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August 31, 2016 - Product News

HDT’s Comprehensive Commercial Vehicle Market Profile Now Available

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2016 Profile of the U.S. Commercial Vehicle Market, a comprehensive examination of the Class 2c to Class 8 truck and trailer markets, and is now available in print or PDF format.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Business, Industry Trends

August 31, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Seeks Comment: Do Fed HazMat Regs Preempt California Break Rules?

Image: Paccar Financial

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is inviting public comment on an application from the National Tank Truck Carriers Inc. to determine whether federal hazardous-material regulations preempt or override the state of California’s meal and rest break requirements.

August 31, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Group Outlines SuperTruck II Plans

Volvo Group has outlined how it plans to use $20 million in federal funding to further the freight-moving efficiency of heavy-duty trucks as part of the SuperTruck II initiative.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, DOE, Volvo Group, Daimler Trucks North America, SuperTruck

August 31, 2016 - Industry News

NATSO Wants Better Incentives to Create Alternative Fuel Corridors

NATSO is urging the Department of Transportation to work closely with private, exit-based businesses to improve incentives for establishing alternative fuel corridors on our nation’s highways.

Tags: DOT, Federal Incentives, Alternative Fuels, NATSO

August 31, 2016 - Industry News

National Spot Rates Stuck, Obscuring Regional Strengths

DAT Solutions four-week spot freight rate trends. Graphic: DAT

The number of available loads on the spot freight market moved higher during the most recent week as truck capacity was unchanged, but it wasn’t enough to push average rates up, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 31, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Positive Indicators Prompt Talk of Interest Rate Hike

U.S. private sector employers reported another month of strong job gains on Wednesday, two days ahead of a government report. With increases in consumer confidence, personal spending and wages, it adds up to talk of a hike in interest rates as soon as September.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Spending, Employment, Federal Reserve

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

Love’s to Expand Corporate HQ

Photo: Love's

Love’s Travel Stops has purchased the building and land south of its main corporate campus on Pennsylvania Avenue that was previously occupied by The Hertz Corporation.

Tags: New Facility, Love's, Truck Stops, Office Expansion

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

Highway Deaths Climbed 7.2% in 2015; Those Involving Large Trucks Rose 4.1%

Image: FMCSA

Traffic crashes took the lives of 35,092 persons in 2015, marking a 7.2% increase. The number of deaths attributed specifically to crashes involving large trucks jumped 4.1%.

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

Phase 2 GHG Rules to Curtail Use of Glider Kits

Trucks are new but their engines are "pre-emission" -- a plus for buyers of gliders but a minus in the eyes of regulators. Photos: Tom Berg

Starting in January of 2021, under the new greenhouse gas regulations, glider kits will be allowed mostly for their original purpose, which was reclaiming late-model powertrains from wrecked trucks.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, Glider Kits, EPA, Regulations, GHG Phase 2

August 30, 2016 - Product News

Peterbilt Offers Cummins Near-Zero Emissions Natural Gas Engine

Photo: Cummins Westport

Peterbilt is offering the Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx emissions natural gas engine for its Model 567, 520, and 320 trucks.

Tags: Peterbilt, Natural Gas Engines, Cummins Westport ISL G, Cummins Westport, CNG, NOx, Emissions, CARB, Engines

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

Nikola Chooses Hydrogen Fuel Cell to Power Emissions-Free Truck

Photo: Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company will be powering its emissions-free Class 8 trucks with hydrogen fuel cells in the U.S. and Canada, the company has announced.

Tags: Class 8, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

CRST Offers Apprenticeship Program for Military Veterans

CRST International has been approved for the Veteran Apprenticeship Program, offered through the Department of Labor and the Veteran’s Administration.

Tags: Recruiting, Veterans, CRST, Driver Pay

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

DOE Funds XL Hybrids' Electric-Powered Reach Vans

Photo of Reach van with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System courtesy of XL Hybrids

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received test funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support the clean energy business’s implementation of the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System on the Isuzu Reach.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Isuzu Reach, Clean Transportation Funding, U.S. Department of Energy, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

August 29, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Up, Crude Oil Futures Slip

Source: DOE Energy Information Administration

Diesel and gasoline prices were up over the past week compared to the week before, according to weekly figures from the Department of Energy, but still lower than they were a year ago.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

August 29, 2016 - Industry News

Ritchie Bros. Acquires IronPlanet

Vancouver-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has acquired online auctioneer IronPlanet of Pleasanton, Calif., for $758.5 million, the company announced.

