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Volvo Trucks Partners with SAS on Remote Diagnostics

Volvo Trucks Partners with SAS on Remote Diagnostics

| October 23, 2018

Volvo Trucks North America is  strengthening its portfolio of uptime-boosting services by enhancing Remote Diagnostics with an advanced analytics platform from global analytics leader SAS.  By way of background, SAS’ analytics support Volvo’s artificial intelligence efforts and provide even greater capabilities for Remote Diagnostics users, allowing for more precise analysis and decision-making. “Working with SAS […]

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Leading Oilfield Services Company Upgrades to Telematics ELD Solution for Entire Fleet

Leading Oilfield Services Company Upgrades to Telematics ELD Solution for Entire Fleet

| October 19, 2018

A leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, announced that a large, diversified oilfield service company is implementing its premium fleet management solution across its entire fleet of 750 vehicles. The company upgraded from a plug-and-play AOBRD system in order to tap MiX Fleet Manager’s advanced ELD features, such as driver safety […]

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Greenbriar Equity Group Invests in Vehicle Telematics Provider Spireon

Greenbriar Equity Group Invests in Vehicle Telematics Provider Spireon

| October 15, 2018

Spireon, a vehicle intelligence company, has selected Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. (Greenbriar), a New York-based private investment firm, as its new equity partner. With over $3.5 billion in capital and investments in the global transportation and logistics industries, Greenbriar becomes the primary investor in Spireon as a result of the transaction. “Spireon is the leader in vehicle analytics […]

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People

Velociti Names Nicole D’Agostino New Business Development Manager

Velociti Names Nicole D’Agostino New Business Development Manager

| October 23, 2018

Velociti Inc., a global provider of technology design, deployment and support services, announced that Nicole D’Agostino has joined Velociti as a new Business Development Manager.   She earned her BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and MA in Public Policy from Monmouth University.   D’Agostino worked with ATA (American Trucking Associations) as an economic research analyst specializing […]

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LeasePlan USA Names Matt Dyer CEO

LeasePlan USA Names Matt Dyer CEO

| October 22, 2018

LeasePlan USA has named Matt Dyer as the company’s new president and CEO, effective January 1, 2019. Previously the Managing Director for LeasePlan UK, Dyer brings with him more than 20 years’ experience working for LeasePlan and a wealth of industry knowledge. As LeasePlan USA’s new president and CEO, Dyer will lead the company in […]

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Azuga Names Subash Gopalkrishnan CFO and Garret Seevers as VP Marketing

Azuga Names Subash Gopalkrishnan CFO and Garret Seevers as VP Marketing

| October 18, 2018

Azuga announced this week that it has hired  Subash Gopalkrishnan as chief financial officer and Garret Seevers as vice president of marketing.  Gopalkrishnan is a technology industry veteran with experience leading corporate finance at several companies in the Bay area with global footprints. Recently he led ScaleArc (VC-funded by Accel, Benchmark, Nexus) to a successful […]

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Fleet Maintenance

Stertil-Koni Reveals 10 Top for Vehicle Lift Safety Ahead of Winter Season

Stertil-Koni Reveals 10 Top for Vehicle Lift Safety Ahead of Winter Season

| October 18, 2018

Following an in-depth review of bus and truck maintenance facilities across North America, combined with heightened service demands resulting from the increased severity of weather events over the past decade, heavy duty (HD) vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni recommends 10 top tips to improve safety for the busy technicians working on the shop floor – well […]

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National Lift Week, Sponsored by Stertil-Koni, Kicks Off October 8

National Lift Week, Sponsored by Stertil-Koni, Kicks Off October 8

| October 4, 2018

Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni has announced that the fifth National Lift Week® kicks off Monday, Oct. 8 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 13. The six-day event showcases best practices in vehicle lift safety, service, and performance. As part of the occasion, Stertil-Koni distributors across North America will host a range of activities that […]

