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May 10, 2016 - Industry News

Specialty Firm Announces New Electric Road Tractor

Nikola One's components sit low on the frame and at the wheels for excellent stability, the company says. Composite body panels offer strength and are light in weight. Image: Nikola Motor Co.

Nikola Motor (as in Nikola Tesla) says it's developing a 2,000-hp turbine hybrid-electric highway tractor whose operating costs will be half that of a diesel truck.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Nikola Tesla, New Vehicles

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

U.S., Canadian Spot Freight Markets See Lower Monthly Volumes

Graphic: DAT Solutions

Two separate measures of spot market truck freight volume turned lower in April following an improvement the month before.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, TransCore Link Logistics

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar's OnCommand Connection Hits 200,000 VINs

Navistar, Inc. announced subscriptions to OnCommand Connection (OCC), the company's open architecture remote diagnostics system, have surpassed the 200,000 vehicle mark.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Navistar, Navistar OnCommand

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Plateau, Crude Oil Decreases

The price of diesel fuel plateaued last week, increasing by less than a cent nationally, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Program Grants Amnesty to California Carriers That Misclassify Drivers

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office is accepting applications for an amnesty program that will allow carriers to reclassify drivers as employees and avoid liability for misclassifying them as independent contractors.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Employment, Independent Contractors, Drivers, California

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Jury Awards $22.7M for Fatal Fleet Crash

A Cook County, Ill., jury ruled against a food refrigeration company and its former fleet driver who allegedly had drugs in his system at the time of a 2012 accident.

Tags: Liability, Fatal Accidents, Drugged Driving, Court Rulings, Drivers

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

FTR's New Index Shows Somewhat Positive Intermodal Conditions

FTR's new Intermodal Competitive Index indicated that intermodal conditions were generally positive but not stellar.

Tags: Industry Research, Intermodal, FTR

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

IANA Expects Intermodal Volume Increases this Year

Source: IANA

Intermodal volume in the first quarter of 2016 increased, underscoring the segment's core strengths despite other indicators, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s latest report.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, IANA

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: TravelCenters Posts Near $10 Million Loss

Lower fuel prices propelled truckstop operator TravelCenters of America from a profit to a loss in the first quarter of the year, but that’s not keeping it from going ahead with expansion plans.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Petro Stopping Centers, Truckstops, Travel Centers of America, Earnings

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Propane Autogas Ford F-150 Hits Northwest in Coast-to-Coast Tour

Propane vehicles are displacing about 1 million gallons of gasoline and 1,600 cubic-feet of greenhouse gas emissions annually in the Seattle area. (PHOTO: Joanne Tucker)

Alliance Autogas began its coast-to-coast tour in Kansas, with the propane-converted pickup making it up to Washington in just a few short days before it continues on to California. The ride is to support the message to fleets that "it’s really not that hard to convert."

Tags: Ford F-150, Alliance AutoGas, Propane Autogas, Ford, Propane Conversion, #AAGRoadTrip

May 6, 2016 - Industry News

Day-Cab Fleets Missing Out on Aerodynamic Benefits

Photo: Peterbilt

Day-cab tractors have lagged behind sleeper equipped models in aerodynamic development fleets are missing out of fuel efficiency gains, according to the latest NACFE Confidence Report.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Aerodynamics, NACFE, Fuel Efficiency, Day cabs

May 6, 2016 - Industry News

Carrier Honors Marangoni With Partner of the Year Award

Mike Elliott of M-S Logistics (left) hands the Partner of the Year Award to Bill Sweatman, president of Marangoni Tread N.A. Photo: Marangoni Tread N.A.

M-S Logistics has presented their Partner of the Year award to Marangoni Tread North America. The award was presented by M-S Logistics’ safety and maintenance director Mike Elliott.

Tags: Tires, Awards, Retreads, Marangoni

May 6, 2016 - Industry News

Canadian Trucking Alliance Offers Help in Alberta Fire

Screenshot via RedCross.ca

The Canadian Trucking Alliance is asking its members to donate to the Red Cross to help thousands of people who have been affected by the Fort McMurray fire in Alberta, Canada.

Tags: Fire, Red Cross, Canadian Trucking Alliance, Donations

May 6, 2016 - Industry News

$23 Million Phoenix Kenworth Dealership Opens

Photo: Inland Kenworth

The truck dealership group Inland Kenworth has opened a new $23 million dealership in Phoenix, Ariz., as part of an 83-acre business park with a truck stop, truck wash, and trailer dealership.

Tags: Kenworth, Arizona, Truck Dealers, Dealers

May 5, 2016 - Industry News

Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America Appoints New CEO

Mark Denny Photo: Webasto

Webasto’s North America Thermo & Comfort Division has appointed Mark Denny as its new president and CEO.

Tags: Leadership, People, Webasto

May 5, 2016 - Industry News

Heico Acquires German Cargo Securement Products Company

Photo via Wistra

Cargo securement manufacturer and supplier Heico has acquired Wistra GmbH Cargo Control, a German cargo securement products company.

Tags: Cargo Securement, Ancra, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 5, 2016 - Industry News

Former Driver Involved in Deadly Shooting at Knight Facility

A former Knight Transportation truck driver killed one man and injured two others before committing suicide at a Knight facility in Katy, Texas.

Tags: People, Knight Transportation

May 5, 2016 - Product News

Adrian Steel Offers Composite Van Partitions

Photo of a composite partition in a Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Adrian Steel.

Adrian Steel has introduced a line of composite partitions for cargo vans that provide more leg room and better climate control for the driver.

Tags: Adrian Steel, Partitions, Cargo Van

May 5, 2016 - Product News

Automotive Distribution Network Offers Members Telematics Solution

Photo via Innova Fleet Services

The Automotive Distribution Network has partnered with Innova Fleet Services to provide the group’s members with a telematics solution to efficiently manage small- and medium-sized fleets.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Software, Vehicle Tracking

May 5, 2016 - Product News

Aljex Offers Auto-Posting for Load Boards

Aljex Software has implemented a new feature called Auto-Post for its trucking module, allowing dispatchers and asset managers to post available equipment to load boards with a single click.

Tags: Dispatch, Brokers, Load Board, Aljex Software, Truckstop.com

May 5, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Roadrunner Profit Dives; XPO, USA Truck Report Losses

Loose capacity and a sluggish economy in the first quarter helped drive down earnings for Roadrunner, XPO and USA Truck.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, USA Truck, XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

May 5, 2016 - Industry News

AMP Americas Launches Biogas Division

AMP Americas has launched ampRENEW, a biogas division dedicated to the company’s growing renewable fuel business that has entered into fueling agreements with Dillon Transport and Ruan Transportation Management Systems.

Tags: Renewable Fuel, Dillon Transport, AMP Americas, Biogas, Renewable Natural Gas

May 5, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Stall, Available Loads Increase

The number of spot market loads jumped 9% during the final week of April compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, but rates showed hardly any improvements.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 4, 2016 - Industry News

California Awards $23.6 Million for Electric Drayage Trucks

California is awarding $23.6 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District for a statewide zero-emission drayage truck development and demonstration project.

Tags: Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero Emissions, Hybrid Trucks

May 4, 2016 - Product News

First Vehicle Service Technicians to Use Mitchell 1 Repair Software

Screenshot via Mitchel 1

Mitchell 1 has reached an agreement to provide repair information, diagnostics, estimating and maintenance software to the fleet management and maintenance services provider First Vehicle Services.

Tags: First Vehicle Services, Software, Mitchell 1, Technicians, Repair Shops

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