Major Truck Tire Blowout on the Local News! – Kansas City Trailer Repair – By USTrailer.com

Major Truck Tire Blowout on the Local News!

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Tyler King of T & T Mobile Repair was interviewed by CBS 5 in Michigan about the impact of the hot weather on semi truck tires. Excessively hot weather causes more blown tires which are littering highways around the country. Tyler King gives advice to both semi truck drivers and the general public about tire safety during the hotter months. Visit for more!

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Goodyear to Start Testing Self-Inflating Tires – Kansas City Trailer Repair – By USTrailer.com

Goodyear to Start Testing Self-Inflating Tires

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Goodyear to Start Testing Self-Inflating Tires – as part of the news series by GeoBeats.

Goodyear has developed technology for self inflating truck tires based on their previous ideas for passenger vehicles.

Commercial trucks will reportedly be the first to test the new technology in trials beginning in 2013. Goodyear claims that the majority of drivers check the pressure of their tires only once a year, so their new self inflating tires will benefit those drivers who don’t even realize their tires are low on air. The new system has a sensor that can tell when air pressure is low. When that happens, a built in valve in the tire opens. Using the weight of the car, a tube in the valve gets compressed, allowing air in.

The system is called Air Maintenance Technology, or AMT. Overdrive Magazine reports that “a grant from the Luxembourg government for research and development will continue to help fund Goodyear’s efforts in researching and developing the AMT system for consumer tires.”

Vehicles with low tire air pressure use more gas, and the tires wear out much faster posing a risk for blow out when the tire heats up from added friction.

What do you think about self-inflating tires?

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ITC rules Chinese bus and truck tires not damaging US industry – Kansas City Trailer Repair – By USTrailer.com

ITC rules Chinese bus and truck tires not damaging US industry

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The US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled on Wednesday that subsidized bus and truck tires imported from China have caused no damage to American industries. Therefore, the US will not issue anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on these Chinese products. The ITC voted three-to-two, with one abstention, to reject an investigation brought forward by the United Steelworkers union.

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What is the TRUE COST of a Tesla Semi? – Kansas City Trailer Repair – By USTrailer.com

What is the TRUE COST of a Tesla Semi?

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Tesla recently unveiled their Semi-Truck in LA, which was slightly overshadowed by the unveiling of the roadster at the same time. However, the Semi has potential to be a billion-dollar product line for them going into the future.

The Tesla Semi is a heavy duty tractor hauler aimed at disrupting the shipping industry. The specs on the Tesla Semi are ridiculous:

– It goes 0-60 in 20sec with an 80k lb load (3628kg)

– On the top end, it goes up to 500 miles on a charge (804km)

– It can go up a 5% grade at a constant 65mph (104kph)

The Tesla Semi has four independent motors controlling the powertrain which can be improved over time by software updates, giving it potential for over their updates that improve range and efficiency

The reported energy consumption is under 2kWh per mile, which if you multiply by the 500 miles of distance, give you an estimated battery pack of 1,000 kWh or 1MWh

Tesla reports a fuel savings of $200K and a year payback period, meaning, you’ll earn back the extra upfront cost in just two years time.”

The Tesla Semi is a Class 8 Truck aimed at tackling long haul routes. While the range is only 500 miles per charge, after 8 hours of driving, the drivers are required to take a 30min break, and coincidentally that’s the exact time it will take to recharge the truck with up to 400 miles of range at a newly announced MegaCharger. Yep, MEGACHARGER!

In the US trucks move around 70% of the countries freight and bring in over $700B in revenues. That’s a massive market. In comparison the cell phone market each year is under 80B. So almost a full order of magnitude smaller. This is due in large part to the rise in online shopping sites that promote couch-based consumerism. We’re all buying more stuff every day, and it has to get to us somehow.

Walmart recently reported they’ve ordered 15 of these new Semi’s, and at the event, there were many more partners in an exclusive VIP area that reportedly have also placed orders.

It’s unlikely we’ll know exactly how many until a future earnings call, but I’d say it’s safe to assume they have a couple of hundred orders already. Enough to fund the operation and manufacturing needed to produce them.

Tesla just recently unveiled the “expected price” of the trucks to be 150K for the 300mi version and 180K for the 500-mile version. Considering this likely has a 1MWh battery, this hints at a significant breakthrough in battery technology if they can sell them this cheap.

Previously statements from Tesla and others in the industry indicated that the price per kWh for a battery was around $145. So if you have a 1,000 kWh pack at $145 per kWh you’d be upwards of 145K before spending a dime on the cab itself. Not to mention the margin you need to cover the costs of producing the truck.

This leads me to believe there are a couple of possible explanations here:

1 – Tesla made a breakthrough in battery tech that allows them to either manufacture batteries for a dramatically reduced cost

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2 – Tesla is selling these trucks at a loss

I’m inclined to go with #1 since Tesla is operating on a dangerously high cash burn ratio. So for the price of the truck alone, we’ll put this at 180K for our estimate.

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Pedestrian Struck by Tire – Kansas City Trailer Repair – By USTrailer.com

Pedestrian Struck by Tire

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Occurred: February 17, 2017 / Ipatinga, Minas Gerais, Brasil

Info from Licensor: “A pickup truck was pulling a two-axle trailer on the road when a trailer wheel fell off and hit a pedestrian on the sidewalk. When rescue team arrived, he had a lesion in the skull but left unconscious. He is in the hospital and expected to survive.”

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