Roger Gilroy

Roger Gilroy

Senior Reporter

@roger_gilroy

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, Equipment

Mack Touts Versatility of New Medium-Duty Models in Crowded Market

Mack MD Mack MD Series by Mack Trucks

Mack is emphasizing its Class 8 experience with various applications as full production is underway for two new medium-duty models designed for various segments in that highly competitive market.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

TuSimple, Traton Group to Develop Autonomous Trucks in Europe

TuSimple TuSimple

TuSimple, a developer of autonomous-driving technology for trucking, and Traton Group, Volkswagen AG’s heavy-truck unit, announced a partnership to develop SAE Level 4 self-driving trucks, calling it a first in Europe. Traton also took a minority stake in TuSimple.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Dana Adds to Global E-Propulsion Manufacturing Footprint

Dana facility Pune India Dana's facility in Pune, India, will open later this year. (Dana)

Dana Inc. announced its latest push for a larger presence in global e-propulsion systems by expanding production of its TM4 low- to high-voltage electric motors, inverters and vehicle control units to India.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 22, 2020
Business, Equipment

August Trailer Orders Trumpet Better Days, Rise 150%

Great Dane trailer A trailer body in production at a Great Dane manufacturing plant. In 2021, Great Dane said it will focus on its new smart trailer telematics system, FleetPulse, which it unveiled in 2019. (Great Dane via YouTube)

U.S. trailer orders in August topped 27,000 as they rose 150% year-over-year, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

Daimler Trucks Touts Global Plan for Vehicle Electrification

Mercedes-Benz GenH2 truck Series production start of Daimler's Mercedes-Benz GenH2 truck is planned for the second half of the 2020s. (Daimler AG)

Daimler Trucks announced hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty trucks with a range of 621 miles (1,000 kilometers) on a single tank will be a key element of its global electrification strategy aligned with the goals of the Paris Climate Protection Convention.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 16, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Fleets Face More Aerodynamic Options for Tractors, Trailers

Aerodynamic tractor-trailer NACFE via Vimeo

The role of aerodynamic devices to boost fuel efficiency and reduce emissions has been tapped, but not exhausted, for tractors and trailers, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency found in recently released updates of two confidence reports first issued in 2016.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 16, 2020
Business, Equipment

August Medium-Duty Sales Battle Excess Inventory, Drop 16.3%

GM medium-duty truck General Motors Co. Silverado medium duty truck. GM led in Class 4 with 1,158 sales. (Chevrolet)

Medium-duty truck sales in August fell 16.3% to just more than 19,000 compared with a year earlier, WardsAuto.com reported Sept. 11.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 15, 2020
Business, Equipment, Breaking News

August Class 8 Sales Hit Highest Mark of 2020

Class 8 trucks on lot Class 8 Freightliners on a sales lot. Freightliner tallied 7,266 sales, down 3.6% from a year earlier, but that figure still represented a leading 41.1% market share. (Freightliner)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in August hit the high point of the year, clearing 17,000 as Freightliner notched a leading 41.1% market share, WardsAuto .com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 14, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Fortistar, Paloma Dairy Partner on RNG Production to Fuel Trucks

Paloma An aerial view of Paloma Dairy during a corn silage harvest. (R VH via YouTube)

Private investment firm Fortistar and large family-owned Paloma Dairy announced they are constructing a dairy digester facility to capture methane and produce renewable natural gas to fuel the Class 8 market, as well as for a public utility.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 9, 2020
Business, Equipment

August Class 8 Orders Underscore Replacement Demand

Trucks on lot Paccar

North American Class 8 orders in August reached replacement levels as fleets found the freight market growing stronger despite the many uncertainties in society at large, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 3, 2020

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