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Trucker Tools partners with TVC Pro-Driver to provide drivers with access to legal services

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RESTON, Va., and OKLAHOMA CITY — Trucker Tools has announced a new partnership with TVC Pro-Driver that will provide access to legal representation and other services for independent truckers directly through the Trucker Tools Mobile Driver App. Oklahoma City-based TVC Pro-Driver provides truckers with comprehensive, subscription-based support services including legal counsel and representation, fuel, shopping and equipment discounts, roadside assistance, and other benefits throughout the U.S. and Canada. Focused on helping professional drivers and fleets stay on the road and earning, TVC Pro-Driver has provided CDL legal protection for more than 30 years. Trucker Tools features real-time shipment visibility, trip planning,...
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SelecTrucks opens new used-truck center near Chattanooga, Tennessee

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FORT MILLS, S.C. — Monday, Aug. 3, marked the opening of SelecTrucks’ newest location, SelecTrucks of Chattanooga. This location is the third SelecTrucks center to open this year and the 29th store in the company’s network. SelecTrucks is a brand of Daimler Trucks North America LLC and one of the largest retailers of used trucks in North America. SelecTrucks of Chattanooga is positioned to conveniently serve customers who are traveling along the Interstate 75 corridor. The group specializes in selling off-lease used day cabs and sleepers from major national fleets and is a member of the Premier Truck Group family...
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New BlueDEF Platinum helps reduce harmful deposits in trucks’ exhaust systems, manufacturer says

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NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Old World Industries LLC, the manufacturer of BlueDEF, has launched a new premium product, BlueDEF Platinum, which the company describes as a “breakthrough innovation” in diesel exhaust fluid. Ten years ago, the federal government tasked manufacturers with reducing the emitted nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels of diesel vehicles, which resulted in the development of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems that use diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). Since the inception of SCR, there have been issues with deposit build-up especially with low-quality DEF, which can lead to back pressure, resulting in increased fuel consumption as well as reduced engine power. Because...
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Freightliner’s battery-electric fleet logs more than 300k emissions-free miles in real-world use

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Freightliner’s Innovation Fleet of 30 battery electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks has accumulated more than 300,000 miles of real-world use by customers, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced July 31. The fleet’s purpose is to test integration of battery electric technology into large-scale commercial transportation operations. “Co-creation with our customers is a cornerstone of Freightliner’s unique approach to the market,” said Richard Howard, senior vice president of on-highway sales and marketing for DTNA. “The knowledge and expertise our logistics customers have in fleet operations with their thousands of trucks is invaluable as we design and engineer the zero-emissions future...
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SmartDrive introduces new driver-assist offerings to deliver added protection, safety for truckers

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SAN DIEGO — SmartDrive Systems, which specializes in video-based safety and transportation intelligence, has released SmartSense for Speeding for Conditions and SmartSense for Sitting Duck, offering never-before-available capabilities to support and protect drivers. Tested by nationally recognized fleets, these intelligent driver-assist offerings represent an expansion of SmartDrive’s intellectual property portfolio. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued patents in June 2020 for the technologies, which help fleets alert drivers so they can avoid driving too fast for poor weather or road conditions; the tech also assists drivers who may be parked in unsafe locations. “With insurance premiums, nuclear verdicts and everyday...
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Fyda Freightliner Pittsburgh to launch mobile repair service program Aug. 1

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PITTSBURGH — Fyda Freightliner Pittsburgh Inc., at 20 Fyda Drive in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, will launch a new Mobile Repair Service (MRS) program Monday, Aug. 3. The service will be available during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and emergency call-out is available 24/7. Fyda Pittsburgh’s MRS program is designed to create a better partnership with customers by offering additional services to support their businesses. “We feel that mobile service will add value and convenience for our customers. We expect MRS to be an extension of our shop capabilities and that our customers will find this to...
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Shifter accessories available in vibrant colors from United Pacific Industries

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – United Pacific Industries has expanded its commercial truck parts line with its new Vibrant Color Series shift knobs, shift covers, shifter shaft extensions and other shifter accessories to customize cab interiors. The new products include: 13/15/18-Speed Gearshift Knobs for Eaton Fuller shift knob assemblies offered in a variety of high-fashion colors, including cadmium orange, indigo blue, electric yellow, emerald green, candy red, liquid silver and pearl white. A Stainless Gearshift Knob Cover, Chrome Range Selector Cover and Chrome Splitter Button for Eaton Fuller 13 speed shifters are also available. Lower Gear Shift Knob Covers designed to...
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Transportation leaders to launch first-of-its-kind industry report analyzing fleet adoption of clean, advanced vehicle...

