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March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Propane Autogas Vehicle Sales Increase 8%

Sales of propane autogas-fueled vehicles increased 8% to 14,000 in 2016 compared to the year before, according to data from the Propane Education and Research Council.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Propane Conversion, Alternative Fuels

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Port of LA Hosts Live Platooning Demonstration

Photo via Port of Los Angeles Twitter

Private and public transportation partners conducted a partially automated truck platooning demonstration in California Wednesday at the Los Angeles Port complex and along the Interstate 110 freeway.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Caltrans, Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, California, Ports, Intermodal

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Rise as Volume Soars

Spot truckload freight volume jumped 17% for the week ending March 4 compared to the previous week while rates responded with the first week-over-week increase in national averages in more than a month, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 8, 2017 - Product News

Onboard Diagnostics Pitched as a Leveler for Natural Gas Trucks

Agility Fuel Solutions has introduced Blue iQ, a proprietary technology developed with Cummins to optimize fuel consumption and uptime through on-board diagnostics.

Tags: Cummins, Natural Gas Vehicles, Agility Fuel Systems

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Titans of Tulsa-Themed SuperRigs Contest Set for May

Photo: Shell Rotella

The 35th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs meet will be held May 18-20 at the Exchange Center Expo Square in Tulsa Okla., with the theme of "Titans of Tulsa."

Tags: Shell Rotella, Contest, Events, Shell SuperRigs

March 8, 2017 - Product News

MacroPoint Integrates Load Tracking with Oracle TMS

MacroPoint has announced a partnership with Eminent Global Logistics, an Oracle PartnerNetwork member, to integrate its load tracking platform with Oracle Transportation Management solutions.

Tags: Macropoint, Freight, Integration, Asset Tracking

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Remain Steady

The Freight Transportation Services Index, Jan. 2012 - Jan. 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

While the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation sector was unchanged in January from December, according to a new Transportation Department report, it did manage a slight increase from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Alkane Explores Partnership with Cummins

Because of the overwhelming interest, Alkane has decided to include the option of a clean diesel fuel engine in its Dominator Class 7-8 series trucks. (Photo: Alkane Truck Company)

Alkane Truck Company is exploring a supply agreement with diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc., to offer clean diesel engine options for Alkane’s line of heavy-duty trucks and off-road vehicles.

Tags: Cummins, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Alkane Truck Company, Alkane Dominator, Alternative-Fuel Trucks

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Vipar's President Baer Named CEO

Chris Baer Photo: Vipar Heavy Duty

Vipar Heavy Duty has successfully completed its leadership succession plan with the board of directors, naming company president Chris Baer as its new CEO effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, Vipar Heavy Duty, People

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse Receives 2,000-Plus Letters of Intent

Photo courtesy of Workhorse

Workhorse Group Inc. announced it has received Letters of Intent from fleets totaling 2,150 of the Workhorse W-15 electric pickup trucks, from such companies as Duke Energy, Portland General Electric, the City of Orlando, Southern California Public Power Authority, and Clean Fuels Ohio.

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Takes Upfitting Online with Body Builder Portal

The Mack Granite dump model. Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has introduced the Mack Body Builder Portal, which brings all of the company’s body-builder resources together in a single online location.

Tags: Upfitting, Mack Trucks, Online Tool, Body Builders

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Grants Fund Green Tech Despite Uncertain Future

Photo: TransPower

While U.S. Department of Energy grants are still funding electric vehicle and alternative fuel technologies, it is uncertain how the Trump administration could affect this funding in the future.

Tags: Grant Funding, ACT Research, Alternative Fuels, DOE, Electric Vehicles, Donald Trump

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Melton Truck Lines Adds Stepdeck Trailers

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

Flatbed carrier Melton Truck Lines has added 53-foot stepdeck trailers to its fleet to allow the company to meet a broader scope of customer needs, the company announced.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Melton Truck Lines

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers All-Wheel Drive T880

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth’s flagship construction truck, the T880, is now available in an all-wheel drive configuration installed at the factory to speed delivery time and reduce costs.

Tags: Kenworth, Class 8, All-Wheel Drive, Kenworth T880, Vocational Trucks

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Wabash Names Final Mile and Distributed Services Exec

Kevin Page Photo: Wabash National

Wabash National has named Kevin Page as its vice president and general manager of final mile and distributed services.

Tags: Leadership, People, Wabash National

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Navistar Losses Nearly Double from Year Earlier

Navistar International Corp. on Tuesday announced its financial losses in the first quarter of 2017 nearly doubled from the same time a year ago due to lower truck volume and softer Class 8 truck sales.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Navistar International

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

AmeriPride Plans Record Electric Walk-in Van Order

Late last year, Motiv initially provided AmeriPride’s Vernon branch with 10 zero-emission step vans. The delivery vehicles feature up to 20% gradeability, 80 miles of range, and a 50% battery charge time of 2.5 hours. (Photo courtesy of Motiv)

After initially replacing 20% of its Vernon California fleet with electric delivery trucks, AmeriPride Services plans to add 20 additional walk-in vans equipped with the Motiv Power Systems all-electric powertrain to the company’s California fleet.

Tags: Motiv Power Systems, Delivery Fleets, AmeriPride, ROUSH CleanTech, Step Vans, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Full-Size Vans

March 6, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Inch Higher

Diesel prices in the U.S. have continued to move upward with a minor increase last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Fuel, Gasoline Prices

March 6, 2017 - Industry News

No 'Net Benefit' Found in Controversial 34-Hour Restart Provisions

Photo: Jim Park

A DOT study apparently has failed to “explicitly identify a net benefit” from two suspended provisions of the hours of service rules regarding the 34-hour restart.

Tags: Hours of Service, Office of Inspector General, 34-Hour Restart

March 6, 2017 - Industry News

Battery Design Offers Flexible, Safe Option for Commercial EVs

Photo via Kokam

Korean technology company Kokam has introduced a new battery called Xpand that is designed to improve battery safety and performance for commercial electric vehicles.

Tags: Dow Kokam, Batteries, Battery-Electric Vehicles

March 6, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Rising Factory Orders Latest Indicator of Interest Rate Hike

An increase in new factory orders is one of the latest economic signs that the Federal Reserve is moving close to another jump in interest rates, some analysts believe.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Factory Orders, Federal Reserve, Factory Shipments

March 6, 2017 - Product News

Morgan Launches NexGen Line of Truck Bodies

Photo: Morgan Corporation

Truck and van body maker Morgan Corporation has launched its NexGen line of truck bodies for dry freight and refrigerated applications.

Tags: Morgan Corporation, Truck Bodies, Lightweight Materials

March 6, 2017 - Product News

Eaton Tunes Transmissions for Vocational Fleets

Photo: Eaton

Eaton has created a new Aggressive Performance calibration for the company’s lineup of UltraShift Plus and Fuller Advantage automated manual transmissions aimed at vocational fleets.

Tags: Eaton, Vocational, Transmissions

March 3, 2017 - Product News

Teletrac Navman Guarantees ELD Compliance for Director HOS Platform

Image via Teletrac Navman

Teletrac Navman has guaranteed federally mandated ELD hours of service compliance for the company’s Director product platform.

Tags: Hours of Service, Teletrac, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 3, 2017 - Industry News

New Autonomous Startups Have Different Takes on Self-Driving Tech

Screenshot via Starksy Robotics YouTube Video

Startup companies Starsky Robotics and Drive.ai are the two latest additions to the burgeoning autonomous vehicle market, each offers a unique take on self-driving technology.

Tags: Start up, Autonomous Vehicles

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