Tags: Ritchie Bros. Auctions, Mergers & Acquisitions, IronPlanet, Auctions, Heavy Equipment

August 29, 2016 - Industry News

DOC Says 40% Tariffs Due on Truck Tires From China

Photo courtesy of Modern Tire Dealer

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) says truck and bus tire manufacturers in China are dumping tires in the U.S. at less than fair market value, and those tires should be subject to tariffs of at least 20%. The tariffs are retroactive.

Tags: China, Truck Tires, Tariffs, U.S. Department of Commerce

August 29, 2016 - Industry News

TMC Releases Updated Manuals for Technicians

“By following each manual’s quality PMI program, fleets are provided a road map to follow for maximum return on assets and optimal component life of major vehicle systems,” said Carl Kirk, TMC executive director and an ATA vice president.

Tags: CSA, TMC, Continuing Education, TMC SuperTech, Preventive Maintenance, Technician Training

August 29, 2016 - Industry News

CIMC to Boost Container Chassis Marketing, Distribution

The initiative includes a new sales director, and will extend the builder's lineup of products to trailer dealers throughout North America.

Tags: Intermodal, Containers, Intermodal Chassis, CIMC

August 29, 2016 - Industry News

Luber-finer University Offers Quick Online Filtration Courses

The comprehensive training tool, which can be accessed from any Internet-connected device, educates users about Luber-finer filters, the filters’ competitive advantages and describes the science behind filtration technologies.

Tags: Training, Continuing Education, Filtration, Online Training, Luber-finer

August 29, 2016 - Press Release

Orange EV Approved for Calif. Incentives

Orange EV Class 8 pure-electric heavy-duty terminal truck. (PHOTO: Orange EV)

Orange EV announced that California fleets can save at least $95,000 per truck on the purchase of brand new T-Series pure electric terminal trucks with the extended-duty battery pack.

Tags: Fleet Incentives, California Fleets, Orange EV, Electric Terminal Trucks

August 29, 2016 - Industry News

MiX Telematics Adds Data Feature to Telematics Platform

The new solution creates a data cube that’s accessible via Microsoft Excel and automatically updated with fresh fleet data. (Photo: MiX Telematics)

MiX Telematics has added free feature to its MiX Fleet Manager solution called MiX Insight Agility that creates a data cube that’s accessible via Microsoft Excel and automatically updated with fresh fleet data, the telematics provider has announced.

Tags: Reporting, MiX Telematics, MiX Fleet Manager, MiX Insight Agility, Microsoft Excel

August 29, 2016 - Industry News

Great Western Adds Transcraft, Benson at Houston Dealership

Great Western Leasing and Sales announced the addition of Transcraft and Benson platform trailers at its dealership in Houston, Texas.

Tags: Wabash National, Flatbed Trailers, Benson, Transcraft

August 29, 2016 - Product News

WEX to Offer Messaging for Spendy Fuel Users

WEX, Inc. will roll out a driver messaging feature as part of its ClearView analytics platform later this year that will send text messages and emails to remind drivers to use less expensive fuel stations or fill fleet trucks with unleaded rather than premium fuel.

Tags: Driver Behavior, WEX, Cloud-Based Technology, Big Data

August 26, 2016 - Industry News

Love’s Donates $25,000 to Louisiana Flood Relief

The flooding in Lousiana has affected some Love's locations and directly impacted 5 of its employees. Photo: Love's Travel Stop

Loves Travel Stops has donated $25,000 to the Salvation Army to help with relief efforts in Louisiana after severe flooding devastated the region.

Tags: Flooding, Louisiana, Love's Travel Stops

August 26, 2016 - Industry News

International Offers 4-Year Powertrain Warranty for DuraStar

Photo: International Truck

International Truck is now offering the Integrated Powertrain Warranty Package, a 4-year, unlimited-mile coverage term on certain models of its DuraStar medium-duty truck.

Tags: Cummins, International, Warranty, DuraStar, Powertrain, Medium-Duty Trucks

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