• New 2018 Mack Truck is Coming: Semi Truck Resurgence Across All Manufacturers!

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    The month of September is looking to be very important for the semi truck industry. Big Rigs are a critical part and the backbone of the American economy, and several manufacturers (established and emerging) are bringing the latest trucks to keep or gain market share.

    Mack Trucks has announced an unveiling of a new highway truck on September 13, 2017. They call it the “New Mack”.

    Cummins recently unveiled the AEOS electric short-range “day cab” truck concept capable of 100-300 miles of range.

    Tesla Motors is expected to unveil an electric semi truck with rumored range between 200 and 300 miles.

    Nikola Motor Company has already shown a long-range and day cab versions of their hydrogen fuel-cell electric semi trucks.

    Toyota “Project Portal” fuel-cell electric semi truck

    Toyota has also shown a hydrogen fuel-cell electric truck.

    2018 Freightliner Cascadia

    Freightliner has the new 2018 Cascadia lineup of trucks. The on-highway long-haul trucks are great examples of the new sleeper cabin design and configuration that offers one bed, dinette, and bunk bed options.

    While many of these new semi trucks are still in concept form and under development, established big rig companies such as Mack, Volvo, and Cummins are not standing still. Volvo recently unveiled a new line of VNL semi trucks, ranging from short-range day cabs to the biggest long-range sleeper cabs.

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    Volvo SuperTruck concept

    The name of the game are fuel efficiency, cost of ownership, cost of operation, and safety. Manufacturers are still finding ways to improve the big turbo-diesel engine efficiency and the truck’s aerodynamics. Will most semi trucks be electrically driven soon? The wind is blowing that way, but the shift to electric propulsion will not happen overnight.

    In the meantime, have fun with this 2,400 horsepower turbo-diesel International racing truck.

    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    67 thoughts on “New 2018 Mack Truck is Coming: Semi Truck Resurgence Across All Manufacturers!

    1. Remember, Cummins also announced a 800 mile range version hybrid with a range extending diesel as well. And that one is probably doing to be the most popular.
      Only a matter of time until our HD pickups are like those hybrids with range extending diesels and electric propulsion.

    2. Come on, these will never happen, they are just “”concept vehicles”

      Oh, you say all the manufacturers are saying they are coming.

      Well, then, I stand corrected.

    3. All these big rig manufacturers have had these electric and hybrid models in their back room for many, many years. They are just waiting for independent competition to force their hand, like Tesla. Just goes to show you how many industries act like monopolies, and milk the unsuspecting public. That is why we need to defund all the bloated government agencies and put a good strong agency that fights monopolistic behavior. Never truer words were spoken, people.

        1. When you cut out 90 percent of the fat in government, you will have plenty to break up monopolistic behavior, which was supposed to be the main role of government, along with military, police, and court system. Maybe a little infrastructure.

      1. Why would they spend millions to develop the technology and then sit on it? Isn’t it more realistic that they waited until market trends forced them to develop the technology and they are just now releasing them because they are just now developing them?

    4. Is it going to be possible? Sure. Will any trucking company bean counters go for it? No. Unless they are government funded or politically motivated, no responsible business manager would choose the significant extra expense of one of these. The biggest deal killer is depreciation

      1. The only thing that depreciates the most is an expensive transmission and a combustion engine that gets jerked around by a mechanical driveline puling a heavy load. Depreciation also occurs when you are spending at least 20 percent to 50 percent more on fuel with they way we are doing it now. Electric motors and generators are far simpler and cheaper to maintain and purchase over the ling run. And they don’t require big expensive batteries as PROVEN by many industrial applications like trains etc.

        Man, I admire the anti Washington people here, but you guys are really dumb in the area of engineering.

        Look, electric propulsion is much better than connecting the combustion engine directly to the wheels. Especially when pulling very heavy loads. That’s a fact! But battery technology is not good enough yet.

        So, that is why range extender generator engines are completely doable now and have been for a long time now. You know, a combustion engine connected to a generator that supplies the electricity to the electric propulsion motors. And you can ditch most of the gearing (contrary to another comment, it is waaaaaay cheaper to build gears for electric propelled vehicles than a whole transmission).