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Rural Alberta Taps Enterprise Fleet Management for Savings

Rural Alberta Taps Enterprise Fleet Management for Savings

| September 26, 2018

Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) is partnering with Enterprise Fleet Management, giving its members easier access to the company’s fleet management solutions and subsequent cost savings. In fact, by taking advantage of the partnership with Enterprise, RMA members can save a projected 20 to 25 per cent of the holding cost of their vehicles. RMA’s membership exceeds […]

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Brakes, Suspensions, Chassis

WABCO Announces Vehicle Control Systems JV in China with FAW Jiefang

WABCO Announces Vehicle Control Systems JV in China with FAW Jiefang

| September 24, 2018

WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC), a leading global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced technologies that are engineered to improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, announced that it has signed an agreement to establish a new joint venture for vehicle control systems with FAW Jiefang Automotive Company. The goal is to advance the […]

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WABCO Debuts Single-Piston Air Disc Brake Technology

WABCO Debuts Single-Piston Air Disc Brake Technology

| September 10, 2018

WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), a leading global supplier of technologies and services that are engineered to improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, has  announced its first simultaneous release of a complete new generation of high-performance single-piston air disc brakes (ADB) for trucks, buses and trailers world-wide.  Accelerating the industry’s conversion from conventional drum brakes […]

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Tech Talk: Jacobs To Introduce Cylinder  Deactivation Technology

Tech Talk: Jacobs To Introduce Cylinder Deactivation Technology

| September 6, 2018

Jacobs Vehicle Systems®, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engine retarding systems and valve actuation systems, will introduce its new Cylinder Deactivation (CDA) technology to the European market at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 (Hannover, Germany, September 20-27).  CDA uses the proven componentry of Jacobs’ High Power Density® (HPD®) engine brake, but in a new application and for […]

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Fuel & Oil

Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Down 28% 

Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Down 28% 

| October 22, 2018

US and Canadian Natural Gas Class 8 truck retail sales rose 13% in 2017, but shed 28% year-to-date through August 2018, according to a recent quarterly report (Natural Gas & Alternative Fuels Quarterly) released by ACT Research.  Year-to-date sales at this point in 2017 were flat year-over-year. “On a nominal basis, natural gas retail sales […]

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Gas Prices Move Down

Gas Prices Move Down

| October 17, 2018

According to the latest Fleet News, fuel prices moved down. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.879 vs. $2.911 one week ago but up from $2.465 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was the opposite.  One gallon of Diesel stands at $3.298 up from $3.286 last week […]

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Gas Prices Inch Up

Gas Prices Inch Up

| October 10, 2018

According to the latest Fleet News, fuel prices moved up again. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.911 vs. $2.857 one month  ago and $2.485 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for diesel was the similar.  One gallon of Diesel stands at $3.286 vs. $3.179 last month and $2.728 […]

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Green

Dyson to Build Electric Car in Singapore

Dyson to Build Electric Car in Singapore

| October 23, 2018

Dyson, the UK-based vacuum cleaner company, has decided to build its new electric car in Singapore. Dyson’s Singapore plant is expected to open in 2020. The company already has 1,100 employees in the area, including engineers and production workers making device motors. Dyson’s CEO, Jim Rowan, told company employees about the plan this morning. “Dyson […]

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Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Down 28% 

Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Down 28% 

| October 22, 2018

US and Canadian Natural Gas Class 8 truck retail sales rose 13% in 2017, but shed 28% year-to-date through August 2018, according to a recent quarterly report (Natural Gas & Alternative Fuels Quarterly) released by ACT Research.  Year-to-date sales at this point in 2017 were flat year-over-year. “On a nominal basis, natural gas retail sales […]

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ChargePoint and FLO Partner on e-Vehicle Charging Network

ChargePoint and FLO Partner on e-Vehicle Charging Network

| October 16, 2018

ChargePoint and FLO announced a roaming partnership that is designed to provide electric vehicle (EV) drivers across North America a seamless charging experience.  Here’s how it works: Much like roaming between cell phone networks, ChargePoint and FLO members can now access public chargers on both networks while travelling in the US and Canada, without the […]

