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2012 Bremach T. Rex – A Green Truck Gone Mad

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Ever since the late 50s, Bremach has been rolling out rugged work trucks and their latest project, the T. Rex, is not exception to this rule, but with a catch – it’s an EV!

Bremach T. Rex

A few years ago people were saying that a sports car cannot be battery-powered and Tesla Motors proved them wrong with the sexy Roadster model. On that note, this T. Rex goes to show that even for a massive vehicle like this one, the electric motor is suitable for just about any type of car/truck. In this particular case, the 100 kW of power is available instantly and the truck will do 150 miles before running out of juice, even under hard work conditions. Bremach is also offering a 30,000 miles / 3-year warranty.
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Canadian truckers are angry at a law which prevents smoking in truck cab


While I’m not a smoker, I know a lot of people which have this habit, which often cite the fact that it helps them unwind, especially while driving. But according to a law in the Canadian region of Ontario, you can’t smoke in enclosed or work spaces.

All fine and dandy, but it seems that the Police in the region are considering the truck cabins as work placed for their drivers and have begun giving out fines to those found smoking while driving. Starting with a trucker being fined with 305 Canadian dollars, it was a no-brainer that authorities would get all of the truckers in country angry.

“It’s just going too far,” said Larry Jespersen, a truck driver from Calgary. “I mean, where are they going to stop? It’s ridiculous. That’s his environment, that’s his home, he’s by himself. If he’s got a four-year-old kid in there, maybe. Maybe. I don’t smoke but other guys do. That’s their prerogative. But this has just crossed the line. There’s got to be limits.”

On the other side of the barricade, Neil MacKenzie, a program manager for a health unit’s tobacco free program revealed that such fines, given to truck or taxi drivers are justified and that they will get used to it in no time.

“If it’s a work vehicle, then they are required to have it smoke free,” said MacKenzie. “We enforce the legislation that’s provided to us. Our interpretation of that legislation isn’t quite so important as it is to make sure we have universally and fairly applied the legislation. Whether or not we think it’s fair is almost secondary. It’s the law that we’ve been charged with enforcing.”

What do you think? Are trucks or taxis the work place of these drivers? Even those privately owned? Should these people smoke if it helps them relax and be more careful on the road? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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US truckers say texting while driving is completely safe and necessary, mandate against banning them

Completely safe

That’s right, the title is correct, it seems that because studies show texting while driving is a whopping 23 times more likely to provoke an accident, the US government wants to ban it. But guess who started militating against this fact by saying that it is completely safe and necessary?

Nope, not the Twitter or Facebook junkies, but the US association of truckers, who these days rely on dash-planted computers and keyboards in their laps to plot out routes, get in touch with their headquarters and keep their customers up to date.

While I myself and plenty of people can realize that this new effort will impede their work, it’s nothing that a cell phone with a headset can’t fix. The truckers have revealed that if they were to pull over to send text messages or access the Internet, then every minute would cost the transport companies about $1.50, which would get pulled from the pay check of the driver.

A spokesman for the American Trucking Associations has even went so far as calling the new law bill “overkill” and that it will not improve anything. His statement just goes against common sense and the fact that trucks are now responsible for 12% of the deaths occurred on highways every year.

What do you think? Would the thought of having a huge truck, driven by a man who is texting, using the Internet and doing all sorts of other things, on the same road as your small car make you feel safe? Share your opinions by leaving a comment.

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Truck full of bees crashes in Turkey, all hell breaks loose

Car crashes are some of the worst things that can even happen to a person. But being involved in a car crash then being assaulted by a few hive-fulls of bees is certainly even worse. Just ask the survivors and rescue team which engaged in an accident yesterday in Turkey, when large van carrying multiple beehives crashed into a truck which was stationing on the side of the road.

Needless to say, the impact broke almost all of the hives and the angry bees started messing with almost anyone around, be them survivors or rescue teams. This forced authorities, to summon multiple beekeepers from the area to help them eliminate the bees. They, together with firemen and other rescuers used hoses, blankets and even rags to chase off the bees. It took them almost an hour to help all of the victims.

