Roger Gilroy

Roger Gilroy

Senior Reporter


Roger Gilroy began reporting on the trucking industry for Transport Topics in the 1990s, but at various times ventured away to report for other publications that focused on hazardous materials transportation then intelligent transportation systems — and later for nine years owned a small business that came with two vans and two buses.

Business, Technology, Autonomous, Top 100

Werner Invests in TuSimple to Spur Autonomous Trucking

Werner, TuSimple trucks Werner by Werner Enterprises Inc.; TuSimple by Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics

Transportation and logistics provider Werner Enterprises announced it invested in TuSimple, an autonomous trucking technology company founded in 2015, and described it as an important milestone in the journey to become an environmental leader.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 20, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Kodiak Begins Regular Disengage-Free Autonomous Deliveries

Kodiak Robotics screenshot Kodiak Robotics via YouTube

Kodiak Robotics Inc. announced trucks equipped with its Kodiak Driver autonomous system have begun making regular disengage-free customer deliveries on the middle-mile route on Interstate 45 between Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 19, 2021
Business, Equipment

December Classes 4-7 Sales Improve Over 2019

Amazon van E-commerce has fueled sales of "UPS, or Amazon-type vehicles that are smaller, rather than with the traditional Classes 6-7 truck that are more of business-to-business trucks,” Tam says. (Lynsey Weatherspoon/Bloomberg News)

Classes 4-7 sales in December accelerated overall to clear 24,000 and move 6.2% higher compared with a year earlier, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 19, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

NACFE Plans Run on Less-Electric Event in September

Run on Less truck A Run on Less truck from a prior event. This year's edition will involve electric trucks. (NACFE via Vimeo)

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency announced plans for Run on Less-Electric, a technology demonstration of a variety of battery-electric trucks in everyday operation.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 14, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

US Trailer Orders in December Surge Past Year Earlier

Wabash Trailers on an assembly line at a Wabash manufacturing plant. (Wabash Trailers)

U.S. trailer orders in December jumped 140% from a year earlier as they cleared 42,000, ACT Research reported, citing trailer makers’ initial data.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 13, 2021
Business, Equipment, Breaking News

December Class 8 Sales Reach High Mark for 2020, Down 7.4% Compared With 2019

Kenworth trucks on a sales lot Kenworth trucks on a sales lot. Year-to-date sales were 191,900, down 30.6% compared with 276,348 a year earlier. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in December cleared 21,000 to reach the high mark for the year, but were off 7.4% from a year earlier, WardsAuto .com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel

Paccar Parts Begins Selling Electric Vehicle Chargers

Paccar Paccar electric charger with Kenworth K270E and Peterbilt 220EV trucks. (Paccar)

Paccar Parts announced it is making available to customers electric vehicle charging stations designed to be compatible with Paccar Inc.’s Kenworth Truck Co., Peterbilt Motors Co. and DAF electric trucks.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Sherri Baker Joins Hyliion as Chief Financial Officer

Hyliion truck A Hyliion heavy-duty truck on display at a past industry show. On Jan. 7, Hyliion reported it received about $142 million in cash proceeds after the exercise of public warrants for about 12.5 million shares, priced at $11.50, of common stock. (Hyliion)

Hyliion Holdings Corp., a provider of electrified powertrain solutions for heavy-duty vehicles, announced Sherri Baker will join the company as chief financial officer.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 12, 2021
Business, Equipment, Safety

December Class 8 Orders Fourth-Best Ever

Mack truck “Customer demand for Mack has shown strength across all Class 8 segments,” said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of North American sales. (Mack Trucks)

North American Class 8 orders in December notched the fourth-highest volume ever as they surpassed 50,000 for the second consecutive month, according to ACT Research citing truck makers’ initial data.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 7, 2021
Business, Equipment, Logistics

The JZ Expedited Cos. Eyes Expansion of Site in Jacksonville

JZ Expedited Cos. JZ Expedited Logistics is a subsidiary of The JZ Expedited Cos. (JZ Expedited Logistics via YouTube)

The JZ Expedited Cos. announced it secured a first right of refusal to develop an additional 45-acre parcel as it seeks to expand its inland marine terminal business model in Jacksonville, Fla.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 6, 2021