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August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Named Exclusive Provider for Chanje Electric Van

Chanje's V8070 is a Class 5 that promises to haul up to 6,000 lb of payload and 580 cu-ft of cargo space at about 50 MPGe fuel economy in city and highway driving. Photo: Chanje

Chanje Electric Vehicles will be available for sale, lease and short-term rental at strategic U.S. locations. Ryder also offers comprehensive and preventive maintenance for Chanje EVs.

Tags: Ryder System, Chanje Energy, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Global, Cargo Vans, Class 5

August 13, 2017 - Global News

Siemens to Build eHighway Demo in Germany

Overhead lines, like these in Siemens' Swedish demo eHighway, will provide power for trucks. Photo: Siemens

A new “eHighway," which will allow specially equipped hybrid trucks to access electric power via an overhead trolley-type system, will be built on a 10-kilometer stretch of autobahn in Germany.

Tags: Siemens, Germany, Global, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Alternative Fuels, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Infrastructure

August 10, 2017 - Global News

Chanje Bringing Class 5 Electric Cargo Van to U.S.

Chanje's first North American offering will be a Class 5, 16,500-lb GVW all-electric panel van with a 100-mile range. Photo: Chanje

Can an electric medium-duty vehicle manufactured at a global scale and priced on par with a diesel finally achieve mass-market appeal? Chanje is betting on it.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Chanje, Global, Cargo Vans, Class 5, Full-Size Vans

August 8, 2017 - Global News

Are European Truck Makers Poised for Big Gains in China?

Helping fuel a strong drive toward European trucks is a new emphasis on total ownership costs, the Bain study found. Photo: Scania

A new report from Bain Insights indicates that 20% of Chinese fleets plan to upgrade to European-built trucks within three years.

Tags: China, Global, TCO, Scania, Joint Venture

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

VW CEO: Tesla Among Our Top Competitors

In an interview with VW's Inside magazine, CEO Herbert Diess said Tesla is the company's main competitor today. Photo: Volkswagen

In the "old world," VW CEO Herbert Diess watched and worried about Toyota and Hyundai. Today he's keeping an eye on a new American automaker.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Tesla, Volkswagen, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: In Face of EU Antitrust Probe, Daimler Earnings Rise 15%

Daimler AG, parent of Daimler Trucks North America and Mercedes-Benz Vans USA, reported on July 26 a 15% jump in profit for the second quarter, largely on the strength of its global Mercedes-Benz luxury car business.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, Earnings, Global

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Paccar Reports ‘Strong’ Q2 Revenues and Profits

Paccar, parent of Kenworth and Peterbilt, has announced that for the second quarter of 2017, it achieved net sales and financial services revenues of $4.70 billion-- compared to $4.41 billion in the same period a year ago.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Earnings, Global, DAF

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

Double Coin Opens New Tire Plant

Photo: Double Coin/CMA

Double Coin and CMA has opened a new manufacturing facility in Thailand that will produce truck, bus, industrial, and off-road tires for the North American market.

Tags: Tires, Double Coin, Global

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Biodiesel Blooms From Algae in Chile

Image: National Biodiesel Board

Scientists at the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile contend that if biodiesel made from microalgae is used to power trucks and buses, it could cut GHG emissions by as much as 80%, according to a Reuters report.

Tags: Biodiesel, Algae Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, Global

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Accused of Tampering with Diesel Emissions

Mercedes-Benz Sales Germany building, Berlin. Photo: Daimler.

Germany’s federal minister of transport is investigating whether Daimler's exhaust-gas treatment systems of certain diesel-powered cars and vans have been manipulated by illegal software that eliminates emission measurements taken during testing and on the road.

Tags: Emissions, Daimler, Global

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Global Self-Driving Market Expected to Grow 40% by 2027

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

The global autonomous vehicle market revenue is expected to grow at a compound average growth rate of 39.6% over the next 10 years - resulting in a $126.8 billion market by 2027, according to Infoholic Research.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks, Safety, Global, Research

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Accuride Agrees to Buy German Wheel Supplier

Accuride has entered into an agreement to acquire Mefro Wheels, a privately owned German-based supplier of steel wheels to the commercial vehicle industries in Europe and Asia.

