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Get a deeper knowledge about developments in the transport industry. Here our experts share their knowledge in areas such as electromobility, renewable fuels, safety and innovation.

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  • While charging stations for passenger cars are an increasingly common sight, the same public infrastructure for trucks is virtually non-existent. However, recent developments suggest that this is about to change.

  • Electric trucks open new opportunities for low noise and zero exhaust emissions. Good planning when it comes to routes, driving times and charging opportunities keep productivity high.

  • How far you can drive in an electric truck? Find out the answer to this question and others about batteries, range and driver impact here.

  • Electric trucks have become reality and a necessity for many transport assignments. Are you operating in urban areas and need some guidance in your next step into electrified transport solutions? Here are some questions to consider.

  • The whole transport industry is facing tough demands to improve its climate impact. To speed up the transition towards more sustainable transports, Volvo Trucks’ objective is for its entire product range to be fossil-free by 2040. Electric trucks will play a key role to achieve this. It may sound as an unrealistic target, but in fact, the switch to electric vehicles is set to go much faster than most have anticipated. Here are some reasons why.

  • The thought of hitting the open road and never having to refuel your truck is certainly a nice one. And this is exactly what electric roads claim to be able to do. By charging vehicles as they cruise down the highway, proponents of electric highways say the technology can make charging faster and travel longer. But are electric roads really all that they are cracked up to be? Or just a niche solution for confined areas?

  • There is a lot of buzz around hydrogen and whether it might replace diesel in the future. But how does the technology work? What are the pros and cons of hydrogen? How does it stack up against electric trucks? Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about hydrogen fuel cells.

  • The transport industry is slowly waking up to the potential of Bio-LNG as a promising alternative to diesel. And rightfully so. Here are some of the reasons why Bio-LNG (liquefied natural gas) might be the fuel for future long-haul transport.

  • Whether it is to promote your haulage business, improve customer relations or attract new drivers, there are many reasons to incorporate social media into your business. But without proper planning and commitment your social media efforts could easily backfire and do more damage than good. As a Global Social Media Manager I have been running Volvo Trucks’ social media channels for more than 10 years. Here is a look at some of the things you should consider before getting your business started on social media.

  • Machine Learning is a term that often get thrown around a lot, particularly in an exaggerated and unrealistic futuristic context. The truth though is that the technology is very much part of our lives already today and benefiting many industries including trucking. Here is a look at what Machine Learning is enabling for logistics and trucking today and what opportunities it could present in the future.

  • By enabling communication between vehicles, infrastructure and other road users, Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) can greatly improve safety and efficiency in road transport. Here is a look at some of the most recent developments in C-ITS and how quickly the technology could change the way we drive and interact with each other in traffic.

  • 3D printing has the potential to change the trucking industry in many different ways. But what will it mean for you as a truck owner and operator? Here are five major ways it could benefit you.

  • Specifying the right engine when buying a new truck is key to getting the most out of your investment. Here is a look at some of the most important concepts.

  • Are you thinking of adding an alternative driveline to your fleet? Changes in regulation, developments in new technology and rising diesel costs are prompting haulage operators to seriously consider non-diesel alternatives. A number of factors mean that LNG (liquefied natural gas) is increasingly proving to be a good and viable option not just in terms of lowering environmental impact but also improving performance and cutting costs. Here are a few reasons why you should consider investing in LNG technology today. Transport companies are waking up to the potential of LNG. In Europe alone, the number of LNG trucks climbed to around 6,000 in 2019 – up from only 170 two years ago. That’s a pretty promising start. And there’s a lot of potential for natural gas to keep growing. Here are a few factors behind that quick growth that could also make LNG a good match for your operation:

  • Axle decisions can seem daunting. So, here’s a quick overview to help you better understand the technology and the options you have when choosing axle configuration specs.

  • A lack of skilled truck drivers is already hindering economic growth, and if it is not dealt with it could become a much bigger social problem. To solve the crisis, we need to understand why fewer people are joining the profession.

  • If it seems as though fewer and fewer people are talking about biodiesel you are not wrong. There are clear political and technological trends that suggest that biodiesel’s potential as a major alternative to diesel might be limited. Here are a few of the reasons why biodiesel’s fortunes are fading and what might take its’ place.

  • Many truck owners are trying to survive in highly competitive markets with tight margins, so it’s not surprising that some are tempted to use non-genuine parts in their vehicles. But the short-term savings can easily end up costing you more.

  • Great truck drivers are the core of all profitable truck companies. Developing your drivers with training is essential to increasing productivity, lowering costs and increasing your profits. In this article, I look at how you can make the most of mandatory code 95 training to help your truck drivers become better drivers. I also give an example from one of my training sessions in Holland to show how much money it is possible to save each year thanks to a training course in fuel-efficient driving.

  • With so much talk around the rise of electric vehicles, for a while hydrogen and its potential in the transport industry seemed to be losing ground in the debate around cleaner transport. But is this really the case? Let’s take a look at hydrogen fuel cell technology and its potential as an alternative fuel.

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