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Recent News

Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Eases in October

Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Eases in October

| October 23, 2018

As the stock market pulls back from record highs,  Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has released the October 2018 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) which shows that overall, confidence in the equipment finance market eased in October to 63.2, a decrease from the September index of 65.5. When asked about the outlook for the future, […]

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Martz Group Taps United Bus Technology for Landmark Deal

Martz Group Taps United Bus Technology for Landmark Deal

| October 23, 2018

  United Bus Technology (UBT), a leading IT solution provider for the motorcoach industry, announced that Martz Group, a leading transportation provider in the East, has awarded UBT with a deal to supply their motorcoaches with UBT products. As per the agreement, UBT will be outfitting Martz Group’s motorcoach fleet with their MegaWiFiSM technology as powered by […]

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Trucking Startup Convoy to Open Offices in Atlanta

Trucking Startup Convoy to Open Offices in Atlanta

| October 23, 2018

Billion-dollar trucking startup Convoy, has announced that it picked Atlanta for the first office outside of its Seattle headquarters. Convoy has seen dramatic growth in the demand of customers with east coast shipping, and are opening an office in Atlanta to better serve their customers and carriers across the country.   According to the company, […]

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Wind River and TTTech Auto Collaborate on Autonomous Driving 

Wind River and TTTech Auto Collaborate on Autonomous Driving 

| October 22, 2018

Wind River®, a leader in delivering IoT software for safety-critical domains including automotive, announced that it has provided its VxWorks real-time operating system to power the latest versions of MotionWise, TTTech Auto’s safety-software platform for autonomous driving applications. Building on their long-standing partnership, Wind River and TTTech Auto, a leading provider of safe software and hardware platforms […]

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Navistar to Partner with Technical Schools

Navistar to Partner with Technical Schools

| October 22, 2018

Navistar has launched the Navistar Service Essentials Program, a partnership program designed to help qualified technical schools prepare the next generation of truck and bus technicians. “As we focus on growing customer Uptime, Navistar and our International® Truck and IC Bus® dealers are all committed to combating the industry’s growing technician shortage,” said Michael Cancelliere, Navistar president, Truck […]

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Independent Contractor Drivers vs. Employee Drivers

Independent Contractor Drivers vs. Employee Drivers

| October 22, 2018

By Jonathan Mazer, Esq. Independent drivers working as contractors have been a feature of trucking and other fleet-based industries since long before the gig economy. The emergence of Uber and other app-based companies has sparked interest in organizing — or perhaps re-organizing — a fleet based on an independent contractor model, rather than an employment […]

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Trucking Industry Congestion Costs Top $74 Billion Each Year

Trucking Industry Congestion Costs Top $74 Billion Each Year

| October 22, 2018

Ever wonder how much sitting in traffic is costing the country? So get this: Traffic congestion on the U.S. National Highway System added nearly $74.5 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2016, a 0.5 percent increase over 2015, according to research released today by the American Transportation Research Institute. In this latest Cost of […]

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Infrastructure Pros Evaluate Transportation Challenges at Summit

Infrastructure Pros Evaluate Transportation Challenges at Summit

| October 22, 2018

National infrastructure experts joined forces recently at the Mobility 21 Summit to highlight the risks and challenges to our transportation infrastructure due to uncertain state and federal funding sources and a multitude of regulatory constraints.  Innovative transportation solutions and strategies from around the globe were presented to address these challenges and provide transformative solutions for […]

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ZF Acquires Stake in Engineering Services Provider ASAP

ZF Acquires Stake in Engineering Services Provider ASAP

| October 19, 2018

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is taking over 35 percent of the shares of the engineering services provider ASAP Holding GmbH, located in Gaimersheim, Bavaria. With this move, the company is pursuing its strategy of securing additional resources for autonomous driving and e-mobility in order to better meet the ever growing demands from customers in these areas. […]