        So why do we not have them? Because , like you all, people are dumb and don’t demand them. Also, companies don’t want to spend to change their product. They know they can milk a dumb population. Also, people like you are so dumb, you don’t send politicians to D.C. to break up this monopolistic behavior. You send them to D.C. to raid the treasury (which has been gone for a long time, by the way).

        Sure, Washington Post people are dumb, but so are you guys in your own engineering way.

        1. Oh, go check out the washington post article on electric trucks put out recently if you haven’t seen it already. They are humorously dumb, but some interesting notes in there.

          1. The Mack Truck video put out talks mostly about it “looking” lie a Mack Truck, so you can recognize it as a Mack. And they don’t talk about it being advanced at all. Smells like a marketing ploy and facelift to me. No real extra value and advancement. And they know it. Guess we’ll fin out in a few days.

        2. “Electric motors and generators are far simpler and cheaper to maintain and purchase over the ling run.”

          “but you guys are really dumb in the area of engineering.”


          Please do explain how the diesel engine maintenance is different depending on the attachment hooked to the crankshaft…

          I’ll make it easier for you, go to your local hardware store, ask to read the operators manual on a 20 hp generator and a 20 hp lawn mower / chipper / log splitter / pick your tool… “What? The maintenance schedule is THE SAME???”

          ” And they don’t require big expensive batteries as PROVEN by many industrial applications like trains etc.”

          Please do a little research as to WHY locomotives are diesel/electric. Then you are welcome to update your post with factual information.

            1. Yes, really. Why do you think I said I already explained it? So, what kind of drugs have/are you done/doing? Because that is the only reason you could have missed it, without getting into your childhood issues that I would rather not have to go into.

            2. What did you explain? You made an assertion that an engine could be less maintenance than an identical engine without any supporting information…

              You made an assertion that locomotive technology would be applicable to a road going vehicle, again, without any supporting information…

              You made the assumption that metal gears have different torque capabilities and cost of production based on the fuel powering the motor that’s driving them…

              You claim that the market as a whole is dumb by not choosing to purchase vehicles whose only selling point is fuel economy…

              And I’m the one doing drugs?

            3. Sounds like you don’t have an answer to me. The insults really add to ones understanding though. Good job. Improves your credibility as well.

        3. Are you an engineer? Do you really understand how these electric trucks work and how the cost compares to current technology?
          Companies like Cummins have likely had this technology well researched for some time but has held off on it because no one wants to pay for it. It costs more than current technology. While it does have some advantages over conventional propulsion it has its share of drawbacks as well.
          Companies will not be buying these unless they are forced to-such as those currently using Cummins-Westport engines. No one does that unless they are forced to, are getting subsidized or are running a PR campaign. It will be the same for these electric trucks.
          Anyone who claims that electric vehicles are less expensive and simpler; I challenge you to find one example of this in the light transportation realm.
          Perhaps gearing in an electric propulsion system is simpler and less expensive than a transmission, but how does that cost compare when you add the generator, controller and electric motor to the mix (the components that actually replace the transmission)? Is that still less expensive than a traditional transmission?
          There are those who cite extreme load vehicles such as trains and very large dump trucks using electric propulsion without batteries-you are comparing apples to oranges. Electric propulsion is not used in these applications for its superior fuel efficiency. Mechanical transmissions are more efficient than electric drive trains where a mechanical transmission can be used-such as in a pickup.
          It has nothing to do with a monopoly. All of these companies have competition. If one of them thought they could break through with an electric vehicle they would have done it. If Cummins could really produce an electric truck that is simpler, costs less and is more reliable don’t you think they would have done it and made a bundle?
          Many truck companies pay Cummins a lot of money to provide engines. Why wouldn’t one of these companies produce their own “superior” electric drive train if it is as simple and cost effective as you state it is? This would provide a major financial advantage to a truck company to be able to eliminate a supplier and provide a superior product-if it were true.
          Apparently Nikola and Tesla think they can-that is yet to be seen (they don’t yet actually produce any of these vehicles). So far Nikola is hiding the true cost behind a lease only policy and Tesla hasn’t offered a price yet. Tesla has been successful because they sell to a niche market willing to pay high prices for a rather unique vehicle. Their semi-truck will be no different.
          It’s never really been a question as whether an electric pickup truck can be built but rather than if it should be.
          As to a diesel electric drive train, sans batteries-can you give even one example of even a prototype system used in something like a pickup truck? Could it be that those who develop these things, those who truly understand them, know something that you don’t?

