May 13, 2015 - Industry News
U.S. retail sales in April were virtually unchanged from March, according to a Commerce Department report released Wednesday morning.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Penske Truck Leasing a $400,000 grant for the company’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Demonstration and Enhanced Driver Experience Project, to be administered by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Tags: Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants
The first day of the Fleet Safety Conference is packed with sessions and panel discussions on creating a positive safety culture within a company at the corporate and fleet level.
Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media
Exclusive — Diamond Specialty Vehicles LLC hopes to begin producing Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks, tractors and glider kits, mostly for vocational use, later this year, promising quality and simplicity.
Tags: Cummins, OEM, Diamond T, Diamond Reo, T-Line Truck, Glider Kits
May 12, 2015 - Industry News
Daimler Trucks North America will not be exhibiting at the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2016, saying it is moving to an every-other-year format similar to the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany.
Tags: Events, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America
The ATA is urging Congress to quickly adopt a short-term measure to keep the Highway Trust Fund afloat to help ensure that a comprehensive long-term highway bill gets passed in this calendar year.
Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, American Trucking Associations
Natural gas engine provider Westport Innovations Inc. said last week it thinned financial losses in the second quarter of the year despite a 30% drop in revenue.
Tags: Natural Gas Engines, Earnings, Cummins Westport, Westport Innovations, Engines
This year’s Fleet Technology Expo is bringing back Green Fleet Conference’s Green Ride and Drive Event, offering attendees the chance to get behind the wheel of green vehicles from major manufacturers.
Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Ride and Drive, Test Drive, Fleet Technology Expo
The national average cost of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel rose slightly to $2.878, continuing a four-week streak of price increases. The national average cost of a gallon of gasoline also increased this week, gaining 2.7 cents to $2.691.
Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
While the number of incidents of cargo thefts in the U.S. declined in the first quarter of the year from the same time in 2014, the average value of each heist jumped 25%, according to the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.
Tags: Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime
North American freight shipment volume and payments were up for the third month in a row during April, according to the latest readings from the Cass Freight Index.
Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index
May 11, 2015 - Industry News
Trucking brought in over $700 billion, the highest revenue ever for the industry, according to an American Trucking Associations report.
Tags: ATA, Revenues, Industry Trends
Spot market freight volume in April followed a typical seasonal pattern, declining 10% from March, while rates posted a more moderate drop
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
Cummins has pledged both to reduce carbon emissions from its products in-use and to streamline the logistics of the company’s managed freight as part of a global sustainability effort.
Tags: Sustainability, Cummins, Carbon Footprint
President Obama has announced he will nominate Greg Nadeau to serve as the next Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Nadeau, 58, will replace Victor Mendez, who in July was named Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation.
Tags: FHWA, People, Leadership
The FTR Trucking Conditions Index fell slightly in March to a reading of 7.3, reflecting lessened demand for truck services and normalizing fuel costs.
Tags: Economy, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Manufacturing
HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park gets a right-hand-seat view of Daimler Truck's Inspiration Truck and the Highway Pilot autonomous control system in action.
Tags: DTNA, Freightliner Cascadia, Autonomous Drive, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America
May 8, 2015 - Industry News
Trucking technology executives talked about strategies, gamification, analytics and more during the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.
Tags: Information Technology, ALK Transportation Technology Summit
OEM powertrain integration will ultimately positively disrupt the telematics industry, according to Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.
Tags: OEM, ALK Transportation Technology Summit, Telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, Diagnostics
Compressed natural gas fueling company ampCNG announced that its fleet of Class 8 CNG trucks has surpassed 30 million miles.
Tags: CNG, ampCNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Renewable Dairy Fuels
ShipCarsNow and Ready Auto Transport have joined forces to provide truck or rail transportation to vehicle shippers as a response to increasing volumes for remarketed and new cars.
Tags: ShipCarsNow, Cox Automotive, Ready Auto Transport, Vehicle Transportation, Railroads
In an operation the FBI called "theft and greed on a large scale," a former insurance broker has pleaded guilty to bilking nearly 800 trucking companies out of $3.7 million for phony cargo insurance.
Tags: Insurance, Georgia, Crime & Fraud
Unemployment in the U.S. fell in April, hitting a near seven-year low following weak job additions in the first quarter of the year.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment
May 7, 2015 - Industry News
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has appointed Berend Bracht as president and CEO and a member of its executive board, effective July 1, 2015.
Tags: Leadership, Bosch, People, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems
May 7, 2015 - Product News
Kenworth is offering Eaton's 10-speed UltraShift Plus VAS transmission on selected medium-duty trucks for the first time, including the T370, T440 and T470 equipped with the 8.9-liter Paccar PX-9 engine.
Tags: Kenworth, Eaton, Medium-Duty Trucks, UltraShift Plus
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