Terminal Tractors: They’re Anything But “Terminal”

on 22 June, 2012

If you google the word “terminal”, most probably, you’ll receive tons of results including  Computer terminal, Airport terminal, or even the movie, “The Terminal” directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It could also associates to heart attacks, brain hemorrhages, or cancer- none of which sound even the slightest bit appealing. The word “terminal” can be connected to danger, or even death. But what if something “terminal” could keep people out of danger, save money, or could enhance business efficiency? You’ll probably be wondering what word this could be.  You must have heard about this word, and perhaps already encountered with it. A Terminal Tractor is a specialty truck intended for speedy, secure, safe, and effective movement of cargo containers or semi-trailers. They are often collegially referred as “yard trucks”. If your business has anything to do with shipping or receiving large amounts of materials, you are aware that the transportation of trailers and cargo containers can be very dangerous while operating traditional means, wherein the…

The hybrid Kalmar tractor uses two, parallel power sources.

on 22 June, 2012

As the Kalmar Truck introduced the Ottawa 4×2 off-highway terminal tractor, big changes came to their line. As a result, it was a hydraulic hybrid with more fuel efficiency and cleaner operation. It’s really worth keeping an eye on. Since emission standards are strictly implemented, and considering the rise in the cost of diesel fuel, engineers moved forward to develop the hybrid powerful motor-driven vehicle. The parallel power system is unlike an electric hybrid: the hybrid machine transfers the energy twice vs. four times with an electric hybrid. The new hybrid design brings a new standard in operational efficiencies in the following areas: IMPROVED COST-EFFECTIVENESS, NO DOWNTIME DUE TO RECHARGING, EASE OF MAINTENANCE, and other benefits.     Efficiency begins in the yard where drivers operate their rigs in tight turns and a lot of stop-and-go in port facilities or distribution yards. At the core of the vehicle’s fuel economy is the HY-POWER hydraulic, hybrid drive that allows zero emissions and fuel savings when the engine isn’t running when…

Gasoline-Powered Ottawa Truck Meets Strict Emissions Standards

on 24 May, 2012

When you reduce the emissions of your heavy equipment, this means you are concern of the environment. It becomes even more critical if you live in an area with strict emission standards. According to Wikipedia, Emission standards are requirements that set specific limits to the amount of pollutants that can be released into the environment. Many emissions standards focus on regulating pollutants released by automobiles (motor cars) and other powered vehicles but they can also regulate emissions from industry, power plants, small equipment such as lawn mowers and diesel generators.             According to this article from Fleet Equipment, Cargotec has added a gasoline-powered model to its Ottawa Truck trailer spotter line. This new heavy equipment meets the 2012 EPA emissions and California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards for on-road vehicle emissions.   Emissions are extremely low because it utilizes standard unleaded 87 octane fuel and has an automotive type catalytic converter exhaust systems. The industry emphasizes this importance of this in places like California and in other urban areas…

Terminal Tractors like the new Xspotter can use CNG fuel alternative

on 11 May, 2012

If you work in construction or work or live on a farm, a yard truck is the only practical vehicle you’ll consider buying. But what happens if you need a yard truck and still want to be considerate of the environment? Awareness of the rise in the cost of diesel fuel, Autocar industry developed new and improved eco-friendly terminal trucks, the XSpotter Series. They are used in much heavy duty truck applications, and are available with a factory- built natural gas power called Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). CNG is fossil fuel substitute for gasoline, diesel fuel, and LPG. It is widely considered a more environmentally “clean” alternative to conventional fuels. It is also much safer than other choices in the event of a spill: it will quickly disperse when released because natural gas is lighter than air. Aside from the eco-friendly fuel, XSpotter series also have a Cummins diesel power option. The Cummins provides a 200 HP power source @ 2600 RMP, and registers 520 ft-lb of torque.  …

Ottawa Truck dealers order more than 250 terminal tractors at AGM

on 4 May, 2012

Ottawa terminal tractor dealers assembled in Las Vegas for the Ottawa Truck division’s annual meeting in late March, and placed orders for over 250 terminal tractors equipped with Cummins Tier 4i (Interim) diesel engines that meet new US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards. Ottawa Truck (O.T.) is the first manufacturer to sell powerful motor-driven vehicle powered by the Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4i engine, the company said. The engine uses cooled exhaust gas recirculation, a common rail fuel system, and a catalytic converter for exhaust after-treatment technology to reduce emissions to new national standards governing off-road engines in the 75-173 hp range.    “As the terminal tractor industry leader, we are proud to add another ‘first’ to our long list of product developments,” says David Wood, director of Terminal Tractors North America, for Cargotec USA, the O.T. parent company. “We will begin installing the new Tier 4i Cummins engines in off-road tractors in June, providing our customers with a product that will reduce particulate matter and nitrous oxide emissions…

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