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Connected Fleet News

Will Uber for Trucks Disrupt Ground Logistics and Freight Brokerage Markets?

Will Uber for Trucks Disrupt Ground Logistics and Freight Brokerage Markets?

| August 15, 2017

Two big trends appear to be driving an Uber-style transformation in trucking to reshape the logistics and freight markets. First, Connected trucks will be integral to future logistics and freight operations as smart trucks will be a necessity in smart cities. By 2020, 35 million trucks are expected to be connected with digital freight solutions […]

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How Fast will the Telematics Market Grow?

How Fast will the Telematics Market Grow?

| August 10, 2017

New research on the global telematics market shows that connected fleet and asset management services are poised to grow at an annual rate of more than 18% over the next four years. Driving the trend in the commercial telematics market is the increased awareness of safety and security services among consumers, as well as more […]

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North Carolina County Turns to Asset Management from Chevin Fleet Solutions

North Carolina County Turns to Asset Management from Chevin Fleet Solutions

| August 8, 2017

Chevin Fleet Solutions, a leading provider of web-based, enterprise-level fleet and asset management software, has announced that Wake County has implemented its FleetWave® solution to manage a fleet of 1,300 assets, including about 200 pieces of equipment used by municipal departments. By way of background, Wake County encompasses 12 municipalities including the state capitol in […]

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People

Greg Orr Named Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations for CFI

Greg Orr Named Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations for CFI

| August 15, 2017

CFI, a North American full-truckload carrier and division of TFI International Inc., announced the appointment of Greg Orr to the position of Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations, reporting to CFI President Tim Staroba. Orr was most recently the President of Action Resources where he was responsible for a leading hazardous waste over-the-road transporter in […]

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ACT Research Taps Tim Denoyer as VP, Senior Analyst

ACT Research Taps Tim Denoyer as VP, Senior Analyst

| August 14, 2017

ACT Research has announced that Tim Denoyer has joined the firm as Vice President and Senior Analyst. Denoyer joined ACT in August 2017, after spending 15 years in equity research focused primarily on the transportation, machinery and automotive industries. He adds to ACT’s service offering for the investment community, drawing on his background as an […]

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Velodyne LiDAR Names Robert Brown CFO

Velodyne LiDAR Names Robert Brown CFO

| August 9, 2017

3D leader for autonomous vehicles, LiDAR Inc., has announced that Robert (Bob) Brown has joined the company as its Chief Financial Officer, reporting to founder and CEO David Hall. “As we scale to production at our Megafactory, we’re on-track to produce LiDAR sensors in the millions. Bob will help us build a world-class financial organization parallel […]

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Fleet Maintenance

Mesilla Valley Transportation Fleet Taps Auxiliary Solar System for 1,000 Vehicles

Mesilla Valley Transportation Fleet Taps Auxiliary Solar System for 1,000 Vehicles

| August 9, 2017

Mesilla Valley Transportation is going green — having recently purchased nearly 1,000 eNow auxiliary solar power system energy systems for its fleet of Navistar trucks. Recently, Navistar’s SuperTruck program demonstration vehicle exceeded the improvement goals set by the Department of Energy for the SuperTruck program: achieving a freight efficiency improvement of 104% compared to the […]

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Stertil-Koni Vehicle Lifts Star in New Video Featuring Top Construction Firm

Stertil-Koni Vehicle Lifts Star in New Video Featuring Top Construction Firm

| July 18, 2017

Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni has announced that the latest episode of its popular, customer-focused “We Care” video series incorporates advanced cinematography and editing technology to dramatically showcase a new, state-of-the-art maintenance facility located in Plainfield, New Jersey that utilizes the company’s award-winning vehicle lifting systems. In the latest installment of “We Care,” the […]

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Preventing Carbon Deposits in Diesel Engines a Rolling Concern

Preventing Carbon Deposits in Diesel Engines a Rolling Concern

| July 16, 2017

As fleet operators know, carbon deposit buildup on diesel engine components such as piston heads, fuel injectors and intake valves is a bigger problem than it is for gasoline engines. There is a federal requirement that certain detergents be added to gasoline at the refinery itself, but there is no such mandate for adding detergents […]

