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Lug Nuts - March 2015

New, interesting, and fun things about HD trucks

Tori Tellem
Mar 3, 2015
Photographers: Courtesy Of The Manufacturers
Safety Belt Art Contest
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has launched the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest. It’s being organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership and is open to kindergarteners all the way through sixth grade, with relatives or sponsors in the commercial truck and bus industries. Winners will be picked in April, and their art will show up in the 2016 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” calendar. Learn more at fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/commercial-motor-vehicle-safety-belt-program.
Photo 2/9   |   Safety Belt Kids Art Contest
Map Locator Tool For Natural Gas Stations
NGVAmerica created the Station Analysis Map, which notes the nation’s natural gas stations as well as vehicle ranges supported by the stations in 100-, 400-, and 600-mile increments. Station locations for CNG and LNG, plus accessibility and contact info are also included. Learn more at ngvamerica.org/stations.
Photo 3/9   |   Station Analysis Map
Daimler Sets Record in North America
The U.S. arm of Daimler Trucks set a record of incoming orders when it reached 31,304 Class 6-8 NAFTA and export vehicles from Freightliner, Western Star, and Thomas Built Buses. It was a new order record for a single manufacturer in the North American truck biz.
Photo 4/9   |   Daimler Trucks
Pennsylvania Gets New CNG Dispensers
Sunoco is offering three CNG fueling dispensers at the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s New Stanton Service Plaza. It’s notable because it’s Sunoco’s first CNG offering in Pennsylvania since the 1990s. One will be for passenger vehicles, another for commercial trucks, and the third for off-Turnpike vehicles.
Photo 5/9   |   Ong Fueling Dispensers
Goodyear Testing Air Maintenance Technology
U.S. trucking fleets are about to become guinea pigs. Seems Goodyear is testing its Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) on commercial vehicles; it’s a research project supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Vehicle Technology. AMT is being explored as a way to aid in fuel savings and carbon dioxide reduction while also improving tire life and removing the concept of manually inflating tires. Testing will take place over 18 months as the trucks do their regular driving operations.
Photo 6/9   |   Air Technology
Student-Designed Welding Helmet
So, Lincoln Electric got involved with a pretty neat program—it invited students exploring a future career in science, technology, engineering, or math to design a welding helmet. The winning design ended up as a limited-edition Viking 2450 Series auto-darkening specimen, which you can learn more about through lincolnelectric.com.
Photo 7/9   |   Welding Helmet
Best New Automotive Products for 2015
The annual SEMA Show named the best new offerings for 2015, and among the winners was DECKED with its truck bed organizer/ storage system, and App-Tronics with its SmartNav 5 system, which is an updatable rearview mirror setup. Lund also scored with the AMP Research PowerStep XL, which helps with getting into a lifted vehicle.
Photo 8/9   |   Amp Power Step
More to Know
- A million bucks has been awarded in grants to nine technical and community colleges across the U.S. to help train returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The money came from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
- The Ram ProMaster City van has a starting price of $23,130.
- For the fourth consecutive year, Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics were named to the Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer list.
- Hino Trucks has hit the big 3-0 in the U.S.
- Kenworth’s medium-duty cabovers have new options, including the K270, which is available with a 19.5-inch tire/wheel combo. The company has also intro’d Allison 3000 HS and RDS five- and six-speed automatic transmissions.
- Learn towing tips and basics through the Workshop program at airliftcompany.com.
- Caterpillar invested another $1 million in The ONE Campaign to help with the group’s efforts in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Photo 9/9   |   Air Lift Website