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May 4, 2017 - Industry News

TRALA Outlines Steps to Prevent Truck Ramming Terrorism

Photo: Jim Park

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association has created a new brochure outlining ways that rental truck company employees can help prevent truck-related terror attacks.

Tags: TRALA, Department of Homeland Security, Terrorism, TSA, Safety

May 4, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Sentiment Report: Things Are Good, Not Great

Photo: International

The outlook of fleets in the second quarter of 2017 was generally positive, but it was not much better than in the early part of the year, according to a survey by CK Commercial Vehicle Research.

Tags: Productivity, Survey, Driver Shortage, Truck Orders, CKCVR

May 4, 2017 - Product News

Kenworth Offers OnGuardActive on T680, T880

A Kenworth T680 demonstrating the Meritor Wabco OnGuardActive safety system. Photo: Kenworth

The Meritor Wabco OnGuardActive radar-based safety system is now available as an option on Kenworth T680 and T880 models.

Tags: Kenworth, Collision Avoidance Technology, Meritor Wabco, T880, T680

May 4, 2017 - Industry News

FTC Greenlights Knight-Swift Merger

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The mega-merger of Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation has moved a step closer to completion with the Federal Trade Commission granting its approval.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Swift Transportation, Knight Transportation, Knight-Swift

May 4, 2017 - Industry News

Hino Manufacturing Resets U.S. Management Structure

Logo: Hino

Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. has appointed a new management team that includes a chairman, president, and two executive vice presidents that places emphasis on North American expertise, according to the truck maker.

Tags: Hino, Promotions, Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A.

May 3, 2017 - Product News

Lightning Hybrids Renames Itself Lightning Systems

Rendering courtesy of Lightning Systems.

Loveland, Colo.-based Lightning Hybrids has renamed itself as Lightning Systems and will release several new fleet products this year, including a new vehicle analytics system, the company announced today.

Tags: Vehicle Modifiers, Branding, Lightning Systems, Refuse Fleets

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Geotab to Track Fuel Efficiency for Run on Less Roadshow

Screenshot via Run on Less

Run on Less, a cross-country roadshow to showcase fuel efficiency advancements, has partnered with telematics provider Geotab to install its devices on all trucks participating in the three-week event to track their progress.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Geotab, NACFE, NACV Show

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Hold as Load Volume Gains Slightly

Graphic: DAT

The final week of any month usually means a bump in freight activity as shippers move goods prior to closing their books. However, the number of loads posted on the DAT network of load boards edged up just 2% for the the week ending April 29, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO Logistics Glows while USA Truck, Celadon Deal with Woes

One of the biggest names in trucking reported first quarter earnings this week showing it had turned its fortunes around for the better, while losses grew at another fleet and a third’s financial problems were surrounded not only by questions of its accounting practices but also about its long-term survival.

Tags: Celadon Trucking Services, Celadon Group, USA Truck, XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Campaigning Digitally for Driving Force

Photo: Swift

Swift Transportation has announced a new strategic marketing campaign called Swift’s Driving Force that's aimed at reaching new drivers by highlighting the company’s culture, size, and emphasis on people.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Swift Transportation, Online Marketing

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Climb 4% in April

Class 8 truck orders had a solid month in April, meeting expectations and beating the previous month, according to early numbers from FTR and ACT Research.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR, Stifel Nicolaus

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Webinar Offers Solution for Reducing Transportation Spend

Source: Ryder System, Inc.

Ryder's Kirk Morton and Nicole Smith will help you understand your transportation infrastructure and show you how to reduce your transportation spend.

Tags: Leasing, Total Cost of Ownership, Ryder

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

In Financial Pickle, Celadon Shuffles Management, Ups Liquidity

Photo: Celadon

Celadon Group has announced changes in its top management and a new line of credit, noting that it expects to report a significant operational loss for the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Leadership, Financial Report, Credit Lines/Ratings, Celadon Group, People

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Republic Services Expands Twin Cities CNG-Powered Fleet

Event guests took a tour of the new CNG trucks. (Photo courtesy of Republic)

Republic Services unveiled today a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station and more than 50 new CNG-powered trucks to serve customers throughout the Twin Cities region. The new CNG trucks are replacing older, diesel-powered trucks in the Company’s Twin Cities-based fleet.

Tags: Republic Services, CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Refuse Fleets

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Ford F-650, F-750 Receive Performance and Service Updates

Photo of 2018 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has updated its Class 6 to 7 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks with performance and service improvements for the 2018 model-year.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2018-MY, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford F-Series

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Group Crafts New Terminology to Describe Emerging Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Daimler Trucks North America was one of 34 leading automotive companies that helped CTA compile its list of new technology terms.<br />Photo: Freightliner

The Consumer Technology Association, working in conjunction with leading automotive and trucking industry OEMs and suppliers, has worked out a “common lexicon” to help consumers better understand the terms and concepts associated with autonomous vehicle technologies.

Tags: technology, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Alcoa Looks to Detroit for Styling

Alcoa displayed a few prototype black aluminum wheels at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photos: Jim Park

Alcoa is looking at the potential of producing a black version of the Dura-Bright Evo wheel. The company brought a few prototypes to the Mid-America Trucking Show, trying to see if people noticed them and asked about them.

Tags: Alcoa, Wheels, MATS

May 2, 2017 - Product News

Stoughton to Install TopKit Aero System on Rental, Lease Trailers

The TopKit Aero System Image: SmartTruck

Stoughton Lease will begin installation of SmartTruck TopKit Aero Systems on across its entire fleet of rental and lease trailers.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, SmartTruck, Aerodynamics, Stoughton Trailers, Top 20 Products, Trailers

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Congestion, Distracted Driving, HOS Top ATRI's Research Priorities

The American Transportation Research Institute has decided on its research priorities for 2017, approving studies on congestion, driver distraction, hours of service, and autonomous truck technology, among others.

Tags: Research, Distracted Driving, HOS, ATRI, Congestion

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse Unveils PHEV Pickup Concept

Photo of Workhorse W-15 by Chris Brown.

Testing of the plug-in hybrid half-ton pickup begins this year, while production is slated for late 2018, the company says.

Tags: Workhorse, Large Pickups, Workhorse W-15, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Deploy Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck in California

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS will begin using a medium-duty delivery truck that uses gaseous hydrogen to power an electric battery and motor in Sacramento, California, with an eye toward expanding use of the alternative fuel after a successful test.

Tags: UPS, Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Delivery Fleets, Hydrogenics

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Developing Hydrogen Fuel Cell T680

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth announced that it is developing a prototype hydrogen fuel cell version of the T680 day cab for drayage tractor operation at Southern California ports.

Tags: Kenworth, Port of Los Angeles, SCAQMD, Port of Long Beach, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Fuel, Drayage, Alternative Fuels

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder to Distribute, Service Workhorse Trucks

Photo: Workhorse

Ryder System has formed a 10-year strategic partnership with Workhorse Group that makes Ryder the primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicles in North America, Ryder has announced.

Tags: Workhorse, Alternative Fuels, Ryder, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Drones, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Comments on Fuel Taxes for Highway Infrastructure

Sounds like Donald Trump was listening when ATA visited the White House. Photo: American Trucking Associations

A comment by President Trump in an interview has led to widespread reporting that the president would consider raising fuel taxes to help pay for infrastructure. His press secretary later emphasized that the comments did not indicate support for such a strategy.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Two Flatbed Carriers Merge With Daseke

Photo: The Schilli Companies

Two open deck specialized transportation companies, The Schilli Companies and Big Freight Systems, have merged with Daseke, which says it's the largest owner of open deck equipment in North America.

Tags: Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc., Canada

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