What to know about tires and 6×2 configurations

By Team Writer / October 3, 2016

When it comes to tires and different configurations there are many different things that you should know. Recently a lot of commercial fleets are looking into benefits of specifying new tractors with a 6×2 configuration. Standard 6×4 has three axles and six wheel-end with both axles having driven axles. The new 6×2 has three axles and six wheel ends with only one of the axles being driven.

Key Takeaways:

  • 6×2 Configuration is more fuel efficient, and increases the lifespan of the tires.
  • 6×2 may not be right for your fleet, depending on region and weather/season.
  • Conducting your own internal investigation will help you determine if 6×2 configuration is a safe and money saving solution.

“It’s all about reduced vehicle weight (about 400 lbs.), reduced energy losses through friction and improved fuel economy.”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/tires-6×2-configurations-2/

The challenge of reducing service wait times

By Team Writer / October 2, 2016

One of the most important things when it comes to an individual truck’s profitability is the fact of the amount of time that is spent on the road doing its job. When a truck needs service it needs it done right but expediently. A big step that comes with the reducing of downtime for Mack is something that comes through Certified Uptime Centers. These centers have been implemented this year.

Key Takeaways:

  • One of the most important things for an individual truck’s profitability is the amount of time that it spends on the road doing its job.
  • When a truck needs service it needs to be done right as well as another key factor being that the service needs to be done very expediently.
  • The next step that was taken in reducing downtime for Mack came in the form of Certified Uptime Centers that they introduced back in 2015.

“In Daimler’s case, the program is known as Elite Support, and is comprised of a dealer certification process of more 120 different criteria, developed collaboratively between dealers and an internal Daimler panel.”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/challenge-reducing-wait-times/

Watch 14 Scania Trucks Keep Time as a Giant, Working Clock

By Team Writer / October 2, 2016

Swedish truck maker Scania combined fourteen trucks with trailers to create a 750,000 square foot, fully functional clock on an abandoned airfield. The clock was filmed from multiple angles over a twenty-four hour period, resulting in video that can run continuously. It took a team of drivers working in sync to make the second, minute, and hour hands function seamlessly.

Watch 14 Scania Trucks Keep Time as a Giant, Working Clock

NYPD Receives First Shipment of 100 Smart Cars

By Team Writer / October 2, 2016

Recently the NYPD received its very first shipment of smart cars. The NYPD now have 100 smart cars with another 150 already ordered. Initially the NYPD did a pilot program using Smart Fortwos for parking enforcement. The Smart Fortwos are a great pick for the bureau who previously relied upon three wheeled motorbikes because they offer air conditioning and they hold police gear and radio equipment.

NYPD Receives First Shipment of 100 Smart Cars

Truck Trend Legends: The History of John Deere

By Team Writer / October 2, 2016

Since the beginning of the United States of America we have seen innovation alongside revolution lead the forefront in making our country a global contender. With advancement after advancement in agriculture techniques, equipment, and its role in our economy it is only fair to recognize an international name like John Deere.

Key Takeaways:

  • John Deere, the man, was born in Vermont in 1804 and grew up to become a blacksmith, who later left his home state at the age of 32 and relocated to Illinois.
  • Instead of waiting until someone ordered a steel plow before making it, Deere produced several in advance, which was revolutionary at the time.
  • When the Great Depression hit, the company took the noble steps of lowering rent for workers in John Deere–owned housing and carrying farmers’ debts, not repossessing any equipment.

“Deere also did something else that was revolutionary at the time. Instead of waiting until someone ordered a steel plow before making it, he produced several in advance.”

http://www.trucktrend.com/features/1609-truck-trend-legends-the-history-of-john-deere/

Electric McLaren P1 Spider Confirmed, Only Seats One Small Child

By Team Writer / October 1, 2016

There is a children’s sized P1 spider that has been marked as the first appearance of an open-top spider variant. The model is marketed for children six and under, and retails for a rough value estimate of four hundred and eighty six dollars. The child sized P1 spider is marketed by the dealer known as McLaren. Some of the features include a push start button, working headlights, air conditioner, and an mp3 player.

Key Takeaways:

  • McLaren has confirmed an electric version of its P1 hypercar, but it’s not the record-breaking performance machine you’re probably expecting. The British sports car maker has unveiled a drivable toy version of the McLaren P1, complete with scissor doors and audio system.
  • The pint-sized P1 marks the first appearance of an open-top Spider variant, granting children ages 6 and younger unlimited headroom. McLaren’s distinctive dihedral doors lift up to grant access to the cabin, which accommodates one. The car also features push-button start, working headlights, an “air-conditioning” unit, and an MP3 audio system that comes pre-loaded with a playlist of popular nursery rhymes, including Hickory Dickory Dock.
  • The automaker also estimates the tiny supercar can accelerate from 0 mph to top speed in just 2 seconds, though it doesn’t specify what top speed

“The pint-sized P1 marks the first appearance of an open-top Spider variant, granting children ages 6 and younger unlimited headroom.”

http://www.motortrend.com/news/electric-mclaren-p1-spider-confirmed-seats-one-small-child/

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