Volvo Testing Self-Driving Refuse Truck in Sweden

Volvo Tests Self-Driving Garbage Truck

Could garbage collection be handled by robotic vehicles? That’s the question Volvo Trucks is looking to answer as it tests out a self-driving garbage truck in Sweden. The truck company has a venture with Swedish waste management company Renova to learn how autonomous refuse vehicles can improve safety, make trash collection more efficient and reduce driver injury. “Driving a heavy commercial vehicle in an urban residential area with narrow streets and…

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2017 Thor Motor Coach Quantum KM24 Recall

Thor MotorCoaches 2017 Quantum KM24 MotorHomes Recall

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2017 Quantum KM24 motorhomes. The power supply wire for the steps was incorrectly attached to a 50 amp circuit breaker instead of being connected to a 20 amp circuit breaker. CONSEQUENCE: Should the step circuit be overloaded, the breaker may not trip as intended, increasing the risk of a fire. REMEDY: TMC will notify owners, and dealers will relocate the power wire for…

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Automated Commercial Vehicle Webcast April 24

Highly Automated Commercial Vehicle Webcast April 24 Atlanta

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public listening session to collect comments and information on autonomous truck technology, or what it calls “highly automated commercial vehicles,” at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Workshop in Atlanta on April 24th. They hope to solicit information on issues relating to the design, development, testing, and deployment of HACVs. FCMSA will webcast the entire session to allow for increased viewing and participation for…

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New API CK-4 & FA-4 Engine Oils Available Now

API CK-4 & FA-4 Diesel Motor Oil On Store Shelves Now

The American Petroleum Institute (API) says it has licensed approximately 400 CK-4 oils and more than 60 FA-4 oils submitted by marketers, making the robust new classifications available to operators of new and older diesels. API expects availability to grow substantially over the next few years as more oil marketers add products meeting the new standards to address the needs of a variety of engine technologies in use both on-…

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Isuzu Issues Recall Involving 21,000 Trucks

Isuzu Technical Center of America, Inc. (Isuzu) is recalling certain 2015-2017 NPR HD, NPR XD, NQR and NRR trucks. During manufacturing, the stamping equipment may have created burrs on the frame crossmember that the transmission is mounted to. These burrs may cause the transmission mounting studs to break. CONSEQUENCE: If the studs break, the transmission may not be properly supported, preventing it from shifting correctly and increasing the risk of…

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Prevost Motor Coach Steering Arm Recall

Prevost Motor Coach Recall

Prevost Cars, Inc. (Prevost) is recalling certain 2017 H3-45 and X3-45 motor coach models. These vehicles have steering arm levers that were incorrectly forged, possibly resulting in the steering arm levers cracking and failing. CONSEQUENCE: If the steering arm lever fails, causing a loss of steering, it can increase the risk of a crash. REMEDY: Prevost will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering arm lever, free of charge. The…

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PG&E Plug-In Electric Class 6 Hybrid Truck

PG&E Unveils New Class 6 Hybrid Electric Truck

Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Efficient Drivetrains Incorporated (EDI) unveiled the utility industry’s first plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) Class 6 truck featuring technology that has the potential to fundamentally change how the utility manages planned and unplanned outages. The vehicle, developed by EDI in partnership with PG&E, features a plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain that combines up to 50 miles of all-electric driving with 300 more miles of driving…

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Ford Launches Commercial Vehicle Program

Ford Launches New Commercial Vehicle Program

Ford is launching the Commercial Vehicle Center dealer program that will replace the Business Preferred Network (BPN) and offer improved service, better parts availability and a new loyalty program, Ford announced. The program is rolling out at 650 of Ford’s more than 3,000 dealers in the U.S. and replaces a program that was heavily used by smaller fleets to set up work trucks and vans. Much like a BPN dealer, a Commercial…

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Mack, Volvo Discontinue 16 Liter Diesel Engine

Volvo, Mack Discontinue 16L Diesel Engines and Titan Truck

Volvo Trucks North America announced to its dealers on Jan. 20 that effective immediately, the OEM would discontinue production and distribution of its 16.1-liter D16 diesel engine. Aftermarket service and support for all D16s currently in the field will continue unimpeded. The decision to cease 16-liter engine production will also affect Mack Trucks, a sister company under the Volvo Group. Therefore, Mack will stop offering its MP10 16.1-liter diesel, which shares…

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MIT Engineers Turn Yeast into Diesel

MIT Engineers Turn Yeast into Diesel Fuel Oil

MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy fuels such as diesel. The researchers, led by Gregory Stephanopoulos, the Willard Henry Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at MIT, modified the metabolic pathways of yeast that naturally produce large quantities of lipids, to make them about 30…

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