John Fraser has been running a business fuel hauling in the Northern Territory for over a decade. His transport operation has been working for IOR Petroleum for 12 years, starting with one truck and then going to two trailers.
The operation currently run two trucks and has another undergoing restoration. There are two trucks on fuel full time, plus one subcontractor. The trucks include a 700hp Volvo rigid with three trailers, and a Kenworth K200 tri-axle prime mover pulling three trailers. Read more
There is little doubt this dawn of the age of autonomous trucks represents the paradigm shift which will take trucking much further in the 21st century. The developments in recent years have seen quantum shift after quantum shift in what automated systems can do.Read more
The long-awaited arrival of the right-hand-drive Renault ‘T High’ tractor in the UK has given Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley, some flat floor thoughts – thinking about the benefits of flat-floor cab-overs to overnighters.
Frankly, I’m surprised more manufacturers don’t do it. ‘Do what?’ I hear you ask Down Under. Build more flat-floor cab-over models, that’s what. Given the fact that every night hundreds of thousands of European long-haul drivers are bedding down for the night in a truck (and I reckon 99.99 per cent of them will be doing it in a cab-over prime mover) you’d think that all of Europe’s truck makers would be keen to make their cabs as easy to move around in as possible. Read more
In the Northern Territory everything has to do with scale – it represents 18 per cent of Australia’s land area but is home to just one per cent of the country’s population. Diesel News talked with an operator tasked with distributing fuel across the Territory.
Sitting in a modest industrial unit in Katherine in the Northern Territory, and talking to the owner of the operation, John Fraser, it’s easy to think of the operation run by the genial, relaxed man in battered shorts and a shirt, with a dusty baseball cap, as a small concern. However, start talking about the task the company handles, plus the area covered and customers serviced, and you soon realise this is a big operation in a big country, using big trucks.
There’s a lot of talk about trucks with top power from Sweden. However, the arrival of a new Scania V8 diesel gives Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley, an excuse to examine the real-world demand for high-horsepower super-trucks in Europe. “Just don’t take it personally down-under,” says Brian.
I’m going let you in on a secret. I’m struggling to stay enthusiastic about high-horsepower, big-displacement diesels. There, I’ve said it. Considering how many words I’ve written about them in the past (including such clunking adjectives as ‘fire-breathing’ and ‘stump-pulling’) it’s all rather embarrassing. It dawned on me after having recently learned of Scania’s new V8 engine, launched at the same time as its G-Series, the latest in its ‘Next Generation’ of heavies. Read more
The price of diesel goes up a little bit and immediately LNG and all that gas comes back into the reckoning. The margins in road transport are so slim, only a small incremental change can tip the balance between fuel options. Read more
Whether we like it or not, autonomous trucks are unstoppable, the progress being made is substantial. Diesel News talks to one of those working hard behind the scenes, Hayder Wokil, who runs the Volvo autonomous research program.
The job title held by Volvo’s Hayder Wokil doesn’t really tell us much. He is the Mobility and Automation Director, but when asked what exactly it is he does do, the laconic Hayder replies, “the question really should be, what doesn’t he do?” This suggests the role is a wide-ranging one and one which will change as new developments come along. Read more
This video from the US shows us Eaton and Cummins getting closer as they offer a more integrated driveline to US truck buyers. This particular AMT has just gone on sale in the US and is not destined to appear here for some time.
The gearbox is part of a comprehensive program where Eaton and Cummins are working very closely together to come up with a fully integrated package. The engine and transmission communicate seamlessly with each other and with whichever truck they are fitted into.Read more