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November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Global Growth Expected to Hit 3% in 2018

Global outlook for gross domestic product growth rates, 2017-2027. Graphic: The Conference Board

After exceeding expectations in 2017, the global economy is projected to continue its current momentum to generate a 3% growth rate through 2018, according to The Conference Board’s latest Global Economic Outlook.

Tags: Economy, Global

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Report Cites Twin Trailers, Platooning to Cut Fuel Consumed by Long-Haul Trucks

Source: Securing America's Future Energy

Securing America's Future Energy found that long-haul trucks account for 13% of daily petroleum consumption. Its new report says adopting 33-foot twin trailers and platooning technologies in the trucking industry could help save fuel and reduce U.S. dependence on oil.

Tags: Legislation, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Efficiency, Truck Platooning

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Not Doing Enough to Keep Unsafe Operators Off Highways, NTSB Says

Aerial view shows motorcoach at final rest and impact damage caused by signpost penetrating two-thirds of vehicle. Photo: California Highway Patrol

In the wake of its investigation of a crash caused by a fatigued motorcoach driver, the National Transportation Safety Board reiterated its call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to change its motor carrier safety rating system.

Tags: Driver Fatigue, NTSB, Safety & Compliance

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla's Musk Teases 'Mind-Blowing' Truck Launch

Many questions regarding Tesla's much-anticipated electric truck are due to be answered this Thursday night at a press event in California. Photo: Tesla

In a weekend tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised that the launch of his new, all-electric truck this week would blow onlookers' heads "right out of their skull."

Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Elon Musk, Autonomous Vehicles

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daseke Returns to Profitability in Third Quarter

Flatbed and specialized trucking company operator Daseke Inc. moved back into the black during the third quarter after reporting a loss during the same time in 2016.

Tags: Fleet Earnings, Daseke Inc.

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Siemens Begins Zero-Emissions Highway Testing in California

Three different types of trucks are being tested: one battery-electric truck, a clean natural-gas hybrid-electric truck, and a diesel-hybrid truck. Photo: Siemens

Overhead power lines deliver electric power to test trucks on a stretch of zero-emissions highway being evaluated by Siemens and the South Coast Air Quality Management District near Long Beach, California.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Future Trucks, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Smart Highways, TransPower, California, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

NTSB to Investigate Latest Autonomous Vehicle Crash

NTSB will investigate the latest autonomous vehicle crash, which occured the first day on the job for this AAA/Keolis electric van. Photo: Twitter

Despite human error appearing to be the cause of the crash of an autonomous shuttle van in Las Vegas earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to look at the accident more closely, according to a report by Reuters News Agency.

Tags: AAA, NTSB, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Changing Drug Testing to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

The Department of Transportation plans to add four prescription opioids – hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone – to the existing DOT drug-testing panel for screening truck drivers and other "safety-sensitive" transportation workers. This final rule is to take effect on Jan. 1.

Tags: Drug Testing, Drugged Driving, U.S. DOT, Opioids, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

Former Pilot Flying J Employees Take the Stand in Fraud Trial

Former members of the Pilot Flying J sales staff took the stand this week to give testimony in the Pilot Flying J fraud case against four accused former executives of the company.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Crime, Trial

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

NTEA Now an Accredited Provider for Continuing Education

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded NTEA the industry-respected Accredited Provider status. Workforce development will continue to be a priority for NTEA.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Continuing Education, IACET

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth T680 Advantage Transports Christmas Tree to U.S. Capitol

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is 76 years old and weighed in at harvest at about 15,000 pounds. Transporting the tree to Washington D.C. is a Kenworth T680 Advantage. Photo by James Edward Mills/Choose Outdoors

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is 76 years old and weighed in at harvest at about 15,000 pounds, according to Sandi Mason, the U.S. Forest Service’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree project leader.

Tags: Kenworth, Montana, Kenworth T680, T680, Capitol Christmas Tree, Christmas

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star Offers Veterans Discounts on New Trucks

 Western Star 5700XD 68-inch Sleeper Photo: Western Star

Western Star Trucks and Daimler Truck Financial have announced that their program to give discounts on new trucks to U.S. and Canadian military veterans will continue throughout 2018.

