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March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Grants Fund Green Tech Despite Uncertain Future

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While U.S. Department of Energy grants are still funding electric vehicle and alternative fuel technologies, it is uncertain how the Trump administration could affect this funding in the future.

Tags: Grant Funding, ACT Research, Alternative Fuels, DOE, Electric Vehicles, Donald Trump

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Melton Truck Lines Adds Stepdeck Trailers

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Flatbed carrier Melton Truck Lines has added 53-foot stepdeck trailers to its fleet to allow the company to meet a broader scope of customer needs, the company announced.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Melton Truck Lines

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers All-Wheel Drive T880

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Kenworth’s flagship construction truck, the T880, is now available in an all-wheel drive configuration installed at the factory to speed delivery time and reduce costs.

Tags: Kenworth, Class 8, All-Wheel Drive, Kenworth T880, Vocational Trucks

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Wabash Names Final Mile and Distributed Services Exec

Kevin Page Photo: Wabash National

Wabash National has named Kevin Page as its vice president and general manager of final mile and distributed services.

Tags: Leadership, People, Wabash National

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Navistar Losses Nearly Double from Year Earlier

Navistar International Corp. on Tuesday announced its financial losses in the first quarter of 2017 nearly doubled from the same time a year ago due to lower truck volume and softer Class 8 truck sales.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Navistar International

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

AmeriPride Plans Record Electric Walk-in Van Order

Late last year, Motiv initially provided AmeriPride’s Vernon branch with 10 zero-emission step vans. The delivery vehicles feature up to 20% gradeability, 80 miles of range, and a 50% battery charge time of 2.5 hours. (Photo courtesy of Motiv)

After initially replacing 20% of its Vernon California fleet with electric delivery trucks, AmeriPride Services plans to add 20 additional walk-in vans equipped with the Motiv Power Systems all-electric powertrain to the company’s California fleet.

Tags: Motiv Power Systems, Delivery Fleets, AmeriPride, ROUSH CleanTech, Step Vans, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Full-Size Vans

March 6, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Inch Higher

Diesel prices in the U.S. have continued to move upward with a minor increase last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Fuel, Gasoline Prices

March 6, 2017 - Industry News

No 'Net Benefit' Found in Controversial 34-Hour Restart Provisions

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A DOT study apparently has failed to “explicitly identify a net benefit” from two suspended provisions of the hours of service rules regarding the 34-hour restart.

Tags: Hours of Service, Office of Inspector General, 34-Hour Restart

March 6, 2017 - Industry News

Battery Design Offers Flexible, Safe Option for Commercial EVs

Photo via Kokam

Korean technology company Kokam has introduced a new battery called Xpand that is designed to improve battery safety and performance for commercial electric vehicles.

Tags: Dow Kokam, Batteries, Battery-Electric Vehicles

March 6, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Rising Factory Orders Latest Indicator of Interest Rate Hike

An increase in new factory orders is one of the latest economic signs that the Federal Reserve is moving close to another jump in interest rates, some analysts believe.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Factory Orders, Federal Reserve, Factory Shipments

March 6, 2017 - Product News

Morgan Launches NexGen Line of Truck Bodies

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Truck and van body maker Morgan Corporation has launched its NexGen line of truck bodies for dry freight and refrigerated applications.

Tags: Morgan Corporation, Truck Bodies, Lightweight Materials

March 6, 2017 - Product News

Eaton Tunes Transmissions for Vocational Fleets

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Eaton has created a new Aggressive Performance calibration for the company’s lineup of UltraShift Plus and Fuller Advantage automated manual transmissions aimed at vocational fleets.

Tags: Eaton, Vocational, Transmissions

March 3, 2017 - Product News

Teletrac Navman Guarantees ELD Compliance for Director HOS Platform

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Teletrac Navman has guaranteed federally mandated ELD hours of service compliance for the company’s Director product platform.

Tags: Hours of Service, Teletrac, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 3, 2017 - Industry News

New Autonomous Startups Have Different Takes on Self-Driving Tech

Screenshot via Starksy Robotics YouTube Video

Startup companies Starsky Robotics and Drive.ai are the two latest additions to the burgeoning autonomous vehicle market, each offers a unique take on self-driving technology.

Tags: Start up, Autonomous Vehicles

March 3, 2017 - Product News

Kenworth T880 and T680 Available With Spicer D-Series Axles

Photo: Dana Spicer

Kenworth’s T880 and T680 models are now available with Dana Spicer D-Series lightweight steer axles for use with air disc brakes.

Tags: Kenworth, Axles, Dana Spicer, Steer Axles

March 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Still Look Strong in February

Class 8 truck orders are expected to be strong again in February, beating expectations for the second month in a row, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

March 3, 2017 - Industry News

New Spicer AdvanTek 40 Axle Ratio Supports Downspeeding

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Dana has added a new axle ratio for the Spicer AdvanTek 40 tandem axle that helps support engine downspeeding for linehaul trucks.

Tags: Axles, Dana Spicer, Tandem Axle, Downspeeding

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

GM Fleet Partners with Spireon on Telematics Solution

Using General Motors’ OnStar hardware, Spireon will offer a customized version of its FleetLocate fleet management system to GM fleet customers starting in May 2017.

Tags: OnStar, Telematics, Telogis, General Motors, Spireon, Commercial Link

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Preps for Electric Ecosystem with ChargePoint Investment

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Germany's Daimler AG has become the lead investor in American charging solutions provider ChargePoint as part of a plan to expand its development of electric vehicles.

Tags: ChargePoint, Daimler, Battery-Electric Vehicles, EV Charging Stations

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo’s Euro Efficiency Concept Truck Now Boasts Hybrid Power

Euro-spec Volvo Concept Truck boasts hybrid diesel-electric powertrain. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Sweden’s Volvo Trucks has developed its first hybrid truck designed for long-haul applications—a concept vehicle based on its European-spec Volvo FH cabover tractor powered by Volvo’s own D13 Euro 6 emissions-compliant diesel engine.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Europe, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Researchers: Big Data Could Move Trucking Better

Photo: U.S. DOT

Researchers at Iowa State University say that using real-time data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation could help fleets save billions of dollars a year by avoiding congestion.

Tags: Productivity, Traffic Congestion, Iowa, Big Data

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Doft Launches On-Demand Truck Sharing Service

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Targeting a market worth $80 billion, Doft - which stands for “do freight transportation” - has set its sights on being the first Uber-like service for trucks

Tags: Mobile Apps, Doft, Truck Sharing

March 2, 2017 - Product News

Meritor EX+L Air Disc Brakes Offered on International LT

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Meritor’s EX+L air disc brakes became available on International LT series starting in February.

Tags: Meritor, International Trucks, Brakes, Air Brakes

March 2, 2017 - Press Release

Clean Fuels Ohio to Help Deploy 500 Workhorse Electric Pickup Trucks

Photo courtesy of Workhorse.

Workhorse Group has received a letter of intent from Clean Fuels Ohio to partner with Workhorse to help deploy 500 W-15 plug-in electric pickup trucks throughout the state of Ohio.

Tags: Workhorse, Alternative Fuels, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Workhorse W-15

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

PeopleNet and Noregon Partner on Predictive Remote Diagnostics

PeopleNet and Noregon are extending a partnership to deliver a new, real-time vehicle-performance and safety monitoring solution for all heavy-duty truck makes and models.

Tags: PeopleNet, Noregon Systems, Remote Diagnostics, Predictive Analytics

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