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Commercial freight transportation is a machine-based business. Highly technical equipment and advanced engineering are at the center of supply chain and require constant innovation. Transport Topics equipment coverage focuses on the machines and other physical assets that make delivery possible. It looks closely at available truck, trailer, and chassis models, developments in the engineering space, and maintenance innovations and best practices. 

Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Technicians Gear Up for Truck Technology Changes

SAN ANTONIO — As truck technologies and emissions systems continue to evolve and electric-powered trucks begin to hit the market, the knowledge and expertise required to service and maintain these vehicles is also shifting.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 20, 2023

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Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

With Electric on the Way, Truck Makers Continue to Update Diesel Models

While truck manufacturers make advances in battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology, they also are making fuel efficiency and aerodynamic improvements to their diesel offerings that will form the backbone of the trucking industry for years to come.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
January 20, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

A New Era for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Increasingly stringent emissions regulations over the past few decades have driven a steady cadence of changes to diesel engine architecture and heavy-duty truck design.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
January 20, 2023
Business, Equipment

December Trailer Orders Hit All-Time Second-Highest Level

U.S. trailer orders in December surged to the second-highest level since ACT Research began tracking them in 1996, the company reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 19, 2023
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Fleets Grapple With Freight Rate Pressures

Trucking companies are navigating a challenging economic environment where stubbornly high costs for goods are affecting what shippers are willing to pay for transport, experts warned.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 19, 2023
Business, Equipment

December Classes 4-7 Retail Sales Stumble

U.S. retail sales for medium-duty trucks experienced a 6.2% year-over-year decline in December, Wards Intelligence reported.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 18, 2023
Government, Business, Equipment

Producer Price Index Sees Biggest Decline Since April 2020

U.S. producer prices dropped in December by the most since the start of the pandemic, extending a monthslong pullback in inflationary pressures and giving the Federal Reserve room to slow the pace of interest-rate hikes.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
January 18, 2023
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Heavy-Duty Electric Truck ‘Subscriptions’ Could Clean Up Pollution

Change to the hidden health and climate cost of consumer goods carried by tens of thousands of drayage trucks is coming in the form of more widely-accessible electric alternatives.

Todd Woody | Bloomberg News
January 17, 2023
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Tesla Cuts Vehicle Prices in Bid to Boost Flagging Demand

DETROIT — With its sales slowing and its stock price tumbling, Tesla Inc. slashed prices dramatically Jan. 13 on several versions of its electric vehicles, making some of its models eligible for a new federal tax credit that could help spur buyer interest.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
January 13, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Can Heavy Electric Trucks Be Deployed Industrywide by 2045?

WASHINGTON — Successful electrification of heavy trucks will require motor carriers to coordinate driver rest periods with charging their trucks, a potential obstacle that could increase carrier operational costs and result in delivery delays.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 13, 2023