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USA Truck Acquires Davis Transfer Company 

USA Truck Acquires Davis Transfer Company 

| October 19, 2018

USA Truck, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAK), a leading capacity solutions provider headquartered in Van Buren, AR, announced that it has acquired privately held Davis Transfer Company and related entities (Davis) of Carnesville, GA. Davis is a southeast regional carrier with approximately $50 million in revenues and a recent operating ratio in the upper 80’s. The company […]

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XPO Logistics Named a Fortune Future 50 Company

XPO Logistics Named a Fortune Future 50 Company

| October 19, 2018

XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO), a leading global provider of transportation and logistics solutions, has been named to the Fortune Future 50 list of US public companies best positioned for breakout growth. This is the first year that XPO has earned a place on the list, joining Amazon, Netflix, Salesforce and other market innovators. Bradley […]

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Truck Linehaul Index Continues to Accelerate

Truck Linehaul Index Continues to Accelerate

| October 19, 2018

September’s Cass Truckload Linehaul Index continued the increasing rate of acceleration that began in 2017 by posting a 9.8% YoY increase to 140.7, marking yet another record all-time high on a nominal basis.  “We expect more nominal record highs in the coming months, with slightly lower percentage increases as comparisons grow increasingly tough through February,” […]

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New Research Shows America’s Fastest Driving Cities

New Research Shows America’s Fastest Driving Cities

| October 19, 2018

Curious where  America’s fastest drivers live?  A new report from QuoteWizard, an online insurance comparison marketplace, has the answers — and has released a study ranking the fastest drivers in the nation by city, based on speeding tickets. The study, ranking the 25 speediest driving cities in America, along with more detailed looks at the […]

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Ryder Expands Last-Mile Delivery  in 11  Markets

Ryder Expands Last-Mile Delivery  in 11  Markets

| October 18, 2018

Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R), a leader in commercial fleet management,  transportation, and supply chain solutions, announced the expansion of Ryder Last Mile, a home delivery and white-glove installation solution for big-and-bulky goods, in 11 North American markets.  “We’re getting closer to the consumer,” said Patrick Coughlin, Vice President and General Manager of Ryder Last Mile. “By expanding our existing […]

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Hurricane Michael Dampens Demand for Vans, Reefers

Hurricane Michael Dampens Demand for Vans, Reefers

| October 18, 2018

The sudden rise of Hurricane Michael had a dampening effect on freight movement in the Southeast last week and contributed to a 13% overall drop in load posts on the DAT network of load boards. With weaker demand and the number of available trucks up 2% during the week ending Oct. 13, national average load-to-truck […]

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NA Class 8 Net Orders Dropped Sequentially in September

NA Class 8 Net Orders Dropped Sequentially in September

| October 18, 2018

North American Class 8 net orders totaled 42,781 units in September, a 19% decline from August’s all-time record, but still the seventh time in nine months in which industry orders cracked 40,000 units, according to ACT Research. “We expect orders to remain strong in coming months, with backlog growth expected in Q4. However, it is […]

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September Spot Freight Volume Slips 14%, in Seasonal Trend

September Spot Freight Volume Slips 14%, in Seasonal Trend

| October 17, 2018

Freight resumed a seasonal pattern on the spot market in September, with a month-over-month decline of 14 percent. Compared to September 2017, volume dropped 30 percent, influenced by a steep drop in demand for flatbed equipment, compared to last year’s hurricane aftermath. Hurricane season has not had a major impact on freight flows so far this year.   “The decline in load posting […]

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Late Night Driving and Fatigue for Commercial Drivers Lead to Accidents, New Study Shows

