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December 2, 2016 - Industry News

Daycabs, Vocational Trucks Are Priorities for Nikola

Photo: Nikola Motor

A daycab version of Nikola Motor Co.’s hydrogen-electric heavy-duty tractor will probably be the first one to enter production, said the firm’s founder and CEO, Trevor Milton.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Day Cabs, Nikola Motor Company

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

SmartDrive Enhances Driver-Safety Video Solution

An event view captured for saefty analysis and driver coaching. Image: SmartDrive

The latest release of SmartDrive’s video-based analytics platform and safety program includes new capabilities for capturing and delivering videos, improving the video-coaching process and driver-performance analytics as well as custom policy configurations.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, video-based safety

December 2, 2016 - Product News

Optronics Reveals New Exterior Lighting Options

The Light Guide technology can guide and project LED in complex shapes and patterns. Photos: Optronics

Using a newly developed technology similar to fiber optics, Optronics has created unique 4-inch round and 6-inch oval LED stop, tail, and turn lamps that can display complex shapes and patterns.

Tags: Optronics, LED Lighting, Vehicle Lighting, Taillights

December 2, 2016 - Product News

Purkeys, AutoMeter Offer New Preventive Maintenance Products

The 6-Station Battery Charger is part of Purkeys' line of dual-branded products with AutoMeter. Photo: Purkeys

Purkeys has partnered with AutoMeter, a heavy-duty electrical system testing and battery maintenance solutions provider, on a line of dual-branded preventive maintenance products.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Tools, Batteries, Electrical System, Purkey's Fleet Electric

December 2, 2016 - Product News

SelecTrucks Revives SelectLease Program

SelecTrucks has reintroduced its SelectLease manufacturer-backed fair market value leasing program, the company announced.

Tags: Leasing, Daimler Truck Financial, SelecTrucks

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

State of Trucking for 2017: The Driver Shortage

State of the 2017 Trucking Industry courtesy of Driver Solutions

Designed to help show the current state and future forecast of trucking, this infographic breaks down the economic state of trucking, while also diving into one of the industry's greatest issues - the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Shortage, State of the Industry, Driver Solutions

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest Since Great Recession

Unemployment in the U.S. continued falling in November, hitting its lowest level since 2007, according to Labor Department figures issued Friday, as the trucking industry also contributed to some of the job additions.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Employment, Federal Reserve

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Finalizes Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule

Image: FMCSA

The long-anticipated final rule to establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers has at last been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The rule goes into effect on January 4, 2017, with a compliance date of January 2020.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Regulations

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Nikola One Fuel Cell Electric Truck Promises High Fuel Economy, Low Maintenance

A wrap was removed and the Nikola One prototype revolved before the enthusiastic audience at the Dec. 1 unveiling. Liquified hydrogen is stored in bottles behind the long sleeper-cab. Photos: Tom Berg

SALT LAKE CITY -- If enthusiasm ensures success, Nikola One, the fuel cell-electric long-haul tractor unveiled Thursday night in Salt Lake City, is a sure thing. It promises low maintenance and high fuel economy, but production is still a ways away.

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

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Nikola to Unveil Electric Class 8, Strategic Partnership with Ryder

Partial view of the all-electric Class 8 Nikola One tractor, which will be rolled out on the evening of Dec. 1 in Salt Lake City. Photo: Nikola Motors

The day has finally arrived when Nikola Motor Company will unveil its electric Class 8 tractor tonight at a press event at the company's Salt Lake City headquarters.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Nikola Motor Company

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Older Sprinter Vans Recalled for Brake Warning Light

Photo by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

The recall covers more than 17,000 Dodge and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2003 to 2006 model years.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Recalls, 2003-MY, 2006-MY, 2005-MY, 2004-MY, NHTSA, Dodge Sprinter, Freightliner Sprinter

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Seeks Nominations for Logistics Award

