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Volvo Helps Expand Options for Electric Truck Charging

Volvo The CCS2 connector (left) and charging port location on the Volvo VNR Electric truck model. (Volvo Trucks North America)

Volvo Trucks North America took a step toward the widespread usage of electric trucks by expanding charging options, the company announced Aug. 26.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
September 2, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

ETruck Transportation to Convert Used Freightliner Class 6 Trucks to Electric

Freightliner M2 106 tow truck A Freightliner M2 106 tow truck. ETruck Transportation said it has one order for 200 converted trucks from a company in Chicago. (Freightliner)

ETruck Transportation announced a plan to take used, diesel-powered Class 6 Freightliner models and convert them to battery-electric power.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 2, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Demand for Rental, Lease Trailers at Historic Highs

Trailer A driver secures a trailer door. (Allison)

The utilization rate of rental and lease trailers continues at historic highs amid industry consolidation and a shift to more rentals and away from long-term leases, according to an industry survey released in August.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 2, 2020
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Shale Loses Another Global Giant After Schlumberger’s Frack Sale

Schlumberger is abandoning its frack work in North America. (Bloomberg News)

Schlumberger has become the biggest oil service industry player yet to abandon frack work in North America, a sign that activity in the U.S. shale patch may never revisit previous highs.

David Wethe | Bloomberg News
September 1, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics

Manufacturing Expands at Fastest Pace Since Late 2018

A worker welds parts for a ballot drop box inside a manufacturing facility in Washington. A worker welds parts for a ballot drop box inside a manufacturing facility in Puyallup, Wash. (Chona Kasinger/Bloomberg News)

U.S. manufacturing expanded in August at the fastest pace since late 2018, powered by growth in new orders that are a bright spot in an otherwise struggling economy.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
September 1, 2020
Business, Equipment, TCA

Robert Mercer, Former Goodyear CEO, Dies at 96

Goodyear CEO and Chairman Robert Mercer sits behind his desk at Goodyear Headquarters in November 1987. Goodyear CEO and Chairman Robert Mercer sits behind his desk at Goodyear Headquarters in November 1987. (Akron Beacon Journal)

Robert E. Mercer, a former chairman and CEO of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., died Aug. 28 at the age of 96.

Robin Goist | The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
September 1, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment

Ford Ends Ventilator Production After Making 50,000

Making ventilators at Ford factory Ford Motor Co. assemblyman Malcolm Brumwell puts together a ventilator at the automaker's Ford Rawsonville plant May 13, 2020, in Ypsilanti, Mich. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

Ford is ending production of ventilators and returning the factory where they were built to full-time auto-parts output after completing delivering 50,000 ventilators to the government.

August 31, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Intelligent Trailer Technology Advances

Schneider truck Schneider

Imagine that a half-loaded trailer sitting in a yard for five days could tell you that its right front outside tire had low air pressure. For a trailer equipped with telematics technology capable of powering itself untethered to a tractor, such a scenario is not only possible, but doable.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
August 31, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Private Carriers Have Adjusted Their Operations for the Long Haul

Sysco Trucks Food distributors such as Sysco have quickly adjusted to shifting demand during the pandemic. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Our 2020 Top 100 Private Carriers list shows that the COVID-19 pan­demic is reshaping private carriers in ways that will last long after the novel coronavirus subsides.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
August 29, 2020
Business, Equipment

Continental Makes Leadership Changes in Truck Tire Business

Continental Sarzano (left) and Uys (Continental) and a Continental booth at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Continental announced the appointment of two new leaders Aug. 25 for the truck tires division in the Americas region.

August 28, 2020

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