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March 7, 2016 - Industry News

Loop Energy, Peterbilt to Build Zero-Emission Truck

Photo courtesy of Loop Energy

Loop Energy will use a newly acquired $7.5 million grant to accelerate deployment of its new zero-emission powertrain for heavy-duty trucks. The company plans to install the powertrain in a Peterbilt Class 8 truck and deliver it to a customer for testing.

Tags: Class 8, Powertrains, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Hydrogen

March 7, 2016 - Product News

USA Truck Installs PedalCoach Driver App in Fleet

USA Truck has installed LinkeDrive’s PedalCoach mobile application in its fleet of trucks, designed to coach better driving habits to increase fuel efficiency.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, USA Truck, Mobile Apps

March 7, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA: CSA Raw Data Publicly Visible Again

As of March 7, CSA "raw data" is once again publicly visible on FMCSA website, according to the agency. Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on March 7 that it has restored to public view its “absolute measures” of the safety performance of motor carriers of property.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA

March 7, 2016 - Product News

Goodyear Opens Tire and Service Centers in 5 Cities

Photo: Goodyear

Goodyear has opened five new Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers offering truck tires, retreads and Goodyear-Fleet HQ Roadside Service.

Tags: New Facility, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Goodyear Commercial, Tires

March 7, 2016 - Industry News

FBI Says Suspect Planned Gold Heist for a Year

Stock photo of gold bars by Andrzej Barabasz (Chepry) via Wikipedia

The man arrested by the FBI in last year's heist of nearly $5 million in gold from a tractor-trailer on I-95 in North Carolina allegedly spent a year planning the robbery, including planting a GPS tracker and a remote-controlled pepper spray device in the truck.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

TMC Chairman Takes Aim at Technician Shortage

Doug White, 2016-2017 TMC chairman. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

While the technician shortage can’t be fixed tomorrow, Doug White believes it’s time for trucking to up its game when it comes to long-term solutions. Learn more in this interview with the new chairman of the Technology & Maintenance Council.

Tags: Technician Shortage, TMC

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

Eaton's Procision Transmission Wins 2016 TWNA Technical Achievement Award

Photo: Eaton

Eaton’s Procision dual-clutch automatic transmission has won the 2016 Technical Achievement Award from the Truck Writers of North America.

Tags: Dual-Clutch, Eaton Corporation, Truck Writers of North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, TWNA Technical Achievement Award

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

Alliance AutoGas Converts F-150 in Record Time

Alliance Autogas technicians (l to r) Stephen Holland and Stacey Snyder. Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Alliance AutoGas' technicians converted a Ford F-150 truck to run on propane autogas in one hour and 32 minutes. The company set the record for the fastest recorded alternative fuel conversion.

Tags: Alliance AutoGas, Work Truck Show, Propane Autogas, Bi-Fuel Conversions

March 4, 2016 - Product News

Rand McNally to Update IntelliRoute Software

Photo: Rand McNally

Rand McNally is launching an updated version of its IntelliRoute with MileMaker routing and mileage calculation software with improvements to help users plan routes more efficiently.

Tags: Mileage, Fleet Management Software, Rand McNally, Routing, IntelliRoute

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

Used Class 3-8 Vehicle Values End 2015 Strong

Used commercial vehicle transactions of GVW 3-8 vehicles were just over 176,000 units during the last quarter of the 2015 calendar year, up 14.3 percent from the same time period in 2014 calendar year.

Tags: IHS Automotive, Market Analysis, Used Vehicle Sales

March 4, 2016 - Product News

Reyco Granning Debuts Auxiliary Lift-Axle Suspensions

Photo: David Cullen

Reyco Granning introduced its new LiftMaster family of auxiliary lift-axle suspensions at the NTEA Work Truck Show— the ALAP-13 (PS) steerable and ALAP-13 (NS) non-steerable-- for heavy-duty Class 7/8 trucks.

