Nikola Corp. is not without its share of drama. Company founder and then-CEO, Trevor Milton, was convicted last fall on one count of securities fraud and two counts of wire fraud related to allegedly false statements he made to investors. A little over a year later, the company seems to be on firmer footing, following the appointment of its new CEO, Michael Lohscheller. He took the company reins on November 2, 2022.
HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park sat down with Michael Lohscheller for a wide-ranging discussion about the company’s plans to manufacture a soon-to-be-unveiled fuel cell electric truck at the Coolidge, Arizona manufacturing facility, its hydrogen production plans, and the roll-out of the battery-electric Nikola Tre.
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If you’re concerned about how to defend your company against aggressive plaintiffs’ attorneys who target trucking, you’ve probably heard of the “reptile theory.” But there’s another type of attack that has gotten less attention, and it means your safety manuals and policies could be a goldmine for them – and a landmine for you.
Joshua Goldman, vice president of E-mobility at microgrid and DER deployment advisor Xendee, says off-grid energy sources offer resiliency from power outages while helping to level the cost of electricity supplied by utility companies. Could a microgrid kickstart your fleet's transition from diesel to BEV?
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Meet Sarah Cates, the rock-star safety director at Keller Trucking of Defiance, Ohio. Her bosses love her. Her drivers love her. And she's the recipient of HDT's 2023 Safety & Compliance award.
“Once you really look at the numbers, you will almost always be surprised at what's in there, and that’s golden.” Learn why in this episode of the HDT Talks Trucking podcast.
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Trucking has a parking problem — more trucks than parking spaces. Jim Ward, president of the Truckload Carriers Association, joins HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park on HDT Talks Trucking to discuss the scope of the problem, potential solutions, and the thorny issue of paying for parking.
Bison Transport is a big believer in leveraging technology to improve safety, but the real focus of the safety program is the driver. Listen to this episode of the HDT Talks Trucking podcast to learn more.
Trucking fleet owner John Vaccaro became a big believer in automatic emergency braking, dashcams, and other advanced safety systems after he nearly lost his business due to what could have been a so-called nuclear verdict. Learn why in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking.
Happy drivers tend to stay put. So, it's important to open up communication channels with your drivers -- and keep them open. And modern communication technologies can help you do just that.
The softer freight market has made truck drivers more likely to seek greener pastures. What can fleets learn about recruiting and retention from job application data?
Today, clean diesels make up 57% of the new commercial vehicle population. That’s nearly double where we were a decade ago. And it’s a 10% jump over this time last year. So, what's going on?
Where is the autonomous/self-driving truck industry today? How much longer will we have to wait for Level 4 to mature? What's the holdup? Listen to this podcast episode of HDT Talks Trucking to learn more.
Matt Horton, CEO of Voltera Power, talks to Jim Park on HDT Talks Trucking about BEV charging infrastructure challenges for trucking.
Former USA Truck CEO James Reed recently joined Kodiak Robotics as chief operating officer. He joins HDT's Deborah Lockridge on HDT Talks Trucking to talk about the move and the state of the autonomous-truck industry.
There's a lot more to adopting electric trucks than batteries and range, as HDT's Deborah Lockridge explores in this conversation with Hendrickson's Jeff Sass in this podcast.
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The FMCSA has proposed some significant changes to its Safety Measurement System, which is how it prioritizes motor carriers for enforcement. What will those changes mean to trucking companies?
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