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HDT Talks Trucking takes you behind the scenes with the industry’s most seasoned trucking reporters. Heavy Duty Trucking’s editorial team uses decades of experience to bring you expert insights and interview industry professionals to discuss the latest news, trends, and technology that will help you run your fleet more efficiently, safely, and profitably.

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HDT Talks Trucking takes you behind the scenes with the industry’s most seasoned trucking reporters. Heavy Duty Trucking’s editorial team uses decades of experience to bring you expert insights and interview industry professionals to discuss the latest news, trends, and technology that will help you run your fleet more efficiently, safely, and profitably.

    How to Build an Electric Medium-duty Fleet

    How to Build an Electric Medium-duty Fleet

    It has been said that as of today, more than 5 million trucks in North America could be converted from fossil-fuel power to electric. The sweeping simplicity of that statement, however, belies the complexity of actually making it happen. Jim Castalez, the chief technology officer and founder of Motive Power Systems has been electrifying Class 4-6 delivery vehicle fleets for 12 years now. With more than a million miles under his belt, he has a few insights on how fleets can successfully make the switch from ICE to electric.

    Motiv Power Systems

    NACFE Electric Trucks

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    • 35 min
    Is There a Better Way to Measure Fuel Economy?

    Is There a Better Way to Measure Fuel Economy?

    How can fleets make informed decisions when buying fuel saving devices and technologies if they are looking at unreliable data? How often do we hear fleets say they automatically reduce vendor’s fuel-saving estimates by half? Our guest says he has the answer to that problem. Daryl Bear is the lead engineer & chief operating officer of Mesilla Valley Transportation Solutions. He’s a mechanical engineer with 20 years’ experience in motorsports and automotive research and development. From his background in race-car engineering and testing comes a more efficient and accurate method of quantifying fuel savings for heavy trucks.

    Mesilla Valley Transportation Solutions

    Daryl Bear on LinkedIn

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    • 49 min
    Meet HDT's Managing Editor, Vesna Brajkovic

    Meet HDT's Managing Editor, Vesna Brajkovic

    Meet the newest member of HDT’s editorial team, managing editor, Vesna Brajkovic. Managing editors are to magazines what operations managers are to truck fleets. They tend to the day-to-day details of running a magazine and a website and are responsible for keeping everything on the rails. On this episode of HDT Talks Trucking, Vesna talks about what she has learned about trucking since she started here in February, and shares a little of her personal side, discussing her love for soccer, golf, aviation and helping young women get a solid start in life.

    • 21 min
    The Secret Life of Truckstops

    The Secret Life of Truckstops

    Truckstops and trucking are very much dependent on one another, yet the relationship isn’t always mutually beneficial. Whether it’s fuel prices, restaurant prices or the debate over paid parking, trucking and truckstops don’t always see eye to eye.

    In this episode of HDT Talks Trucking, truckstop business consultant, Don Baglien -- aka That Truckstop Guy -- pulls back the curtain and shares what it’s like on his side of the doors that never close. Don and host, Jim Park discuss the challenges of preparing fresh, healthy and reasonably priced menu options, the debate over commercializing rest areas, paid truckstop parking and marketing alternative fuels at commercial truckstops.

    Don Baglien on LinkedIn

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    • 52 min
    Electric Trucks Are Producing Some Interesting Partnerships

    Electric Trucks Are Producing Some Interesting Partnerships

    With medium- and heavy-duty truck electrification, we’re seeing a unique alignment of traditional truck manufacturers, tier-1 suppliers and start-up companies simultaneously competing and collaborating. We have companies that started building electric trucks in their garages now developing trucks for the parcel delivery market. We have two tier 1 suppliers going from axle, brake and driveline suppliers to providers of full electric powertrains. And we have major truck manufacturers working alongside silicon-valley start-ups. We asked Meritor's vice president for Global Business Development, T.J. Reed, if all these diverse interests play together in the same sandbox.

    Meritor Blue Horizon

    HDT: Meritor to Begin Commercial Electric Powertrain Production

    YouTube: Meritor Blue Horizon Manifesto

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    • 31 min
    Getting Back to the Basics on Electrical Maintenance

    Getting Back to the Basics on Electrical Maintenance

    While the basic principles of Ohm’s Law haven’t changed, the architecture of a truck’s electrical system certainly has. Are fleets doing enough to keep their technicians ahead of the rapidly steepening technology adoption curve? Our guest on this episode of HDT Talks Trucking is Larry Rambeaux, a sales application engineer at Purkeys Fleet Electric in Rogers, Arkansas. He worries truck fleets could face a skills deficit as truck electrical systems grow ever more complex. Larry discusses some of the weaknesses in basic electrical maintenance and provides a few tips to help fleets keep the lights on now and into the future.

    Multimeter Training at Purkeys’ Support & Training Resources

    HDT: What 24- or 48-Volt Electrical Systems Could Mean for Trucking

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    • 42 min

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