Women In Trucking and Truckstop.com are seeking nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award, which recognizes the achievements and leadership of women in logistics in North America.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking Association, WIT, Women in Trucking, Logistics

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

KLLM to Join the Trucking Alliance

KLLM Transport Services has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance, beginning in 2017.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, The Trucking Alliance

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction Post Impressive Gains

In another sign the U.S. economy is gathering more steam, two reports released Thursday morning showed a strong rebound in the nation’s manufacturing sector while another indicated construction remains strong following earlier positive indicators.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Chevron: Reformulated Delo 400 Engine Oils Boast Higher Performance

Chevron said teardown of engine that ran 530,000 miles with oil drains set at 40,000 miles showed how Delo 400 ZFA 10W-30 oil protected key engine components. Photo: Chevron

Chevron Products Company rolled out an expanded line of Delo 400 heavy-duty diesel engine oils on Dec. 1, the same day that oils formulated to meet the new API CK-4 and FA-4 service categories became eligible to to be marketed and sold.

Tags: Chevron, Engine Oil, SAE, API

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Ohio DOT, Otto Initiate 'Smart Mobility Corridor'

Otto's self-driving tractor pulls an Ohio DOT-owned tanker along U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus. The state will install sensors and fiber-optic cable along the route to support further autonomous and connected-vehicle testing. Photos: Ohio DOT

The State of Ohio is investing $15 million to install advanced highway technology along its the 35‑mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Ohio Department of Transportation, Smart Highway, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

TransForce Changing Name to Reflect Expansion

Transportation and logistics company TransForce announced that it intends to change its corporate name to TFI International to reflect the increased geographic scope of its operations.

Tags: TransForce, CFI

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Omnitracs and Noregon Ink Software Integration Partnership

Fleet management software provider Omnitracs has formed a strategic partnership with Noregon to integrate vehicle diagnostic information into the company’s software.

Tags: Noregon Systems, Omnitracs, Software Integration

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Move Little; Van, Flatbed Ratios Rise

Spot market truckload freight rates during the Thanksgiving holiday week remained in the same fairly narrow range they have been for the past month, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Arizona to Test Work Zone Notification, Quicker Safety Inspections

Safety at work zones and streamlined inspections at the Mexican border are involved in the Arizona programs.

The Arizona Department of Transportation will use federal funding next year to testing technology to improve commercial transportation safety and efficiency.

Tags: Inspections, Grants, Road Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Alternative Medical Certification for VA Physicians

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a proposal that would establish an alternative certification process for Department of Veteran’s Affairs physicians to be added it its list of certified medical examiners.

Tags: FMCSA, Department of Veterans Affairs, Medical Examiners

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

CNG Supplier Hopes to Spur Adoption in Southeast

Since opening this CNG fueling station in Anderson, S.C., last year, Piedmont has reduced the price of its fuel to $1.37 per GGE. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Natural Gas

Fuel supplier Piedmont Natural Gas hopes to expand compressed natural gas adoption with lowered fuel prices and contracts with government and commercial fleets in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Piedmont Natural Gas

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Approves Modest Renewable Fuel Increase for 2017

Chart courtesy of EPA.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a 6% increase in the level of biofuels that producers must blend with gasoline and diesel in 2017 that falls significantly short of amount required by the Renewable Fuel Standard by 2022.

Tags: EPA, Biofuels, Regulations, Renewable Fuels Standard

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Professional Truck Driver Institute Breaks From TCA

The board of directors of the Professional Truck Driver Institute has voted to move the organization’s headquarters to Denver, Colorado, where it will be managed by Leading Associations, leaving its previous association with the Truckload Carriers Association.

Tags: TCA, Professional Truck Driver Institute, Driver Training

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Truck Financial Names U.S. VP of Sales, Marketing and Remarketing

Tobias Waldeck Photo: Daimler Truck Financial

Daimler Truck Financial has appointed Tobias Waldeck vice president of sales, marketing, and remarketing, effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, People, Daimler Truck Financial

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