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GM to Build $2.3 Billion Battery Plant in Lordstown, Ohio

General Motors CEO Mary Barra General Motors CEO Mary Barra. The new plant will not be at the site of the closed Chevrolet Cruze compact factory. That plant was sold to an electric pickup-truck startup called Lordstown Motors Corp. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

General Motors Co. and its battery partner, South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd., will jointly invest $2.3 billion in a new electric vehicle battery plant to be built in Lordstown, Ohio, the same city where the automaker controversially idled and then sold a 53-year-old compact-car factory.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
December 5, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Hankook Tire Looks to AI to Improve Production

Hankook tires on truck Generally, it takes six months to three years to develop a new tire compound, but this period is expected to be reduced by 50% if artificial intelligence is used, according to Hankook. (Hanook Tire)

Hankook Tire, whose commercial products are on U.S. fleets, announced the predictive model it is developing using artificial intelligence could slash in half the time it takes to develop tire compounds.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment

CARB Suspends Imminent GHG Rule for Trailers

TEC Equipment store in Stockton, Calif. TEC Equipment store in Stockton, Calif. (TEC Equipment)

The California Air Resources Board announced Dec. 3 it was suspending enforcement for at least two years of its greenhouse gas (GHG) trailer standards, which had been set to go into effect Jan. 1.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Perspective

Perspective: Augmented Reality as a Training Tool

The emerging technology of augmented reality is becoming more viable for fleets that want to recruit and retain technicians.

Matt Johnston | Division Head, Commercial Solutions  Design Interactive Inc. 
December 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Nikola Battery-Electric Truck Slated for Europe in 2021

Nikola TRE hydrogen fuel cell truck Nikola debuted the TRE hydrogen fuel cell truck for the European market April 16, 2019. (Nikola Motor Co./YouTube)

Nikola Corp., Iveco and FPT Industrial announced they have begun development of their joint venture’s first truck: the battery-electric Nikola TRE.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 3, 2019
Business, Equipment

Strick Adds VoMac to Dealer Network

Strick Trailers announced VoMac Truck Sales & Services Inc. has joined its dealership network.

December 2, 2019
Business, Equipment

Kenworth Ontario Relocates Peterborough Facility

Kenworth grille John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Kenworth Ontario-Peterborough has relocated its full-service dealership to a newly constructed facility to enhance customer support, the company announced in a Nov. 25 news release.

December 2, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

P.S.I. Extends Warranty in Combination With SKF

Pressure Systems International announced it extended the parts coverage warranty on its automatic tire inflation system by two years when the system is used in combination with SKF’s Trouble-Free Operation system.

December 2, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Daimler AG to Cut Thousands of Jobs by 2022

Daimler Equipment is set into a truck chassis at Freightliner's Cleveland, N.C., plant. Freightliner is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America. (Freightliner via YouTube)

Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Trucks, announced it will eliminate thousands of jobs worldwide by the end of 2022 amid weakening car sales in China and the costly push to develop electric vehicles.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 2, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment

ELFA: October Equipment Financing and Leasing Up 14%

Signing documents Getty Images

An index that measures equipment financing and leasing trends showed business activity in October up 14% year-over-year.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
November 27, 2019

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