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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

Collaboration Needed for Electric Vehicle Market to Thrive, Experts Say

Electric Vehicles Roeth (left), Barker, Semler and Springer discussed the need for collaboration during the panel session. (UPS Inc.)

OAKLAND, Calif. — A strong collaboration among all parties involved in the life cycle of electric vehicles, including original equipment manufacturers, fleets and utilities, is needed to advance the technologies. 

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
October 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ATA Honors Industry Champions, Leaders at MCE

2019 LEAD ATA class Members of the 2019 LEAD ATA class were introduced at the awards banquet Oct. 28. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — American Trucking Associations recognized champions from recent industry events, trucking companies focused on safety, emerging leaders and state trucking association executives during its annual Leadership and Awards Luncheon.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

FlowBelow Upgrades Trailer AeroSlider, Announces SmartWay Verification

FlowBelow AeroSlider FlowBelow Aero Inc.

AUSTIN, Texas — FlowBelow Aero Inc., a supplier of aerodynamic systems for tractors and trailers, announced upgrades to its Trailer AeroSlider and said the latest version of the product has been verified for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Deflecktor Adds Lock to Wheel Covers

Deflecktor President John Fleck Deflecktor President John Fleck by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

AUSTIN, Texas — Aerodynamic wheel cover manufacturer Deflecktor has added a locking mechanism to its Hardspot product line, addressing a concern expressed by original equipment manufacturers, company founder and President John Fleck said.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
October 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Uptake, Geotab Partner for AI-Powered Fleet Management

Uptake Uptake via YouTube

Industrial solutions software company Uptake and fleet telematics provider Geotab have partnered to develop a service to help fleets predict failures.

Transport Topics
October 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Daimler Reports Lower 3Q Results Despite Gains in North American Truck Sales

Cascadia on display A 2018 Cascadia on display at Technology & Maintenance Council. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Daimler AG reported lower net income and revenue in the third quarter despite gains at its North American truck business. The company — the world’s largest luxury car manufacturer also is the largest truck maker — had forecast the results in recently released guidance.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 25, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Glider Kit Study Drew ‘Inaccurate’ Conclusions, Tennessee Tech Finds

Fitzgerald glider kit A Fitzgerald glider kit on display at the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A misconduct investigation completed by Tennessee Technological University concluded that university researchers erred when stating in an industry-funded glider kit study that emissions from the trucks are as clean or cleaner than those from newer trucks.

Joe Howard and Eric Miller | Staff Reporters
October 24, 2018
Business, Equipment

Rush Notches Higher 3Q Net Income, Revenue

Rush truck center Rush Enterprises

Truck dealership Rush Enterprises posted higher third-quarter net income and revenue on the strength of its aftermarket and used truck activities as sales of new heavy-duty trucks fell due to the timing of large orders.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

AxleTech, Thor Trucks Partner to Build Heavy-Duty E-Powertrain

Heavy-Duty E-Powertrain Thor intends to market in 2019 the ET-1, a battery-electric Class 8 day cab that will have a 100-mile range and cost $150,000. (Thor Trucks Inc.)

AxleTech and Thor Trucks have partnered to create a fully electric commercial vehicle powertrain, according to an Oct. 16 press release. The two will integrate AxleTech’s e-axle technology with Thor’s proprietary battery technology.

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Business, Equipment

Wabco Reports Higher 3Q Net Income, Revenue From Uneven Markets

Wabco Wabco's OptiFlow AutoTail. (Wabco Holdings Inc.)

Commercial vehicle supplier Wabco Holdings Inc. reported third-quarter net income and revenue rose on gains in North America and India.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 22, 2018

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