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Biden Pledge to Make Federal Fleet Electric Faces Slow Start

Biden

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, a self-described “car guy,’’ often promises to lead by example on climate change by moving swiftly to convert the sprawling U.S. government fleet to zero-emission electric vehicles. But efforts to eliminate gas-powered vehicles from the fleet have lagged.

October 3, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Tesla Q3 Sales Bounce Back but Fall Short of Estimates

Tesla

AUSTIN, Texas — Tesla’s sales rose 35% in the July-September period compared to the second quarter as the company’s huge factory in China got past supply chain issues and pandemic restrictions.

October 3, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Ian Lashes South Carolina as Florida Surveys Devastation

Hurricane Ian

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A revived Hurricane Ian made landfall on coastal South Carolina on Sept. 30, threatening the historic city of Charleston with severe flooding after the deadly storm caused catastrophic damage in Florida and trapped thousands in their homes.

September 30, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

New York Allows Trucking Companies to Give CDL Road Tests

young driver

The state of New York is now permitting trucking companies and other qualified third parties to administer road tests for commercial driver licenses, a move to help address a shortage of commercial drivers in the state.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
September 30, 2022
Government

House, Senate Pass Short-Term Funding Bill

U.S Capitol

Congress on Sept. 30 sent the White House a short-term funding bill to avert a government shutdown, where President Biden signed it to extend funding authority through mid-December.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 30, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Volvo Trucks’ Peter Voorhoeve Sees Opportunity to Accelerate Zero-Emission Goals

Volvo truck on the test track at the New River Valley plant

DUBLIN, Va. — The time is now to accelerate the shift to zero-emission vehicles despite red flags in the market, Volvo Trucks North America CEO Peter Voorhoeve said Sept. 29.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
September 30, 2022
Government, Equipment

ATA Touts USDOT’s Truck Parking Agenda

Trucks parked at a truck stop on Interstate 81 in Virginia

American Trucking Associations recently highlighted the U.S. Department of Transportation’s focus on matters related to truck parking.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 30, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, TCA

ADAS Maker Continental Unveils Plant in Texas

Continental plant rendering

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — Continental’s new automotive manufacturing plant is officially up and running after a yearlong delay caused by the pandemic.

Megan Rodriguez | San Antonio Express-News
September 30, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, For-Hire

EV Startup Arrival in Talks on Funds to Unlock US Market

Arrival van

Electric vehicle startup Arrival SA surged after it said it’s in talks to raise capital to build and sell its products in the U.S.

Siddharth Philip | Bloomberg News
September 30, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Auto Industry Banks on EV Sales to Rental Fleets

Hertz Polestar

Auto sales to rental fleets used to be seen as a sign of failure. With the dawn of the electric vehicle age, that’s changing.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
September 30, 2022
Government, Business

Resilient Consumers Spend Slightly More in August

shoppers

WASHINGTON — Consumers spent a bit more in August than the previous month, a sign the economy is holding up even as inflation lifts prices for food, rent and other essentials.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
September 30, 2022
Government, Business

States Spend Federal COVID Aid on Roads, Buildings, Seawalls

The Robert B. Docking State Office building in Topeka, Kan.

Funds from President Biden's American Rescue Plan Act — which provided flexible aid to states and local governments for COVID relief — are being used for infrastructure and public works projects across the country.

September 29, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

New York to Ban Sale of Gas Cars by 2035

taxis and other cars on a New York City street

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sept. 29 announced that the state will follow California in requiring all new vehicles sold by 2035 be zero-emission, setting in motion the regulatory process to implement a law she signed last year.

Kira Bindrim | Bloomberg News
September 29, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Toyota’s CEO Says EV Adoption Will Take Longer Than Expected

Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., speaks during an event at the Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo, Japan

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to keep gas-powered cars as a key part of its lineup, rejecting efforts by rivals to go fully electric amid concerns over how quickly consumers will embrace new technologies.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
September 29, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Ian Triggers Port, Rail Closures, Straining Supply Chain

Damaged boats and structures in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

Major ports and rail facilities across the U.S. Southeast have halted operations as one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the country advances as a tropical storm, causing disruptions along the way and resulting in another blow for already strained supply chains.

September 29, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Many Trapped in Florida as Ian Heads to South Carolina

Damaged homes and debris seen in aerial shot of Fort Myers

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Rescue crews piloted boats and waded through flooded streets Sept. 29 to save thousands of Floridians trapped after Hurricane Ian destroyed homes and businesses and left millions in the dark.

Adriana Gomez-Licon | Associated Press
September 29, 2022
Government

House Transportation Leader Praises Trucking Workforce

UPS driver delivering packages during pandemic

The trucking workforce’s contributions during the pandemic were again recognized by the chairman of the transportation panel in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 29, 2022
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Foxconn Starts EV Production in US With First Lordstown Pickups

Lordstown Motors' electric Endurance pickup truck

Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group has started building electric vehicles for Lordstown Motors Corp., a milestone as the company better known for making iPhones diversifies its operations.

Sean O'Kane | Bloomberg News
September 29, 2022
Business, Safety

2.7 Million Without Power as Ian Drenches Florida

firefighters in Orange County, Fla., help people stranded by Hurricane Ian

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Hurricane Ian destroyed a cross-section of Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, forcing patients from nursing homes and hospitals, cutting off a popular barrier island and obliterating a historic waterfront pier. Nearly 2.7 million people lost power as rain fell and waters...

Curt Anderson | Associated Press
September 29, 2022
Business, Technology

VTNA Taps Nuss as Its First EV Dealer in Midwest

Nuss Volvo

Volvo Trucks North America announced Nuss Truck & Equipment as its first certified EV dealer in the Midwest to assist fleets across both Minnesota and Wisconsin with their electromobility transition.

September 29, 2022