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For Pete's sake! In what it calls a daring test of strength, the Snap-on Tools Co. mounted this Peterbilt dump on six of its tool storage units. The Snap-on KRL extended-cab system rolling units were outfitted with steel plates and wheel chocks to stabilize the weight of the Pete, which was hoisted onto its heavy-duty perch with six mobile lifts. Snap-on proudly notes its KRL cabinets are built with

For Pete's sake!

In what it calls a daring test of strength, the Snap-on Tools Co. mounted this Peterbilt dump on six of its tool storage units. The Snap-on KRL extended-cab system rolling units were outfitted with steel plates and wheel chocks to stabilize the weight of the Pete, which was hoisted onto its heavy-duty perch with six mobile lifts. Snap-on proudly notes its KRL cabinets are built with double-wall construction, using two full-sized layers of high-quality steel to provide ultimate strength, durability and finish — although it did not mention any plans to become a truck pedestal supplier.

“Year after year, we strive to create a work experience that will help drivers thrive — both on the job and at home.”
— Rob Reich, vp-enterprise recruiting, Schneider National

On thick ice

Reading, PA-based Penske Truck Leasing is now sponsoring U.S. Olympic speed skater and Reading native Allison Baver. “We are very pleased to work with Allison as she continues her quest for Olympic gold and world championships,” says Jim Feenstra, senior vp-marketing for Penske, pictured here with Baver.

A member of the U.S. Short Track National Team, Baver competed in the Torino Olympic Games, finishing seventh in the Women's 500m and fourth in the 3000m relay competitions. “I thank the Penske organization for sponsoring me,” says Baver. “The support from sponsors like Penske and others helps athletes like myself get the training and resources we need to compete against the best in the world and represent the United States.”

No green eggs or ham

Meet I-SAM, a hybrid heavy-vehicle concept Sweden's Volvo Group has rolled out. It uses a combined starter motor, drive motor and alternator along with an electronic control unit that interacts with Volvo's I-Shift automatic gear-shifting system. Its batteries are recharged by the diesel engine whenever the brakes are applied.

The truck's electric motor delivers smooth performance at low speeds, supplementing the diesel engine's excellent performance as speed rises, said the OEM. I-SAM can accelerate under electric power alone, which Volvo Group says promotes lower fuel consumption, lower emissions and lower noise levels.

Volvo says I-SAM will undergo a wide range of tests and it predicts that hybrid trucks wearing the Volvo badge will be available on the market within a few years, although it did not reveal where.

Going mobile

Alternative fuel and hybrid-powered vehicles will compete for a million-dollar purse in an around-the-world rally race from New York City to Paris in 2008, according to organizer Rally Partners.

Billed as the Great Race 2008, the rally will start out in New York City on February 12, 2008 and run for 22,000 miles as it covers nearly the exact same route as the Greatest Auto Race of 1908, which was held to help demonstrate the commercial viability of automobiles.

Much like the Greatest Auto Race proved [automobile] engines to be a practical solution for motor travel, our Great Race 2008 is going to test and prove out alternative fuel and hybrid automotive propulsion, said Bill Ewing, CEO of Rally Partners.

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