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Ford Breaks Ground on $5.6 Billion Complex for EVs, Batteries

Ford plant site The plot of land near Stanton, Tenn., is going to be home to Ford's newest EV plant. (Houston Cofield/Bloomberg)

Ford Motor Co. has begun construction of its $5.6 billion electric vehicle manufacturing complex in western Tennessee, the largest factory project in the automaker’s 119-year history.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
September 23, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Cenntro Unveils Two New Electric Vehicles

L260 The LS260. (Cenntro)

Cenntro Electric Group Limited alongside its subsidiary Cenntro Automotive Europe GmbH unveiled two all-electric commercial vehicles Sept. 19.

September 22, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Mack Aims to Gain Users for Command Steer Option

Mack quarry Mack Trucks

EASTON, Pa. — Mack Trucks offers 3,000 or so colors to choose from on a new truck, company representatives said, highlighting how its customers can be exceedingly particular about what they spec on their trucks. Command Steer, a recent variable steering option the truck maker hopes to build interest in, is one of those specs.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 22, 2022
Business, Equipment

August Trailer Orders Reflect Complicated Market

Oakley Oakley trucks waiting for fuel. (Oakley via Facebook)

U.S. trailer orders in August jumped compared with a year earlier, but were still tepid at 17,700, the third-lowest this year and barely up from July’s total, ACT Research reported, citing trailer makers’ preliminary numbers.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 22, 2022
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Gulf, East Coast Port Volume Rises; West Coast Activity Lags

Sky view of Port Houston August container volume at Port Houston was up 20% year-over-year, and total tonnage is 24% ahead of last year's pace through August. (Port Houston via Twitter)

Container volumes at West Coast ports are beginning to moderate but remain at a strong pace, while facilities on the Gulf and East coasts are seeing increases.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
September 22, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

California Seeks to Ban Sales of Diesel Big Rigs by 2040

LA Traffic in Los Angeles. (Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg News)

Saying they had a “moral obligation,” California regulators could soon ban the sale of diesel big rigs by 2040.

September 22, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Senators Promote Truck Parking Access

Truck parking Trucks parked at a rest stop. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Two members of the Senate committee on highway policy raised concerns about inadequate parking for the nation’s truckers during a recent hearing about supply chain connectivity.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Grote to Offer Digital Wiring Harness 4SEE

Grote The 4SEE system begins at the weather-protected, pre-wired nose box at the front of the trailer. (Grote Industries Inc.)

Grote Industries Inc. announced its new modular, digital wiring harness for trailers, 4SEE, which is slated to go into limited release in North America in the fourth quarter, with full release beginning in 2023.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Hertz to Order Up to 175,000 EVs From GM

Hertz EVs Hertz made a splash last fall when it announced it would offer “the largest EV rental fleet in North America and one of the largest in the world” with an initial order of 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles. (Hertz via YouTube)

The Hertz Corp. is planning to order up to 175,000 electric vehicles from General Motors Co. over the next five years for its rental fleet, the companies said Sept. 20.

Kalea Hall | The Detroit News
September 21, 2022
Business, Equipment

Record Ocean Shipping Costs Add to Auto Industry’s Supply Chain Woes

Cars and ocean carrier Cars are generally carried on roll-on roll-off ships, most of which are specialist carriers. (Alex Kraus/Bloomberg)

The car industry, already grappling with a shortage of semiconductors, is now seeing another source of supply chain concern: a lack of ships.

Alex Longley | Bloomberg News
September 21, 2022