Friday, May 31, 2024

SCS On The Road - Peterbilt 389 & 589 Walk-Around

We've returned to the USA for our newest SCS On The Road Episode, which has just been released! Recently during our visit to the States, we were invited by Peterbilt to check out their Production Plant in Denton, Texas. 

During our visit, Mark, our Community Manager & Consultant met up with Jacob White, Director of Product Marketing for Peterbilt, who took Mark on a detailed walk-around of both the legendary Peterbilt 389 and Peterbilt 589. Combining cutting-edge innovation with a timeless and iconic design, the Peterbilt 389 & 589 both deliver performance and durability for the modern trucker. 

We'd like to thank our friends over at Peterbilt for inviting us and allow us to film and share this walk-around for our community to enjoy. We hope you've enjoyed watching our latest SCS On The Road episode! Let us know which part you enjoyed the most in the comments below and stay tuned for the next one. Until then, make sure to follow us on X/Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Renault Trucks E-Tech T Release

Exciting news! We're happy to reveal that the Renault Trucks E-Tech T is the first electric vehicle to join Euro Truck Simulator 2 and is now available to drive through the Quick Jobs section in the game! Our continued partnership with Renault Trucks allows us to bring this cutting-edge, fully electric truck to our incredible community.

Back in April, we announced that the E-Tech T would be the first EV in Euro Truck Simulator in this blog. This announcement was followed by Renault Trucks' gracious invitation for us to attend the grand reveal event of the Renault Trucks E-Tech T, fondly dubbed the Good Truck, featuring the innovative LumiLor paint job, at their headquarters in Lyon. Following the reveal, Renault Trucks is currently taking this truck on a roadshow around Europe. It was a great pleasure to share this event with our #BestCommunityEver through a live stream directly from the venue. In that live stream, we also showcased the Renault Trucks E-Tech T in Euro Truck Simulator 2 for the first time ever, and you can watch the recording below!

Now let's take a closer look at this electric marvel! The Renault Trucks E-Tech T features a regular Renault T cabin with a completely new interior and a 4x2 chassis. The drivetrain features three electric motors mounted alongside the gearbox in the middle of the chassis, collectively providing 490 kW of power. 

The vehicle is equipped with a new fully digital dashboard computer that includes two screens. Additionally, a blind spot detector is integrated into the A-pillars. For the right-hand drive option, there is also a different interior layout. The E-Tech T also uses regenerative braking, which allows it to partially recharge using the engine brake or the service brake as much as 80 % of the energy invested in acceleration. 

As we previously said, just like in the real world, transitioning to electric vehicles poses unique challenges in our virtual realm. While our team has worked tirelessly to bring the E-Tech T to ETS2, our in-game infrastructure isn't fully ready to support electric vehicles. Gas stations, initially designed for traditional fuel vehicles, can't easily become electric charging stations without major modifications.

Currently, we're embarking on an experimental phase, our initial steps toward in-game electrification. That is why the E-Tech T, along with a few other electric trucks planned for the future, will be introduced in a special mode and will be accessible only through the Quick Jobs section with the delivery length for the E-Tech T limited to 300 km. In case you run out of power while on the road, we have implemented an emergency recharging service that can help you out for a fee. Our cautious approach ensures a smooth experience as we gradually integrate electric vehicles into our virtual world.

This update will not reset the in-game economy, so it may take some time for a quick job with the new E-Tech T to appear in your game. Please be patient and allow some in-game time to pass if you don't see a quick job with this new truck right away.

The introduction of the E-Tech T is a big milestone that marks the beginning of our journey toward in-game electrification - a historic moment for our community. We are more than proud that Renault Trucks has given us their trust to bring the beautiful and technologically advanced E-Tech T as the very first EV to our game. We eagerly await our community's feedback on its quietness, acceleration, behaviour, and smoothness and hope you will have fun driving it in Euro Truck Simulator 2.

Don't forget that we've partnered with Renault Trucks for another community design, which you can still apply for! In this new contest, our community is invited to assist the Renault Trucks team in designing a second paint job for the E-Tech T truck. This design will later be recreated on another fully electric and real E-Tech T vehicle, and also in Euro Truck Simulator 2. All finalists of this design contest will receive an exclusive package of Renault Trucks and SCS Software merchandise, along with exciting gifts from another esteemed partner, Thrustmaster!

