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October 6, 2017 - Industry News

GM to Show Hydrogen-Powered Truck Chassis to Military Buyers

Photo of SURUS courtesy of GM.

General Motors has developed a medium-duty chassis cab truck powered by a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for commercial buyers that the company is also pitching to the U.S. military, the company announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Military, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, General Motors, Autonomous Vehicles

October 6, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Strong Despite Slip, Factory Activity Jumps

The nation’s unemployment rate dipped in September, while overall and trucking employment changed little, as factory orders, including those for core capital goods, rose in August.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment

October 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Approves Trio of Shell Oils for Diesel Trucks

Shell's T5 10W-30 Synthetic Blend is one of the three Shell oils approved for Ford's Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification. Photo: Shell Rotella

Ford Motor Co. has approved three Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oils for its diesel-powered Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification, Shell has announced.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Motor Oil, CK-4, Shell Rotella, Ford Super Duty, Ford

October 5, 2017 - Industry News

3PL Market Revenues Could Top $1.1 Trillion by 2022

Cover via Armstrong & Associates

The global third-party logistics market could exceed $1.1 trillion dollars in the next five years as e-commerce and outsourcing fuels its growth.

Tags: Outsourcing, E-commerce, 3PL, Logistics, Market Analysis

October 5, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA Transitions to New Leadership for 2017-2018

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has transitioned to new leadership for the 2017-2018 term, naming Capt. Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol as its new president.

Tags: Leadership, People, CVSA

October 5, 2017 - Product News

AmeriPride Offers First-Aid Kit for Fleet Drivers

Photo courtesy of AmeriPride.

AmeriPride has begun offering a first-aid kit that's designed for vehicle fleets and can be purchased by any company with a fleet, the linen and uniform service provider has announced.

Tags: Drivers, U.S. DOT, NETS, AmeriPride, First-Aid Kits

October 5, 2017 - Product News

Truckstop.com Offers Lane-Specific Spot Rate Forecasting

Screenshot via Truckstop.com

Truckstop.com, in partnership with FTR, has introduced the Rate Forecasting tool, which is designed to project spot market rates using historical paid rate data.

Tags: Forecast, FTR, Spot Freight, Spot Rates, Truckstop.com

October 5, 2017 - Industry News

Capacity Tight as Spot Truckload Rates Trek Higher

The number of available loads on the spot truckload freight market jumped 5.4% for the week ending Sept. 30 while tight capacity moved freight rates higher, according to new numbers from DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Solutions

October 4, 2017 - Product News

Peterbilt, Kenworth Offer Eaton’s 12-Speed Endurant Transmission

Eaton's Endurant 12-speed automated transmission. Photo: Eaton

Eaton’s recently released 12-Speed Endurant automated transmission, developed in a joint venture with Cummins, will be offered on major truck models from both Peterbilt and Kenworth.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Eaton, Peterbilt, Transmissions, Model 579, T680, Model 567

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Equips Rental Fleet With Aperia's Automatic Tire Inflators

Photo: Ryder System

Ryder System has signed an exclusive partnership with Aperia Technologies to equip the Halo Tire Inflator solution on the company’s heavy-duty commercial rental fleet.

Tags: Truck Rental, Ryder System, Tire Inflation, Aperia Technologies

October 4, 2017 - Product News

Telogis Enlists Former FMCSA Administrator to Verify ELD

Annette Sandberg Photo: TransSafe Consulting

Former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Association Administrator Annette Sandberg has verified that the Telogis Electronic Logging Device will meet federally mandated requirements, Telogis announced.

Tags: FMCSA, Certification, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Senate Committee Advances Self-Driving Bill

Photo of self-driving car courtesy of SmartUSA/Mercedes-Benz.

The legislation, intended to eliminate barriers to the safe testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, still faces a vote by the full Senate.

Tags: Regulations, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

October 4, 2017 - Product News

MetTel Offers Connected Workforce Management Product

Photo courtesy of MetTel.

