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Developers Take Varied Paths to Autonomous Trucking

Autonomous Einride builds electric, heavy-duty freight pods that can move goods within an industrial site. (Einride)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Autonomous trucking is branching into multiple approaches and each has a different route to commercialization.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 12, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Cummins to Build Fuel Cells for Freightliner Cascadia

Cummins Concept rendering for the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Freightliner truck. (Cummins Inc.)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Cummins Inc. will supply market leader Freightliner, a brand of Daimler Trucks North America, with a Cummins hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for the heavy-duty Cascadia model, Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said in a surprise announcement.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 12, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Breaking News

Class 8 Sales Flat in April Compared With 2021

Kenworth Kenworth trucks at a recent industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in April were flat compared with a year earlier, coming in at just over 19,000 but continuing to improve from the lows seen at the beginning of the year, Wards Intelligence reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 12, 2022
Business, Equipment, For-Hire

Yellow Narrows Losses, Outlines Goals

Yellow Corp. truck Yellow Corp. increased revenue 5.2% to $1.26 billion compared with $1.19 billion a year ago. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Yellow Corp. posted its best first-quarter results in six years as losses narrowed and revenue increased, the company announced May 10.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 11, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, For-Hire

VTNA Gets Orders for 90 More VNR Electric Trucks

Volvo VNR Electric Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 by VTNA

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Volvo Trucks North America announced NFI Industries and Quality Custom Distribution, between them, placed orders for an additional 90 Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 vehicles.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 11, 2022
Business, Equipment

Toyota’s Quarterly Profit Down on COVID Parts Crunch

Toyota sign A Toyota dealership in Lakewood, Colo. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

TOKYO — Toyota’s profit declined 31% in the January-March quarter from the year before, but the Japanese automaker still wrapped up a year of record earnings.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
May 11, 2022
Government, Equipment, Safety

NHTSA Seeks OK to Extend Data Collection for Safety Tech Study

Getty Image of digital vehicle safety technology NHTSA says the newest generation of crash-avoidance safety technology includes multiple sensors, improvements to radar algorithms and full braking systems that can detect pedestrians or obstacles on the road. (Blue Planet Studio/Getty Images)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to continue gathering data for its crash-avoidance field study that is seeking comments from commercial motor carrier drivers about their beliefs and attitudes toward safety technologies.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 10, 2022
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Lordstown Motors Again Postpones Deadline for Foxconn Plant Deal

The Lordstown Motors Corp. Endurance electric pickup truck The Lordstown Motors Corp. Endurance electric pickup truck. On May 9, Lordstown signaled delays in plans for mass production of the pickup. (Matthew Hatcher/Bloomberg News)

Electric truck startup Lordstown Motors Corp.’s shares sank as much as 19% after it pushed back a deadline to complete the sale of its Ohio assembly plant to Foxconn.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
May 9, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment


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Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Industry Leaders Raise Concern About Proposed EPA NOx Rule

Cummins hydrogen tractor Most OEMs, like Cummins, support stronger NOx requirements and efforts to reduce emissions eventually down to zero. (Cummins Inc.)

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing its first new rules governing heavy-truck nitrogen oxide emissions in two decades, but engine manufacturers say the proposals would be difficult to meet and counterproductive because they could slow the move to cleaner technology.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
May 9, 2022