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Herald Sun - Motoring - - WORKING WHEELS -

PAC­CAR Aus­tralia has do­nated a Ken­worth K200 cabover truck (pic­tured) to help im­prove the health of Aus­tralians liv­ing in re­mote ar­eas. The company, which builds Ken­worth trucks in Bayswa­ter, Vic, do­nated the prime-mover to the Heart of Aus­tralia project. It will be used to trans­port med­i­cal sup­plies to re­mote re­gions around Aus­tralia and has a 19-me­tre Varley Group trailer fit­ted out with ad­vanced med­i­cal equip­ment. In­tro­duc­ing green truck tech­nol­ogy is not al­ways a money-spin­ner. Just ask Boulder Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles, which has stopped pro­duc­ing its medium duty all-elec­tric trucks in Cal­i­for­nia and Colorado. The company says it will con­tinue to ser­vice all of its elec­tric trucks in ser­vice, and is not fil­ing for bank­ruptcy, but is not cur­rently plan­ning to re­sume pro­duc­tion given limited de­mand. The Boulder shut­down fol­lows Smith Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle’s decision to sus­pend pro­duc­tion ear­lier this year. Ben Thomas has been named the 2014 Sca­nia truck driver of the year hav­ing won the an­nual driver com­pe­ti­tion on the Gold Coast. The Mel­bourne-based driver, who pi­lots a tanker for Matthews Pe­tro­leum, took the hon­ours only two years after he made his de­but in the com­pe­ti­tion. Thomas won $10,000 worth of prizes. A new Hino dealer prin­ci­pal wants to have Aus­tralia’s most en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly truck deal­er­ship by 2015. Gee­long’s Richard Furnari, who also runs a Fuso deal­er­ship, is con­fi­dent his team can hit its green tar­get. “With our new Hino deal­er­ship we’ve gone down the path of en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity; we do over 100 things specif­i­cally de­signed to help with con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment of our per­for­mance in re­duc­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts,” Furnari says. “This in­cludes us­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly print­ing and pho­to­copy­ing equip­ment, us­ing so­lar power, driv­ing hy­brid sales cars, us­ing VOIP phones for less power drain, and myr­iad mea­sures you can read about on our en­vi­ron­ment web­site.” View www. green­er­to­mor­row.com.au Iveco has re­called dual con­trol Acco mod­els pro­duced be­tween Jan­uary 2009 and March 2014 be­cause, in ex­treme cir­cum­stances, steer­ing wheel move­ment could be in­hib­ited. Iveco says the prob­lem is caused by the degra­da­tion of steer­ing sys­tem bear­ings . It says the prob­lem could lead to noises com­ing from the steer­ing col­umn, the need for more steer­ing ef­fort from the driver as well as re­duced steer­ing wheel move­ment.

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