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Electric Vehicle Growth Outpaces Installation of Battery Chargers

EVs Electric vehicle charging stations stand at a parking lot in Hong Kong, China. (Justin Chin/Bloomberg News)

As electric vehicle sales take off, the number of them on the road is growing faster than the number of public charging points to support them.

Colin McKerracher | Bloomberg News
April 12, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Biden Will Allow Sale of Higher-Ethanol Gas in Bid to Tame Costs

gas A driver gets gas pre-pandemic. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden plans to allow expanded sales of higher-ethanol gasoline in an effort to lower fuel prices and counter the political blowback from them.

April 12, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Rand McNally Widens Connected Vehicle Presence With Fleetsu Acquisition

Fleetsu Fleetsu's services cover real-time vehicle location, fuel costs management, automated logbooks and driver safety scorecards. (Fleetsu)

Rand McNally moved to elevate its place in the connected vehicle space by acquiring Fleetsu, the company announced April 12.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2022
Business, Equipment

Labor Challenges, Supply Chain Issues Continue to Hinder Trailer Production

trailer production Industry leaders say that competition for labor is more intense today than it was before the pandemic. (Stoughton Trailers)

Demand for trailers remains red-hot, but shortages of labor, components and supplies are restricting production, making it difficult for trailer makers to meet demand and set prices — with no end in sight for the long term.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
April 11, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Mack Offers Range Calculator for LR Electric Model

Mack Trucks LR Electric model Mack Trucks' LR Electric features 42% more energy and a standard 376 kilowatt hour total battery capacity for increased range. (Mack Trucks)

Mack Trucks has introduced its range calculator for its Mack LR Electric refuse vehicles to help customers simulate real-world routes and build routes based on route-specific variables.

April 8, 2022
Business, Equipment

Volvo Takes $423 Million Hit as Russia Business Halted

Volvo VNL Volvo VNL 760 (Volvo Trucks)

Volvo AB said Russia’s war in Ukraine has forced it to make provisions in the first quarter totaling $423 million that will have a negative impact on operating income.

Rafaela Lindeberg | Bloomberg News
April 8, 2022
Government, Equipment

Congressional Leaders to Finalize Semiconductor, Supply Chain Bill

Intel CEO :Pat Gelsinger Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is shown during groundbreaking on two chip factories at the company's Ocotillo campus in Chandler, Ariz., in September 2021. (Intel Corp.)

WASHINGTON — Legislation meant to boost domestic manufacturing of semiconductors and alleviate supply chain bottlenecks at the ports appears to be headed toward completion on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Fullbay Will Add Digital Marketing After Acquisition

Fullbay The Fullbay booth at a recent industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Truck repair software developer Fullbay announced April 7 that it has acquired digital marketing agency Dieselmatic Digital Inc.. which focuses on repair shops.

April 7, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Port Leaders Discuss Future

Port of Houston Activity at the Port of Houston. (Port of Houston Authority)

HOUSTON — Ports in the United States have a historic opportunity to upgrade aging infrastructure with billions of dollars in federal funding that will prepare facilities for years’ worth of expected growth in freight movement and ready them for a future where many are targeting eventual carbon-neutral operations.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

COVID Fundamentally Changed Cold Chain Companies

DHL transporting COVID vaccines Workers load a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines for transport. (DHL)

The coronavirus vaccine rollout required rapid adjustment by cold chain companies that continues to influence technologies and operations more than a year later.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 7, 2022