Tags: Discount, Western Star, Truck Sales, Veterans

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Issues Proposal to Pull Glider Kits from GHG/MPG Rule

A  new glider kit fitted with an old engine. Photo: Tom Berg

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed rule on Nov. 9 that would repeal emission requirements for glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, Emissions Reduction, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Unveils 60-inch Raised Roof Cascadia

 New Cascadia 126-inch BBC, 60-inch raised roof sleeper shown with AeroX aerodynamic option and Elite exterior trim package. Photo: Freightliner Trucks

Freightliner’s new Cascadia will now be offered in a 60-inch raised roof sleeper model in both 116- and 126-inch BBC platforms.

Tags: Freightliner, Cascadia, Sleepers

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

Goodyear Acquires German Automated Tire Inspection System Provider

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has agreed to acquire Ventech Systems of Dorsten, Germany, from Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH. Photo: Goodyear Tire & Rubber

Goodyear Tire & Rubber has completed the acquisition of Ventech Systems GmbH, a provider of automated tire inspection technology.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

Nikola Sources Fuel Cell Suppliers

Image via Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company has officially named Bosch and PowerCell AB as the primary suppliers of its fuel cells for the upcoming Nikola Class 8 hydrogen-electric truck.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Fuel Cell, Electric Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Convert Diesel Delivery Trucks to Electric

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) plan to use new technology to convert UPS package delivery vehicles from diesel to electric, UPS has announced.

Tags: UPS, Electric Trucks, Delivery Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Conversion

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Only Fuel Tax Hike Can Deliver on Infrastructure Promise, ATRI Says

Photo: Jim Park

It will take nothing less than an increase in the federal tax on motor fuels if President Trump’s vision for a trillion-dollar investment in the nation’s infrastructure is ever to be realized. That’s the stark conclusion of a new report just issued by the American Transportation Research Institute.

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

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder’s Scott Perry Goes to Nikola


Scott Perry, who’s been with Ryder System for more than 25 years, has joined Nikola Motors as chief operating officer, where he will help bring the company's fuel-cell-electric Class 8 truck to market.

Tags: Ryder System, People, Nikola Motor Company

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

LeasePlan to Offer MapAnything Apps for Fleet Telematics

Logo: LeasePlan

LeasePlan USA will roll out a telematics offering to fleets under a new partnership with geo-productivity software provider MapAnything that will offer integration of contact management, OnStar, and an electronic logging device application, according to the fleet management company.

Tags: Telematics, Productivity, Fleet Management Companies, LeasePlan, MapAnything, Mobile Apps

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Market Volume Jumps, Rates Move Higher

The availability of spot truckload freight gained 4.8% and the number of trucks posted slipped 3.2%, while rates remained unseasonably high, for the week ending Nov. 4, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Senate Committee Gives Martinez Thumbs Up to Head FMCSA

Martinez Photo:

The Senate Commerce Committee has advanced the nomination of Raymond Martinez as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to the full Senate for a vote on his confirmation.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Pressure Systems International Promotes Gravell to VP of Business Development

Jonathan Gravell Photo: P.S.I.

Pressure Systems International has promoted Jonathan Gravell to the new position of vice president/ business development.

Tags: Leadership, People, Promotions, P.S.I.

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse N-Gen Electric Van: Drone Optional

The Workhorse N-Gen's 19-inch floor and 105-inch roof height maximize cargo space, reduce knee injuries, and enhance driver ease of operation.

Workhorse Group Inc. has commenced implementation of an agreement to test and operate its new N-Gen electric van. The van will also feature an optional integrated HorseFly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Package Delivery System.

Tags: Workhorse, HorseFly, E-GEN, Drones

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

More Than Half of Small Fleets Not ELD Compliant

Graphs courtesy CarrierLists

With less than six weeks until the Dec. 18 deadline for fleets to install mandatory electronic logging devices, it looks like there will still be a lot of smaller fleets who will be at risk for citations and fines – or who will give up on the industry altogether.

Tags: Drivers, ELDs, ELD Mandate


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