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March 10, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Group Joins with Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room

TMC, NASHVILLE -- The North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room announced the creation of “Trucking Efficiency,” an industry collaboration that aims to double the freight efficiency of cargo movement.

Tags: TMC, Carbon War Room, Freight Efficiency, Emissions, Fuel Efficiency

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

TrailerTails Gain Acceptance, Should Total 200,000 by 2017, ATDynamics Says

TMC, NASHVILLE -- ATDynamics says North American fleets are on track to order 50,000 TrailerTail aerodynamic devices this year, and there’ll be 200,000 on the road by 2017. More than 350 fleets have deployed the aerodynamic devices in the last three years, including numerous Top 100 for-hire and private fleets.

Tags: ATDynamics, TrailerTails, Trailers, Aerodynamics, Fuel Economy

March 9, 2014 - Industry News

Paccar Adds Spicer EconoTrek 6x2, AdvanTEK 40 Tandem Axles

TMC, NASHVILLE -- Spicer EconoTrek 6x2 tandem axle and the AdvanTEK 40 Tandem Axle are now available on certain Kenworth and Peterbilt models

Tags: Kenworth, Peterbilt, TMC, Dana Holding Corp., Spicer, Advantek40

March 9, 2014 - Industry News

Idle Smart's Battery Protect Ensures Engine Starts

TMC, NASHVILLE -- The new Battery Protect system from Idle Smart continuously monitors battery voltage levels, and will automatically start and run a vehicle’s engine to recharge batteries.

Tags: TMC, Idle Reduction, Batteries, Electrical System

March 9, 2014 - Industry News

Accuride's New Accu-Lite Wheel Lineup Sheds 4 Pounds

TMC, NASHVILLE – Accuride unveiled two new aluminum wheels for wide-single tires that are up to 4 pounds lighter than the models they replace. With the addition of the Accu-Lite Duplex line of aluminum wheels to its portfolio, Accuride claims it has the lightest-weight range of standard aluminum wheels in North America.

Tags: TMC, Accuride, Wheels, Lightweighting

March 9, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton, Cummins Westport Pair ISX12 G with UltraShift Plus

TMC, NASHVILLE -- To meet the demands of the emerging alternative fuel markets, Eaton and Cummins Westport now offer an integrated powertrain package featuring the Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine and the UltraShift Plus automated manual transmission.

Tags: Natural Gas, Eaton Corp., Cummins ISX12 G, TMC, Engines, Alternative Fuels

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

Bolt-on Hybrid System Takes Home Work Truck Show Green Award

Amy Dobrikova, VP sales and business development, Echo Automotive, accepts ward from Steve Carey, executive director, NTEA.

WORK TRUCK SHOW -- Echo Automotive's EchoDrive plug-in hybrid system took home the Green Award from the NTEA'S Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: NTEA, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Work Truck Show, Cargo Vans, Ford E-Series

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

Reading Truck Body and Curry Supply Announce Partnership

Reading Truck Body and Curry Supply Co. have announced their partnership. With Curry Supply’s extensive global reach and strong ties with niche industries, Reading Truck Body will gain exposure and build relationships with a new segment of customers.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Reading Truck Body

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

CSA Program Improving But More Changes Needed, Says DOT Inspector General

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making progress on improving its CSA safety enforcement program, but it needs to step up the pace, says the Transportation Department Inspector General in a new report.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, CSA, DataQ

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Shows February Increase

Despite continued weather problems, North American shipment volume and freight spending both soared in February 2014.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

TMD Announces Dates for 2014 Quarterly Brake Training Classes

TMD Friction, manufacturer of OEM and aftermarket brands Textar and Don, announced their training class dates for 2014.

Tags: Training, Brakes, TMD Friction, Air Brakes

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Move Production of 2016 F-650/F-750 Medium-Duty Trucks to Ohio

Ford announced production of its all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks will shift from Mexico to Ohio Assembly Plant starting early next year, with the trucks on sale in spring 2015.

Tags: Ford, Expansion, Ohio, Work Truck Show, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

February Intermodal Rail Traffic Increases

Intermodal rail traffic increased 1.1% in February compared to the same time a year ago, according to new figures released by the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Association of American Railroads

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

CARB Unveils Proposed Changes to California’s Truck and Bus Regulation

The California Air Resources Board unveiled proposed amendments to its Truck and Bus Regulation. The amendments are designed to provide new flexibility to truckers working to clean up their aging diesel fleets while still protecting the important emission benefits the regulation provides. CARB members will consider the changes at the April 24 hearing.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, DEF

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: 175,000 Jobs Added in February, None for Trucking

Employers added 175,000 jobs in February, better than the previous two months, according to new U.S. Labor Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

XTRA Lease Adds New Corrosion-Fighting Trailers in 2014

XTRA Lease has ordered approximately 5,000 new trailers for 2014, most of which will be built with corrosion-fighting galvanized steel components. The company is adding a mix of dry vans, liftgated vans and reefers equipped with new fuel-saving Thermo King Precedent reefer units.

Tags: Trailers, Thermo King, Xtra Lease, Aerodynamics

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

National Coalition Launches “Hardhats for Highways” Campaign

With the federal Highway Trust Fund projected to be unable to support any new highway, bridge and public transportation improvements in fiscal year 2015, a national coalition of associations and labor unions announced that it is launching a campaign to help educate Congress about the connection between local jobs and federal highway and transit investment.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Tax Committees Debate Highway Funding as Money is Running Out

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Ideas for infusions into the Highway Trust Fund got conflicting receptions before congressional tax committees this week, as Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden said he's looking for solutions while Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp expressed concerns about the Obama administration's proposal.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, FET, taxes, Infrastructure Funding, Highways, U.S. Congress, Legislation

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Vitran Shareholders Approve Sale to TransForce

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Shareholders of the less-than-truckload carrier Vitran have approved an earlier announced sale to fellow Canadian trucking operation TransForce.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Vitran

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments, Orders Fall

New orders fell 0.7% from the month before, following a December drop of 2%, larger than first reported. Excluding transportation, new orders in January increased 0.2%.

Tags: Productivity, Economy, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Engine Group Upset Over Obama Budget Item

It calls for cutting all funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act from $20 million dollars this year to zero in 2015. The cut is part of more than $6 billion in budget reductions proposed for the new fiscal year, which starts at the beginning of October.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Diesel Emissions, Budget, Barack Obama, Diesel Technology Forum

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Refrigerated Provider Announces Expansion

Credit: Cold Train

The new owner of a service that provides refrigerated intermodal shipping is planning an expansion.

Tags: Intermodal, Reefers, Cold Train, BNSF

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index in Very Positive Territory

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 8.82 for January reflects a very positive environment for truckers in early 2014. FTR expects the index to remain high as regulatory drag keeps capacity tight.

Tags: HOS, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Energy Opens Two America’s Natural Gas Highway Stations

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced fueling has begun at its Valdosta, Ga., and London, Ohio, America’s Natural Gas Highway stations to serve Raven Transport and Epes’ fleets of heavy-duty liquefied natural gas trucks.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Expansion, CNG, LNG

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Work Truck Magazine Names International TerraStar 4x4 2014 Work Truck of the Year

WORK TRUCK SHOW -- The International TerraStar 4x4 was named Work Truck magazine’s 2014 Work Truck of the Year at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, International, Navistar

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