        4. Troy – – –

          Seriously, the probability for that a general-purpose semi-truck will be electric is near zero, for 20 years or more. Why?

          1) The market place ultimately determines vehicle-purchase preferences (gee, there’s a shocker!), NOT Big Daddy government, at least not in America. That means if an EV is best for X uses, some truck makers may buy it; if a HYBRID is best for Y uses, some others may buy that; and if an ICE is best for Z purposes, still others may buy that. No rocket science there. Just the equilibrium of market forces. And right now, into the foreseeable future (10-20 years out), that equilibrium will still favor ICEs at about an 80% take rate, because of engine advances:

          2) America is no longer dependent on “foreign oil”. We are weaned off foreign oil, and have in fact become a net exporter of oil! My, how different from 1974!

          3) The prices of oil, diesel, gasoline and CNG are now, and will continues to be, dirt cheap for at least 10 years, because of new oil discoveries; new lands opened for oil extraction; new high-speed automated refinement technologies; the shale oil fields; and new off-shore drilling permits. In fact, it costs me more to buy a gallon of top-quality mountain spring water than it does to buy a gallon of regular gasoline. Diesel here cost $2.54 /gallon.

          4) “Big Oil” blocking technology in this era is a myth. Large oil companies, like BP, Exxon-Mobil, and Shell are branching out to other energy sources and methods, and are pouring funding into energy research, — like wind, solar, H2 Fuel cell, Audi E-gas process, etc. Think about it: do you believe that Big Oil would allow itself (and its stockholders) to be blind-sided by new energy technologies without OWNING them first? (^_^).

          5) EV’s will be neither practical nor accepted for general-use pickup trucks in America for the foreseeable future, because of these factors:
          a) They would need a range of greater than 500 miles while hauling and/or towing.
          b) They must charge fully in 10 minutes or less.
          c) They must cost LESS than a comparable ICE truck.
          d) They must be supported by charging stations all over the country (America).
          e) They must have a supporting electric grid capable of powering more than 25% of all customers who would drive all EV’s (which does not yet exist).
          f) They must not depend on exotic metals like indium and cobalt, which are rare and rapidly depleting.
          g) They must have adequate VERY cold-temperature performance (which they do not now).
          h) They must have a hauling and towing capacity comparable to ICE trucks of the same size and class, AND must haul/tow at that max for at least the same time duration as an ICE truck.

          6) Surprise! All vehicles have some form of gear reduction to get high engine/motor RPM’s down to road speeds. It doesn’t matter if its called a “transmission” that is in one location; or a reducer assembly joining electric motors in multiple locations. There will always be gears; the question is whether more than 1 or 2 selections of gearing is provided; or say, 10 of them, as in the new Ford/Chevy 10 speed automatic transmission. In order for any truck to match a variety of OR, hauling, towing, crawling, and traction (e.g., slippery) conditions, a choice of applied torque and wheel speeds are needed. One size will not fit all.

          I suspect that an EV-semi may be usable for local-haul, day-cab operations; and that over-the-road transport may be the domain of advanced diesel or CNG in the future.

          (Maybe when Elon Musk perfects his nationwide magnetic-loop system, we could eventually shoot our goods from coast to coast in an hour, but we won’t “be there” for 50 years or so. (^_^))


            1. But he IS talking about an battery powered semi truck. You are not the only one carrying the conversation. A non-battery equipped electrically propelled semi truck does not exist-not even in concept!

            2. Um, what ARE you reading? Please list a production vehicle that matches your description. Don’t tell others to “google it”… Just post a link to a manufacturer currently selling such a hybrid truck

    5. Big Rigs are being pumped out across the Globe. Volvo who owns MACK, Scania and MAN, Mercedes( who own a raft of brands Globally, including Freightliner and Western Star), Renault Trucks,owned by Volvo.and the Japanese Mitsubishi, Isuzu and Hino are or in the process of producing new Semi’s

      1. You don’t think Mercedes has a hand in D.C.? Well. And diffuse markets does not mean competitive markets. There is safety for a company that has geographical advantage. They don’t have to advance their products if they have a competitive advantage through location.