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Fuel & Oil

Two-Step Fuel Additive Treatment to Improve Diesel Engine Performance

Two-Step Fuel Additive Treatment to Improve Diesel Engine Performance

| August 10, 2017

Lubrication Specialties Inc., manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret fuel and oil additives, has debuted a new two-step fuel additive treatment plan developed to work with all diesel engines, light, medium and heavy-duty, for both import and domestic vehicles. Hot Shot’s Secret Diesel Extreme, is formulated as a top-tier lubricity additive, moisture dispersant and fuel stabilizer […]

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Mesilla Valley Transportation Fleet Taps Auxiliary Solar System for 1,000 Vehicles

Mesilla Valley Transportation Fleet Taps Auxiliary Solar System for 1,000 Vehicles

| August 9, 2017

Mesilla Valley Transportation is going green — having recently purchased nearly 1,000 eNow auxiliary solar power system energy systems for its fleet of Navistar trucks. Recently, Navistar’s SuperTruck program demonstration vehicle exceeded the improvement goals set by the Department of Energy for the SuperTruck program: achieving a freight efficiency improvement of 104% compared to the […]

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Gas Prices Up

Gas Prices Up

| August 8, 2017

According to the latest Fleet News, fuel prices moved up recently. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.347 vs. $2.316 one week ago and $2.123 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was a similar.  One gallon of Diesel stands at $2.512 vs. $2.470 last week and $2.29 last […]

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Wheels & Tires

Maxion Debuts New Wheel for Tubeless Tires Applications

Maxion Debuts New Wheel for Tubeless Tires Applications

| August 16, 2017

The world’s largest wheel manufacturer, Maxion Wheels, is debuting its new 8.5” x 24” wheel for tubeless tire applications in Russia, the Middle East and Africa. The wheel boasts 15 percent less weight than the prior generation wheel, enhancing tire life and improving fuel efficiency. Maxion Wheels, a division of IOCHPE-MAXION S.A., is a leading […]

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Can Natural Rubber Grown in U.S. Replace Synthetics?

Can Natural Rubber Grown in U.S. Replace Synthetics?

| August 10, 2017

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, working as the lead entity in a public-private sector consortium,  announced the completion of a five-year, $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) grant: Producing and road testing concept passenger tires where natural and synthetic rubber is replaced with guayule rubber. Remarkably, the Guayule tires, which are produced from […]

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results Down

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results Down

| August 4, 2017

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) has reported second quarter 2017 net income of $45 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.85, compared with $71 million, or $1.27 per share, last year. Second Quarter Highlights: Consolidated unit volume decreased 0.5 percent compared with a year ago, with strong growth in the International segment […]

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Green

Revolutionary E-Power 100% Electric Motor Drive System from Nissan

Revolutionary E-Power 100% Electric Motor Drive System from Nissan

| August 16, 2017

Nissan recently unveiled the e-POWER, a new 100% electrical motor drive with responsive acceleration and noted quietness that allows users to enjoy the benefits of an Electric Vehicle (EV) without having to charge the battery. The new drive system marks a significant milestone in the electrification strategy under Nissan Intelligent Mobility. The e-POWER borrows a […]

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Electric Vehicle Fleet Expands in Singapore 

Electric Vehicle Fleet Expands in Singapore 

| August 11, 2017

Electric bus leader BYD is helping Singapore migrate to cleaner transportation with the delivery of new 100% electric vehicles recently.  To commemorate Singapore celebrating 52 years of independence, BYD set their sights on the future by unveiling a new bus that can comfortably transport travelers up to 250 kilometers on a single charge. “We are […]

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Electric Bus Maker BYD Wins Contract in Israel

Electric Bus Maker BYD Wins Contract in Israel

| August 9, 2017

BYD has secured its first major pure electric bus order in Israel.  Here’s the scoop: A fleet of 17 single deck 12m buses will service the northern port city of Haifa, Israel’s third largest city. The buses will be operated by Egged, with almost 3.000 buses Israel’s largest bus operator. The buses were purchased after […]

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Recent News

FedEx Drivers Snag Top Honors at National Truck Driving Championships

FedEx Drivers Snag Top Honors at National Truck Driving Championships

| August 16, 2017

FedEx Corp. delivered once again.  The company announced that nine of its drivers took home top honors at the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Orlando August 8-12. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsors the annual championships, known as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism […]

