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Yamato Transport Rolls Out Electric Vehicles for Parcel Delivery Near Tokyo

A Yamato Holdings sign A woman walks past the logo of Yamato Holdings Co., the parent company of Yamato Transport Co. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg News)

Yamato Transport Co. unveiled on Nov. 19 what it says is a greener, compact, driver-friendly electric truck that may offer hope for coping with the acute labor shortage in Japan’s door-to-door parcel delivery industry.

Masumi Koizumi | Japan Times
November 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

Industry Stakeholders React Positively to Biden's Infrastructure Plan

Presidential candidate Joe Biden Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's infrastructure plan would include spending $50 billion on repairing roads, highways and bridges in the first year of his presidency. (John Locher/Associated Press)

Industry stakeholders say 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden's $1.3 trillion investment plan in the nation’s infrastructure network is a good step.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Ike Maintains Automation Will Add Truck Driving Jobs

Ike truck Ike

Automated trucks developer Ike has a message for those behind the driver’s wheel of an 18-wheeler now: Automation can be complementary, not competitive.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

Tesla Set to Bulk Up the World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Battery

Tesla Tesla Inc. Powerpacks that will be used to form the world's largest lithium-ion battery stand on display at the Hornsdale wind farm. (Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg News)

The world’s biggest lithium-ion battery is about to get even bigger, with Tesla Inc. set to beef up capacity at the Hornsdale site in South Australia.

James Thornhill | Bloomberg News
November 19, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Climbs 0.1¢ to $3.074 a Gallon

A driver fills a tank with diesel Diesel edged up 0.1 cent. Trucking's main fuel costs 20.8 cents less than it did a year ago. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. average retail price of diesel rose 0.1 cent to $3.074 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported Nov. 18.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
November 18, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

With Electric Cars, Lubricants Industry’s Future Is Fuzzy

Electric Cars An electric car charges. (Getty Images)

The $146 billion lubricants industry is at risk of suffering the same fate as Kodak, thanks to the rise of electric vehicles.

November 18, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Ford Unveils Electric Mustang SUV to Challenge Tesla Dominance

Electric Mustang SUV The Ford Motor Co. Mustang Mach-E GT electric sports utility vehicle is unveiled during a reveal event in Hawthorne, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Ford Motor Co. is reinventing one of its marquee models — the Mustang muscle car — as a battery-powered crossover to become a player in the electric-vehicle market that is expected to take off in the coming decade.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
November 18, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Sues Trump EPA in Fight Over Green Auto Rules

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra California Attorney General Xavier Becerra by Alex Brandon/Associated Press

California sued the Trump administration for rescinding an Obama-era waiver that allows the state to require sales of electric vehicles and set stricter auto-emissions standards than the federal government.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2019
Business, Fuel

New England May Be One Cold Snap Away From Heating Fuel Crunch

Boston homes covered in snow Snow blankets a Boston neighborhood. (Getty Images)

Heating oil prices in the northeast U.S. may jump during cold snaps this winter, as the closing of the region’s biggest refinery and new clean-fuel rules for ships trim supply.

November 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

VW Challenges Rivals With $66 Billion Splurge for Electric Era

VW assembly Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Volkswagen AG will ramp up spending on electric vehicles and automated driving by 36% as the world’s largest automaker challenges rivals to keep pace with an aggressive shift into the post-combustion era.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2019