In total, about 20 people needed hospital care, with six of them being injured from the crash and the rest being workers who were attacked by the bees. One person involved in the accident has died, but it isn’t clear if the bees aggravated his situation. The same thing happened in 2006, when another truck carrying beehives crashed in Turkey.

Here is a video, of the rescue attempt from the crash site, showing just how hard the whole operation was.

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Dutch truck receives 45 speed camera tickets despite being parked


Ah yes, speeding cameras. Never has man cursed an invention of modern technology so much. Police people always say that they never lie, but perhaps they should pay attention to a recent story coming from the Netherlands, where a parked truck received over 45 tickets from automated speed cameras.

The owner of the truck, one Martin Robben, who is a lumber merchant, has received over 45 speed tickets on August 25, even though his lonely truck was parked on the side of the road that day in the village of Oldeberkoop.

“Sometimes there were only three seconds between the tickets,” Robben told a Dutch paper. “That’s impossible… Nobody can be flashed dozens of times in an afternoon.”

No pictures were sent in the mail, just the fines and warning that he should pay thousands of euros if he doesn’t want his license to be suspended. He has now contacted his lawyers and is bent on taking this case to the supreme court, so that justice can be made.

What’s important is that the cameras which fined him are made by local company Gatsometer, which provide the same models to a variety of countries worldwide, including the United States, United Kingdom, France and other territories.

Hopefully any of us won’t go through the same ordeal as the Dutch driver thanks to such speed cameras. Have any of you been the victim of such a device which didn’t work properly? Leave us a comment with your story.

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Toyota Premio smashed by truck in Russia

Pictured here we have a Russian KamAZ truck and a Toyota Premio (well…uhm…what once was a Toyota Premio. The crash took place in the Russian city Irkutsk and was caused by the truck driver running a red light. After the truck hit the Premio, it dragged it for about 30 meters (100 ft) until it hit a building. Though almost nothing’s left of the Toyota, the woman driving the car was really lucky and she amazingly survived. More photos after the jump. (more…)

Volkswagen Robust pickup rendering

As a part of Volkswagen’s plan to overcome Toyota sales by 2015, the new Robust pick-up (rendered here by Argentinian designer Jorge L. Fernandez) will be launched at the end of next year and marketed starting 2010. The model will have two traction versions: RWD and 4×4. The new model will be sold at the beginning in South America and Africa and if it will be a success in these continents, will also be sold on the European market. Everything may seem a little bit wrong because of the increase in fuel prices, because the demand for pick-ups with “huge” consume decreased, but the global trend will not surrender to these body cars, but more economic and compact models. So Volkswagen will start in compact pick-up segment, starting with equal opportunities.

The next Volkswagen model will be assembled in Germany and Argentina and it will come with two doors or four doors, while it’s expected that the diesel presence to give a strong competitive advantage, starting next year, when the model will be launched.

Trucker drivers protested against high fuel prices


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Independent US truckers tried to protest against the high fuel prices by pulling their rigs off the road or slowing down on major highways. They hoped that, this way, they’ll force president Bush to use the nation’s fuel reserve to lower the fuel prices. However, without the involvment of major trucking companies, the protests were not coordinated at all and useless. Not only this, but several trucker drivers also got tickets, for impeding traffic by driving at low speeds.

Besides the Bush appeal, the truckers also demanded that contractors pay them more to cover their fuel and other costs. For example, one trucke driver said that it costs him $1 a mile to drive one of the big rigs and the contractors are offering him as little as 87 cents a mile. Almost all trucker associations said they didn’t organize anything, being known that federal law prohibits the association from calling for a strike because it is a trade association.

In this time, in Washington, the top executives of the five biggest U.S. oil companies declared a $123 billion profit and, though they say they’re aware of the fact that high fuel prices are hurting consumers, they deflected any blame and said that their profits were in line with other industries.

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Highway closed after truck carrying 8 million bees overturns

An unusual accident happened yesterday in Sacramento, California. A truck carrying a few houndred beehives overturned and released about 8 million bees. The Inter City Inc. truck was heading to Washington after the bees were used in San Joaquin Valley to pollinate crops and flipped while entering the highway.

