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November 17, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Reserves Multiple Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

Photo: Tesla

J.B. Hunt Transportation announced that it placed a reservation to purchase multiple Tesla Semi electric tractors that was unveiled on Nov. 16.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, New Vehicles, Tesla Semi

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Georgia DOT Moves Forward on Commercial Vehicle Only Lanes Project

Photo via Georgia DOT

The Georgia Department of Transportation had decided to move forward on a project that would create commercial vehicle only lanes on Interstate 75.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Road Construction, Congestion, Georgia DOT

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Unveils All-Electric Class 8 Semi Truck

Tesla chief Elon Musk talks to a crowd during the Semi unveiling. Photo: Tesla

Tesla says its new, all-electric Class 8 Semi will feature a 500-mile range on a single battery charge, can go from 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds when bobtail, and is actually cheaper to operate per mile than a comparable diesel truck.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing, Industrial Production, E-Commerce Sales Improve

The U.S. housing market improved in October following some ups and downs earlier in the year, while industrial production jumped in part due to increased manufacturing. And e-commerce retail sales continued booming in the third quarter.

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

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

First Look: Tesla's All-Electric Semi Truck

Screen shot from Tesla's live feed unveiling its electric semi.

Tesla’s new electric truck is a Class 8 daycab that features a highly aggressive aerodynamic design and all-electric drivetrain, and Elon Musk promises a 500-mile range. "You can go out to the middle of nowhere and come back." HDT's Jack Roberts is at the launch and has this report.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Embark Transports Appliances Over 300 Miles with Autonomous Trucks

Photo: Embark

Autonomous vehicle technology company Embark has partnered with Ryder System and household appliance maker Frigidaire, on a pilot test program to transport goods on public highways in the Southwest.

Tags: Pilot Program, Vehicle Testing, Autonomous Vehicles

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Recognizes Top Safety Director and Driver of the Year

Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, is the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council has named Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, as the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. ATA also recognized Gary Plant of Walmart Transportation as the National Driver of the Year.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Safe Driving, Safety

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 3500 Recalled

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 3500 courtesy of Chevrolet.

The recall, which addresses a fuel-level sensor problem, covers nearly 35,300 2011-2015 trucks equipped with dual fuel tanks.

Tags: Chevrolet, 2011-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, GMC Sierra, General Motors, GMC, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Dual Fuel System, NHTSA, Large Pickups

November 16, 2017 - Global News

Volvo Trucks Expands Presence in Growing Mexican Market

Volvo Trucks debuted the new VNL for the Mexican market. Photo: Jim Park

Volvo Trucks North America is expanding its presence in the growing Mexican truck market, debuting the new VNL long-haul truck and offering the VNR and VAH models for the first time.

Tags: Auto Haulers, Volvo VNR, Volvo VNL, Volvo Trucks North America, Mexico, Global

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Demonstrates Autonomous Truck Technology

Photo: Volvo Group

The Volvo Group demonstrated a new self-driving truck, designed to travel autonomously from one hub to another, at the Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Beijing, China.

Tags: Ports, Volvo Group, Asia, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

November 15, 2017 - Global News

Daimler Introduces Pair of Mexico-Specific Cabover Trucks

A jungle-cat motif 2528. Photo: David Cullen

The rollout of two new market-specific cabover trucks in Mexico exemplifies Daimler Trucks overarching strategy of acting globally but thinking locally.

Tags: Freightliner, Mexico, Class 8, Daimler Trucks North America, Cabovers, Global

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Anthem Makes Mexican Debut

Photo: Jim Park<br />

Mack’s newest on-highway model, the Anthem, was introduced to Mexican truckers and journalists at the 2107 Expo Transporte show here in Guadalajara.

Tags: Mexico, Class 8, Mack Trucks, New Vehicles, Anthem, Global

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

BYD Delivers First All-Electric Side Loader Refuse Truck

Photo courtesy of the City of Palo Alto, Calif.

The first all-electric automated side loader refuse truck from BYD was presented to the City of Palo Alto Calif., and GreenWaste, the city's waste hauler service provider.

