Business, Technology

Alkane, evLabs Announce Deal for Electric Truck Launch

Alkane Truck Co. announced it signed a memorandum of understanding with evLaboratory Inc. to integrate evLabs’ powertrain and battery management system with Alkane’s alternative fuel truck chassis.

Transport Topics
December 11, 2017
Business, Technology

On Tesla Trucks and ELDs

Tesla Inc.’s recent unveiling of its all-electric Class 8 tractor presented the industry with a fresh take on truck design and a different way of powering its vehicles.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
December 11, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Many LTL Carriers Lean Toward Density-Based Pricing

Estes Express Lines dimensioners An increasing number of less-than-truckload fleets are expanding the use of dimensioners in their facilities. (Estes Express Lines)

The use of dimensioners is expanding in the less-than-­truckload industry, enabling carriers to more accurately calcu­late shipment density.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
December 8, 2017
Business, Technology

Fleets, Tech Vendors Parsing Data to Improve Driver Coaching, Safety

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Modern trucking companies are swimming in data collected by their onboard technology and back-office software, but fleet managers are using a variety of strategies to utilize that information for driver coaching and other business improvements.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
December 8, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Technological Advances Entice Younger Drivers to Trucking Industry, Executives Say

J.B. Hunt's Greer Woodruff Woodruff speaks at the House subcommittee roundtable discussion. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — Advances in automation, safety features and telecommunication are improving jobs for truck drivers, attracting a new generation of workers adept in user-friendly technologies, trucking executives told House lawmakers Dec. 7.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Ohio Bus Drivers Fear Push Toward Self-Driving Vehicles Could Reduce Jobs, Safety

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Central Ohio bus drivers are warning state lawmakers that the push for automated vehicles may lead to job losses and unsafe conditions.

Dan Gearino | The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
December 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Fuel

Analysis: California Wants its Dairy Farms to Capture Methane and Sell it as Truck Fuel

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“California Regulates Cow Farts,” is how a New York Post headline put it, implying it was a wacky move by California Governor Jerry Brown. In fact, California’s methane law represents a serious attempt by America’s biggest dairy state to come to grips with a potent greenhouse gas.

Bloomberg News
December 6, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

ATA President Chris Spear Critical of Trucking Omission in Autonomous-Vehicle Bills

ATA President Chris Spear Sue Hensley/Transport Topics

Legislation before Congress that would establish a regulatory landscape for autonomous cars while not addressing trucks does not reflect the realities of the driving landscape and will fall short on safety, the president of American Trucking Associations said Dec. 6.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

California Bill in the Works to Banish Gasoline Cars by 2040

National Retail Systems Inc

A California lawmaker wants to put the state alongside China, France and the U.K. and have its legislature consider a ban on vehicles powered by fossil fuels.

December 6, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

ExxonMobil Launches New Synthetic Engine Oils to Meet Expected Growth

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ExxonMobil introduced three Mobil Delvac 1 synthetic heavy-duty diesel engine oils for use in on-highway and off-highway applications, with the expectation that the oils’ promised improvements in fuel efficiency and maintenance will spur greater industry adoption.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2017