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EPA Advisory Board to Review Science Behind the Agency’s Glider Truck Rule Repeal Proposal

Fitzgerald Glider Kit installed in a Peterbilt 389 (Fitzgerald Glider Kits via YouTube)

An Environmental Protection Agency advisory board is reviewing the quality and relevance of scientific and technical information used to justify repealing an Obama administration regulation that limits the production of glider trucks.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 14, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Daimler Trucks' Martin Daum Warns That Tariffs Will Increase Production Costs

Daimler execs Nielsen (left) and Daum by Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics

PORTLAND, Ore. — New U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could ultimately raise the price of trucks sold in the United States, top executives at the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer warned.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Trucking Gaining Ground in China

Trucks sit idle in a parking lot at a logistics park in Chengdu, China, April 11, 2017. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

In China, autonomous trucking is coming faster than expected. Chinese driverless truck startup Fabu Technology said June 12 that its driverless trucks already have taken part in open road tests and it plans to offer intercity cargo transportation this year, which is expected to radically reshape the nation’s freight transportation market.

Cheng Yu | Asia News Network
June 13, 2018
Business, Equipment

Medium-Duty Sales Advance Again on Class 6 Strength

Ford medium-duty day cab Ford’s redesigned F750 truck via Ford Motor Co.

U.S. retail sales of medium-duty trucks rose 13.7% in May to 20,801, driven by large gains in demand for Class 6 trucks, a highly competitive sector.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
June 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Trucking Industry Adjusts to ELD Mandate as Focus on HOS Compliance Sharpens

ELD (ERoad)

The U.S. trucking industry is continuing to adjust to the federal electronic logging device mandate that took effect late last year.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
June 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

DTNA Expands Connectivity Services on Cascadia Model

Freightliner Cascadia (Freightliner)

Daimler Trucks North America introduced two new connectivity services into its Detroit Connect portfolio, Detroit Connect Direct and a wireless in-cab device connection.

Transport Topics
June 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Nikola Motor Co. Launches Hiring Drive

Nikola One (Nikola Motor Co.)

Nikola Motor Co. is starting the hiring process to staff its new Arizona research and development center, slated to open in November.

Transport Topics
June 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Allison Partnerships Will Provide Data on Transmissions

Allison transmissions (Allison Transmission)

Allison Transmission Inc. has partnered with multiple North American telematics service providers to deliver transmission-health information by year-end.

Transport Topics
June 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

With Promised Semi on the Horizon, Tesla Cuts 9% of Workforce

Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News

Electric car maker Tesla Inc. is laying off about 3,600 workers mainly from its salaried ranks as it slashes costs in an effort to deliver on CEO Elon Musk’s promise to turn a profit in the second half of the year.

Associated Press
June 12, 2018
Business, Equipment

May Trailer Orders Boom Amid Jammed Up Supply Chain

UPS trailers David Guo/Flickr

ACT Research Co. reported trailer orders in May climbed 30% to 23,300, based on its preliminary estimate. Trailer makers called the ongoing surge unprecedented.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
June 12, 2018

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