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High Freight Demand Provides Momentum for Trucking Industry

Trucks John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Economic indicators suggest the trucking industry could be poised for growth in 2021, after the coronavirus pandemic caused a topsy-turvy year in 2020 marked by unpredictable demand and continued uncertainty in the driver pool.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
November 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Strehl Announces Acquisition of Rocketail

An employee holds the 17-pound Rocketail wing. (Rocketail) An employee holds the 17-pound Rocketail wing. (Rocketail)

Strehl purchased the assets of the semi-trailer tail-end drag reduction systems maker Rocketail, the company announced Nov. 23.

November 24, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Operational Cost of Trucking Down 9.3%, ATRI Finds

Trucks (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Costs associated with trucking operations have decreased, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics

2021 Expected to Be Pivotal Year for Commercialization of Electric Vehicles

VTNA VNR electric truck Volvo Trucks North America plans to launch full-scale production of the VNR Electric at its New River Valley manufacturing plant in Dublin, Va., in 2021. (Volvo Trucks)

With major truck manufacturers pushing into factory-built electric vehicles, 2021 is poised to be the year for the technology to transition from pilot testing to commercialization.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
November 24, 2020
Business, Equipment

Used Class 8 Truck Average Price Finally Posts Increase

Used A Richie Bros. lineup of Class 8 trucks for auction. The company has turned to online auctions amid COVID-19. (Ritchie Bros./Facebook)

Used Class 8 trucks in October notched the first monthly year-over-year increase in average price after 17 such declines, ACT Research reported. It expects the gains to continue into next year.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
November 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Big Fleets to Work Together on Enhancing Driver Visibility in Cab

Truck driver checks windshield wiper A truck driver checks a windshield wiper. Together for Safer Roads President David Braunstein called driver visibility an "underappreciated aspect of road safety." (welcomia/Getty Images)

Anheuser-Busch InBev, PepsiCo Inc., Republic Services and nongovernmental organization Together for Safer Roads announced a design challenge to improve fleet safety and save lives, calling the project the Truck of the Future.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
November 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

TruckLabs Introduces New Name, Software Product

TruckWings TruckWings on display on a truck, before the company changed its name. (Daniel Burrows via YouTube) Inset: The new TruckLabs logo

XStream Trucking Inc. renamed itself TruckLabs and introduced its new fleet management software TripDynamics.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
November 23, 2020
Business, Equipment

Prestolite LoadHandler Starters, Alternators Now at Love’s Travel Stops

Prestolite facility via Google Maps Prestolite Electric manufacturing facility in Arcade, N.Y. (Google Maps)

Prestolite Electric Inc. announced its LoadHandler Power Products brand of starters and alternators are available at Love’s Travel Stops’ nationwide network of Love’s Truck Care and Speedco locations.

November 20, 2020
Business, Equipment

FlowBelow Gains Standard Position on Freightliner Cascadia

FlowBelow equipment FlowBelow equipment at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

FlowBelow Aero Inc. announced its locking aerodynamic wheel cover will become standard on all Freightliner Cascadia trucks Jan. 1.

November 20, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

DTNA Enhances Customer Service Experience

A technician works on a laptop A technician works on a laptop. (Daimler Trucks North America)

Daimler Trucks North America is making headway on a yearlong customer service improvement initiative as it works with dealers to have parts and technicians ready to go when a broken truck reaches the service bay.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
November 19, 2020

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