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Kansas City Southern Revenue, Profits Rise

Kansas City Southern train TT File Photo

Kansas City Southern announced a significant uptick in profits in the fourth quarter, but similar to virtually all U.S. companies, the final total was bolstered by the savings anticipated from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
January 19, 2018
Business, Equipment

APUs: Diesel or Electric?

The climate control panel for the Volvo parking cooler can be seen on the wall to the right in a Volvo truck sleeper. (Volvo Trucks)

Auxiliary power units allow truck drivers to have climate control for their sleepers and electricity for hotel loads without needing to idle the tractor engine, but fleets that elect to add APUs to the cab must decide how those APUs will be powered — by a small diesel engine or by batteries.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
January 19, 2018
Business

Canadian Pacific Sees Solid Fourth Quarter

Canadian Pacific Train Canadian Pacific

Canadian Pacific Railway reported healthy fourth-quarter and yearly results, with income boosted in part by the recent reduction in the U.S. corporate tax code from 35% to 21%.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
January 19, 2018
Business, Logistics

XPO Logistics LTL Drivers Reject Teamsters in New York

The latest battleground in the ongoing dispute between XPO Logistics Inc. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was in Albany, N.Y., where less-than-truckload drivers voted against unionization.

Transport Topics
January 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Tips on Truck Electrical System Maintenance

Battery Box Purkey's Electrical Consulting

Troubleshooting problems with a truck’s electrical system takes knowledge and experience.“Always take a systems approach when you are spec’ing and maintaining your vehicles’ electrical systems,” said Bruce Purkey, CEO of Purkey’s Electrical Consulting, which helps fleets solve their electrical system problems.

John Baxter | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Equipment Cybersecurity Awareness

Trucking s at increasing risk of cybersecurity threats, and the risk is only going to grow as automated and other advanced technologies become commonplace in the industry.

Robert Braswell | Executive Director, Techology & Maintenance Council
January 19, 2018
Business

Deutsche Post DHL Group Launches Global Trade Barometer

DHL trucks Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg News

Logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL Group launched the Global Trade Barometer, an index designed to present the current state of global trade and provide insight on movement in the next months.

Transport Topics
January 19, 2018
Business, Equipment

Some Small Carriers Embrace Glider Kits to Avoid Costs of Emissions Systems

Elkhorn Valley Trucks offers a variety of glider kits, such as this one. (Photo by Elkhorn Valley Trucks)

Like some other small trucking firms, Old Forge Services of Mogadore, Ohio, has turned to glider kits to reduce maintenance expenses and downtime.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Gliders, E-Axles: E&MU Looks at 'Old' and 'New'

The January/February edition of Equipment & Maintenance Update examines electric axles, one of the industry’s latest technology advancements, and glider kits, which some truck operators view as a more reliable, cost-effective option compared with trucks with new engines.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
January 19, 2018
Business, Equipment

Industry Eyes E-Axles Systems Can Augment Diesel, Support Electric Trucks

Hyliion says its e-axle will produce up to 15% fuel savings as it captures regenerative energy that will be stored in the battery pack. (Photo by Hyliion)

Tesla’s announcement in November that it will produce an all-electric Class 8 tractor by 2019 helped highlight the potential for electric power in commercial trucking. But while Tesla and others are electrifying the entire truck, some companies are focusing on the axles.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2018

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