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March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Reach Step Van Gets Diesel-Hybrid Powertrain Option

Photo of Isuzu Reach courtesy of Isuzu.

XL Hybrids is now offering its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for the diesel-powered Reach commercial van from Isuzu and Utilimaster, the alternative-fuel conversion company announced.

Tags: Vans, Isuzu, Work Truck Show, Utilimaster, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Increases Again Since Hitting 5-Year Low

Diesel prices continue rebounding since hitting their lowest level in five years last month gaining 3.6 cents this week to reach a national average of $2.93 per gallon.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Clean Energy Fuels Sales Jump

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Despite lower diesel prices potentially making natural gas less attractive as a fuel, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. sold more of its alternative to trucking’s main fuel last year while reporting mixed financial numbers.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Earnings, CNG Fueling Stations, Equity Markets

March 2, 2015 - Product News

Mack Offers Natural Gas Pinnacle with UltraShift Plus and Collision Tech

Mack Trucks now offers its Mack Pinnacle with the Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission and Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation technology. Photo courtesy of Mack

Mack Trucks is offering natural gas versions of its Pinnacle model with the Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission and Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation technology.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, UltraShift Plus

March 2, 2015 - Product News

Transflo Mobile+ 1.3 Allows Migration from Legacy App

Transflo Mobile+ app for iPhone.

Pegasus TransTech has updated the Transflo Mobile+ app with version 1.3 which includes load reconciliation and in-app migration from the legacy app, Transflo Mobile.

Tags: Transflo, Pegasus TransTech, Document Management, Mobile Apps, Information Technology

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Would Provide Non-CSA Hiring Standard for Carriers

Legislation has been reintroduced in the House by Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) that would create a “national hiring standard” for motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, BASIC, CSA, Legislation, TIA, Brokers

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Growth Continues, Construction Spending Slows

Growth continued in the U.S. manufacturing sector during February, according to two separate reports released Monday, but they showed different trends.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

March 2, 2015 - Global News

Ryder System Awards Recognize Mexican Trucking Companies

Ryder System presented its Service Excellence Awards to top-performing carriers at the company's fifth annual Mexican Carrier Celebration and Recognition Event in Mexico City.

Tags: Fleet Management, Mexico, Ryder System, Supply Chain Solution

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Falls Slightly, GDP Revised Downward

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. consumer spending fell slightly in January as gasoline prices remained low, according to new Commerce Department report released Monday.

Tags: GDP, Consumer Spending, Consumer Sentiment, Economy

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Truck Sales Fall 12% in January

Used Class 8 truck sales fell to 2,239 units in January - a 12% decline from December and a 3% decline year-over-year, according to a report from ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Awards $20 Million Contract For Emissions Research

Southwest Research Institute will conduct analytical services in emissions and fuel consumption on light- and heavy-duty vehicles and components under a five-year, $20.1 million contract from the EPA. Photo via Soutwest Research Institute

The Southwest Research Institute was awarded a five-year $20.16 million contract by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide testing and analytical services related to emissions and fuel consumption.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Fuel Efficiency, EPA

February 27, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Offers Rebate to OOIDA Members on Sleepers

Kenworth - W900L Studio Sleeper. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth is offering a $1,000 rebate on qualifying purchases of new Kenworth sleeper trucks to members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association during 2015.

Tags: Kenworth, Rebate, Vehicle Purchasing, Sleepers

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Deadline for Student Art Contest

Art by Annie Yu from Edison, New Jersey, the grand prize winner of the Kindergarten through second grade age group for the 2014 "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest."

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the submission deadline for the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest until March 16, 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Seat Belts, Contest, Child Safety

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

Transpo Leaders Urged to Pressure Congress On Highway Bill

Lobbying by officials of State transportation departments can help get a long-term highway bill passed this year, say key U.S. Representatives and Senators at an annual Washington briefing presented by AASHTO.

Tags: Congress, Washington D.C., AASHTO, Highway Bill

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

California Approves DME for Use as Vehicle Fuel

Graphic via Oberon

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has approved the dimethyl ether for legal use as a vehicle fuel.

Tags: CARB, California, EPA, Department of Agriculture, DME

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

Rep. Ryan Favors Allowing States to Implement Tolls

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. Official Photo

Rep. Paul Ryan has stated that he favors changing federal law to afford state governments the “freedom to choose” to implement tolled highways.

Tags: Congress, Tolls, Government, Bridges

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

Texas NGV Grants Produce Economic Benefits

A trio of Texas grant programs that funded the construction of natural gas fueling stations and the adoption of natural gas vehicles produced major economic benefits for the state, according to a new study.

Tags: Texas, Natural Gas Vehicles, State Grants

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Public CNG Station Opens in Northeast Florida

Jacksonville’s First Public Access CNG Station Photo: Ken McCray Photography

The first public-access compressed natural gas refueling station in Jacksonville, Fla., was opened recently by amp Trillium and beverage distributor Champion Brands Inc.

Tags: Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, ampCNG, Florida

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Seeks Out Safest Fleets

Volvo Trucks is seeking entries for the Volvo Trucks Safety Award which recognizes two fleets with the safest driving records and top safety programs.

Tags: Driver Safety, Volvo Trucks, Fleet Safety, Awards, ATA MC&E

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Report: U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High

Graphic courtesy of GHSA.

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that 2,125 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2014 – essentially unchanged when compared with the 2,141 pedestrian fatalities during the same period in 2013.

Tags: Pedestrian Safety, GHSA, Road Deaths

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Order Backlog Near 20-Year Highs

ACT Research's latest report on trailer order numbers show a strong January, despite a drop from December.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Ports, Trailer Orders

February 26, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth, Paccar Offer Medium-Duty Extended Warranty

Kenworth's K270 and K370 cabovers

Kenworth is offering an extended warranty program for U.S. buying new Kenworth Class 5-7 trucks financed through Paccar Financial.

Tags: Warranty, Medium-Duty Trucks, Paccar Financial, Kenworth

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Trucks Continue Moving Majority of U.S.-NAFTA Trade

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode; December 2013 - 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North America neighbors increased for the 11th consecutive month in December while the total level for 2014 was better than the year before.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Prices Fall, Durable Goods Orders Up

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Retail prices fell in January from the month before and from a year earlier, marking the first annual drop in more than five years.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Consumer Prices

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Wins EPA’s Climate Leadership Award

Photo via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership recognized UPS with one of its Climate Leadership Awards for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, UPS said. The awards acknowledge the voluntary work organizations do to build resilience to climate change.

Tags: UPS, EPA, Awards, Greenhouse Gas, Emissions Reduction

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