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May 22, 2017 - Industry News

International Opens Used Truck Center

International Truck announced the grand opening of the new flagship Used Truck Center in Melrose Park, Ill.

Tags: International Trucks, Used Truck Sales

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Duke Energy to Test Truck Stop Electrification

Photo courtesy of Duke Energy

Drivers will be able to plug in their vehicles and keep electricity and hot or cold air on during overnight stays, avoiding idling engines.

Tags: Duke Energy, Truck Stops, Anti-Idling

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Chicago Clean Cities Fleets Reduces 230K Tons of GHG

Companies such as Alpha Baking Company (pictured), Ozinga and Testa Produce are examples of companies in the Chicago area that are using clean-burning alternative fuels. Photo courtesy of CACC.

The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC) and its member fleets helped to displace nearly 26.5 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum in 2016, and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 230,000 tons.

Tags: Clean Cities, Chicago, Alternative Fuels, Emissions Reduction, Greenhouse Gas

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Finnish Companies to Develop Hybrid Powertrain For Heavy Trucks

The new hybrid-electric drive system is designed to work with Mercedes Benz diesel-powered Sisu Polar truck models. Photo: Sisu Auto

A new electric-hybrid parallel power system unveiled by Visedo and Sisu Auto is designed to work with Mercedes-Benz OM471 and OM473 diesel engines. The diesel engine is the primary power source, with the electric motor kicking in during peak energy demand periods.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Finland, Future Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Global

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Trucks' Slagle is Bullish on Class 8 Truck Market

Mack exectives (l-r) John Walsh, Jonathan Randall, and Denny Slagle. Photo: David Cullen

The head of Mack Trucks regards the state of the heavy-duty truck market as solid. “Everyone in the industry has succeeded in bringing inventory down to safe levels,” Dennis Slagle, president of Mack Trucks and Volvo Group executive vice president, said at a May 18 media briefing.

Tags: Truck Sales, Mack Trucks

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

HDT Wins National Gold Award in the Azbees for Modern Maintenance Manager Series

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine has won a National Gold award in the 2017 Azbee Awards of Excellence for last year’s editorial series on the Modern Maintenance Manager.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, ASBPE

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Aims to Fund Projects Through Loans

Logo via BRIDGE Act Summary

While details on President Trump’s $1 trillion Infrastructure plan may still be weeks away, two senators, Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), have introduced a bipartisan infrastructure funding plan.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

May 18, 2017 - Product News

Honeywell Connected Freight Monitors Valuable Goods in Transit

Screenshot via Honeywell

Honeywell has launched the Connected Freight solution, a logistics technology that provides real-time information about the location and condition of critical freight in transit.

Tags: Cargo Management, Honeywell, Asset Tracking, Security

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward Unveils Mascot, Launches Name Contest

Photo courtesy of Trucking Moves America Forward

As part of its efforts to improve the trucking industry’s image, Trucking Moves America Forward unveiled a mascot, a big-eyed cartoon truck wearing a trucker hat, and asked the industry to name it.

Tags: Contest, Trucking Moves America Forward

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Freight Launches for Owner-Operators, Small Fleets

Owner-operators and small fleets can find loads via their mobile devices. Photo: Aether Films, courtesy Uber Freight

Uber is looking to transform the world of freight transport much as it has changed the world of taxis with its ride-sharing app. Deborah Lockridge has the story on what the new Uber Freight is -- and what it's not.

Tags: Uber, Uber for Trucking, Mobile Apps

May 17, 2017 - Product News

PrePass Weigh Station Bypass Available on Bestpass Devices

Photo: Help Inc.

Weigh station bypass service provider PrePass and toll management services company Bestpass have partnered to offer a new integrated weigh station and toll management solution.

Tags: Tolls, Weigh Stations, PrePass, Bestpass

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Co-Owner Carolyn Moon Dead at 81

Photo courtesy Iowa 80 Truckstop

Carolyn Cusac Moon, who owned the Iowa 80 Truckstop with her husband, Bill Moon, has died at 81.

