Jerry Hirsch

Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Paccar, Aurora to Partner on Development of Autonomous Trucks

Aurora Peterbilt truck and Kenworth T680 Left: Aurora has been testing autonomous Peterbilt trucks in Texas. (Aurora) Right: A Kenworth T680 at a past industry show. Paccar is working with Aurora to build self-driving models of the T680. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Paccar Inc. reached a deal with a California technology startup to develop and sell autonomous versions of two of its most popular Class 8 truck models.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 100

Manufacturers Rethink Supply Chains, Eye Reshoring After Events of 2020

Toshiba employee An employee works on a power electronic component at the Toshiba International Corp. manufacturing facility in Houston. (Matthew Busch/Bloomberg News)

A trade war with China and the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have U.S. companies starting to question a decades-old strategy of shifting manufacturing operations to low-cost labor markets in China and other Asian nations.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
January 4, 2021
Government, Business

NHTSA Fines Daimler $10 Million Over Timing of Truck Recalls

Daimler headquarters "We appreciate the opportunity to summarily resolve this matter and continue building safe, efficient and reliable commercial vehicles," Daimler said in a release. (Daimler Trucks North America)

Daimler Trucks North America will pay a $10 million fine and change how it recalls trucks after an investigation by federal safety regulators that found it did not recall vehicles in a timely fashion and comply with other reporting requirements.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
December 31, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

NACFE Report Says Challenges Remain for Broad Fuel Cell Adoption

Mercedes Gen H2 Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck (Daimler Truck AG)

Hydrogen fuel cell technology will likely roll out in heavy-duty trucks over the next five years, but hurdles remain before U.S. motor carriers will adopt them beyond small numbers of test vehicles, according to a new report.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
December 16, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

New Toyota Fuel Cell System Close to Being Available to Class 8 Makers

Toyota Toyota has developed a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell system to work with Kenworth's T680 chassis. (Toyota)

Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled a second-generation fuel cell system that is nearing the point when it could be offered to heavy-duty truck builders looking to build hydrogen-powered tractors.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
December 14, 2020
Business, Logistics, Breaking News, Top 50, Top 100

XPO Logistics Plans to Split Into Two Companies

An XPO Logistics truck XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics Inc. plans to split into two by spinning off its logistics business in a tax-free transaction that will create a separate publicly traded company.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
December 2, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics

2021 Expected to Be Pivotal Year for Commercialization of Electric Vehicles

VTNA VNR electric truck Volvo Trucks North America plans to launch full-scale production of the VNR Electric at its New River Valley manufacturing plant in Dublin, Va., in 2021. (Volvo Trucks)

With major truck manufacturers pushing into factory-built electric vehicles, 2021 is poised to be the year for the technology to transition from pilot testing to commercialization.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
November 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

DTNA Enhances Customer Service Experience

A technician works on a laptop A technician works on a laptop. (Daimler Trucks North America)

Daimler Trucks North America is making headway on a yearlong customer service improvement initiative as it works with dealers to have parts and technicians ready to go when a broken truck reaches the service bay.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
November 19, 2020
Business, Technology

Nikola’s Losses Widen in Third Quarter

Nikola Badger The Nikola Badger. (Nikola Corp.)

Zero-emission truck developer Nikola Corp. saw losses grow as it spent heavily on research and development and legal fees during the third quarter.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
November 10, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

COVID-19 Jolts Workhorse Production; Year-Over-Year Losses Widen

Workhorse van More than 36% of Workhorse's production staff is currently out with COVID-19. The electric vehicle maker's net loss grew to $84.1 million in Q3 from $11.5 million in the same quarter a year earlier. (Workhorse Group)

A COVID-19 outbreak has upended production at electric truck startup Workhorse Group as nearly 40% of the company’s factory workforce have become infected or exposed to the virus.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2020