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Volvo Trucks to demonstrate Volvo VNR electric models in 2019, commercialize in 2020

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GREENSBORO, N.C. —  Volvo Trucks said Wednesday that it would introduce all-electric Volvo VNR regional-haul demonstrators in California next year, operating in distribution, regional-haul and drayage operations.

Sales of the VNR Electric in North America will begin in 2020.

“We are proud to announce the Volvo VNR Electric, designed to support cities focused on sustainable urban development and fleets operating in a range of regional-haul and distribution operations,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “The Volvo VNR Electric leverages the versatility of the new Volvo VNR series with a proven fully-electric powertrain and represents a strategic stride toward a comprehensive electrified transport ecosystem. Cities prioritizing sustainable urban development can leverage electrified transport solutions to help improve air quality and reduce traffic noise. Cleaner, quieter, fully-electric commercial transport also creates opportunities for expanded morning and late-night operations, helping cut traffic congestion during peak hours.”

The Volvo VNR Electric demonstration units will be based on the proven propulsion and energy storage technology currently being used in the Volvo FE Electric, and builds on the Volvo Group’s accumulated expertise in electrified transport solutions. Sister company Volvo Buses has sold more than 4,000 electrified buses since 2010.

“The Volvo VNR is ideal for applications like heavy urban distribution, drayage and other regional applications where electric trucks will first have the greatest impact,” said Johan Agebrand, Volvo Trucks North America director of product marketing. “The VNR series has received tremendous industry acceptance since its April 2017 introduction and the addition of an all-electric powertrain provides even greater opportunities to expand its footprint in the regional-haul market.”

Introduction of the Volvo VNR Electric models are part of an innovative partnership, known as LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) between the Volvo Group, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), and industry leaders in transportation and electrical charging infrastructure.

“The LIGHTS project is a truly unique opportunity to showcase a holistic approach to electrification of the freight transport industry as we handle ongoing challenges including electricity generation and battery optimization,” Voorhoeve said. “We appreciate that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the SCAQMD have recognized our leadership and trusted us to oversee this project that will ultimately result in the commercialization of fully-electric heavy-duty trucks. In addition to introducing the VNR Electric, through LIGHTS we will bring a complete sustainable freight solution with end-to-end electrification coordination with our many partners.”

“Electric trucks bring many unknowns and our holistic focus through the LIGHTS project will help our fleet partners transition securely and smoothly based on their individual needs regarding driving cycles, load capacity, uptime, range and other parameters,” Agebrand said. “Within the project we’ll look at everything from route analysis and battery optimization to servicing and financing. We always aim to offer high uptime and productivity.”

CARB has preliminarily awarded $44.8 million to SCAQMD for the Volvo LIGHTS project.  The Volvo LIGHTS project will involve 16 partners, and will transform freight operations at the facilities of two of the United States’ top trucking fleets.  Volvo LIGHTS is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.

 

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Yokohama says latest regional-haul trailer tire ready for duty

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The 16/32-inch deep groove depth provides extra-long tread life. Also, Yokohama’s zero-degree belt – a cornerstone to its highly durable and retreadable casing – creates a consistently stable footprint for long, even wear. (Courtesy: YOKOHAMA TIRE CORP.)

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire’s latest regional-haul trailer tire, the 114R Ultra Wide-Base (UWB), is ready for duty.

The SmartWay-verified 114R – the successor to RY407 – is available now in size 445/50R22.5. An additional size – 455/50/22.5 – will be offered in the first quarter of 2020.

“The 114R UWB is specifically designed to meet the demands of high-scrub operations,” said Tom Clauer, Yokohama’s senior manager of commercial and OTR product planning. “It features superior cut and chip resistance, extended tread life and is optimized for fuel efficiency.”

Other benefits of the 114R as listed by Clauer include:

  • Long-lasting performance: The 16/32-inch deep groove depth provides extra-long tread life. Also, Yokohama’s zero-degree belt – a cornerstone to its highly durable and retreadable casing – creates a consistently stable footprint for long, even wear.
  • Durable construction: Yokohama’s advanced compound offers cut and chip resistance without sacrificing rolling resistance or wear performance. Plus, funnel-shaped step grooves prevent stones and other debris from reaching the bottom of the grooves, where casing damage can often occur.
  • Outstanding fuel-efficiency: Ground contact pressure is uniformly distributed, which results in greater stability, flawless tracking and improved fuel efficiency.

For more details on the 114R and all of Yokohama’s commercial tires, visit www.yokohamatruck.com.

 

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Do you bling out your rig for the holidays? If so, send us a video!

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‘Tis The Season!

Do you deck out your ride for the holidays?  If so, please send us a picture or video to rigoftheweek@thetrucker.com

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Advantage PressurePro releases Fleet TPMS consumer app

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Featuring 24/7 tire monitoring, five unique pressure/temperature alerts and local notifications for maximized coverage and safety, Fleet TPMS also offers fully configurable layouts and vehicle naming and storage. (Courtesy: PRESSUREPRO

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Advantage PressurePro Thursday released its Fleet TPMS app.

Leveraging PressurePro’s FX technology, and building upon its previously released and feature-rich consumer app, the launch of Fleet TPMS empowers fleet users to deliver real time tire performance monitoring for drivers and haulers of many types direct to existing smart devices, according to Edward Lutski, PressurePro’s director of technology.

Additionally, the launch of Fleet TPMS also enables a critical link for fleets to PressurePro’s Connect tire management platform, unleashing unmatched visibility and control of your tire management practices, he said.

Featuring 24/7 tire monitoring, five unique pressure/temperature alerts and local notifications for maximized coverage and safety, Fleet TPMS also offers fully configurable layouts and vehicle naming and storage, enabling complete customization and easy toggling between multiple trailers/units. Further, a rolling performance history log enables users to gain immediate access to recent tire performance data.

“While a powerful monitoring tool on its own, Fleet TPMS becomes even stronger when used as a link to provide data flow through our comprehensive software platform Connect,” Lutsko said. “When combined, customers unlock advanced monitoring tools to gain detailed and actionable tire performance insights across their entire fleet, giving them unmatched control of their tire management practices.”

When paired with PressurePro Connect, users also unlock email alerting capabilities, exportable tire performance history, automated tire performance trend analysis, and an easy to use dashboard that features prioritized data and actionable items, Lutsko said.

“As we have for the last 28 years, PressurePro continues to push the innovation of our market to provide maximized safety and savings for to every road our customers travel,” said Jason Zaroor, PressurePro’s president and CEO. “With the release of Fleet TPMS, and especially when paired with our Connect platform, we’re now able to provide a cost effective solution that provides complete visibility of ever tire in your fleet; in-cab to drivers, in the field to managers or to your office for controllers.”

Learn more about their full line of stand-alone and integrated TPMS options at www.pressurepro.us.  8

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