Focus On : Tractor Units

tractor-units

Tractor units are changing fast, as heavy commercial vehicle operators demand better fuel consumption and efficiencies, while legislators focus on Euro 6 emissions.

For the truck OEMs, the emphasis is on: improved diesel engines, using EGR, SCR and DPF equipment; parallel diesel-electric hybrid drivelines with KERS braking; alternative fuels and dual-fuel engines; and improved automatic transmissions.

Beyond that, the future for artics holds: photovoltaic panels on cabs; LED lighting; aerodynamics, with automatic fifth wheel controls to minimise turbulence in the gap between tractor and semi-trailer; and advanced thermal management for heat rejection.

Then, while HGV running gear – air and steel suspension, lifting axles and 4x2, 6x2 and 6x4 configurations – see further weight reductions, we expect automatic tyre inflation monitoring for reduced rolling resistance and more mirrors, cameras and active driver assistance (ABS, ESP etc).

As for tractive unit day cabs and sleeper cabs, it’s about even more lavish interiors, with 3D sound, laptop-like instrument panels and office and home functions.

News
24/05/2017

Krone joins Volvo in trial

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23/05/2017

Renault Trucks trio at TIP-ex

Renault Trucks will be exhibiting three vehicles from its construction ...
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19/05/2017

Dalton order premium MAN TGX

Family-owned haulier Dalton Transport & Storage is awaiting delivery of a ...
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17/05/2017

HGV sales 'steady' in Q1

The HGV market has recorded a steady first quarter for 2017, with 10,406 ...
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16/05/2017

Revis lightens up with FH

Haulage firm Revis of York has taken delivery of 25 Volvo FH 6x2 tractors ...
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Features
05/05/2017

Away-day double

With more than 170 trucks to see at MAN’s Trucknology Days event, a ...
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04/04/2017

Brighter sparks

Hybrids, range extenders and full-electric vehicles are getting a lot of ...
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04/04/2017

Best in show

From trucks and trailers to sensors, systems and services: the CV Show ...
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04/04/2017

Sum of the parts

A holistic approach to improving fuel efficiency suggests that adopting a ...
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04/04/2017

Prime mover

With huge pressures on margins, finance managers can be forgiven for going ...
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