We hope you are as excited as we are to try out this very first electric truck in Euro Truck Simulator 2! When you do, make sure to share your experience with us on our X/TwitterInstagramFacebook, YouTube, and TikTok.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Missouri - Truck Stops

Prepare yourself for a journey through Missouri's diverse landscape with this blog focused on the state's finest truck stops! As you traverse the "Show-Me State", you'll find a network of rest areas and refueling points strategically placed to cater to the needs of truckers driving through this central American crossroads. Let’s delve into what makes Missouri’s roadside hubs unique!

Missouri’s truck stops are steeped in a rich history, much like the state itself. They have evolved alongside the trucking industry, providing essential services and modern conveniences. Whether you're looking for a quick refuel, comprehensive vehicle maintenance, or a well-earned rest, these stops are equipped to meet your needs.

Missouri will feature around thirty meticulously designed truck stops, each adding to the state’s distinctive atmosphere. These stops are more than mere rest areas - they are integral parts of Missouri’s roadways, offering insights into the state’s character and hospitality.

With major highways like I-70, I-44, and I-55 crisscrossing Missouri, it serves as a vital hub for truckers. Whether you're navigating the bustling I-70 corridor from St. Louis to Kansas City or rolling through the scenic Ozarks, Missouri's rest areas provide essential respite and resources. They not only offer practical services but also serve as key points of rest on long hauls, ensuring drivers stay safe and refreshed.

We hope that you enjoyed this preview of what is to come in this upcoming map expansion. Looking forward to the release of the Missouri DLC for American Truck Simulator? Be sure to add it to your Steam WishlistRemember to follow us on our social media (X/TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok) so you won't miss out on any news! Until then, keep on truckin'.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Arkansas - Scenic Towns

Journey through the heart of the Natural State with the upcoming Arkansas DLC, where every bend in the road unveils a new story waiting to be discovered. From rolling Ozark hills to the mighty Mississippi River, this DLC promises a virtual road trip brimming with adventure and charm. Here's a sneak peek at some of the towns you'll encounter along your scenic drive!

Nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Hardy is renowned for its downtown area filled with historic buildings dating back to the late 19th century. Truckers can explore this town while travelling on U.S. Route 63, which is the main highway running through Hardy.

DeQueen is the county seat of Sevier County in Arkansas with a population of just over six thousand people. It is an important intersection of multiple routes and the U.S. Route 71. The town is home to the DeQueen Lake and the Sevier County Museum.

Magnolia was founded back in 1853 near the southwest border of the state. Its roots lie in agriculture, but after the discovery of oil near the city in 1938, it became the largest-producing oil field in the USA during the Second World War.

Siloam Springs is located in the north-west of Arkansas where the southern plains meet the Ozark Mountains. Founded in the late 19th century, the city was known for the alleged healing powers of its spring water-feeding Sager Creek, which flows through its downtown.

Conway is the county seat of Faulkner County, situated in the state's most populous area, Central Arkansas. Conway was originally founded in 1872 as a railroad town, and is now home to three institutions of higher learning, including the University of Central Arkansas, earning it the nickname City of Colleges.

Russellville is the county seat and largest city in Pope County with an estimated population of almost thirty thousand citizens. It is located on the southern edge of the Ozark Mountains and north of the Arkansas River. In the 1970s, Arkansas' only nuclear power plant was built just outside the city, on the beautiful Lake Dardanelle.

Nestled in the southeast of the state near the Arkansas Delta, Lake Village is named for its location on Lake Chicot, an oxbow lake formed by the Mississippi River. The town has a rich heritage with nine properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Truckers can find Hamburg not too far away from Lake Village, in the southern part of Arkansas. Surrounded by fields and forests, it is a popular destination for travelers seeking a taste of rural Arkansas life. The town also hosts the popular Armadillo Festival every year since 1970.

We hope you are excited to explore all those beautiful scenic towns while keeping in mind that this DLC is still a work in progress. If you are excited about the Arkansas DLC, make sure to add it to your Steam Wishlist! Stay tuned for more updates by following us on our TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

ATS & ETS2: JCB Equipment Pack Release

JCB is one of the world's top manufacturers of construction equipment, recognised globally by their signature yellow colour. Established in 1945, JCB's product line encompasses a wide range of machinery, including excavators, loaders, compactors, telehandlers, tractors and more. Renowned for their innovation and reliability, JCB machines are widely used in construction projects, agriculture, infrastructure development, and various industrial applications worldwide.