    6. The downfall of electric trucks is range, and ability to supply a heated and / or cooled cabin for long periods of time. Short-range trucks could function on electric, but a long-haul trucker is surely not going to be willing to waste time recharging every 2-300 miles. Additionally, countless long-haul truckers leave their engines idling for hours on end – sometimes 24 hours or more like in the Arctic – to supply heat or A/C. An electric cannot do that. Sure, it can supply hot or cold, but not for long duration.

      Personally, I like big diesel semi trucks…the kings of the road. I like the roar of the engine and the skill it takes to move through the gears. I’m all for ways to try and make them more efficient…but electric is so boring.

      1. Anti idling laws are ending that practice most places (exception being extreme cold scenarios). If an EV is parked, its plugged in. If its plugged in, you can use shore power to heat and cool your heart out.

      2. Agree with it all-however, EV’s still produce waste heat. Electric motors and batteries are not completely efficient so they still give off a great deal of heat -more than sufficient to heat the cab. A/C will definitely decrease range however.

        1. Sparky21 – – –

          S: “EV’s still produce waste heat.”

          Yeah. Did you ever notice how HOT the base of an LED lightbulb gets? You know, the ones that allegedly consume 15 watts of energy to produce 100 watts of light output?
          Like Andy Rooney, I ofter wondered if they measured that 15 watts just inside the LED chip, or if they included the energy used for the transformer and electronics in the base as well? (^_^)

          I wonder how much more energy we could get out of an LED lightbulb of all that wasted heat in the base were converted to light?

          But I have an alternative idea: instead or running electricity through a silicon matrix spiked with photo-luminescent salts, why not just run it through a wire until it glows, so that the base stays cool and no heat is wasted? Oh, wait….(^_^)…


          1. LED’S are a perfect example of technology that doesn’t scale well. A .25w led will last forever with virtually no heat or current draw. Try to crank it up to 5w and you have serious heat and some significant current draw. You can get some light output but it doesn’t travel far and it’s hard to design efficient reflectors to direct the light. Best scenario would be pointing the led chip into a reflector dish, but the heat sink requirements destroy that plan.

      3. Troverman – – –

        Fully agree. But the downfall of electric trucks may be more than just those two.
        More comprehensively (as listed to “Troy” in “September 5, 2017 at 10:17 am” above):

        “EV’s will be neither practical nor accepted for general-use pickup trucks in America for the foreseeable future, because of these factors:
        a) They would need a range of greater than 500 miles while hauling and/or towing.
        b) They must charge fully in 10 minutes or less.
        c) They must cost LESS than a comparable ICE truck.
        d) They must be supported by charging stations all over the country (America).
        e) They must have a supporting electric grid capable of powering more than 25% of all customers who would drive all EV’s (which does not yet exist).
        f) They must not depend on exotic metals like indium and cobalt, which are rare and rapidly depleting.
        g) They must have adequate VERY cold-temperature performance (which they do not now).
        h) They must have a hauling and towing capacity comparable to ICE trucks of the same size and class, AND must haul/tow at that max for at least the same time duration as an ICE truck.”


      4. Hey, is that true regarding electric semi’s and their inability to heat/cool the cabins for long periods? I know you posted this a while ago, but I’m working on a comparative piece right now and this bit of info is something I did not realize.

    7. But, you can’t put dual exhaust on an electric vehicle. What fun is that? It doesn’t sound the same as proven fuel burning engines. I will drive the most inefficient gas or diesel powered unit before getting into an electric powered piece that will please the governmental minds of those who want to take my freedom and my gas guzzling truck!

      1. The Great V8 – – –

        I like gas guzzlers. Burning gas is good: the more the merrier. It helps keep the CO2 level up higher, to support photosynthesis in trees and sea plants. It helps to absorb otherwise lost, hard-earned radiation to keep the Earth nice and cozy. It helps to restore our climate to its original cloud-covered dinosaur state, which is needed to generate more fossil fuels for future generations of ICE users. And breathing more CO2 can help people sleep better at night, after a slight headache (^_^)…
        And just think, If more CO2 helped to grow more trees, there would be more trees to hug, and the tree-huggers would be happy!


