Thanks to mis-steps on the part of Henrik Fisker, Elon Musk’s Tesla was the first major modern electric-car maker — but were they the most important? It seems unlikely.
Fisker was close to making electric cars before Tesla, but ran out of cash; Tesla has yet to turn an annual profit but has strong credit lines.… Read the rest
I was leaving Colorado with a load of pipe heading for Midland, Texas, and running down US 287 between Springfield and Campo, Colorado when I noticed the truck was sounding a bit different.… Read the rest
The Peterbilt’s odometer showed 100,000 miles, and time for the fourth oil change. I was near a shop that allowed me to use a bay, so I did this one myself — both to save the money normally spent on shop labor, but also to really inspect the equipment on a level one is normally not capable of in a parking lot.… Read the rest
When the odometer on my Peterbilt 387 showed 108,000 miles, I had to replace the steer tires. That’s a little sooner than I normally have to replace steer tires, but the truck came with Bridgestone R287 tires on the steer axle and they did the exact same thing as every other set of Bridgestone steer tires I’ve ever had.… Read the rest
The last few new class 8 trucks I have driven have had a bevy of new safety features that are the cutting edge of “looks good on paper.” I know some of you aren’t worried about what is mandated on a big rig, but what starts here will trickle down to become the next pain in your rear.… Read the rest
My new Cummins truck isn’t a Dodge Ram. My new Cummins is the Ram’s daddy, a Cummins ISX 445, displacing 15 liters, with dual overhead cams and a variable geometry turbo.… Read the rest