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S.15 Specialty Trucks Study Group Information Report 2006-2: Hybrid Work Trucks: Preparing for Market Introduction

One of the most promising new technologies emerging to meet fuel efficiency and environmental challenges for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles is the hybrid drive system. Hybrid drive systems offer the potential both to increase vehicle fuel efficiency and at the same time to reduce actual vehicle emissions below the level of the engine certification.

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2005-1: Recommendations for Corrosion Abatement

Commercial vehicle users should not need to replace a component over the vehicle’s useful life, or the useful life of that component, due to corrosion. (This includes surface corrosion.) Additionally, commercial vehicle users should not need to perform any maintenance (other than normal, periodic washing) to prevent corrosion. This position paper defines commercial vehicle users’ expected level of corrosion protection by vehicle type.

Issued: May 2005

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2004-5: Future Tire Retreads and Repairs

This TMC Future Truck Position Paper defines future performance requirements of retreaded tires and tire repairs according to fleet and end user descriptions of their needs and concerns. This will include all aspects of retread tires, tire repairs, and associated maintenance issues.

Issued: March 2005

Position Paper

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2004-1: Future Systems for Protection of Electronics Subsystems Against Lightning Effects

Future truck electrical/electronic systems will encompass batteries, electronics and communication systems. Today, many electronic controllers used with components such as engines, antilock brakes, transmissions, dash instrumentation and fleet-added components (such as satellite transceivers, computers, fax and printers) are permanently damaged by effects of close and direct lightning strikes.

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2004-4: Expectations for Future Tires

This TMC Future Truck Position Paper defines the future performance requirements of tires based on fleet/equipment user descriptions of their needs and concerns. This paper covers all aspects of new tires, retreaded tires, tire repairs, and all associated maintenance issues.

Issued: March 2005

Position Paper

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2004-2: Future Electrical Systems for Protection of Electronics Subsystems Against Momentary Low/No System Voltage

Today’s commercial vehicles feature many ancillary electronic devices, such as recorders, computers, satellite systems, fax machines, printers, etc. In some cases, memory loss and erratic operation of electronic sub-systems has occurred due to momentary low or no voltage levels. The trucking industry has expressed the need for further enhancements to eliminate the effects of low or no voltage. Any improvements made should not adversely affect, and must be compatible with other vehicle systems.

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2004-3: Future Driver Vision Equipment User Expectations for Vision When Driving Heavy Trucks

Many accidents and near misses are blamed on “driver error” when in reality the root cause often is a lack of adequate vision. This TMC Future Truck Position Paper defines the vision needs of drivers and encourages the commercial vehicle industry to develop standards that will ensure consistent, reliable, and functional solutions to the vision problems experienced with current trucks (even new models).

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2004-6: Future Battery Systems

Future electrical systems encompass batteries, electronics and communication systems. Today’s battery system is a cost-effective solution. However, the trucking industry has expressed the need for further enhancements resulting in improved product performance, maintenance and safety, while meeting the increased demand for electrical energy in the parked and driving operational modes. Any improvements made should not adversely affect, and be compatible with, other systems.

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2004-5: Future Tire Retreads and Repairs

This TMC Future Truck Position Paper defines future performance requirements of retreaded tires and tire repairs according to fleet and end user descriptions of their needs and concerns. This will include all aspects of retread tires, tire repairs, and associated maintenance issues.

Issued: March 2005

Position Paper

Future Truck Committee Information Report 2003-1: Exploring Future Van Trailers An Exploration of What’s to Come for Trailers

Various combinations of technology developments are possible for future trailers. These possibilities may come about as future market forces evolve and bring about increased productivity at lower cost. Electric power, whether from batteries, and/or solar panels will likely displace gasoline or diesel-fueled refrigeration units. (This also may be true of auxiliary power units (APUs) for tractors). The overall potential is for lighter, quieter, more reliable and productive trailers contributing to reduced fuel burn by tractor-trailer combinations.

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