New York City-based MetTel will offer a mobile workforce solution called Fleet Management Solutions to help companies and municipal governments connect their workforce and vehicle fleet assets to the internet.

Tags: Connected Car, Internet of Things, Workforce Management

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Value Increases for Ninth Straight Month

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year, July 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking along with the other four major freight modes moved more cargo by value with North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico in July when compared to a year ago, according to new Transportation Department figures.

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

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

3PL Study Finds Growing Potential in Blockchain, Automation

Image via Penske Logistics

A global study stresses the importance of adapting to emerging technologies for third-party logistics companies and shippers, including blockchain and automation to provide better services to end customers.

Tags: Research, Penske Logistics, 3PL, Shippers, Logistics

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Leading Transportation Strategist to Keynote Fleet Forward Conference

Dr. Stefan Heck will address how the fleet industry is leading the way regarding vehicle autonomy, connectivity, electrification, and sharing.

Tags: Mobility, Shared-Use Mobility, Nauto, Fleet Forward Conference

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Express Van Adds Fleet-Oriented Options for 2018

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Express 2500 courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet will offer four new option packages with its 2018 Express full-size van based on feedback from fleet and other commercial purchasers, the company has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, Cargo Vans, Chevrolet Express, Full-Size Vans, 2018-MY

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Increase in Healthy, Growing Market

Early numbers indicate a positive month for September’s North American Class 8 truck orders as the market continues to gain momentum heading into the fall order season, according to preliminary reports from FTR and ACT Research.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Shell Wants to Make Pickup Truck Official Vehicle of America

One of the mascot trucks by Tommy Pike Customs courtesy of Shell Lubricants.

To pay homage to the substantial role pickup trucks play in shaping our nation and working their way into all parts of our society, Shell is honoring the vehicle by leading a national Shell ROTELLA campaign, entitled Pickup Pride which may forever change the way Americans view the pickup truck.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Shell Lubricants, Petitions

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Seeks Public Comment on Cutting Red Tape

In keeping with the Trump Administration’s stated intention to slice through red tape to benefit businesses, the Department of Transportation has issued a notification of regulatory review.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Launches Natural Gas Trucks in Europe

The new Volvo FH. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks has introduced two natural gas heavy-duty trucks to the European market that the OEM claims can cut CO2 emissions by 20% to 100%.

Tags: Natural Gas, Volvo Trucks, Biogas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Europe, LNG

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Possible Photo of Tesla’s Electric Truck Leaks on Reddit

Photo via Reddit

A post on the Tesla "subreddit" of Reddit.com shows a concept vehicle that appears to be Tesla’s unannounced electric road tractor.

Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Buys Large Stake in Pilot Flying J

Photo: Pilot Flying J

Warren Buffet’s holding company Berkshire Hathaway has made a significant minority investment in truckstop chain Pilot Flying J, with plans to become the majority stakeholder by 2023, the companies announced.

Tags: Investment, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Kinedyne's New Curtain-Side Solutions Address Changing Logistics Demands

A new curtain-side option is designed for delivery in tight urban areas.

Cargo-control company Kinedyne introduced several new products to help make cargo access faster and easier as the effect of e-commerce continues to spread beyond traditional final-mile transportation.

Tags: Cargo Management, Kinedyne, Trailers, Last Mile Delivery, NACV Show

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Organizers Pronounce Inaugural NACV Show Success, Plan for 2019

Ribbon cutting for the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta. From left-right Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Managing Board Member Deutsche Messe, Elisabeth Barna, COO American Trucking Association, Larry Turner, President and CEO Hannover Fairs USA, and Jim Glionna, Chairman and Founder Newcom Business Media. Photo: NACV

Organizers of the first North American Commercial Vehicle Show held last week say they’re happy with the results of the show’s business-to-business concept and focus on global technology, and they learned how to improve the next one, to be held in 2019.

Tags: NACV Show

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