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Lithium Miner Albemarle Lifts Outlook as EV Battery Demand Surges

Brine pools at the Albemarle Corp. lithium mine in Chile.

Albemarle Corp., the world’s largest producer of lithium, raised its outlook for the second time this month as tight supply and growing electric vehicle demand forces battery makers to pay up for the metal.

Yvonne Yue Li | Bloomberg News
May 24, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Traffic at NYC-Area Bridges, Tunnels Hits Pre-Pandemic Levels

FedEx

Traffic at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s bridges and tunnels has returned to pre-pandemic levels, partly due to changes in traveling habits, said Rick Cotton, the agency’s executive director.

Skylar Woodhouse | Bloomberg News
May 24, 2022
Business, Logistics, Private

Amazon to Sublease Warehouses as Online Shopping Slows

Amazon

Amazon is planning to sublease some of its warehouse space now that the pandemic-fueled surge in online shopping, which helped the e-commerce giant rake in soaring profits in the past two years, has eased.

May 24, 2022
Business, Equipment, Logistics, For-Hire

Fleets Find Challenges in Rising Maintenance Costs, Parts Shortages

JLE truck

With a laundry list of hurdles — inflation; fuel, equipment and labor costs; and the supply chain — facing many trucking companies, the focus on preventive maintenance (PM) becomes clearer as fleets are adding alternative suppliers and providers, and stockpiling inventory to help control costs and...

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
May 24, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Hyliion Q1 Revenue Rises on Sales of Hybrid ePowertrain

Hyliion

Hyliion Holdings Corp. reported a net loss and higher revenue in the first quarter as it worked to move its core electric products into the market.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 23, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Price Drops by 4.2¢ to $5.571 a Gallon

Fuel

The national average price of diesel dipped for the second week in a row, down this week by 4.2 cents to $5.571 a gallon from $5.613, the Energy Information Administration reported May 23.

May 23, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Experts Urge Preparation Now for Transition to EVs

VNR Electric

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Sometime in the 2020s or early 2030s a growing number of traditional longhaul trucks could be running on hydrogen fuel cell systems while vans and trucks running regional and local routes — in the 150- to 250-mile per day range or going in and out of ports — will rely on battery...

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 23, 2022
Government

Government Groups Seek Assistance in Filling Infrastructure Jobs

Catherine Marx and Mark Boughton

State and local government groups are calling on Congress to create a national workforce strategy for transportation jobs as Connecticut grapples with a need for 450 engineers to spend federal infrastructure funds.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
May 23, 2022
Business, Logistics

High Rate of Turnover Among Stressed-Out Supply Chain Managers

Shipping containers at the Port of Newark in Newark, N.J. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News)

Supply chain managers quit their jobs last year at the highest rate since at least 2016 due to a mix of burnout and a desire for fatter paychecks.

Daniela Sirtori-Cortina | Bloomberg News
May 23, 2022
Crossword

Crossword Puzzle Solution for May 23, 2022

Crossword solution

Here's the solution to the crossword puzzle found in the May 23, 2022 print edition.

May 23, 2022
Government

House Passes Workforce Bill

Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)

Legislation meant to facilitate access to employment opportunities and training for individuals in the marketplace was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives this month.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 23, 2022
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Ports Maintain High Volumes in April

Containership at Port of Savannah

Imports continue to dominate the cargo at the nation’s ports, and the nation’s busiest — the Port of Los Angeles — reported its second-busiest April in its 115-year-plus history,

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 23, 2022
Business, Equipment

Average Age of US Cars Hits Record 12.2 Years

cars on highway

Cars on U.S. roads are as old as they’ve ever been, potentially complicating efforts to expand the use of new safety and emissions-reduction technologies.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
May 23, 2022
Business, Equipment

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