July 22, 2016 - Industry News
Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk plans to build a battery-electric pickup truck, heavy-duty truck, and a bus that would turn the driver into a "fleet manager," according to his Master Plan, Part Deux.
Tags: Tesla Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Class 8, Electric Trucks
McNel Septic Services in Ravensdale, Wash., has doubled productivity on a route by properly spec'ing a Kenworth T880 to maximize payload while still being nimble enough to maneuver in residential neighborhoods, according to Kenworth.
Tags: Kenworth, Vocational Trucks, Kenworth T880, Spec'ing
Compressed natural gas fuel systems maker Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies has been acquired by Douglas Acquisitions, a Northern California-based private equity firm.
Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, CNG, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies
Westport Fuel Systems named Nancy Gougarty the company’s chief executive officer, effective immediately to replace the retiring David Demers.
Tags: Leadership, Alternative Fuels, People, Westport, Natural Gas
A new preliminary report shows U.S. manufacturing rising this month at its fastest pace since November 2015, following a post-Great-Recession low in May – "an encouraging sign of revival," says financial information services provider Markit.
Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators, Home Building
Profits for two trucking companies turned lower in the second quarter of the year while a third moved into the red, according to newly released earnings reports.
Tags: Economy, Werner Enterprises, Forward Air, Swift Transportation, Freight Rates, Fleet Earnings
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Roadcheck inspection blitz this year focused on tires, and an analysis of inspection data shows that tread depth was by far the most common violation cited.
Tags: Inspections, Tires, Roadcheck, Vigillo
July 21, 2016 - Industry News
The American Petroleum Institute is ramping up efforts to educate diesel engine users about the two new diesel engine oil standards it approved earlier this year, API CK-4 and FA-4.
Tags: API, PC-11, Engine Oils, Diesel Engine Oil
In preparation for the Democratic National Convention, PennDOT is reminding drivers that the Interstate 95 restriction near Philadelphia will start on July 23 at noon.
Tags: Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, Philadelphia, Road Closure
The American Trucking Associations has named four new members to senior leadership positions, according to the federation’s new president and CEO, Chris Spear.
Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Lobbying
July 21, 2016 - Product News
CarriersEdge is offering a new Border Crossing/C-TPAT training course for drivers, covering security and threat awareness, security inspections and successful border crossing.
Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Driver Training, CarriersEdge
Spot truckload freight rates switched patterns over the past week, following seasonal highs hit by vans and reefers and a decline in flatbeds, as overall cargo volume was lower than anticipated, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
Car and truck maker Daimler AG reported a slight increase in its second quarter profit, but it expects significantly lower truck sales for this year. Meanwhile, one supplier is feeling the effects of the slowing North American commercial vehicle market.
Tags: Economy, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America
July 20, 2016 - Industry News
Moderating new truck production and trade-ins have avoided layoffs and a greater glut of used trucks on dealers' lots, Dennis Slagle says.
Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Mack Granite
The San Diego Port Tenants Association (SDPTA) received a $5.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to fund the development of 10 all-electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles for operation at the Port of San Diego.
Tags: Grant Funding, Battery-Electric Vehicles, State Grants, Ports
Truckload linehaul rates in June were nearly the same as the month before, but they are still below levels from a year ago, while there seems to be no end to the recent drop in rates for intermodal shipments.
Tags: Economy, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates, Freight Capacity
Asset-light trucking and related services provider Landstar System reported a 20% second quarter decline in earnings due to lower revenue and a big insurance claim.
Tags: Economy, Landstar, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings
A high number of dry van trailer order cancellations caused the trailer market to perform below expectations in June, as U.S. net trailer orders fell 10% from the month before and 56% compared to June 2015.
Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, FTR, Trailer Orders
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is delaying the implementation of the final stage of its simplified online registration process, called the Unified Registration System.
Tags: FMCSA, Fleet Safety, Vehicle Registration, Department of Transportation
Fitzgerald Glider Kits has finalized the purchase of two Peterbilt dealerships in the southwest region of Virginia, formerly known by the name Performance Peterbilt of Bristol.
Tags: Peterbilt, Dealership, Mergers & Acquisitions, Glider Kits
Volvo Trucks North America has named Jeff Lester senior vice president of sales, a newly created position within the company, effective Aug. 1.
Tags: Leadership, Truck Sales, People, Volvo Trucks North America
July 19, 2016 - Industry News
Years of work in the lab and millions of miles of road testing has culminated in three new Rotella engine oils formulated to meet the API CK-4 and FA-4 oil-service categories that will start coming on the market later this year.
Tags: Engine Oils, PC-11, Shell Rotella
Southern Freight Services' director of safety, human resources and recruiting, Kelsey Wolfe, was awarded Heavy Duty Trucking’s 2016 Safety & Compliance Award during a ceremony on July 19 at the Fleet Safety Conference.
Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance
Temperature-controlled carrier Marten Transport reported an increase in its second quarter earnings. Although it's another small gain, it did beat analysts' expectations.
Tags: Economy, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings
Freight shipments and expenditures edged up in June after three months of lackluster performance, hitting their highest levels of the year, according to the Cass Freight Index – but it remains unclear if this is part of a larger trend.
Tags: Economy, Freight Rates, Freight Volume, Freight Capacity, Cass Freight Index
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