Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Volvo Pushes Forward With Electric Trucks

FL Electric Delivery A Volvo FL Electric truck outfitted for a delivery application. (Seth Clevenger for Transport Topics)

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Volvo Trucks executives said they are convinced that electric vehicles will play an increasingly important role in the future of commercial transportation and outlined their first steps toward making that vision a reality.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 21, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

US Firms Weigh Higher Freight Bills Now Against Paying Tariffs Later

Tractor-trailer trucks move cargo in shipping containers out of the Port of Savannah in Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

New tariffs on imports from China may leave American companies with a choice — pay a higher freight bill now or pay the tariffs starting soon.

David Koenig | AP Business Writer
June 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Daimler Lowers Earnings Expectations Amid Increased Chinese Tariffs

Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz logo on Concept EQA grille (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Daimler AG lowered estimates of its earning potential for 2018 as its car unit feels the effect of higher tariffs.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
June 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Boston OKs Citywide Tests of nuTonomy Self-Driving Cars

Sam Kang Li/Bloomberg News

Self-driving cars will soon be zipping across Boston after transportation officials granted one company permission to test their robotic cars outside the Seaport — with South Boston first up.

Jordan Graham | Boston Herald
June 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Coming June 27: LiveOnWeb's 'How Have ELDs Changed Trucking?'

LOW panelists Tom McLeod, Edin Selimagic, Kerri Wirachowsky LOW panelists Tom McLeod, Edin Selimagic, Kerri Wirachowsky

It’s been six months since the electronic logging device mandate went into effect. So now’s a good time to ask: How Have ELDs Changed Trucking? Our June 27 LiveOnWeb program will answer that question.

Transport Topics
June 20, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

MBUF Pilot Program Leaders Share Lessons Learned

MBUF pilot panel Lou Neudorff of the University of Minnesota (left), Warren and Hendren (Eleanor Lamb for Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Public outreach efforts can dispel misconceptions about miles-based user fee (MBUF) programs, according to Mike Warren, principal consultant at WSP USA.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 20, 2018
Government, Business

Senators Press Commerce Secretary on National Security Approach to Tariffs

Steelworker at German plant (Martin Meissner, AP)

WASHINGTON — Senators on the Finance Committee questioned the Trump administration’s national security argument for pursuing steel and aluminum tariffs, a move Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross staunchly defended at a hearing June 20.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 20, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

Caterpillar Sales Boom Can’t Save It From Trade-War Carnage

Caterpillar Inc.

The world on the cusp of a trade war has spooked investors, and few companies are feeling the fright more than Caterpillar Inc.

Joe Deaux | Bloomberg News
June 20, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Drivers Overcome Web of Regulations to Deliver Holiday Fireworks

Crowd watches a fireworks show (Getty Images)

Although they drive trucks only one to six times a year, drivers for American Pyrotechnics Association members face unique challenges related to federal transportation safety regulation.

Libby Seline | Special to Transport Topics
June 20, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Rep. Earl Blumenauer Pitches User Charge to Spur Infrastructure Funding

Blumenaur Eleanor Lamb for Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Road user charges, manifested in the form of a miles-based user fee (MBUF), are the best alternative for sustainable infrastructure funding, according to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 20, 2018