Today we are excited to announce the arrival of this premium brand in Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator which is now available on Steam! The JCB Equipment Pack includes 10 different branded construction machinery from JCB's machinery line-up for drivers to haul and deliver across the virtual roads of Europe and America. This DLC pack will include:

4CX Sitemaster Backhoe Loader

Combining the functionality of a loader and an excavator, the 4CX is a master of all trades on the job site. Its robust design, coupled with advanced technology, ensures optimal performance even in the most demanding environments. From large-scale construction projects to intricate groundwork, the JCB 4CX Sitemaster sets the bar high as the world's best selling Backhoe Loader.

245XR Tracked Excavator

Whether it's excavation for construction projects, digging trenches, or handling heavy materials, the JCB 245XR is ready to take on the job. Powered by a high-performance engine, this machine boasts impressive digging capabilities, allowing it to tackle large-scale projects with ease; along with its durable tracks providing stability and traction to navigate challenging terrains.

457S AGRI Wheel Loader

The JCB 457S Wheel Loader is a robust and versatile machine designed for handling heavy-duty materials. Powered by a high-performance engine, it delivers impressive acceleration and efficiency, while advanced technologies like load-sensing hydraulics ensure optimal performance. With its durable build and innovative features, the 457S Wheel Loader is an essential tool for any construction or industrial operation.

540-180 Telescopic Handler

The 540-180 Telescopic Handler is a versatile and powerful machine designed for a range of lifting and loading applications. With its impressive reach and lifting capacity, it excels in handling materials in construction, agriculture, and industrial settings. Equipped with advanced hydraulics and sturdy construction, it ensures reliable performance and efficiency on the job site.

6T-2 Site Dumper

With a sturdy chassis and robust construction, the 6T-2 Site Dumper offers excellent stability and durability, even in demanding environments. Its high payload capacity and efficient transmission makes it ideal for construction, mining, and landscaping projects, enhancing productivity and efficiency on the worksite.

4220 Fastrac iCON Tractor

Renowned for its high-performance capabilities, this agricultural workhorse is equipped with a powerful engine and advanced transmission, delivering remarkable speed and torque tailored to a variety of farming applications. Crowned Sustainable Tractor of the Year 2023, the 4220 Fastrac iCON Tractor features all-wheel suspension and four-wheel steering.

G100RS Compact Generator

The G100RS is a robust and dependable power generator engineered to meet the diverse needs of industrial applications. With its powerful engine and efficient design, the G100RS delivers reliable electricity supply for a wide range of industries, including construction, manufacturing, events, and emergency backup power.

Electric Vehicles: HTD-5E Dumpster, 19C-E Mini Excavator, 1.25QE Powerpack 

The JCB HTD-5E Dumpster is a compact yet powerful tool for waste handling and material transport on worksites, offering efficient manoeuvrability and a robust build. The 19C-E Mini Excavator provides versatility and precision in digging, trenching, and site preparation tasks, making it essential for construction projects, especially in areas of limited space. The JCB 1.25QE Powerpack offers a sustainable and eco-friendly power solution for smaller equipment and tools. Together, these JCB machines streamline operations and enhance productivity on worksites. 

We are proud to be able to bring you one of the most known and trusted brands in construction to ETS2 and ATS and we'd like to express our gratitude to Sam Johnson from JCB for working closely with us to make this DLC a reality!

We are also happy to share the JCB Equipment Pack will feature a selection of accessories for your cabin too, including a Plush Excavator, a JCB Mug, a JCB Thermos, a JCB bag and more. We hope you decorating your cab with these themed accessories.

Drivers looking to haul JCB Equipment Pack in both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator should not miss out on our special bundle, which offers both DLC's at a discounted price! Click here for the dedicated bundle Steam Store page.

We look forward to seeing your screenshots and videos of you hauling JCB Equipment Pack with your rigs! Be sure to share them with us on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter/X, Instagram, TikTok). Happy Hauling!