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September 11, 2015 - Industry News

Penske Offers Online Alternative Fuel Station Finder

Image via Penske

Penske Truck Leasing has created a website for finding publicly accessible fueling stations for heavy-duty alternative fueled vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing, CNG, LNG, Fueling Stations

September 11, 2015 - Industry News

Red Tape’s Huge Impact on Cost of Infrastructure Projects

Image: Common Good

Delays caused by securing approval for infrastructure projects cost the U.S. more than twice what it would cost to fix the infrastructure itself, according to a new report released by Common Good.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding

September 11, 2015 - Industry News

FTR Index Reflects Stronger Freight Forecast

Image: FTR

GDP growth in the second quarter could drive improvements in freight and FTR is forecasting double digit positive Trucking Conditions Index readings by the end of the year.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

September 11, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Offer $11M for Alternative-Fuel Trucks

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $11 million in available funding to support development and demonstration of alternative-fuel technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Grant Funding, Heavy-Duty Trucks, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants

September 11, 2015 - Product News

AT&T, Telogis Announce Global Telematics Partnership

AT&T Mobility CEO Glenn Lurie announces a partnership with Telogis. Photo courtesy of Telogis.

AT&T and Telogis have expanded an existing collaboration to provide widespread secure data access for Telogis' suite of fleet software and co-develop new connected services for vehicles around the globe.

Tags: AT&T, Fleet Management Software, Telogis, Connected Car

September 10, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Would Up Truck Weight Limit to 91,000 Pounds

Image: Federal Highway Administration

A bill that would allow individual states to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 91,000 pounds for tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle has been introduced by Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI).

Tags: Truck Size/Weight, U.S. House of Representatives

September 10, 2015 - Industry News

Fifth Wheel Model in Fatal Accident Recalled

January 2014 incident saw trailer dropping off the tractor's fifth wheel, striking two pickup trucks and killing their drivers. Fontaine says the unit was not defective, but will replace others like it.

Tags: Recalls, Fatal Accidents, Fifth Wheels, Fontaine Fifth Wheel, NHTSA

September 10, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Adds Fuel Tank Mounting Options for T270/T370

The steel rectangular fuel tanks are available in both 45 and 70 gallons with single fuel tank fuel systems, and available with hydraulic, air drum, or air disc brakes. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has added two new frame packaging options for fuel tank mounting on the T270 and T370 trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Spec'ing, Fuel Tanks

September 10, 2015 - Industry News

TMW Software Integrates With QuikQ Fuel Purchasing System

QuikQ’s Fuel Purchasing System will now integrate data from the TMW Systems Innovative transportation management software.

Tags: Fuel Cards, Fleet Management Software, TMW Systems, Integration

September 10, 2015 - Industry News

FCA Recalls 1M Ram Trucks for Faulty Wiring Harness

2014 Ram 1500 is one of the vehicles involved in this recall. Photo courtesy of FCA US.

The recall affects approximately 1.06 million model-year 2012-2014 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups as well as 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs.

Tags: Recalls, Ram Truck, FCA

September 10, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Shipments Rebound After One-Month Decline

Freight Transportation Services Index, July 2010 - July 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 0.6% in July from June, following a single month decline.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

September 10, 2015 - Global News

Navistar Gets $369 Million Military Order for Afghanistan

Trucks for Afghanistan are based on International WorkStar vocational chassis. Some will get armored cabs.  Photo: Navistar

The order consists of 2,293 vehicles based on WorkStar vocational chassis to support the Afghanistan Security Forces, with first deliveries in January.

Tags: Navistar, Military, International Trucks, Navistar Defense

September 9, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Vans Top-Sellers in 47 States

Graphic courtesy of Ford.

One of Ford's vans is the top selling van in 47 of the 50 U.S. states with the exception of only North Dakota, South Dakota, and New Hampshire.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Fleet Sales, Ford, Passenger Vans

September 9, 2015 - Industry News

XPO Logistics to Buy Con-way in $3 Billion Deal

XPO Logistics announced late Wednesday that it is buying Con-way Inc. in a $3 billion deal that will make XPO the second largest LTL provider in North America and expand its global contract logistics platform.

Tags: 3PL, LTL, Mergers & Acquisitions, Con-way Inc., XPO Logistics

September 9, 2015 - Industry News

We're Looking for the 50 Greenest Fleets

Heavy Duty Trucking wants to identify some of the "greenest" fleets in the country for our 2015 Top Green Fleets issue and at the same time learn more about our nation's fleets.

Tags: Top Fleets, Green Fleets, Survey, Awards

September 9, 2015 - Industry News

TCA Seeks Best Fleets to Drive For Nominations

Last year's Best Fleets to Drive For nominees. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge are seeking nominations from professional truck drivers for the annual Best Fleets to Drive For contest.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Contest, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For

September 9, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Adds 125 Hybrid Step Vans

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS has purchased 125 Workhorse E-Gen gasoline-electric hybrid step vans to reduce operating costs and save fuel, the Atlanta-based parcel delivery company announced. The E-Gen trucks will be replacing gasoline-powered vehicles.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Delivery Fleets, Step Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 9, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Van, Refrigerated Rates Rebound Slightly

Spot truckload van and refrigerated freight rates finally recovered a little last week after a period of higher demand and declining fuel surcharges, while flatbeds continued to lose ground, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 9, 2015 - Industry News

Ram 1500 Trucks Recalled for Electrical Short Risk

Photo of Ram 1500 truck courtesy of FCA US.

The recall affects 1,655 2014-2015 model-year Ram 1500 diesel 4x2 trucks.

Tags: Recalls, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Diesel Trucks, FCA, Large Pickups

September 9, 2015 - Product News

Orbcomm Offers Services Through Mobile Apps

Orbcomm has launched OrbcommMobile, which offers mobile apps for the company’s services and its Orbcommconnect subscriber management portal.

Tags: Reefers, ORBCOMM, Asset Tracking, Mobile Apps

September 8, 2015 - Industry News

Welcome to My Cab Episode Follows Husband and Wife Team

The Zelten's green Volvo VNL 730, nicknamed "Kermit." Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo’s latest episode of its Welcome to My Cab video series features a husband and wife owner-operator team and their custom Volvo VNL 730.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Video Series, Owner-Operators

September 8, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Considers Euro Fleet Replacement Model

Photo of Royal Mail vans via Wikipedia.

The U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General (OIG) has recommended four best practices and strategies for replacing vehicles based on a study of postal operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland.

Tags: Diesel, Vehicle Purchasing, Replacement Cycles, United Kingdom, USPS

September 8, 2015 - Product News

DAT Offers Freight Market Analytics Online

Image: DAT Solutions

DAT Solutions has launched an online analytics service for transportation and logistics professionals to access truck and load data on the 149 North American markets with the highest concentrations of inbound and outbound freight.

Tags: Freight, Analytics, Load Board, DAT Solutions

September 8, 2015 - Industry News

How Long Will Congress Keep Highway Bill on Back Burner?

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The Capitol Hill recess is finally over and trucking can hope that during their weeks away from Capitol Hill, every Member of Congress heard earfuls from constituents about the abysmal condition of roads and bridges in their home states and districts.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill

September 8, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Price Reversal Ends 14-Week Decline

Source: EIA

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel rose for the first time in 3 ½ months, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

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