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LOS ANGELES — Clean technology consulting firm and producers of the annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) is authoring a report on the current and future adoption of clean and advanced vehicles across the nation’s on-road transportation industry. The State of Sustainable Fleets report is the first technology-neutral, comprehensive industry resource that examines five fuel and vehicle technologies across eight medium- and heavy-duty transportation sectors. The report will be released Tuesday, Aug. 11; a two-part virtual launch event is planned to share the report’s findings. The report will provide insights from on-road vehicle fleets into...
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Palmer Trucks announces plans for new Kenworth of Indianapolis facility, upgrades to existing dealership

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INDIANAPOLIS — Palmer Trucks, a third-generation, family-owned commercial truck sales, parts and service provider, has announced plans to expand operations in the Indianapolis area. In addition to upgrading the existing Kenworth of Indianapolis-West facility at 2929 S. Holt Road, the company has planned a new venture, Kenworth of Indianapolis-East, at 9704 E. 30th St. Kenworth of Indianapolis-East will be housed in a 140,000-square-foot facility and will be home to a diesel technician training center, a parts warehouse, a body shop and corporate offices, in addition to a full-service Kenworth dealership. The facility will serve as an extension of Palmer Trucks’...
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Wabash National, eNow partner to offer commercially available zero-emission refrigerated trailers

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Wabash National, harnessing eNow solar power and Carrier Transicold all-electric refrigeration technologies, have teamed up to offer customers what the company describes as the most thermally efficient, eco-friendly refrigerated haul available on the market. First shown as a zero-emission trailer at the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) meeting in February, the Wabash MSC refrigerated trailer with solar-electric TRU is now commercially available as a road-ready solution. Although solar-electric solutions aren’t new to the trucking industry, they haven’t been widely adopted because no manufacturer has been able to demonstrate real viability of a roadworthy solution. “We...
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Nikola Corp. breaks ground on multiproduct manufacturing facility in Coolidge, Arizona

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COOLIDGE, Ariz. — Nikola Corp., a Phoenix-based alternative-energy vehicle design and manufacturing company, broke ground on a new manufacturing facility in Coolidge, Arizona, yesterday, July 23. The 1 million-square-foot 4.0 designed facility will be constructed an approximately 430-acre parcel off U.S. Highway 89 at East Houser Road and Vail Road. The plant is expected to generate more than 1,800 new full-time positions and result in approximately $600 million in new capital expenditures. The ceremony featured speakers from Nikola’s executive team, including Trevor Milton, Nikola’s founder and executive chairman; Mark Russell, CEO; and Mark Duchesne, global head of manufacturing. Also joining the...
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Sales of natural gas-powered Class 8 trucks plummet 22% during first five months of...

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — U.S. and Canadian retail sales of Class 8 natural gas trucks fell 22% from January through May compared to 2019, according to AFQ: Alternative Fuels Quarterly, a report released July 21 by ACT Research. “Sales of natural gas-powered vehicles as reported by the six major truck OEMs, who account for approximately 60% of the heavy-duty natural gas market, were almost uniformly weaker in the March to May time period,” said Steve Tam, vice president at ACT Research. The AFQ report provides insight and analysis, along with trends regarding alternative fuel/power adoption for the U.S. heavy- and medium-duty commercial-vehicle...
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Widespread use of autonomous vehicles at least a decade away, say MIT researchers

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Despite recent progress of the vehicle-automation industry, it will be at least a decade before fully automated vehicles, with no driver on board, are deployed on a large scale, according to a new research brief released by the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future. The brief is part of a series of subject-specific research projects by MIT faculty. “Automated driving technologies have promised to disrupt urban mobility for a long time. Our research explores the impact of autonomous vehicles on jobs and offers policy recommendations that will ease transitions and integration,” said David Mindell, co-chair...
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Freightliner updates Smart Source app to offer personalized options, added resources

