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Rival Canadian Railroad Leaders Make Pitch for Kansas City Southern

Canadian National (left) and Canadian Pacific (right) Canadian National and Canadian Pacific are vying for Kansas City Southern. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board hasn't approved a merger of Class I railroads in more than two decades. (Canadian National Railway, left; Canadian Pacific Railway, right)

Leaders of the rival Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railroads on May 26 made their pitches about why their respective railroads should be approved to purchase Kansas City Southern Railroad.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 26, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Truck-Lite to Relocate to Pennsylvania in Preparation for EVs

Truck-Lite recruiter at Penn State Behrend A Truck-Lite recruiter talks to Penn State Behrend students. The company is relocating its headquarters to Erie, Pa. (Penn State Behrend)

Truck-Lite Co., a provider of LED lighting systems for commercial vehicles, announced it is relocating its headquarters to Knowledge Park at Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pa.

May 26, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

EV Charger Maker Tritium Going Public in SPAC Merger Deal

Tritium The interface of an electric vehicle charging point is seen at a Tritium manufacturing plant in Brisbane, Australia. (Ian Waldie/Bloomberg News)

Tritium, which makes fast chargers for electric vehicles, has reached an agreement to go public through a merger with blank-check company Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corp. II.

Crystal Tse | Bloomberg News
May 26, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Kodiak Robotics Autonomous Technology Headed to Asia

Kodiak Robotics truck Video footage from inside the cab shows Kodiak Driver controlling an 18-wheeler on the interstate. (Kodiak Robotics Inc. via YouTube)

Self-driving truck technology company Kodiak Robotics Inc. announced a deal with one of South Korea’s largest conglomerates to bring Kodiak Driver to the Asia-Pacific markets.

May 26, 2021
Government, Equipment

Task Force Announces Support for Proposed Chicago Towing Ordinance

Truck being towed "Drivers have little recourse to dispute inflated tow bills and are forced to pay them immediately," the coalition's letter to several Chicago aldermen says. (Getty Images)

A trucking industry and insurance coalition against predatory towing company practices has sent a letter of support to several Chicago aldermen who are leading an effort to revise a city ordinance that would create a first-ever license for tow truck operators.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 25, 2021
Business, Equipment

VTNA, UAW Reach Second Tentative Agreement

Volvo Trucks on the production line at VTNA's Dublin, Va., New River Valley Plant. (Justin Ide/Bloomberg News)

Volvo Trucks North America May 20 announced the company and the United Auto Workers union reached a tentative agreement on the terms of a new six-year contract that would cover approximately 2,900 employees at the New River Valley truck assembly operations in Dublin, Va.

May 25, 2021
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Ports on Both Coasts Continue Record-Setting Runs in April

Port of Los Angeles Activity at the Port of Los Angeles on the morning of May 25. The facility moved 37% more containers in April year-over-year. (Port of Los Angeles via YouTube)

The nation’s ports reported record container volumes in April as the U.S. economy continues its strong recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 25, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Green Hydrogen Seen Fueling Heavy Trucks, Buses by 2030

The Nikola Two. (Nikola Motor Co.) The Nikola Two is one of a handful of prototype hydrogen-powered long haul trucks currently in development. (Nikola Motor Company)

Long heralded as the clean energy fuel of the future that will play a key role in decarbonization, attractive hydrogen prices could finally be in sight.

Krystal Chia | Bloomberg News
May 25, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Ford Pressured to Provide Path to All-Electric Future

Ford The Ford Electric F-150 Lightning pickup. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Riding a rising stock price, a splashy new model intro and a friendly presidential visit, new Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley faces his biggest test yet: explaining his strategy for making the 118-year-old automaker relevant in the electric age.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
May 25, 2021
Business, Equipment, Safety, TCA

4 Million Accident-Free Miles and Still Trucking at 79

YRC Freight Driver Don Cook, wearing his Hall of Fame jacket Don Cook, wearing his "Hall of Fame" jacket, has driven for Roadway, Yellow Transportation, YRC Freight and now Yellow again. (April Gamiz/The Morning Call via Tribune Content Agency)

Four million miles and not so much as a fender-bender. Pennsylvania trucker Don Cook, 79, attributes his success to skill and patience — “You have to have your wits about you,” he said — but also to luck.

Daniel Patrick Sheehan | Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call
May 24, 2021