Cummins announced that its B4.5, B6.7, and L9 engine platforms are compatible with certain kinds of renewable diesel fuels.  Both on-highway and off-highway versions of these engines and all vintages are approved to use paraffinic renewable diesel fuels meeting the EN 15940 specification.  Compared to conventional diesel fuels, paraffinic diesel fuels can potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% to 90% over the total life of the vehicles, according to Cummins.  Cummins held an 18 month field test of its engines running 100% paraffinic diesel fuels in order to study the effects of the fuel on engine performance, after-treatment, and fuel system durability.  Engine performance remained stable and consistent while using the paraffinic fuel. Cummins found.  Depending on the application and engine duty cycle, fuel economy could take a hit of up to 6%, mostly due to the lower density of the paraffinic fuels compared to regular diesel.  Paraffinic fuels include hydrotreated vegetable oil, gas-to-liquids, and bio-mass-to-liquids.

A new downsped overdrive transmission is being added to the Eaton and Cummins SmartAdvantage powertrains, with a 1,550/1,850 lb-ft torque rating compatible with rear axle ratings down to 2.47:1.  The taller ratio enables engine cruise speeds as low as 1,075 RPMs-lower than some direct drive transmissions.  Alex Stuckey, product strategy manager, Heavy-Duty Linehaul Transmissions, Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies, says the SmartAdvantage model is capable of the lowest cruise RPMs in the trucking industry for best in class downspeeding.  “It’s our most downsped SmartAdvantage powertrain,” he says, adding it has been validated in field tests across a wide range of duty cycles.  “When paired with the 1850 rating, fleets can maximize fuel economy without sacrificing performance.”  Eaton says fleets running 2010 model year trucks can expect to see 20 percent better fuel economy with the current X15 SmartAdvantage powertrain versus the 2010 ISX 15 powertrain.  Available through North American OEMs in October, the new unit combines Cummins X15 engine and Fuller Advantage Series automated 10-speed transmissions with a choice of small-step overdrive or direct-drive gearing.







Cummins has launched a new fleet software company called Zed Connect and announced its first product, Zed ELD- a smartphone based electronic logging solution.  Zed ELD is designed to be a simple and low-cost electronic logging device solution aimed at small and mid-sized fleets looking to meet the upcoming ELD mandate.  The plug-and-play solution includes such features as  ELD, visual inspection reporting, and commercial routing.  The Zed ELD was designed with input from drivers, fleet managers and owners, according to Cummins, and includes a one-time fee for Bluetooth-enabled hardware connecting to the vehicle.  “Zed Connect is developing products and services that will provide outstanding benefits for companies across the industry,” said Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO of Cummins.  “Their first product offering, Zed ELD, is an intuitive smartphone-based ELD solution that fills the void for fleets that need a way to easily and inexpensively log hours electronically.”  Zed Connect’s leadership team is led by president and CEO Skip Kinford.  Kinford has gained experience in technology solutions, business development, and global sales while serving in leadership roles with MiX Telematics, inthInc Technology Solutions, and Mobileye.






Kenworth has announced the availability of a factory installed 18-20K front drive axle on the T370.  This configuration accommodates specialty markets and intended services that include heavy utility services, construction, municipalities, and fire and rescue.  Kenworth has designed front drive axle configurations with the lowest possible cab and frame heights.  This will allow for easier access and permit body builder boom installations to remain under most height requirements,  Front drive axles are available in 4×4 and 6×6 configurations with axle ratings of 10K, 12K, 13K, 14K, and 16K.  The addition of heavier 18K and 20K ratings will expand on the T370s already excellent reputation for being a vocational workhorse.  The T370 will utilize Fabco FSD-18a AND FSD-20A front drive axles with an all new Fabco TC-548 transfer case.

Kenworth’s T680 on-highway flagship and T880 and T880S vocational trucks are now available for order with the Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx emissions natural-gas engine.  The 8.9 liter Cummins Westport is rated at 320 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque.  Emissions of the ISL G are 90% lower than the current Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board NOx limit of 0.2 g/bhp-hr and also meet the 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emissions requirements, according to Cummins Westport.  The engine makes use of advanced engine calibration, a three-way catalyst aftertreatment system, and a closed crankcase ventilation system to help achieve lower emissions.  The ISL G can operate on either compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas and is also compatible with renewable natural gas.  “The Kenworth T680 and T880 specified with the ISL G Near Zero emissions engine are ideal for regional haul, vocational, and refuse fleets focused on decreasing their environmental impact and reducing costs,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director.

TOMTOM Telematic’s Webfleet ELD Manager is an electronic logging solution designed to help fleets meet the FMCSA ELD mandate on hours of service.  Webfleet ELD Manager incorporates hardware and software components to help fleets comply with the FMCSA mandate.  Key components include the TOMTOM Pro 8275M/8275M Truck, TOMTOM Link 530, and a dedicated application for HOS and drive vehicle inspection reports recording, powered by eFleetSuite from ISE.  The eFleet solution captures all required information from the driver’s log and automatically calculates a driver’s time remaining based on daily and weekly limits.  Back-office reporting allows fleet personnel to make proactive decisions to avoid HOS violations and streamline resources.  The TOMTOM 8275M is a connected open platform driver terminal with readymade apps already available in the TOMTOM Telematics app center.  It combines navigation and fleet technology in a 7-inch touchscreen device with lifetime maps and lifetime TOMTOM Traffic, truck-specific routing, rear camera support, and near field communications.  Through TOMTOM Link 530, the TOMTOM Pro 8275M also connects to Webfleet for online fleet management.  Webfleet ELD Manager will be available in the summer of 2017.  Existing TOMTOM Telematics customers will be able to purchase the service for $15.00 per vehicle per month.  A subscription to TOMTOM Webfleet is required.

Fourkites, a multimodal supply chain visibility provider for Fortune 500 companies, launched a real-time temperature and location tracking application for shippers to monitor temperatures to ensure compliance across their supply chains.  Fourkites says its real-time temperature tracking helps shippers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act to ensure that temperature-sensitive foods remain within specified safe temperature ranges during transit.  Using Fourkites, shippers can reduce spoilage, operational costs, and one-time spot buys.  They can also increase customer satisfaction by identifying potentially non-compliant loads earlier in the shipping process, before those loads make it all the way to their destinations or have to be diverted to quality centers.  “As a partner to the largest food and beverage companies in the U. S., helping our customers achieve FSMA compliance is a natural evolution of our product,” said Mathew Elenjickal, founder and CEO of Fourkites.  “Our real-time temperature tracking solution will enable customers across a wide range of industries to ensure the safety and freshness of their products.”  A customer using Fourkites temperature tracking is Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest producer of pork products.  Transporting temperature-sensitive goods like produce and pharmaceuticals cross-country has historically created challenges, even for vehicles equipped with the latest refrigeration and telematics systems, because of the lack of real-time connectivity between carriers and shippers.  The Fourkites application relays load temperatures and location data every 15 minutes from telematics and trailer temperature tracking manufactures,  Customizable notifications alert users as soon as temperatures fall outside a specified range.