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Freightliner has updated its Smart Source app to provide an improved user experience for professional drivers with a new design, personalized notification options and enhanced product-support features. The Smart Source app helps drivers stay connected with Freightliner for up-to-date product news, training videos and support information. The new features expand on the app’s versatility and help drivers quickly find the information they need to efficiently operate their Freightliner truck. “Drivers are more connected than ever before, and we are dedicated to providing them with useful information about their vehicles delivered in a familiar and easily accessible format via...
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Schneider partners with Mastery Systems to advance Quest technology platform

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GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Schneider, a provider of trucking, intermodal and logistics services, has announced a collaboration with Mastery Logistics Systems Inc., developers of a new SaaS technology solution led by industry veteran Jeff Silver, to further leverage the expertise Schneider has invested in the Quest ecosystem. Mastery brings to market MasterMind, a cloud-based SaaS technology solution for large, complex organizations, that’s built to fuel automation, visibility and productivity within the supply chain. MasterMind provides modern connectivity to Schneider’s supply chain and its supply chain partners, enabling better management, decision making, resource allocation and overall visibility of goods and processes...
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EKA, Transflo announce collaboration to digitize workflow between shippers, carriers

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SALT LAKE CITY — EKA Solutions Inc., a provider of cloud-based freight management and end-to-end supply-chain platforms for small and midsize carriers, brokers and shippers is significantly expanding its strategic collaboration with Transflo. This strategic collaboration, announced July 15, will deliver transformational end-to-end digital and automated transportation document workflows solutions between shippers and carriers. “EKA is excited to continue to strategically partner with Transflo, the leader in digitizing transportation workflows, to deliver smart electronic documents solutions, like electronic bill of lading (eBOL), that results in reduced physical contact, fewer labor hours, higher document accuracy, improved cashflows to its customers, all...
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Volvo Trucks’ virtual high-def ‘walk-arounds’ allow customers to safely review truck models

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DUBLIN, Va. — As conditions related to COVID-19 persist, Volvo Trucks North America is offering existing and potential customers the opportunity to participate in live video walk-arounds of pilot trucks, providing a high-definition look at the design and engineering details of truck models. The Volvo Trucks Customer Center in Dublin, Virginia, the only facility in North America dedicated exclusively to the Volvo Trucks brand, is conducting live virtual presentations of new Volvo Trucks models via video conference due to physical distancing and travel restrictions caused by COVID-19. These virtual walk-arounds offer a new, immersive visual experience for customers who want an...
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Auburn University plans new autonomous-vehicle research facility, complete with test track

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AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn University’s GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (GAVLAB)is planning the addition of a sophisticated new autonomous vehicle research facility at Auburn's National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) test track. The facility is expected to provide a garage with multiple bays and lifts for commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, office space for researchers, a conference room and an observation area overlooking NCAT's 1.7-mile oval test track. The building, estimated to cost approximately $800,000, will be one of the few autonomous research facilities in the nation attached to a test track. Currently, much of the work done by researchers in the...
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June shows marked improvement, but year-to-date sales for used Class 8 tractors remain ‘flat,’...

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) grew 54% month over month in June, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research. For the longer term, volumes rose 6% compared to June 2019 but were flat when measured against the first six months of last year. Other data released in ACT’s preliminary report included month-over-month comparisons for June 2020, which showed that average prices were down 4%, while average miles and average age of used Class 8 vehicles each increased, up 4% and...
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QuikQ fuel-purchase program links to McLeod’s LoadMaster software for streamlined fleet management

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FRANKLIN, Tenn., and BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — QuikQ LLC, a provider of fuel cards and cardless fueling solutions, now features an upgraded interactive interface with McLeod Software’s LoadMaster Enterprise dispatch software. “QuikQ understands the importance of automation and efficiency,” said Dean Troester, CEO of QuikQ LLC. “I have seen firsthand how an interactive interface creates better vision, control and accuracy for fleet operations.” In addition to the current batch interface, fleets can now manage their QuikQ fuel-purchasing program directly in their LoadMaster screens. This centralized interactive interface allows fleets to update critical information in LoadMaster and QuikQ in one simple step. In...