Tags: Reyco Granning, Lift Axles, NTEA

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Entry-Level Driver Training Rule

Behind-the-wheel training is the focus of the proposal.

Proposed national entry-level driver training requirements focus on a minimum amount of behind-the-wheel training.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Driver Training

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

Bimbo Bakeries Adds 84 Propane Autogas Trucks

Photo: Bimbo Bakeries

Bimbo Bakeries USA has added 84 propane autogas-fueled trucks to deliver its bread and baked goods in Chicago, Denver, and Washington, D.C., vehicle modifier ROUSH CleanTech announced at the Work Truck Show.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Bimbo Bakeries, Delivery Fleets, Ford F-59

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Improves Despite Trucking Losses

Gains in total U.S. employment remain strong, with a new report showing non-farm payrolls increased in February from the month before. A renowned economist said this week the U.S. economic picture is one of the brightest on the world’s economic stage.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

March 3, 2016 - Industry News

Ryder Offering 3 Classes of Pre-Owned Vehicles

Ryder System announced three new pre-owned vehicle categories to help customers find vehicles that fit their needs and budgets.

Tags: Ryder System, Used Trucks, Pre-Owned

March 3, 2016 - Product News

Mack Offers Single-Package Aftertreatment System

Image via Mack Trucks

The Mack ClearTech One is a single-package exhaust aftertreatment system that combines the diesel particulate filter, selective catalytic reduction and diesel exhaust fluid dosing system into one unit.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Exhaust, Diesel Particulate Filter, Vocational Trucks, SCR, DEF, Diesel Emissions

March 3, 2016 - Industry News

Nestlé Waters Adds 155 Propane Autogas Trucks

Photo: Nestlé Waters

Nestlé Waters North America has expanded its propane autogas fleet by adding 155 Ford F-650 beverage delivery trucks powered by the alternative fuel.

Tags: Nestle, EPA, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford F-650

March 3, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Demand Still Slow for February

Class 8 truck orders were down as demand fell slightly compared to January, according to the early February numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

March 3, 2016 - Industry News

ODFL Tonnage Up from Year Earlier

The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has reported increases in freight for the first two months of 2016, including tons per day growing 2% and 3.2% for January and February, respectively, compared to the same time in 2015.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Tonnage

March 3, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Activity Turns Around, ‘Beige Book’ Improves

New factory orders and shipments rebounded at least somewhat in January, while measures of business investment and inventories also improved, according to new Commerce Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Non-Manufacturing, Federal Reserve, Factory Shipments

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Alcoa Expands Lightweight Medium-Duty Wheel Lineup

Aluminum wheel for Ford Transit vans. Image: Alcoa.

Alcoa announced new additions to its M-Series aluminum wheel lineup for medium-duty Sprinter and Ford Transit vans and for GM 3500/4500 chassis at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Alcoa

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Detroit DD5 Engine Rollout Later This Year

Detroit DD5 medium-duty engine. Image: DTNA

Daimler Truck North America said its new Detroit DD5 medium-duty engine will be available for ordering later this year in Freightliner Class 5/6 M2106 trucks...

Tags: Freightliner, Detroit, Daimler Trucks North America

March 2, 2016 - Product News

Telogis Debuts Global Navigation Mobile App

Photo: Telogis

Telogis has introduced its Telogis Navigation Global Edition mobile app for the iPhone and iPad, the company announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Tags: Telogis, Navigation, Mobile Apps

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth Expands T680 and T880 Options

Photo: Jim Park

Kenworth is offering new collision mitigation, severe-duty suspension, and DEF configuration options on its T680 and T880 truck models.

Tags: Kenworth, DEF, T880, T680, Collision Mitigation

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Ram Truck Models Receive More PTO Options

Photo: Lauren Fletcher

Ram Commercial has announced a new power take-off option for the Ram Chassis Cab — a left side PTO rated at 60 horsepower of output available in gas and diesel 4x4 models.

Tags: Upfitting, PTO, Chassis Cab, Ram Commercial Truck

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