x4 versions available in both rigid and tractor models.

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