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May Extends Slide in Used Class 8 Truck Prices

Sleepers Used sleepers on a lot. (Ameritruck)

The year-over-year average price of a used Class 8 vehicle fell for the 13th consecutive month in May. Sales at retail outlets held up, while inventories headed down because there was no deluge of equipment flooding the market as a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
July 8, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Push Forward With Tech Investment Despite Pandemic, Economic Uncertainty

Lytx A driver enters information into a Lytx in-cab event recorder. (Lytx)

Despite facing business challenges and economic uncertainty, some trucking companies have continued to move forward with technology investments during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
July 6, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

Cargo Theft Likely to Increase Over July Fourth Holiday, Report Says

Cargo doors slightly open olrat/Getty Images

Though cargo theft is a year-round problem for trucking, it is more of a concern around the July Fourth holiday, according to a report by CargoNet.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
July 1, 2020
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Manufacturing Bounces Back in June on Reopenings

Ford employees work on a ventilator at a plant in Michigan on May 13. Ford employees work on a ventilator at a plant in Michigan on May 13. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

U.S. manufacturing rebounded in June as major parts of the country opened back up, ending three months of contraction in the sector caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Matt Ott | Associated Press
July 1, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

House Climate Change Plan Tackles Heavy-Duty Equipment at Ports

Port of New York and New Jersey Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

House Democrats say Congress should increase funding for programs at EPA and the Department of Energy to reduce emissions from equipment at ports.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 1, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Hyliion Electrified Powertrain Underscores Larger Transition in Industry

Hyliion truck A Hyliion heavy-duty truck on display at an industry show in 2018. Hyliion calls its longhaul, fully electric powertrain the Hypertruck Electric Range Extender (ERX). (Hyliion)

Hyliion Inc.’s Class 8 long-range electric powertrain underscores the transition period of multiple alternative powertrains is at hand. And the powertrain, whose batteries are charged by an undersized natural gas engine, could prove to be an important step toward carbon-free over-the-road transportation, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Tests Show Cylinder Deactivation Improves Next-Gen Engines, Jacobs Says

Jacobs Vehicle Systems Jacobs Vehicle Systems

Jacobs Vehicle Systems’ cylinder deactivation technology delivered a “host of performance-enhancing benefits” in a recent independent validation, the company announced, including raising exhaust temperature and improving fuel consumption.

June 30, 2020
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Arizona DOT Installs Truck-Screening Technology to Improve Commerce

Arizona Traffic on Arizona's I-10. (Doug Kerr/Flickr)

In an effort to improve the flow of freight, the Arizona Department of Transportation has installed technology that screens moving trucks at several ports of entry.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 30, 2020
Business, Equipment

Study: LTL Carriers Cover More Miles Between Breakdowns Than Truckload Fleets

Truck on roadside with hood up vitpho/Getty Images

Less-than-truckload carriers outpaced truckload fleets in terms of miles between roadside breakdowns, according to a recent study.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
June 26, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Stemco to Focus on Core Product Lines, Exits Others

Commercial vehicle supplier Stemco announced a series of changes to its product lines in an effort to refocus resources on its core products, which are its wheel-end and king pin product lines.

June 26, 2020