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Trailer Orders Tumble to Year’s Low Point

trailer

Net U.S. trailer orders in April rose 36% compared with the 2021 period, but plunged compared with March to settle at the lowest point since October, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 21, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Hyundai Announces $5.5 Billion EV Plant in Georgia

Hyundai Kona

ELLABELL, Ga. — Hyundai Motor Group confirmed May 20 the company will spend $5.5 billion on a huge electric vehicle plant near Savannah that will employ thousands — a deal Georgia’s governor called the largest economic development project in the state’s history.

Russ Bynum | Associated Press
May 20, 2022
Government, Business, Technology

Biden Calls South Korean Chip Plant a Model for Deeper Ties to Asia

President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — President Joe Biden opened a trip to Asia May 20 by touring a South Korean computer chip factory that will be the model for another plant in Texas, offering it as a way to deepen ties with the Indo Pacific and fuel technological innovation and foster vibrant democracies.

Aamer Madhani and Josh Boak | Associated Press  
May 20, 2022
Business, Logistics

FIATA Focuses on Unfair Shipping Competition, Digital Trade Documents

FIATA press conference at 2022 meeting

New digitized trade documents and unfair competition from shipping lines infringing on turf for inland cargo are top priorities during a gathering of transportation leaders and government officials convened by the world’s largest freight forwarding association.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
May 19, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Groups Urge Cautious Approach With EPA NOx Proposal

Trucks in traffic

Transportation groups expressed general support for the goal of reducing nitrogen oxides emissions in comments filed with federal regulators regarding a proposal to set stricter NOx limits for trucks, but cautioned against an overly aggressive approach that could be harmful to motor carriers’...

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 19, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

ATA’s Chris Spear Touts Efforts to Address Parking, Training at Mid-Year Session

Spear

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said the group’s recently completed Mid-Year Management Session tackled key issues facing the industry, but stressed that much work remains to address the biggest challenges confronting motor carriers.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 19, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

House Passes Fuel Price Gouging Bill

fuel pump

Legislation that aims to expand federal provisions against price gouging in the marketplace for gasoline and other fuels passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 19.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 19, 2022
Business, Fuel, Logistics

Spot Market Normalization Signals Uncertain Future

truck at loading dock

The spot market has been declining, but with rates and volumes still above historic norms it’s unclear where it will stabilize.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
May 19, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Gas Price Records Mount as Travel Nears Pre-COVID Norms

Fuel prices at a gas station in New York May 17

Gasoline prices in the U.S. have hit fresh peaks for the past 10 days, the longest run of consecutive records just as travel is expected to approach levels seen before the pandemic, according to auto club AAA.

Chunzi Xu | Bloomberg News
May 19, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

House Panel Approves Water Bill

Port of Norfolk

Legislation that would approve dozens of projects and studies under the purview of the Army Corps of Engineers was advanced by a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 18.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 19, 2022
Business, Fuel

Diesel’s Surge, Scarcity Creates Issues for Farmers

Fuel

Farmers from Iowa to Ukraine are grappling with surging diesel prices and an unsteady supply, forcing them to spend unprecedented sums on fuel in a chaotic market and raising concerns about the autumn harvest.

May 19, 2022
Business

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May 19, 2022
Government, Fuel

Diesel’s High Cost Due to Refining Capacity Shortage, Exports, Experts Say

Flint Hills Resources refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas

With record-high diesel and gasoline prices across the country, oil industry analysts told Transport Topics the runaway energy market isn’t being caused exclusively by higher crude prices or the U.S. economy driving demand for petroleum products.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 19, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Private

Daimler to Deploy 800 eCascadias to Sysco

Sysco ecascadia

Food service distributor Sysco Corp. and Daimler Truck North America jointly announced Sysco’s letter of intent to deploy 800 battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractors by 2026.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 19, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Aurora, FedEx Expand Texas Autonomous Routes

Aurora

Aurora Innovation Inc. and FedEx have expanded their autonomous trucking partnership to include freight hauling between terminals in Fort Worth and El Paso, Texas.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 18, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

California to Join $8 Billion Hydrogen Hub Race

Energy Observer, a former race boat turned into autonomous navigation powered by hydrogen

California will seek some of the $8 billion President Joe Biden set aside for building hydrogen production hubs, joining a crowded race among states angling for the money.

David R. Baker | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Supply Chain Woes Threaten Electric Grid

 The sun rises over power lines near Imperial, Calif.

A vast swath of North America from the Great Lakes to the West Coast is at risk of blackouts this summer as heat, drought, shuttered power plants and supply chain woes strain the electric grid, according to a report.

May 18, 2022
Business, Equipment

Medium-Duty Sales in April Present Mixed Picture

International Terrastar truck

Classes 4-7 U.S. retail sales in April dropped 15.4% compared with a year earlier, Wards Intelligence reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 18, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Leaders of VTNA, Navistar Stake Out EV Turf

Peter Voorhoeve, Mathias Carlbaum

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The leaders of Volvo Trucks North America and Navistar expect broader competition when it comes to delivering electric trucks to customers, and even closer collaboration with more parties to ensure such trucks are ready to work, they said in separate interviews with Transport...

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 18, 2022
Business, Safety, Logistics

Industry Faces Obstacles in Bid to Mitigate Driver Shortage

Panelists Donna Kintop of DDC Group, Andrew Boyle of Boyle Transportation and ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello at 2022 MYMS

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Accelerated retirements, an aging workforce, a decadeslong declining birthrate and low unemployment rate continue to cause challenges for the trucking industry as it seeks to overcome the 80,000-plus driver shortage.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 18, 2022