The bees stung about everyone who was involved, including drivers, firemen, policemen and other beekeepers called to the rescue and the handlers had to use smoke to calm the bees and get them loaded onto a new truck. The damage was also pretty important for the hives’ owner, as each hive is worth about $200.

You can see the video footage on the KCRA website.

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2009 Suzuki Equator pickup truck

At the Chicago Auto Show, American Suzuki Motor Corp. introduced the 2009 Suzuki Equator, which is a midsize pickup destined to complete Suzuki’s range of all-terrain vehicles, including motorbikes and ATVs. The Suzuki Equator was developed with Nissan North America (will also be produced at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennesse) and it’s based on the Nissan Frontier.

The engine offer includes a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine developing 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque or a 4.0-liter V6 DOHC engine producing 261 hp with 281 lb-ft of torque. Also, customers will have several transmission choices, including a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission (I4 and V6), five-speed manual transmission (I4) or six-speed manual transmission (V6).

The Suzuki Equator will be offered in two styles, Extended Cab and Crew Cab which offer a high-utility bed with spray-on bedliner and an extensive tie-down system with adjustable tracks. The truck also offers a wide range of attachment points for securing cargo (including motorcycles or ATVs) plus a full range of accessories including bed dividers, sliding cargo trays and modular storage units. Crew Cab models will offer an available roof rack.

Check out more photos of the 2009 Suzuki Equator after the jump and also read the full press release.

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2009 Hummer H3T Pickup photos break loose

Hummer H3T Pickup

Truck Trend broke the embargo date (February 1) and, in its latest issue, published the first photos of the Hummer H3T Pickup, which is scheduled to be presented at the Chicago Auto Show next week. Built on the Chevrolet Colorado/Hummer H3, the Hummer H3T is a five passengers pickup, offered with a range of engines from the 245 hp 3.7 lier Vortec engine (with dual overhead cams and variable valve timing and mated to a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic gearbox), to the Hummer H3 Alpha’s engine, a 304 hp 5.3 liter V8, mated to a four speed automatic transmission (towing capacity is 2,676 kg).

Besides the Z85 Heavy-Duty Handling and Trailering standard suspension package, customers will be able to choose the Off-Road Adventure suspension package (front and rear locking differentials, 33-inch tires, 4.03:1 low-range gearing in the transfer case and crawl ratios of 68.9 with the manual transmission or 56.2 with the automatic). The standard suspension package, the Z85 Heavy-Duty Handling and Trailering, uses 32-inch tires.

See more photos of the HUmmer H3T Pickup after the jump.

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Detroit Auto Show: 2009 Ford F-150

Besides the 2009 Dodge Ram, another American ‘giant’ was presented at the Detroit auto show, the 2009 Ford F-150. With over 33 million F Series trucks sold since 1943, the new F-150 was a big challenge for Ford, so more than 1,000 Ford engineers, designers, researchers and others worked together to develop the new 2009 Ford F-150.

“Before we started working on the new truck, we continued the conversation with people who use these trucks every day for work and play,” said Matt O’Leary, chief engineer of the 2009 F-150. “We went to their ranches, their job sites and their homes, making sure we crafted features that would improve their ownership experiences and, really, their lives”. And it seems they did that, because the new F-150 comes in 35 different configurations and customers will be able to choose from the no-fuss XL workhorse, to the sporty STX and off-road capable FX4, to the mid-range XLT. For those looking for tough luxury, Ford offers the high-end Lariat and King Ranch F-150 models.

Under the hood, the new F-150 will be offered with three V8 engine choices, mated to either a 4-speed or a new fuel-efficient 6-speed automatic transmission. The engines includea 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton V-8, capable of running on E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline), regular unleaded gasoline or any blend in between, a 4.6-liter, 3-valve V8, which is new for F-150 and a 4.6-liter, 2-valve V8. The first two engines will utilize Ford’s open valve injection system.

More photos and the full press release after the jump.
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