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February 15, 2017 - Industry News

PG&E Unveils Plug-In Electric Truck

Photo courtesy of PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric Company has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid-electric Class 6 truck. The vehicle, developed by Efficient Drivetrains Incorporated, combines up to 50 miles of all-electric driving with 300 miles of driving range in hybrid mode.

Tags: PG&E, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Utility Fleets

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Bridge Report Finds Nearly 56,000 Bridges Still Need Attention

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association published an  interactive map showing the states with the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges. Source: ARTBA

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the 2016 National Bridge Inventory, which indicates that 55,710 bridges are structurally compromised-- including 13,000 that need replacement, widening, or major reconstruction.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Bridges

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Power Heavy Duty Network Adds 1 & 9 Chrome Shop

Power Heavy Duty has announced the addition of the 1 & 9 Chrome Shop based in Port Newark, N.J. as its newest member company.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Distributors, Power Heavy Duty

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Todco Holds 'Oldest Door' Contest to Mark 60th Anniversary

Todco is celebrating its 60th anniversary of manufacturing dry freight and insulated roll-up doors, dry freight swing doors, walk ramps, and aftermarket parts.

Tags: Anniversary, Roll-Up Doors, Todco

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Jump But Price Pressures Building

Retail sales, one of the largest drivers of the U.S. economy, advanced in January, pointing to increased overall growth in the first quarter of the year. At the same time, prices on the retail and wholesale level posted big gains, and the manufacturing component for industrial production ticked higher.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Wholesale Prices

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

DB Schenker Buys Stake in Online Freight-Matching Company uShip

Photo: DB Schenker

Global logistics company DB Schenker reportedly is taking a $25 million stake in U.S.-based uShip, which uses online technology to match freight shippers and carriers.

Tags: Information Technology, uShip, Global, Logistics, DB Schenker Logistics, Uber for Trucking

February 14, 2017 - Industry News

Trump’s Two-For-One Regulatory Fiat Spurs Court Challenge

Image: WhiteHouse.gov

A lawsuit brought by two high-profile public advocacy groups and a prominent labor union seeks to block the executive order signed by President Trump on Jan. 30 that directs federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new rule they issue.

Tags: FMCSA, NHTSA, Donald Trump, Regulations, Lawsuits

February 14, 2017 - Industry News

Spartan Sets Up Van Upfitting Near Transit Plant

Spartan Motors' fleet upfitting division has opened a new assembly facility in Kansas City to provide fleets with tailored upfits of cargo vans and other fleet vehicles in close proximity to Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant that produces the Transit full-size van.

Tags: Upfitting, Spartan Motors, Ford Transit, Ship-Thru, Van Equipment

February 14, 2017 - Press Release

Chevin Launches Fleetwave on Geotab Marketplace

Chevin Fleet Solutions announced that its enterprise-level software, FleetWave, is available via the Geotab Marketplace, a source for open IoT fleet management solutions.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management Software, Geotab, Internet of Things, Chevin

February 14, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Portland HQ Scores Top Green-Building Rating

Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America announced that its new corporate headquarters building in Portland, Ore., has been awarded the Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

Tags: Headquarters, Daimler Trucks North America, Sustainability

February 14, 2017 - Product News

Workhorse Touts Efficiency of Electric Delivery Trucks

Photo: Workhorse

Workhorse Group has announced that its medium-duty electric trucks are up to six times more efficient than comparable gasoline- or diesel-powered models.

Tags: Workhorse, Fuel Efficiency, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Rise for First Time in a Month

Diesel prices increased for the first time in four weeks, but overall have remained nearly flat during the same period of time.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

GPS Insight Launches ELD Solution

Photo courtesy of GPS Insight.

GPS Insight announced the launch of its new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solution, which bundles an Android tablet hardwired to a GPS tracking device.

Tags: Telematics, GPS Insight, Hours of Service, ELDs

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

Dana to Acquire Assets from U.S. Manufacturing Corporation

Dana has agreed to purchase the axle housing and driveline shaft manufacturing operations of U.S. Manufacturing Corporation.

Tags: Dana, Mergers & Acquisitions, Suppliers

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Index Drops Slightly as 2017 Begins

A measure of the spot truckload freight market edged downward in January as the level of freight settled into a typical post-holiday pattern, though at significantly elevated levels compared to this time last year.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept Highlights Van Upfitting

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz is showing a Metris concept van at the Chicago Auto Show that's designed to highlight its new MasterSolutions ship-through upfitting program.

Tags: Upfitting, Mercedes-Benz, Chicago Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Van Equipment, Concept Vehicles, Ship-Thru

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Quick-Thinking Highway Angel Saves Stricken Driver

David Webb Photo: TCA

The quick thinking and actions of Highway Angel David Webb saved the life of a dump truck driver suffering from heart failure on a Washington State highway.

Tags: Driver Health, TCA, Highway Angel

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Driver iQ Parent Firm Restructures and Rebrands under Cisive Name

Driver iQ, a provider of comprehensive background screening and driver monitoring services, has announced that its parent company, Carco Group, is changing its name to Cisive.

Tags: Background Checks, Screening, CARCO, Rebranding

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Names Vice President of Sales

Rob Myers Photo: Phillips Industries

Phillips Industries has promoted Rob Myers to vice president of sales after having served as director of sales since 2015.

Tags: Leadership, Phillips Industries, People, Promotions

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Names Dealer Council Members

Kenworth has named its 2017 Kenworth Dealer Council, featuring eight prominent executives representing more than 380 Kenworth dealerships in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Dealers

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Reading Truck Group Acquires Four PalFleet Truck Equipment Sites

Reading Truck Group will assume customers, staff, and assets at four PalFleet sites, acquiring its service body line. (Photo courtesy of PalFleet)

Reading Truck Group will assume customers, staff, and assets at four PalFleet sites: Council Bluffs, Iowa; Indianapolis; Louisville, Ky.; and Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: Upfitting, Palfinger, Service Bodies, Reading Truck Body, Mergers & Acquisitions, PalFleet

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler’s Global Truck Chief Bernhard Resigns

Wolfgang Bernhard Photo: Daimler AG

Wolfgang Bernhard has resigned from the Board of Management of Daimler AG, the company announced on Feb. 10.

Tags: Leadership, Daimler, People, Resignations

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Dart Ups Long-Haul Driver Pay

Photo: Dart Transit

Dart Transit has rolled out a pay increase for its over-the-road company truck drivers, the carrier announced.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Dart Transit

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

FTR, CKCVR Issue Maintenance Benchmarking Study

FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research have released a comprehensive benchmarking study that examines fleet maintenance practices in heavy- and medium-duty fleets.

Tags: Maintenance Management, Survey, FTR, CKCVR

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking-Futures Exchange Startup TransVix Sets up Shop in Chattanooga

Image: TransVix

TransVix LLC, a startup aimed at launching the first futures exchange based on trucking capacity, has moved its headquarters from Fort Worth to Chattanooga, Tenn., to leverage the city’s emerging reputation as an entrepreneurial hive and transportation hub.

Tags: TransVix, Information Technology, Tennessee

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