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Business, Technology, Equipment

Xos Forms Powertrain Division

Xos truck

Electric truck manufacturer Xos Inc. announced it established a new powertrain division called Powered by Xos.

June 18, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100, TCA

FedEx to Test Nuro Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

FedEx/Nuro delivery

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — FedEx Corp. announced June 15 that it has partnered with Nuro, one of the nation’s leading autonomous vehicle companies, to test the use of driverless vehicles for multistop and appointment-based deliveries in Houston.

Erik Bascome | Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
June 18, 2021
Business, Fuel

After Blowing $300 Billion, US Shale Finally Makes Money

Texas oil field

After years of booms and busts that produced astronomical losses along with a whole lot of oil, the fracking industry seems to have found a sweet spot. It’s poised to generate more than $30 billion of free cash this year.

June 18, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

XPO Announces GXO’s $800 Million Notes Offering

XPO Logistics supply chain facility

XPO Logistics upcoming spinoff, GXO Logistics, has priced an offering of $800 million on investments notes with registration rights, the company announced June 17.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
June 18, 2021
Business, Technology

Auto Show Back in Detroit Next Year

Detroit auto show

DETROIT — The head of Detroit’s big international auto show says it will return to the Motor City next year, but with smaller indoor displays and more emphasis on experiencing vehicles and technology outside.

June 18, 2021

Ford Sees Improved Q2 Outlook

Ford marque

Ford’s second-quarter outlook is improving, with large numbers of customers making reservations for four of its new vehicles.

June 18, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

In Reversal, Lordstown Motors Says It Has No Firm Truck Orders

Lordstown vehicle

TOLEDO, Ohio — Struggling electric truck maker Lordstown Motors said June 17 it doesn’t have any firm orders for its vehicles, just days after its president said the company had enough to maintain production through 2022.

John Seewer | Associated Press
June 18, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Attorney Danny Keating Pleads Guilty in Staged Accidents With Trucks


New Orleans attorney Danny Patrick Keating Jr., charged last year for his participation in 31 illegal staged accidents, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 17, 2021
Government, Business, Technology

Buttigieg Pushes Transportation Budget Amid Infrastructure Talks


Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called on senators to fund big-ticket transportation programs as congressional leaders continue to craft comprehensive infrastructure policy measures and prepare to consider a multiyear highway bill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 17, 2021

More Carriers Raise Pay Amid Driver Shortage

Averitt Express truck

Trucking companies are continuing to increase pay to recruit and retain drivers to protect against ongoing labor capacity issues.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
June 17, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Transportation Companies Prepare for Hurricane Season


Summer means the start of hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean and many of the world’s biggest transportation companies are taking steps to prepare for what some forecasters say could once again be above-average activity along the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
June 17, 2021
Government, Business

Rep. DeFazio to Highlight Road Congestion Remedies

traffic jam

WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter DeFazio, chairman of the U.S. House transportation committee and author of a comprehensive five-year, $547 billion highway bill, is very aware that being stuck in traffic is bad for business.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 17, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel

Ford Acquires Battery-Management Startup to Charge EV Fleets

The Ford F-150 Lightning on display in New York City

Ford Motor Co. has acquired a startup that specializes in managing charging networks for commercial electric vehicles, a business the automaker hopes could generate as much as $1 billion in revenue by 2030.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
June 17, 2021

Washington’s Infrastructure Improves to a C, ASCE Report Card Shows

View inside a Metro station

The nation’s capital received a C on a recent infrastructure report card issued June 15 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 17, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Electric Plane Pioneer Pivots to Cargo Drones

Pipistrel Velis Electro, first electric plane certified by European Union Aviation Safety, drives on the tarmac. (Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images)

The man behind the only electric plane cleared to fly quickly discovered the challenges of converting world-leading technology into profits in a hotly contested, futuristic segment of aviation.

Jan Bratanic | Bloomberg News
June 17, 2021
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Rise for First Time Since April

A hiring sign is displayed in Vernon Hills, Ill., on June 11. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance rose slightly for the first time since late April, likely a temporary blip for a labor market that’s otherwise improving as the economy reopens.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
June 17, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

KeepTruckin Raises Fresh Funds Valuing Startup at $2.3 Billion

KeepTruckin offers real-time GPS tracking software. (KeepTruckin)

KeepTruckin Inc. raised $190 million in a new funding round that values the San Francisco-based provider of fleet management software at $2.3 billion.

Gillian Tan | Bloomberg News
June 17, 2021

Transport Topics Radio

Transport Topics Radio

Transport Topics Radio is a weekly news roundtable airing Saturdays on SiriusXM channel 146 from 1-3 p.m. ET and rebroadcast Saturday nights from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. ET, and Sundays from noon-2 p.m. ET and 9-11 p.m. ET. Check out this week's lineup.

June 17, 2021
Government, Technology

Teleworking Travel Habits May Offer Insight on Freight Mobility, Expert Says

FHWA graphic showing truck trends from 2017-19

Data on the drastic changes in commuting patterns that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic likely will present useful insight on impacts to freight movement, according to a Federal Highway Administration expert.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 17, 2021
Government, Safety

Senate Commerce Panel OKs $78 Billion Highway Safety Bill

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)

Legislation that would dedicate $78 billion over five years for freight, trucking and rail safety programs was advanced by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee June 16.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 16, 2021