Joe Howard

Business, Breaking News

Navistar Appoints Persio Lisboa as New CEO

Persio Lisboa at an industry event Persio Lisboa speaks at the 2017 North America Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Navistar International announced that Persio Lisboa will replace Troy Clarke as president and CEO, effective July 1.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
June 26, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Elaine Chao Emphasizes Need for Infrastructure, Safety Funds for Rural Areas

Rural Truck on a rural road. (U.S. DOT)

The subject of upgrading the nation’s infrastructure is an important one for Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, including assurance that rural areas receive equal treatment relative to metropolitan areas when funds are distributed.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
April 8, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

DOT Ready to Help Truckers as They Support Country, Elaine Chao Says

CARES Act signing President Donald Trump with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, key leaders of Congress and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, signing the CARES Act, totaling $2.2 trillion, the largest economic relief package in history. (USDOT)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told Transport Topics during an exclusive interview that her agency stands ready to build on the actions it already has taken to help trucking support the country through the coronavirus crisis.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
April 3, 2020
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Second Coast-to-Coast Trek Planned for Shell Starship Initiative Truck

Shell Megan Pino via Joe Howard/Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Shell Lubricants is planning a second coast-to-coast run for its Starship Initiative truck, which is designed to study and test fuel-saving technologies for heavy-duty trucks.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
February 26, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ATA, HudsonCyber Team on Security Program

Max Bobys of HudsonCyber HudsonCyber Vice President Max Bobys discusses the partnership, which would afford ATA member motor carriers access to a suite of cybersecurity services. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — American Trucking Associations and HudsonCyber on Feb. 25 announced an affinity program for ATA members though which motor carriers of all sizes can gain access to the company’s cloud-based cybersecurity suite.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
February 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Alcoa Debuts New Lightweight Wheel, Bore Design

Alcoa A view of the new Alcoa Ultra One ULT39 wheel (right) via John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Alcoa Wheels introduced a new wheel for heavy-truck applications that the company said is the lightest wheel it has produced, and which features a design that reduces contact with the wheel hub, which it said can combat corrosion.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
February 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Costs for Unscheduled Repairs Keep Rising, Report Finds

Costs for unscheduled repairs FleetNet's Jim Buell speaks at the press conference. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — The average cost for an unscheduled repair increased 43% between the fourth quarter of 2018 and Q4 2019, according to benchmarking data compiled by American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council and FleetNet America.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
February 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Electric Trucks Must Reap Financial and Environmental Benefits, Execs Say

VNR trucks Dependable Supply Chain Services and NFI Industries are piloting Volvo's VNR battery-electric heavy-duty trucks. (Volvo LIGHTS Project)

FONTANA, Calif. — The financial case must be just as sound as the environmental argument if electric trucks are to succeed in the marketplace, stakeholders said.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
February 19, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

Electric VNR Models to Hit Streets as VTNA, Partners Accelerate EV Program

VNR electric truck One of Volvo Trucks North America's VNR electric models at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (Joe Howard/Transport Topics)

FONTANA, Calif. — Volvo Trucks North America provided the first rides in its forthcoming electric VNR model, and its partners in the Volvo LIGHTS project provided an update on efforts underway to accelerate adoption of electric trucks during a Feb. 11 media event.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
February 12, 2020
Business, Technology, Breaking News

Volkswagen's Traton Unit Submits Buyout Offer for Navistar

The Navistar-Traton booth at IAA The Navistar/Traton SE booth at IAA in 2018. (Joe Howard/Transport Topics)

Navistar International Corp. said it has received an unsolicited buyout offer from its European truck partner Traton SE — which is owned by Germany’s Volkswagen AG — in a $35 per share cash offer.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
January 30, 2020