Late Night Driving and Fatigue for Commercial Drivers Lead to Accidents, New Study Shows

| October 17, 2018

A leader in connected fleet technology has just release  recent findings from a model to assess levels of threats for drivers based on underlying behavior and external factors.  According to the source, Azuga: Accident risk surges by 9.1 percent for every mile driven during high risk hours (between midnight – 3 a.m.) Accident risk increases […]

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RJ & Sons Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with Expansion Into Mexico

RJ & Sons Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with Expansion Into Mexico

| October 17, 2018

This year marks the 10th anniversary of RJ & Sons, a minority-owned asset-based carrier providing specialized transportation services throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico.  Having started in 2008 with just three employees and one truck, RJ & Sons has grown into an international organization with offices in the United States and Mexico. The exponential growth of RJ & Sons can be […]

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Fleet Safety Solution Focuses on Life-saving Commercial Driving Sector

Fleet Safety Solution Focuses on Life-saving Commercial Driving Sector

| October 17, 2018

With the added pressures on commercial drivers in their roles as first responders, firefighters and EMS workers, it is clear that a lot is riding on these pros. The stakes are high.  Consider: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 94 percent of vehicle collisions involve driver error and are largely preventable. To assist its […]

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Dickinson Fleet Services Grows Footprint in South Florida

Dickinson Fleet Services Grows Footprint in South Florida

| October 17, 2018

Dickinson Fleet Services  has announce the acquisition of Fleet Technology & Maintenance Corporation and Truck City Body Company, continuing the company’s planned growth trajectory and boosting its position in the south Florida fleet services market.  Dickinson Fleet Services, along with majority shareholder Ridgemont Equity Partners, announced the acquisition on October 16, 2018. The acquisition will […]

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New Survey Highlights Costs of Driver Turnover

New Survey Highlights Costs of Driver Turnover

| October 16, 2018

Driver iQ, provider of background screening and driver monitoring services to the trucking industry, announced that carriers taking part in its Q3 2018 Recruitment & Retention Survey must offer innovative packages to attract and retain drivers. “In addition to offering additional driver compensation, 60% of the carriers are offering scheduled pay increases, 25% are offering […]

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City of Sacramento Gets New Electrified Vehicles

City of Sacramento Gets New Electrified Vehicles

| October 16, 2018

The City of Sacramento will be upfitting six hybrid electric (HEV) Ford F-250 trucks and one hybrid electric Ford Transit passenger van to improve the municipal fleet’s fuel efficiency, increase MPG and reduce CO2 emissions. The City expects a 25 percent increase in MPG from its electric trucks,modified by XL, compared to its standard gasoline-powered […]

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GlobalTranz Closes Acquisition of AFN Logistics

GlobalTranz Closes Acquisition of AFN Logistics

| October 16, 2018

GlobalTranz Enterprises, Inc., a leading technology-driven third-party logistics (3PL) solutions provider, announced that it has closed its previously announced acquisition of AFN Logistics, a leader in freight brokerage, 3PL and transportation management services.  The acquisition is designed to accelerate GlobalTranz’s growth in the 3PL industry, and creates a company that will exceed $1.5 billion in revenue. AFN […]

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Lubrication Specialties Name Eric Trimble New Marketing Coordinator  

Lubrication Specialties Name Eric Trimble New Marketing Coordinator  

| October 16, 2018

Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret high performance fuel and oil additives, announced that Eric Trimble has been hired as the company’s marketing coordinator and will report to Lubrication Specialties Director of Marketing, Kyle Fischer.  In this position he will support all marketing endeavors from trade show support, media buys, public relations, […]

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RATP Dev USA Tapped to Manage D.C. Circulator

RATP Dev USA Tapped to Manage D.C. Circulator

| October 16, 2018

RATP Dev USA, a national leader in public transit, announced it has been awarded the contract to manage the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) D.C. Circulator, a bus system for the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. DDOT selected RATP Dev USA through a national competitive process that awarded the contract based on best value procurement. Contract […]

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BYD Unveils New Airport GSE Tow Tractor Models

