Idle Free Electric Truck Stop Testing To Start

Duke Energy Anti Idle Electric Truck Stop

A Duke Energy project to fund electrification at a North Carolina truck stop is projected to save 25,000 gallons of truck fuel annually due to not having to idle. Big Boy’s Truck Stop in the town of Kenly, will soon have 24 truck electrification stations where drivers can pay to plug in their vehicles, offering an economical way to provide electricity and hot or cold air during overnight stays that avoids…

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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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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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2013-2017 Volvo Truck VCM Recall Alert

Volvo Truck VCM Recall Alert

Volvo Trucks North America (Volvo) issued a recall for certain year 2013-2017 VNL and VNM truck models and certain model year 2017 VNX trucks. In the affected vehicles, incorrect software for controlling the electronic air dryer may result in oil and water contaminating the brake system. CONSEQUENCE: If the brake system becomes contaminated, braking performance could be affected, increasing the risk of a crash. REMEDY: Volvo will notify owners, and…

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Paccar Updates MX Engines & Drive Axles

Paccar MX13 Engine

Available in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks in January will be new power, torque and fuel efficiency enhancements to Paccar MX-13 and MX-11 engines for North America. Nearly 50% of Peterbilt and Kenworth heavy-duty trucks currently are produced with Paccar MX engines, according to Sproull. Paccar increased the MX-13 engine’s output to 510 hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque and increased the MX-11 engine’s output to 430 hp and 1,650 lb-ft…

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Shell Rotella Exceeds New CK-4 Specifications

Shell Rotella Surpasses CK-4 Standards

The American Petroleum Institute (API), working with engine manufacturers and oil makers, has completed redesigning two new heavy-duty engine oil specifications. Nearly a decade has passed since the last diesel engine oil category, API CJ-4, was developed and major changes are required. The current CJ-4 standard has lasted well beyond the life of the typical engine category. Some of the engine tests required to qualify an oil are no longer…

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