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Another LTL Road Haulage Outfit Opts to Try the Forthcoming Tesla Semi Truck

Order for 20 Units Adds to a Growing 2019 Order Book Shipping News Feature US FedEx 1has become the latest firm with road haulage interests to announce an order for Tesla’s 2Semi truck, placing a reservation for 20 of the highly anticipated fully electric trucks 3which are scheduled to begin production in 2019 . The vehicles will be operated by the parcel giant’s less-than-truckload unit, FedEx Freight and will replace the diesel trucks in its fleet . FedEx Freight President and CEO Mike Ducker, said:

FedEx has a long history of innovation and incorporating sustainability efforts throughout its global network .

Our investment in these trucks is part of our commitment to improving road safety while also reducing our environmental impact. Tesla says its new big rig will deliver a far better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport . Its advanced technologies, such as surround cameras and on board sensors, help to aid object detection while also enabling Enhanced Autopilot for automatic emergency braking, automatic lane keeping, and lane departure warning .

The company also claims electric energy cost savings that will halve diesel fuel bills. Since 2008, FedEx says it has saved more than 158 million gallons of vehicle fuel by replacing vehicles with more efficient models and making greater use of electric vehicles, fuel cells, natural gas, hybrids and clean truck technologies. Companies that have placed orders for the Tesla Semi include UPS, Pepsico, Walmart, DHL, Sysco, Ryder System, and JB Hunt, to name a few .

The largest order to date was place by FedEx competitor UPS which reserved 125 of the innovative trucks in December last year.

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  3. ^ fully electric trucks (www.handyshippingguide.com)

Running with quality

Running with quality

Running with quality

For versatile and effective trailer builds, Austruck Truck Bodies aligns its business with component specialist, Fuwa K-Hitch.

The Australian Bureau of Statics released a report on road freight movements* that showed articulated and rigid-bodied trucks in Australia have moved over two billion tonnes of freight over a distance of 17 billion kilometres in the 12 months to October 2014, with just under three quarters (71.2 per cent) of the total tonnes originating in either New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland.

Also, over 95 per cent of the total tonnes carried by road were carried within the same state of origin and destination . A spokesperson from the ABS said that “sand, stone and gravel was the most common commodity moved across all states and territories, making up about 23 per cent of the total tonnes moved across Australia”.

Following positive trends with freight activities across Melbourne, original equipment manufacturer, Austruck Truck Bodies has supported local business with a variety of trailing equipment and rigid-bodied designs including curtain-siders, dog trailers, insulated vans, tippers and beaver tail trays since 1988.

There is an increasing demand for locally sourced axles and suspension systems, according to Austruck Truck Bodies Director, Frank Sellars. “Fleets are looking for the best return on their investment, and that also means specifying trailers that are optimised for versatility and longevity,” he says – adding that it is his long-term partnership with Fuwa K-Hitch that has helped him maintain a successful and enduring enterprise.
“Part of my responsibility as an equipment manufacturer is to educate businesses on how to get the most out of their trailers . Whether a company needs to cart concrete pipes, consumable goods or even caravans, containers or larger, industrial gear, they need running gear that is spec’d for the task.”

Frank says that he supports local industry by investing in Fuwa K-Hitch axles and suspension systems, sourcing what the client needs. “The other advantage of specifying Fuwa K-Hitch is having access to reliable technical support .

The team there understand precisely what I need, especially when I am looking for advice on how to get the most out of a particular trailer build.

Fuwa K-Hitch Regional Sales Manager, Diaa Bishara, says that Fuwa has been supplying the trailer builder with VDL Weweler air suspension systems with 8-stud drum brake axles that are fitted with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and auto slack adjusters for almost three years.

“The ultra lite model supplied is a U-bolt type of suspension that allows flexibility for Frank when fitting the full Fuwa K-Hitch range of axle sizes such as 17.5″, 19.5″ and 22.5″ drum brake and disc brake models,” Diaa says.

“Fuwa K-Hitch welds and assembles the suspensions to the axles at nominated chassis rail centres in Derrimut, Victoria, as well as pre-installing additions such as ABS pole wheels, fit brake boosters, sensors and automatic slack adjusters,” he says – adding that this method allows Frank to receive a modular suspension that is ready-to-install, alleviating costly labour and the need to perform critical welding while adhering to torque requirements.

Following positive trends in manufacturing and general freight, Frank says that investing in Fuwa K-Hitch running gear important for fleets to remain competitive and serviceable. “Downtime is never ideal, especially when a business relies on trailers and rigid-bodied equipment to get the job done,” he says.

“I have aligned the Austruck Truck Bodies with suppliers like Fuwa K-Hitch because they are excellent, and everyone in the industry knows them by their solid reputation for quality .

In terms of stock availability, Fuwa-Hitch turn stock around quickly, which is essential for forward-planning production and supplying fleets with.”

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Road Freight Movements, Australia, 2014

Waymo tests driverless trucks in Atlanta

WAYMOATLANTA: March 09, 2018 .

Waymo, the technology company that is part of Google, is introducing a pilot program in Atlanta next week for self-driving trucks to deliver shipments for Google s data centers.

The company plans to apply its technology to shippers operations including factories, distribution centers, ports and terminals.

In addition to a highly-trained driver in the cab, the self-driving trucks are using the same suite of custom-built sensors that power Waymo s minivan that has enabled it to go fully driverless in Arizona.

Over the past year, Waymo has been conducting road tests in California and Arizona in order to apply self-driving to drive big rigs with the equivalent AI maturity as an experienced human driver.

The principles are the same, but things like braking, turning, and blind spots are different with a fully-loaded truck and trailer, said the company.

Waymo has already driven five million miles on public roads in the U.S .

adding to the five billion driven in simulation: In short, our near-decade of experience with passenger vehicles has given us a head start in trucking, it added.

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