BYD Unveils New Airport GSE Tow Tractor Models

| October 16, 2018

BYD (Build Your Dreams), a  leader in battery and zero-emission vehicles, unveiled two new electric tow tractor models, or tugs, this month.   The tugs are well suited for airport ground support equipment (GSE) needs including tarmacs and supporting aviation logistic centers and facilities, and also allow for rapid, restriction free charging. BYD tugs, according to the […]

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Trailer Industry Sets Monthly Record Order Volume in September

Trailer Industry Sets Monthly Record Order Volume in September

| October 16, 2018

ACT’s preliminary estimate for September 2018 net trailer orders is 58,200 units. “Fleets reached a never-before-seen trailer order level in September. OEMs booked over 58k trailers last month, shattering the previous record level of just over 47k orders which was set in October of 2014. That was more than 50% better than August orders and […]

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ZF Develops 3D Interior Vehicle Tracking System

ZF Develops 3D Interior Vehicle Tracking System

| October 16, 2018

ZF is developing a three-dimensional Interior Observation System (IOS) capable of detecting and classifying vehicle occupants, determining their size, location and position, and whether or not they are in active control of the vehicle via the steering wheel or monitoring the automated driving systems – all key data to assist with advanced safety and automated […]

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Lisa Garro Promoted to VP Finance for Trimble Transportation

Lisa Garro Promoted to VP Finance for Trimble Transportation

| October 16, 2018

Trimble, a multi-modal and provider for the long-haul trucking, field service management, rail and construction logistics industries, has named Lisa Garro to serve as the new vice president of finance at Trimble Transportation Enterprise.  She brings more than 25 years of accounting experience to the role. Garro has served in a number of roles throughout […]

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World’s First Recycled Road Proves Smooth and Clean

World’s First Recycled Road Proves Smooth and Clean

| October 15, 2018

French company Vinci has built the world’s first stretch of motorway made entirely from recycled road materials. The “fully recycled road” is a kilometer long and is part of the A10 motorway between Pons and Saint Aubin in southwest France. It was built by two subsidiaries of Vinci Construction, Eurovia and Vinci Autoroutes. Vinci said that most of resources […]

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Goodyear Revamps Ways Consumers Purchase its Tires

Goodyear Revamps Ways Consumers Purchase its Tires

| October 15, 2018

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber company has launched Roll by Goodyear, a new tire-buying and installation experience, in the Washington, D.C. metro area next week.  The concept is designed to make tire purchase and installation easier and give time back to consumers. With Roll, customers can shop for tires on their phone, tablet, desktop or […]

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Is the U.S. Slipping Behind on Electric Vehicles?

Is the U.S. Slipping Behind on Electric Vehicles?

| October 15, 2018

As the the U.S. approaches a seemingly important “green” milestone — one million electric vehicle sold — the reality may in fact be a bit darker. A number of respected sources, such as Maxine Joselow, E&E News put the development into context. She recently wrote: “The United States started pursuing an EV market in earnest […]

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Tropos Signs National Auto Fleet Group as Exclusive U.S. Dealer 

Tropos Signs National Auto Fleet Group as Exclusive U.S. Dealer 

| October 15, 2018

Tropos Motors has signed National Auto Fleet Group (NAFG) as its exclusive U.S. dealer to public fleets to sell the entire line of  the Tropos ABLE eCUV line of vehicles and accessories. The company also announced that these public fleets, operated by cities, counties, states, and public colleges and universities, will soon be able to […]

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Duncan & Son Lines Celebrates 75 Years in Trucking

Duncan & Son Lines Celebrates 75 Years in Trucking

| October 15, 2018

Duncan & Son Lines, Inc. is celebrating its 75th year as a  leader in the commercial transportation and trucking industry. The trucking company has been a fixture in the Phoenix community since 1943 and will be commemorating this milestone with company-wide celebrations and a renewed focus on ongoing excellence. “I think that 75 years shows that we’ve not only […]

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