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October 12, 2017 - Press Release

XL Hybrids Raises $22M to Expand Fleet Business

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids, Inc. has raised an oversubscribed Series D round of $22 million in venture capital funding to expand its sale and distribution of fleet vehicle electrification solutions to major customers across North America.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Venture Capital

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Names New GCR President

Photo: Bridgestone Americas Inc.

As president, Harmon will drive the strategic growth of GCR commercial tire and service store locations in North America.

Tags: Firestone, Bridgestone, Promotions, Tires, People, Leadership

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Supports President’s Health Insurance Executive Order

Screenshot via WhiteHouse.gov

The American Trucking Associations has praised President Trump for signing an executive order that will allow individuals to purchase health insurance through association health plans.

Tags: Driver Health, Healthcare Costs, Donald Trump

October 12, 2017 - Product News

SpecFinder Narrows Down Search for Tractor Wheels

Photo: Alcoa Wheels

Arconic's SpecFinder online tool for Alcoa aluminum truck wheels is designed to streamline the lightweight, aluminum wheel-shopping process for fleets, OEMs, and owner-operators.

Tags: Wheels, Alcoa, Arconic, Online Tool

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Adds Independent Director to Board

Amid a financial restructuring and an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Celadon Group has announced the appointment of a new independent director to its board.

Tags: Leadership, Celadon Group, People, Celadon

October 12, 2017 - Product News

Blue Dot Integrates ALK Maps into Drive App

Image via Blue Dot

Using ALK Maps, Blue Dot's MilesAhead Drive App provides drivers with commercial vehicle routes and map visualization.

Tags: ALK Technologies, Fleet Management Software, Navigation

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates for Vans, Reefers Rise Sharply

Spot truckload rates hit multi-year highs during the week ending Oct. 7, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, as the number of available loads fell.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Solutions

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Executives Look to the Future

Navistar included all its latest models for test drives at an event at its proving grounds outside of New Carlisle, IN, earlier this week.<br />Photo: Jack Roberts

After a tough run earlier this decade, Navistar told trucking reporters it is "back in business," touting its new and improved product line, a booming vocational market and a strong economy.

Tags: Navistar, SCR, EGR, International Trucks, Vocational Trucks

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Truck and Bus Reveals Future Transport Vision

Volkwagen Truck and Bus CEO Andreas Renschler outlines the company&#39;s vision of tuture transporation at it Innovation Day summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: VW

Germany's Volkswagen Truck and Bus Group laid out its long-term plans for shaping the future of transportation this week at its Innovation Day Summit, held in Hamburg, Germany.

Tags: Emissions, Volkswagen, Navistar, Connected Vehicle Technology, International Trucks, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Pressure Systems International Taps Sharkey to Head Sales and Marketing

Sharkey Photo: P.S.I.

Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.) has announced that it has promoted Jim Sharkey to the position of vice president, Global Sales & Marketing.

Tags: Tire Inflation, P.S.I.

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Solar-Powered Reefer Successfully Tested in California

In addition to eliminating emissions, the Rayfrigeration unit is projected to reduce operations costs by up to 90%. Photo: eNow

The eNow-supplied panels cut emissions and kept dairy products properly refrigerated in summer heat, the company said.

Tags: Solar Power, Reefers, Solar Charging, Solar Panel, Trailers

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Reports September Trailer Orders Up 84% from 2016

Preliminary net orders of 21,500 units, up 47% over August, bode well for 2018, the research firm says.

Tags: Trailers, New Vehicle Sales, FTR, Trailer Orders

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week Is Right Around the Bend

Photo: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week, where law enforcement personnel focus on identifying unsafe driving behavior by both truckers and motorists, starts this Sunday, Oct. 15.

Tags: Driver Safety, CVSA, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

DHL to Deploy Electric, Autonomous Delivery Trucks in Germany

Photo courtesy of ZF.

ZF and DHL plan to deploy a fleet of electric, autonomous vehicles as early as next year in real-world delivery operations.

Tags: DHL, ZF, Last Mile Delivery, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Delivery Fleets, Germany

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Buys Dallas-Based Truck Repair Firm

Photo: Ryder System

Ryder System has completed the acquisition of all outstanding equity of Dallas Service Center, Inc., a truck repair facility located in Dallas, TX.

Tags: Outsourcing, Ryder System, Maintenance Facilities

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

FMSCA to Exempt Short-Term Truck Rentals from ELD Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to announce on Oct. 11 that it will grant an exemption from being required to use an electronic logging device to “all drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles rented for eight days or less, regardless of reason.”

Tags: TRALA, ELD, ELD Mandate

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

NHTSA: Highway Deaths Rise Again, Including Those Involving Trucks

Photo: FMCSA

The latest traffic crash data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in calendar year 2016 – marking a significant increase of 5.6% over the same period in 2015.

Tags: Safety, Highway Safety, Highway Fatalities, NHTSA, Safety & Compliance

October 10, 2017 - Product News

Fleetmatics Registers ELD as Self-Certified to Meet DOT Requiremenets

Fleetmatics, a Verizon Company, has registered its Fleetmatics Reveal LogBook Electronic Logging Device for Android with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: ELDs, Fleetmatics Logbook, Fleetmatics

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

FDA Offers Sanitary Transportation Rule Training

Photo: USDA

The Food and Drug Administration is offering a free, one-hour training module to assist motor carriers in meeting the requirements of FDA’s Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule, also known as the Sanitary Transportation Rule.

Tags: FDA, Food Safety

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

Trucker Buddy Names Executive Director

Photo: Trucker Buddy

Trucker Buddy International recently named Alan Welborn as its new executive director, replacing retiring Randy Schwartzenburg.

Tags: Trucker Buddy, New Hire

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

Tool Automates Hiring and Compliance Processes for Fleets

Photo: Foley

Foley, a provider of compliance, financial, and insurance services for the transportation industry, has launched a new driver-file web tool to automate hiring and compliance processes for fleets.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Hiring, DOT

October 10, 2017 - Product News

Teletrac Navman Integrates Supply Chain Software into ELD

HighJump, a global provider of supply chain solutions, has announced the integration of the company’s Prophesy Dispatch TMS, a trucking software solution for truckload carriers, brokers, and private fleets, and Teletrac Navman's Director fleet management solution.

Tags: ELDs, HighJump Software, Teletrac Navman

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

Former CIA, NSA Director Hayden to Keynote Work Truck Show

Hayden

General Michael Hayden, a retired four-star general and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, will keynote the Work Truck Show 2018.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Keynote Speaker, Military, NTEA

October 9, 2017 - Industry News

Freight Brokers International to Acquire Consolidated Carriers

Photo via The FBI Group Facebook page

Freight Brokers International Corp., the FBI Group, announced an agreement to acquire Consolidated Carriers, a non-asset based freight broker in Markham, Ontario, Canada.

Tags: Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions, Freight Brokers

October 9, 2017 - Product News

Ruan Evaluates Boreas Nitrogen Trailer Cooling System

The Boreas nitrogen cooled trailer went on repeated routes from Austin to the Dallas metropolitan area, transporting grocery cargo set at 35 degrees Fahrenheit, with up to 4 stops per route. Photo: Boreas Nitrogen Cooling Systems

Ruan Transportation Management Systems partnered with Boreas to use its Nitrogen Cooling System for refrigerated trailers over the summer, running regular routes from Austin to Dallas.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Reefers, Ruan, Refrigerated Trailers

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