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Toyota Banks on Mobility Technology for Future Growth

Renovo Renovo/Woven Planet via Associated Press

TOKYO — Japanese automaker Toyota is revving up acquisitions in mobility technology, adding Renovo Motors Inc., a Silicon Valley software developer, to its Woven Planet team, which is working on automated driving.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
September 28, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

EV Maker Polestar Valued at $20 Billion in SPAC Deal

Polestar Cables sit in the trunk of a Polestar 1 electric automobile, manufactured by Volvo. (Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg News)

Polestar, the electric vehicle maker backed by Volvo Car Group and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, agreed to go public through a merger with a blank-check company at a roughly $20 billion enterprise valuation.

September 27, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Orders for Business Equipment Rise for Sixth Straight Month

Equipment Scott Eisen/Bloomberg News

Orders placed with U.S. manufacturers for business equipment strengthened in August, extending to six months a solid run of robust capital investment that’s helping fuel economic growth.

Vince Golle | Bloomberg News
September 27, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment

Mack Defense Delivers Heavy Dump Trucks to US Army

The Mack Defense HDT Mack Defense's Heavy Dump Truck will be used by the U.S. Army in combat support. (Michael Freeze/Transport Topics)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Mack Defense officially delivered to the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve the first M917A3 heavy dump trucks during a tented ceremony Sept. 23.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
September 23, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Western Star Launches 47X Model for Weight-Sensitive Vocational Market

Western Star The new Western Star 47X. (Daimler Trucks North America)

Daimler Trucks North America has introduced the Western Star 47X vocational model, a Class 8 truck intended for lighter-weight applications than the heavier 49X introduced in September 2020.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 23, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Top 100

NACFE Finds Many Fleets Could Run Electric Trucks Now

Run on Less — Electric logo North American Council for Freight Efficiency

Fleets in four market segments could switch to battery-electric vehicles right now, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency concluded after its recent Run on Less — Electric event.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 23, 2021
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Pacific, Atlantic Ports Report Strong Growth in August Amid Tight Supply Chains

Port of Los Angeles Port of Los Angeles will expand weekend operating gate hours on a pilot basis to make sure gate availability meets cargo demand. (Getty Images)

As volumes continue to surge at the nation’s ports on the coasts of the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, two of the nation’s biggest facilities — Los Angeles and Long Beach — are taking the first steps to expand their hours of operations to 24/7 to keep up with the backlog of freight.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 22, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

FedEx, Paccar, Aurora Launch Autonomous Trucking Pilot

Aurora-FedEx image Aurora Innovation says it will launch its trucking business and haul loads autonomously between terminals without a safety driver by the end of 2023. (Aurora Innovation Inc.)

Aurora Innovation Inc., Paccar Inc. and FedEx Corp. launched a commercial pilot of autonomous trucking in Texas.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
September 22, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Ford, Redwood to Partner on Recycling EV Battery Materials

Ford The all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck. (Emily Elconin/Bloomberg News)

Redwood Materials Inc., the startup founded by Tesla alum J.B. Straubel, has formed a partnership with Ford Motor Co. to recycle and reuse key ingredients within the lithium-ion batteries that will power the automaker’s burgeoning fleet of electric vehicles.

David R. Baker | Bloomberg News
September 22, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

VW’s Traton Flags Significant Sales Hit From Chip Shortage

Traton The new Infineon Technologies AG chip factory in Villach, Austria. (Akos Stiller/Bloomberg News)

Volkswagen AG’s truck division Traton SE became the latest manufacturer to warn the global shortage of semiconductors is jeopardizing deliveries.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
September 22, 2021