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Transportation leaders to launch first-of-its-kind industry report analyzing fleet adoption of clean, advanced vehicle...

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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SmartDrive introduces new driver-assist offerings to deliver added protection, safety for truckers

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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SelecTrucks opens new used-truck center near Chattanooga, Tennessee

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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Shifter accessories available in vibrant colors from United Pacific Industries

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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Widespread use of autonomous vehicles at least a decade away, say MIT researchers

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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New BlueDEF Platinum helps reduce harmful deposits in trucks’ exhaust systems, manufacturer says

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

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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Wabash National, eNow partner to offer commercially available zero-emission refrigerated trailers

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

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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Drivewyze adds new weigh-station bypass locations in Montana, Illinois

DALLAS — Drivewyze has bolstered its PreClear weigh-station bypass service with 12 new locations in Montana and Illinois. The new sites expand the company’s weigh-station services in both states to offer drivers even more bypass opportunities. Montana now has 12 active Drivewyze sites, while Illinois has 17 bypass locations. According to Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze, the expansion in both states, further streamlines freight movement. “Not having to stop for inspections saves both time and money — weigh station bypass is the low-hanging fruit for fleets and owner-operators to keep on the move,” he said. “It’s one of the best...
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Michelin redesigns fuel-efficient trailer tire for dry-van, reefer and tanker segments

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. announced Aug. 3 that it is launching the fuel-efficient Michelin X One Line Energy T2 tire for the North American line-haul market. The tire is Michelin’s most fuel-efficient trailer tire to date, the company says, based on internal rolling resistance tests using comparable line-haul trailer tires in tire size 275/80R22.5 LRG for the Michelin X Line Energy T and 445/50R22.5 LRL for the Michelin X One Line Energy T2 tire The SmartWay-verified X One Line Energy T2 is targeted for the dry-van truckload, refrigerated truckload and tanker segments. According to the American Transportation Research Institute, fuel ranks...
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Garmin unveils new series of oversized dēzl truck navigators for OTR drivers

OLATHE, Kan. ― Garmin now offers its dēzl over-the-road navigators with 7-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch screen options, allowing drivers to easily access vital information. “The new dēzl navigators offer over-the-road truck drivers exactly what they’ve been advocating for behind the wheel — extra-large navigation screens that clearly display the information that matters most to professional truckers,” said Dan Bartel, vice president of global consumer sales for Garmin. “These navigators also add slick new capabilities, such as highlighting routes on the display to show popular paths used by other truck drivers.” Garmin’s innovative truck-routing feature indicates routes commonly used by fellow truckers...
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Palmer Trucks announces plans for new Kenworth of Indianapolis facility, upgrades to existing dealership

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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Sales of natural gas-powered Class 8 trucks plummet 22% during first five months of...

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...

Volvo Trucks’ collaboration with SAS enhances remote diagnostics

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks North America says it is further strengthening its portfolio of uptime-boosting services by enhancing Remote Diagnostics with an advanced analytics platform from global analytics leader SAS. SAS’ best-in-class analytics support Volvo’s artificial intelligence efforts and provide even greater capabilities for Remote Diagnostics users, allowing for more precise analysis and decision-making, according to Ash Makki, Volvo Trucks North America product marketing manager. "Working with SAS has helped us further refine our uptime-enhancing Remote Diagnostics through greater processing power to the data behind diagnostic codes,” Makki said. “We’ve been able to expand the parts and trouble codes we...
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Volvo Trucks’ virtual high-def ‘walk-arounds’ allow customers to safely review truck models

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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Rand McNally rolls out new TND line with advanced navigation, upgraded features

CHICAGO — Rand McNally has launched the next generation of its TND line, which includes the advanced navigation as well as upgraded features. The TND 750 and the TND 550 truck-specific GPS devices are available in stores now. Both devices include Rand Navigation 2.0, the company's proprietary new navigation software that features technologically sophisticated truck routing; a modern, clean interface; crowdsourced POI review; and striking new visuals, such as 3-D cities and landmarks. The TND 750 has a high-definition 7-inch screen, and the TND 550 offers a vibrant 5-inch screen. The two offerings mark the sixth generation of dedicated truck-specific GPS...
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ABS warning-light malfunction spurs PACCAR to recall more than 450,000 Kenworth, Peterbilt trucks

BELLEVUE, Wash. – PACCAR Inc. has announced a recall of 455,458 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks because of concerns that a blown fuse could prevent the illumination of dashboard warning lights in the case of a malfunction in the trucks’ antilock brakes or electronic stability control. The risk of an accident increases when a driver is unaware of a faulty indicator light, according to documentation submitted by PACCAR to the National Highway Safety Administration in early April. The noncompliance recall (NHSA recall 20V-199) includes trucks equipped with NAMUX Software that included the 25% voltage threshold setting for the ABS/ESC malfunction indicator lamp...
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Freightliner updates Smart Source app to offer personalized options, added resources

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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Convoy, KeepTruckin partner to help carriers provide timely, reliable service

SEATTLE — A new technology partnership between Convoy, a digital freight network, and KeepTruckin, a provider of fleet-management technology, is designed to help carriers simplify daily tasks and grow their businesses. The partnership will integrate Convoy’s digital freight network with KeepTruckin’s freight-visibility API (application programming interface) to access location data for en-route shipments (generated by consenting carriers in its network that use KeepTruckin’s electronic logging devices, or ELDs) to provide enhanced visibility and eliminate the need for additional driver check-in calls. Carriers will have total control and must provide consent before their data will be shared between the two companies. Carriers on...