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Truckers, will this catch on?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Marcus Unrealious, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Marcus Unrealious

    Marcus Unrealious Great Sage

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    The future of trucking? Gas turbine, super aero, center line drive.

    But will drivers accept it? Certainly someone like wall-mart could force the issue with the savings it could attain. But will they?

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  2. *ASH*

    *ASH* FURBANITE

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    i think anyone will accept anything that improves on old designs and makes getting more money faster at a cheaper go round .
     

  3. Johnny Ringo

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    Who knows? But they'll be available at Wal Mart in the early Summer.
     
  4. PBCounty

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    Still a place to bang prostitutes...don't see an issue.
     
  5. Eric

    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Silver Member

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    Remember the late eighties' TV, The Highwayman?

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  7. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    The future of trucking is rail. HH
     
  8. r3dot

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    Man, I want one just to be in the cool cockpit. However, that much carbon fiber is incredibly expensive.
     
  9. Ferdinandd

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    The future of trucking is rail, to the extent that class I's have any interest and the shortlines and II's and III's can provide equipment and manpower. Pretty big limitations on converting truck volume to rail these days.
     
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    itisbruno Devious Member CLM

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    Yea!!! Way expensive.
     
  11. DukeNukem

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    I still wonder how you deal with heavy haul flatbed and oversize loads that need high torque low speed operation. And that's a culture that only accepts KW and Autocar. Autocar is already at least 20 years out of production and still on the road. This likely makes it look good to be a diesel mechanic. Gas turbines are not fuel efficient.
     
  12. F14Scott

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    It's not propelled by the turbine; it is a series electric vehicle. The turbine drives a generator to charge the batteries and/or power the drive motor. In this capacity, operating at a single speed tuned to the generator, a turbine would be ideal.

    Also, electric drive motors are great at launching heavy loads off the line. That's why locomotives are diesel-electric; it's much better to have an electric motor pulling you from a standstill than it is to try to clutch a train.
     
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    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Silver Member

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    And electric traction motors are ideal for producing copious amounts of torque.
     
  14. Batesmotel

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    It would suck for a tandem driving team.
     
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    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Silver Member

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    Why? They could actually sit in tandem.:supergrin:
     
  16. DukeNukem

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    Well I guess it remains to be seen. As a former gear jammer, nothing beats a high horsepower Cat under the hood of a longnose Kenworth.
     
  17. Batesmotel

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    I guess they don't "need" to have two seats. :whistling:
     
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    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Silver Member

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    One can hang out in the sleeper while the other one drives.
     
  19. OldSchool64

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    That truck's gotta have some awesome batteries.

    I'll take half the battery and wind powered turbine/generator to power my house.

    :cool:
     
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    I wonder how loud that turbine is, because I don't think I have ever heard a quiet one.