Truck News Wrap: Nikola One Unveiled, Mack ups cab and UD range grows

Truck News Wrap: Nikola One Unveiled, Mack ups cab and UD range grows

Freightliner Columbia and Sterling Trucks are being recalled to fix an issue with the front axle.

A total of 523 Freightliner Columbia and Sterling Trucks prime movers sold in Australia between February 2008 and August 2010 are affected after it was found the trucks were manufactured with front axles that do not meet overall width requirements set out by Australian Design Rules.

Letters are being sent to owners affected by the recall.

Nikola Motor Company say they are developing a 1,500kW/5000Nm all-wheel-drive hybrid-electric prime mover.

The US electric vehicle company has even started taking $1500 (US) reservations on the new truck, which they say will cost half as much to run as a traditional diesel powered prime mover.

Volvo Trucks has launched its new FE Dual Control truck in Australia.

Aimed squarely at the waste collection industry, Volvo tell us the new dual control truck has been designed with Australian operators in mind and features excellent visibility from the cab.

It also boasts technology such as forward collision warning and emergency braking.

Mack Trucks has announced the introduction of a new 60-inch sleeper cab into Australia.

Now available to order, Mack tell us the larger cab is perfect for long haul drivers who need a little extra space.

Meantime a new Mack Trucks safety pack is coming to Australia. Available from next year, the pack includes technology including Lane departure warning and Adaptive cruise control.

The Australian Trucking Association has named its three main election issues for the truck industry.

Those issues are the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, Practical measures to improve road safety and the supporting of stronger trucking businesses.

ATA chief Christopher Melham telling us the organisation will be in talks on the issues with both sides of politics ahead of the federal poll.

Meantime Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester will address next month’s ATA Trucking Australia 2016 event.

Mr Melham said Mr Chester will be on hand at a key moment for the government in the run-up to the election.

UD has another medium-size truck on offer with the Australian arrival of the PW 24 280.

Designed for applications such as general freight and waste management, the UD comes standard with a programmable Allison 3500 HD transmission, FleetMax Plus telematics, digital radio, sat-nav, and Bluetooth.

A report has found improved aerodynamics on day-cab truck models could help cut fuel use by 13%.

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency report says despite concerns day-cab models don’t travel far and fast enough to benefit from improved aerodynamics that isn’t the case.

The council calling on truck designers to look more closely at making day-cab models more aerodynamically efficient.

The ATA has welcomed the adoption of the new PBS truck and dog network.

Being introduced by the National Heavy Vehicle Register, the Performance Based Standards system will see 1,500 permits scrapped for truck and dog combinations.

This means 341,000km of state and local roads will now be available for PBS level 1 access, with 101,000km opened for longer vehicles that comply with PBS level 2.

Hino Australia has introduced a new dealer sales training program.

Aimed at providing a better customer experience during the truck buying process, Hino’s new staff training program includes both online learning modules and face-to-face training.

Meantime Hino Australia has again won the Japanese truck manufacturers best distributor award.

Hino took out both parts and service categories for 2015, remarkably, it was the fifth consecutive year that Hino Australia has taken the double awards.

Parcel delivery service UPS has added another 125 hybrid-electric delivery trucks to its US fleet.

The trucks feature a two-cylinder 650cc engine which charges the vehicles batteries on the go and UPS tell us the trucks deliver up to four times the fuel economy of a petrol-powered vehicle.

And Victorian truck driver Matthew Mitchell is the latest recipient of the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian award.

The award was presented to Matthew to recognize the compassion he showed to a woman who passed away at the scene of an accident involving a ute and a car.

About the author

Chris Miller

Chris is a writer and co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast. He is a radio broadcaster by trade and is an evening presenter on Magic 1278 in Melbourne with previous roles at several stations. He also does daily reports for the Australian Traffic Network. A self declared car tragic and for as long as he can remember Chris has been obsessed with them. The inner child in him still gets excited when he spots something exotic on the road.

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