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5 Questions: Greg McQuagge, U.S. Xpress

Greg McQuagge Greg McQuagge oversees the maintenance of 6,300-plus tractors and nearly 15,000 trailer assets. (U.S. Xpress Enterprises)

Greg McQuagge, maintenance supervisor at for-hire carrier U.S. Xpress, shares some insight on what it takes to keep trucks on the road.

April 29, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Will the Diesel Engine Ever Be Perfected?

The California Air Resources Board has approved for 2027 what the Engine Manufacturers Association refers to as “sweeping new regulations affecting heavy-duty trucks sold in the state.”

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
April 29, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Tire Choices Provide Pros, Cons for Fleet Maintenance Managers

Retread Due to the many advances in retreading, Jones Logistics has seen the advantages of applying the practice. (Jones Logistics)

In the current environment of high fuel prices and a technology shift looming over many companies regarding last-mile delivery, fleets are challenged to develop a strategy toward tire management. For some maintenance managers, the debate of new tires versus retreads offers various methods in battling some of those concerns.

Brendan Baker | Contributing Writer
April 29, 2022
Business, Equipment

Send Out Your Maintenance Labor, or Keep It in the Fleet Shop?

Tires being inspected on a truck SafeConnect

With inflation pushing the cost of doing business higher and no end in sight, many fleet managers are taking pause when it comes to expenses — and highlighting the challenges of choosing between in-house maintenance and outsourcing.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
April 29, 2022
Business, Equipment

Winning the Hearts and Minds

Winning the hearts and minds wowwa/Getty Images

When it comes to new ways of thinking, or a shift in mindset for a large group of consumers, the phrase “winning the hearts and minds” often comes up. This seems to be the case with the tire manufacturers I spoke with this year.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
April 29, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Nikola Sees Energy Transition in Arizona Desert

Nikola A Nikola Tre BEV. (Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics)

COOLIDGE, Ariz. — Several customers’ recently completed Nikola Tre Class 8 battery-electric trucks sat ready for delivery inside Nikola Corp.’s new assembly plant, a scene described by company executives as a watershed moment since the white cabover BEVs will generate 7-year-old Nikola’s first-ever quarterly revenue.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 28, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Dana Reports Gain in Q1 Revenue, Lower Net Income

Dana Dana's HQ. (Dana Inc.)

Dana Inc. reported first-quarter net income dropped and revenue slightly increased.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 28, 2022
Business, Equipment

Industry Leaders React to Soaring Used Class 8 Prices

Corcentric panelists (from left): Dale Tower, Sean Storey, Rob Garcia Concentric panelists (from left) Dale Tower, Sean Storey and Rob Garcia. (Dan Ronan/Transport Topics)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With the average cost of used Class 8 trucks soaring in March to more than $101,000, trucking officials attending fleet management company Corcentric’s annual conference say they fear some in the industry may be priced out of the market.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 28, 2022
Business, Equipment

Strong Trailer Demand Grows Wabash Q1 Profits

A Wabash trailer at the 2020 TMC conference in Atlanta A Wabash trailer at the 2020 TMC conference in Atlanta. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Wabash reported higher profits and sales during the first quarter as motor carriers and shippers rushed to purchase trailers to meet strong freight demand.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
April 27, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

The Big EV Charging Mystery: How Long Does It Take?

Electric The charging port of a Volvo C40 electric vehicle during the 2022 New York International Auto Show in New York. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News)

How long does it take to “fill up” an electric car? Well, that depends on the car … and the charger … and how many other cars are plugged into the charger … and how full the battery is to begin with … and, oh yeah, the weather matters, too.

Kyle Stock | Bloomberg News
April 27, 2022

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