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Lion Battery-Electric Trucks Bound for Amazon

Lion electric truck The Lion8 battery-electric truck, being used here to pick up waste. (Boivin Évolution via Facebook)

Lion Electric announced that it will deliver 10 Class 6 battery-electric vehicles to Amazon.com Inc., with the first two arriving this year.

September 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Mercedes-Benz Heavy-Duty eActros Set for Production in 2021

eActros The heavy-duty, battery-electric eActros. (Daimler Truck AG)

Mercedes-Benz Trucks announced series production of its heavy-duty battery-electric eActros model intended for distribution applications, is scheduled to start in 2021.

September 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Prestolite Expands Starter-Motor Warranty

Prestolite Electric announced it extended the Prestolite Power Promise warranty to its PowerPro Extreme 5 unit, offering extended coverage of up to two years and unlimited mileage to the truck starter motor.

September 25, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Mack Delivers LR Electric Refuse Truck to NYC

Mack LR The DSNY Mack LR Electric demonstration model will be based at DSNY’s Brooklyn North 1 garage. (Mack Trucks)

Mack Trucks announced it has delivered its heavy-duty LR Electric demonstration model to the New York City Department of Sanitation, which will put it through rigorous, real-world trials collecting refuse.

September 25, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment

Durable Goods Orders Slow While Business Investment Remains Sturdy

A customer views a refrigerator displayed for sale at an appliance story in San Jose, Calif. A customer views a refrigerator displayed for sale at an appliance story in San Jose, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

U.S. orders for durable goods increased in August at a slower pace than expected, restrained by declines in bookings for motor vehicles and military equipment, though a gauge of business investment rose more than forecast.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
September 25, 2020
Business, Equipment

Dealers Jumping Back Into Used Class 8 Market

Used Class 8 Freightliner A used Freightliner for sale at Hammer Truck Sales in Salisbury, N.C. The used Class 8 market is improving, according to ACT Research. (Hammer Truck Sales)

The Class 8 used truck market in August reflected the trend toward improving sales as prices remained below year-earlier levels, conditions that are expected to mark the full year, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 24, 2020
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, Fuel, Autonomous

Elon Musk Says Tesla Plans $25,000 Autonomous EV in 3 Years

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on stage at September 2020 shareholders meeting Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks from the stage during an outdoors shareholders meeting Sept. 22, 2020. (Tesla via YouTube)

Tesla Inc. plans to manufacture a car that will cost $25,000 in about three years’ time, fulfilling an elusive long-term objective to sell a cheap mass-market electric vehicle, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said Sept. 22.

Dana Hull and Akshat Rathi | Bloomberg News
September 22, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment

Freight Stakeholders Press for Excise Tax Suspension

New trucks on lot New trucks sit on a sales lot in Kentucky. The groups say the excise tax adds an average of $22,000 to the cost of a new truck or trailer. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A sector within the transportation community is asking the leadership on Capitol Hill to suspend a tax on the purchase of new trucks as part of a pandemic-related economic aid measure.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 22, 2020

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