Tags: Obituary, People, NATSO, Women in Trucking, Walcott Trucker Jamboree

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

Virginia Trucking Company Execs Pleaded Guilty to Conspiracy Charges

In a plea bargain, Virginia-based Beam Brothers Trucking and its owners and top officers have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in a case alleging that they knowingly committed offenses against the U.S. and FMCSA regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, USPS, Crime & Fraud

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Tests Self-Driving Refuse Truck in Urban Environment

Photo: Volvo Group

Volvo Group is working with Swedish waste and recycling company Renova to test an autonomous, self-driving refuse truck in an urban environment.

Tags: Volvo Group, Refuse Fleets, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Reefer Rates Hit 4-Month High as Vans, Flatbeds Slip

Graphic: DAT

The national average spot rate for refrigerated truckload freight gained 2 cents for the week ending May 13 for $1.99 per mile, the highest weekly average rate in four months, according to new figures released by DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

NGVAmerica Changes Top Leadership

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NGVAmerica has appointed a new chairman and interim executive director, as well as set up a search committee to find a new president, who resigned in April.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Leadership, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Associations

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Jeffrey Rosen Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Transportation

Jeffrey Rosen Photo via Acus.gov

The Senate has confirmed Jeffrey Rosen as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, serving under Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

May 16, 2017 - Global News

New EU Rule Aims to Boost Transparency of Truck MPG

Infographic lays out how EU’s Vecto computer simulation tool functions. Image: ACEA

A new European Union procedure for determining emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2 from new trucks has won praise from a key industry group for its expected positive impact on transparency.

Tags: GHG emissions, CO2 Emissions, European Union, Global

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Granted Key Win in Self-Driving Lawsuit

Uber's Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shares video of a truck with no driver. Photo: Evan Lockridge

A federal judge has ruled that Uber is allowed to continue developing its self-driving technology during a legal battle with Waymo over stolen technology – but Anthony Levandowski, who started up an autonomous truck company later bought by Uber, can't be part of it.

Tags: Lawsuits, Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Waymo, Otto, Litigation

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Congestion Costing Trucking $63.4 Billion a Year

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportaion

Traffic congestion added more than $63.4 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2015, according to the American Transportation Research Institute's 2017 Cost of Congestion update.

Tags: Operating Costs, ATRI, Congestion, Delivery Delays, Traffic Congestion

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Survey Shows Small Business Support of International Trade

Screenshot from FedEx Trade Index

FedEx released the results of its second Trade Index, a national survey of small business leaders, finding that the majority supported more global trade.

Tags: Survey, Free Trade Agreement, FedEx, Small Business, Global

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, E-Commerce Jump; Home Starts Drop

Industrial production in the U.S. rose in April more than expected and by the fastest rate in more than three years, according to a new report issued Tuesday. Meanwhile, separate reports show e-commerce continues to boom but the building of new homes fell for the second straight month.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Starts

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Werner Launches Final Mile Solution

The rising tide of e-commerce has prompted Werner Enterprises to launch Werner Final Mile, a logistics solution that will primarily deliver large or heavy items using two uniformed associates operating a straight truck with lift gate.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Delivery Fleets, Last Mile Delivery, E-commerce, Fleet Management

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Michigan Dealer Gives Engine to Vocational College

Presenting the donated engine from Berger Dealer Group are service managers Joe Kook (second from left) and Mike Peters (second from right). Photo courtesy of Baker College.

Baker College’s Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan has been given a $51,558 Paccar MX-13 diesel truck engine, a donation from Berger Dealer Group of Dearborn, Michigan, to enable engine-specific technician training.

Tags: Diesel Engines, MX-13, Technicians, Technician Training, Truck Dealers, Paccar

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Third Annual Infrastructure Week Kicks Off

Screenshot via Infrastructure Week

Infrastructure Week is an industry-wide image and education movement, featuring a series of events, education, and advocacy efforts with the goal of improving our nation's infrastructure.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Trucking Moves America Forward

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