While the basic principles of Ohm’s Law haven’t changed, the architecture of a truck’s electrical system certainly has. Are fleets doing enough to keep their technicians ahead of the rapidly steepening technology adoption curve? Our guest on this episode of HDT Talks Trucking is Larry Rambeaux, a sales application engineer at Purkeys Fleet Electric in Rogers, Arkansas. He worries truck fleets could face a skills deficit as truck electrical systems grow ever more complex. Larry discusses some of the weaknesses in basic electrical maintenance and provides a few tips to help fleets keep the lights on now and into the future.
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Season 7 Episode 4: Electric Trucks Are Producing Some Interesting Partnerships
With medium- and heavy-duty truck electrification, we’re seeing a unique alignment of traditional truck manufacturers, tier-1 suppliers and start-up companies. As a group, they are simultaneously competing and collaborating on the advancement of truck electrification. Can all these diverse interests play together in the same sandbox?
Season 7 Episode 2: Learn to Master the Downsped Driveline
Engine downspeeding is an elegant way of reducing fuel consumption, and thus CO2 emissions. But if drivers don’t embrace it or won’t use the technology properly, nobody sees its full benefit. Jamie Hagen of Hell Bent Xpress in Aberdeen, South Dakota is an expert on the gear-fast, run-slow concept. He shares his experience learning to love trucking at 900 rpm.
Season 7 Episode 1: GHG Phase 2 Will Change How We Build Diesel Engines
Phase 2 of the EPA and NHTSA Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations will change the way fleets spec heavy trucks. The rule calls for a reduction in carbon emissions, or a boost to fuel economy, of 25% by 2027. Dr. Mihai Dorobantu, the Eaton Vehicle Group’s director of Technology Planning and Government Affairs, joins us to explain some of the advanced technologies we’ll need to meet the requirements, and how they work.
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