Tags: BYD, Refuse Fleets, Waste Management, City of Palo Alto, all-electric trucks

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

New FMCSA Deputy Administrator Outlines Agency Priorities

FMCSA new Deputy Administrator Cathy Gatreaux talks about the importance of regulators and enforcement partnering with industry to improve safety. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

BIRMINGHAM – On her third day on the job, the new number-two at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlined the priorities of the agency under the Trump administration, including ELD implementation, deregulation, infrastructure investment, autonomous vehicles, and fighting human trafficking.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

November 15, 2017 - Product News

Zonar ELD Solution Certified by Third Party Tester

Photo: Zonar

The Zonar Logs electronic logging device solution has been tested and validated by industry veteran Annette Sandberg that it meets the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s standards.

Tags: FMCSA, Certification, ELDs, ELD Mandate

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

Nikola Partners With Nel ASA to Supply Hydrogen Stations

Photo: Nikola Motor Company

Nel ASA is anticipated to provide engineering, electrolysis, and fueling equipment, while Nikola will provide the balance of plant, construction, dispensers and other station equipment.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Fueling Stations, Suppliers, Nikola Motor Company

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Violations Won't Count Against CSA Scores During Transition Period

Derek Barrs, Florida&amp;rsquo;s chief of commercial vehicle enforcement, asked for a show of hands among the state enforcement people in the room if they were ready for the ELD mandate. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Federal officials have taken another step to make the transition to mandatory electronic devices less painful. If drivers are cited at roadside for not complying with the ELD rule come the Dec. 18 deadline, the citation will be a “no points cite” that will not affect the Safety Measurement System that feeds into CSA scores – until April 1.

Tags: SMS, Enforcement, ELDs, ELD Mandate, FMCSA, CSA, Citations

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Consumer Prices Edge Higher

One of the biggest drivers of the American economy unexpectedly improved again in October, increasing hopes for a strong overall fourth quarter economic performance. A separate report showed just a minimal rise in inflation, but it’s likely strong enough to led the Federal Reserve to push interest rates higher next month.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Van, Reefer Rates Remain Near Peak Levels

The availability of spot truckload freight slipped 1.6% and the number of posted trucks rebounded 7.6% for the week ending Nov. 11, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Emails Offer Glimpse Inside Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Scam

HDT file photo

In the early days of the Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Fraud trial, a former sales director’s testimony and emails have given jurors a look at the fraud operation from the inside.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Rebates, Trial, Truckstops

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Zonar Lists Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads for Truckers

Fleet management technology provider Zonar has created a graphic of the top 10 most dangerous roads in the U.S. for truck drivers, based on information from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Highway Safety, Zonar, U.S. DOT, Accidents, Holiday Driving, Driver Safety, Safety & Compliance

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

ABF Freight to Work with Teamsters on Collective Bargaining Agreement

Photo: ABF Freight

Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight is getting ready to begin negotiations with the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee in December on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Tags: Teamsters, ABF, Labor Unions, ArcBest Corp., Contract, LTL

November 14, 2017 - Product News

WEX to Launch Chip-Based Fleet Card in 2019

Photo courtesy of WEX.

WEX Inc. will begin offering a more secure chip-based payment card to its fleet customers in 2019 and plans to test the new card in 2018, according to the company.

Tags: WEX, Payment Cards, Big Data, Mileage Reports, Fuel Costs

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Estimated 164 Million Hitting Stores Thanksgiving Weekend

The biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner, and two out of every three Americans are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to a new report. And that means a lot of freight moving by trucks.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Business Interests Spur Autonomous Vehicle Policy Moves in Wisconsin

Racine, WI, city officals felt they were &quot;ahead of the curve&quot; on traffic issues, until a business considering locating there asked about autonomous vehicle infrastructure. Photo: Peloton

A multinational electronics manufacturer is considering building a new facility near Racine, Wisconsin, that would employee 13,000 workers – provided the city has a plan to develop autonomous vehicle infrastructure in the area.

Tags: Infrastructure, Traffic Congestion, Business, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, I-94, Wisconsin

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