Tags: Wheels, Accuride, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions, Suppliers

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Defense Lands $18.8M Contract for Medium Tactical Vehicles

The $18.8 million contract will go toward 115 International 7000-MV Medium Tactical Vehicles for Iraq. Photo: Navistar Defense

The U.S. Army recently awarded Navistar Defense an $18.8 million foreign military sales contract to provide 115 International 7000-MV Medium Tactical Vehicles to Iraq.

Tags: Iraq, Military Vehicles, Navistar Defense, Global, Navistar

June 1, 2017 - Global News

UPS Inks Joint Venture with a Top Chinese Courier

Photo: www.sf-express.com

UPS has announced that it will join with one of the leading courier delivery services in China to develop and provide international delivery services initially from China to the U.S., but with expansion plans for other destinations.

Tags: UPS, China, Global

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Finnish Companies to Develop Hybrid Powertrain For Heavy Trucks

The new hybrid-electric drive system is designed to work with Mercedes Benz diesel-powered Sisu Polar truck models. Photo: Sisu Auto

A new electric-hybrid parallel power system unveiled by Visedo and Sisu Auto is designed to work with Mercedes-Benz OM471 and OM473 diesel engines. The diesel engine is the primary power source, with the electric motor kicking in during peak energy demand periods.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Finland, Future Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Global

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Tests Self-Driving Refuse Truck in Urban Environment

Photo: Volvo Group

Volvo Group is working with Swedish waste and recycling company Renova to test an autonomous, self-driving refuse truck in an urban environment.

Tags: Volvo Group, Refuse Fleets, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

May 16, 2017 - Global News

New EU Rule Aims to Boost Transparency of Truck MPG

Infographic lays out how EU’s Vecto computer simulation tool functions. Image: ACEA

A new European Union procedure for determining emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2 from new trucks has won praise from a key industry group for its expected positive impact on transparency.

Tags: Emissions, European Union, Global

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Survey Shows Small Business Support of International Trade

Screenshot from FedEx Trade Index

FedEx released the results of its second Trade Index, a national survey of small business leaders, finding that the majority supported more global trade.

Tags: Survey, Free Trade Agreement, FedEx, Small Business, Global

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

PwC: Global M&A Activity Stayed Stable in First Quarter

Photo: Evan Lockridge

In its Q1 2017 update on M&A activity in the global transportation and logistics space, PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that deal activity in the quarter remained stable.

Tags: Global, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 11, 2017 - Global News

UD Trucks Rolls Out Flagship Cabover for Japan

UD Trucks Quon (Japan) Photo: Volvo Group

UD Trucks has launched the all-new Quon in the Japanese market as “a full model change” for its heavy-duty flagship.

Tags: UD Trucks, Volvo Group, Global, Japan, Cabovers

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Eaton, Cummins Announce Global Automated Manual Transmission Partnership

The new automated manual transmission joint venture between Cummins and Eaton will include both existing and new products for global distribution. Photo: Eaton

A new joint venture, Eaton Cummins Automated Manual Transmission Technologies, includes current Eaton AMTs as well as a new, heavy-duty AMT slated for introduction later this year, plus future AMT products designed for commercial vehicle markets worldwide.

Tags: Cummins, Automated Manual Transmissions, Powertrain Integration, Global Marketing, Global, Eaton, Transmissions

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Reverses Obama With Fuel Economy Review

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

Vowing to end the "assault on the American auto industry," President Donald Trump promised to reopen a federal review of fuel economy standards that was concluded in the waning days of the Obama administration at an event outside of Detroit.

Tags: Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, Barack Obama, Elected Leaders, Donald Trump, Global

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Taps Daum to Head Global Truck & Bus Business

Martin Daum Photo: Daimler

Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, has been named to head the Daimler’s global trucks and bus operations.

Tags: Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America, Global, People

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Waymo Sues Uber, Otto, Alleging Stolen Autonomous Technology

Waymo self-driving car prototype. Photo via Waymo.com

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo is suing Uber and its Otto autonomous trucking subsidiary for stealing the company’s autonomous vehicle sensor technology. Alphabet is also the parent company of Google.

Tags: Lawsuits, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Waymo, Global

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Goodyear's Raw Material Costs Increase $300M in 3 Weeks

Tire makers worldwide are citing rising raw material costs as the driver of their price increases. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. painted a picture of just how extreme the increases have been so far — using words like “volatile” and “unpredictable."

Tags: Goodyear, Global, Tires, Economic Conditions

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