      2. Finally!!!, someone who thinks the same way I do. After reading many of these posts on different TFL articles, I thought I might be the only one. Long Live the gas guzzling internal combustion engine!!!

        1. A taxi company has Teslas, and one of them has already gone 3000,000 miles.

          So they can perfectly project the savings of using this car, and drum roll please…

          $144,000. over THE lifetime of the vehicle!

          Mic drop, POW.

          You can’t argue with that, no matter how stupid you are. It is a real world use.

          Look it up in M.T.

          1. +1 Troy,

            And Ariel has also revealed more on their range extender hybrid hyper car. It was not well reported earlier.

            Now we know that it will have the ability to drive all day long at furious speeds on the road without refueling or recharging, not 15 minutes like mis-reported earlier.

            Which makes sense, since is a range extender electric.

            The turbine engine charges the power for the electric motors. It has 1200 HP. Thats 300 HP for each electric motor in each wheel (can you imagine the ability to pull itself around a turn using torque vectoring). No, you can’t.

            And all of this in a lightweight super car that gets the mileage of a Toyota hybrid econobox.

            Like we have been telling you fuddy duddies, electric drive is waaaaaaaaaaay better.

            And you don’t have to pug it into the wall. It runs off of any fuel.

            1. I already said how much fuel it takes to support the 1200 hp, but you obviously don’t pay attention.

            2. From what I have read, the turbine engine is rated at 35 kW-or about 46 HP. Not very peppy once the batteries run out. They said it could run full out for 15 minutes before the batteries would be dead. No mention of fuel economy. Looks like a fun (expensive) car.

            3. Sparky21,

              Once again, you can’t read. The 4 wheel drive version goes 15 minutes going 200 mph on a race track. The 2 wheel drive goes 40 minutes at 200 mph on a race track.

              And on the road, it will out run practically any road car all day long with no need to stop. The turbine is far more efficient than any regular internal combustion engine.

              Again, stop spreading falsities.

            4. @Rambors bro – if you would stop changing your posting name to post as alternate identities, you wouldn’t misspel it so often…

              And the only way you can get 1200 hp and the mileage of an econobox is if you plan to power it with unicorn farts…

            5. Rambro, nothing I said was inaccurate-even as stated by you. Pretty sure they listed the top speed as something like 160 MPH. Micro Turbines aren’t actually more efficient than ICE engines, but 35 kW is 35 kW and has nothing to do with efficiency. From Wikipedia; (I know, sticky facts) “reciprocating engine generators are quicker to respond to changes in output power requirement and are usually slightly more efficient [than micro turbines]”.
              All the articles I read said they are talking about building a 2 wheel drive unit but have not actually done so. The car going 200 MPH is going to use the same amount of power, whether doing so with 2 motors or 4, it is basic physics.
              Also, they haven’t even built a prototype-this is all computer simulations.

          2. Yeah, I saw that. There are a few holes in their story though. Impressive non-the-less. Beat they weren’t pulling any trailers with the Tesla however.
            Interesting, using phrases like “no matter how stupid you are”. Reminds me of grade school kids arguing.

          3. A taxi with a limited range, and extended periods of not moving is a perfect application for an electric vehicle. Trying to extrapolate that performance to an over-the-road hauler is silly.
            And, 3 MILLION miles? I dont think so…

            1. Daniel, you really haven’t taken your meds today.

              The Tesla went 300,000 miles. It was not standing still when it went those 300,000 miles.


    8. Hope their conputer controls work better than the ones they have now. And just how long does it take the recharge the batteries on a tractor that can go 300 miles at 80,000 pounds?

    9. Since I drive tractor trailers. I do have something’s that isn’t being mentioned. 1 how much space is it to require to run electric truck ? Somebody has to drive it and sleep in it. 2 everybody knows that batteries are heavy , but this takes weight away from the load and also range. 3 how is government going to get there highway money from a electric vehicle. 4 charge time is going to be incredible.
      Now I red that say why don’t they use a dsl engine to charge the truck. But that just adds complexity to it and you are still using ice which nobody likes.

      I don’t see mass produced electric trucks any time soon until clear some of these big hurridles.

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