Mercedes-Benz’s new Actros has been elected International Truck of the Year 2020 by a jury of 24 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing 24 major trucking magazines from throughout Europe.
Hyundai has won the second-ever International Truck of the Year (IToY) Truck Innovation Award for its Hydrogen Mobility Project, based on its H2 XCient fuel-cell all-electric heavy-duty truck which promotes the introduction of a ‘green’ hydrogen-fuel road transport ecosystem in Switzerland, and other European countries in the future.
Nikola Corporation has announced details of its new battery that has a record energy density of 1100 watt-hours per kg on the material level and 500 watt-hours per kg on the production cell level. The Nikola prototype cell is the first battery that removes binder material and current collectors, enabling more energy storage within the cell. It is also expected to pass nail penetration standards, thus reducing potential vehicle fires.
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I have been asked by a reader to discuss the relationship between the chain of responsibility provisions in the Land Transport Act 1998 and the obligations on employers in the Heath and Safety at Work Act 2015.
Not that long ago, little thought was given to designing a truck seat. These were often put together to suit the stature of drivers in the truck’s country of origin. If you were lucky the seat may have come with a basic slide arrangement to move the entire seat back and forth – otherwise, one size had to fit all.
The whole debate around the New Zealand fuel market gets even more complicated if you take a step back and consider what the government’s overall strategy is.