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Fatheadz Launches All-American V2.0 Sunglass Collection

Fatheadz Launches All-American V2.0 Sunglass Collection

| August 15, 2017

  Fatheadz, a leading eyewear company that makes oversized sunglasses and optical eyewear for those with larger heads, as well as in standard and intermediate sizes, has launched its brand new All-American V2.0 sunglass collection. The latest initiative is the fifth product line under the Fatheadz brand. The All-American V2.0 adorns a “Made in America” […]

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Logistics Provider Transplace to Partner with TPG Capital on Buyout

Logistics Provider Transplace to Partner with TPG Capital on Buyout

| August 14, 2017

Transportation management and logistics provider Transplace has announced that the company has selected private equity firm TPG Capital as its new equity partner to support a transaction in which TPG and management will acquire Transplace from Greenbriar Equity Group . The transaction is expected to close in late-September and terms were not disclosed. As the […]

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Can MIT Solve Your Fleet’s Next Problem?

Can MIT Solve Your Fleet’s Next Problem?

| August 11, 2017

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Jo Craven McGinty caught our attention. Here’s what the story told us: The Boston Public School system held a contest to design a more efficient way to operate its school bus fleet and save money in the process. Sounds good, right? The stakes are high. As […]

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Will Yellow Cab Fleet and Verizon Challenge Uber and Lyft?

Will Yellow Cab Fleet and Verizon Challenge Uber and Lyft?

| August 11, 2017

Ride-sharing monoliths Uber and Lyft may have some new competition. The new entrant is Verizon, which has just announced a relationship with Columbus Yellow Cab to automate and streamline the cab reservation and payment process for its full fleet of cabs and drivers across Ohio. Columbus Yellow Cab will use Verizon’s Share solution, designed to […]

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DUI Fines Vary Widely by State, with Arizona as Most Strict

DUI Fines Vary Widely by State, with Arizona as Most Strict

| August 10, 2017

With drunk driving resulting in roughly 1 million arrests, 10,000 deaths and $44 billion in economic damage each year, penalties vary widely by state. In the interest of underscoring the financial downsides of driving drunk, WalletHub compared the penalties in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key metrics, ranging […]

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SAKOR Technologies Provides Dynamometer Testing System to Hyundai Mobis

SAKOR Technologies Provides Dynamometer Testing System to Hyundai Mobis

| August 10, 2017

SAKOR Technologies, a leader in the area of high-performance dynamometer systems, has announced that it provided a complete dynamometer testing system for electric steering systems manufactured by Hyundai Mobis, the world’s sixth largest Tier 1 supplier. The dynamometer system will be used by the corporate engineering group in South Korea for engineering validation and performance […]

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Hino Notches 10-Year Anniversary Manufacturing in WVA

Hino Notches 10-Year Anniversary Manufacturing in WVA

| August 10, 2017

Ten years can roll by in a flash. Just ask Hino Motors, which just celebrated this milestone in manufacturing medium duty trucks in Williamstown, West Virginia. Consider the arch of growth. The company’s 245,000 sq. ft. location there produces Hino’s Class 6 and 7 conventional body style trucks. What’s more, since 2007, production per year […]

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Wabash To Acquire Supreme Industries

Wabash To Acquire Supreme Industries

| August 9, 2017

Semi-trailer and liquid transport expert Wabash National Corporation, has announced plans to acquire Supreme Industries, Inc. (NYSE MKT: STS), a leading manufacturer of specialized commercial vehicles including truck bodies and specialty vehicles in a transaction valued at approximately $364 million.  Supreme Industries’ Chief Executive Officer Mark Weber noted, “Combining with Wabash will enhance our ability […]

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New Pro Driver Training Program Focuses on Distractions on the Road

New Pro Driver Training Program Focuses on Distractions on the Road

| August 9, 2017

To help offset the growing range of distractions that professional drivers face on the road, Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI), providers of a variety of training solutions for the transportation industry  has debuted the new        PRO-DEFENSE defensive driving program. “While many of the basic skills still apply to defensive driving, we knew we needed to re-think it […]

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